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Dr M picked as Muslim Man of the Year

DECEMBER 30, 2018 @ 2:58PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been picked as Muslim Man of the Year by The Muslim 500, a ranking of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims.

In the 2019 edition of the publication, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Dr Mahathir is lauded for leading Pakatan Harapan to win the 14th general election, before being appointed as Prime Minister for the second time.

Dr Mahathir is described as a “one in a million” who pushed Malaysia towards becoming an East Asian economic leader during the era of his previous rule.

Despite being named Muslim Man of the Year, Dr Mahathir ranked 44 among 500 Muslim luminaries in his first ever appearance in the publication.

“This quite extraordinary man has had a dynamic political career spanning 70 years and yet at the same time been the author of 17 published books. Aside from two memoirs, all of them are direct narratives responding to the immediate problems confronting Malaysian governance and economy, a concern often extended to Asia as a whole and the global economy and his plans for rectifying those problems.

“Not bad for a 93 year old politician with a history of two heart attacks and one bypass surgery,” said Prof S Abdallah Schleifer in his writeup in the online publication.

Also on the list are King Abdullah II of Jordan, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Meanwhile, for the most influential Muslim women, the Woman of the Year Muslim title was given to Ahed Tamimi, 17, a Palestinian teenager known for her courage in slapping Israeli troops in December 2017



Preacher Wan Ji expects Azmin to ‘slaughter’ Anwar soon

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Influential preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin has predicted that PKR president Anwar Ibrahim will soon be “slaughtered” by his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Drawing comparisons to Chinese military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, Wan Ji said Azmin was adept at using his opponent’s weapons to his advantage.

Wan Ji said Azmin had become the main beneficiary of the 2014 ‘Kajang move’, while the architects of the manoeuvre ended up looking bad.

He said Azmin was also skilled at portraying himself as an Anwar loyalist, while subtly putting down the president when the opportunity presents itself.

“As a minister, Azmin tries to show he has more to offer than Anwar.

“You can see that in (Azmin’s) speeches in Parliament, or any speeches where Anwar is present,” the preacher said in a statement today.

Wan Ji (photo) also opined that Azmin was good at deciding when to speak up and when not to, unlike Anwar or his chief rival Rafizi Ramli.

“After winning the deputy presidency, (Azmin’s) speech sounded like it contained barbs against Rafizi.

“In truth, (Azmin) was aiming for Anwar. We heard it (ourselves). (Azmin’s) voice changed whenever he said the word ‘Ibrahim’.

“All his past rivals were ‘bin Ibrahim’ – Khalid Ibrahim and Zaid Ibrahim. This means the next to fall will be ‘Anwar Ibrahim’. But he only mentioned Rafizi to disguise this,” he said.

Azmin’s recent protest against the Anwar’s choice of appointments to the party’s leadership was, to Wan Ji, the signal that the student was going after the master.

Anwar had decided on the appointment of key positions in the party leadership on Friday after chairing the central leadership council (MPP) meeting.

However, Azmin and several allies have claimed that the appointments did not reflect “just and fair



Azmin, Hisham ‘reunited’ in Morocco

PETALING JAYA: A photo of the families of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein holidaying in Morocco is bound to fan speculation of the leadership split developing in PKR.



Azmin openly questions Anwar’s PKR appointments

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali says the recently-announced appointments do not reflect the principles of fair representation and will not help the party move forward.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR deputy president Azmin Ali has urged his president to review recent party leadership appointments, claiming some of the appointed individuals were directly involved in rigging practices during the last PKR polls.

“A few of the named individuals were directly involved in rigged elections, which caused internal divisions within the party,” he said in a statement today.

It is uncertain who he was referring to.

Rafizi Ramli, who lost the contest for the deputy presidency in the PKR polls in November to Azmin, has been appointed as a vice-president.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim announced that the former Pandan MP would join the three other vice-presidents, namely Tian Chua, Dr Xavier Jeyakumar and Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Anwar said the decision was made following a meeting of the central leadership, which discussed the appointments.

Rafizi’s appointment comes less than two weeks after Nurul Izzah resigned as a vice-president and as the party’s Penang chief.

In his statement today, Azmin added that these decisions, which came after fierce party polls, must take into account the views of the party grassroots and should be in line with the party’s original vision.

“The recently-announced appointments do not reflect the principles of fair and just representations, in line with party members’ aspirations, and will not help the party move forward,” he added.

Azmin also hit out at Anwar’s decision to maintain Saifuddin Nasution as PKR secretary-general.

“The secretary-general is an important position which must be held by someone professional and qualified in his management and administrative duties.

“He needs to carry out his responsibilities in line with the party’s unanimous decisions, and not through his own convictions,” Azmin stated.




Anwar on Azmin: He wants some people out, I want everyone in [NSTTV]

DECEMBER 29, 2018 @ 2:50PM
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Azmin, he said, should set a good example for the grassroots in voicing any opinion, even if it is a personal stand.

“My advice to him (Azmin) is to use the proper channel and to set a good example when bringing up issues and limiting it to within the party, instead of through the media,” he told reporters after officiating the Piala Anwar Ibrahim Beach Football Tournament at Pantai Saujana today.

Earlier today , Azmin had in a statement, urged Anwar to review the new appointments to the party’s central leadership council. He said Anwar’s appointment did not reflect the party’s principles of fair and just representation and that such appointments should also be on merit and not as a “reward” or “political bribe” to gain votes within the council.

Anwar had on Friday night announced the appointments of new faces to the council for the 2018-2021 term. The appointments included Rafizi Ramli as one of PKR’s vice-presidents.

Commenting further, Anwar maintained that the appointments were meant to make the party “more inclusive.”

“It’s his personal view, I wanted it to be inclusive.

“He wanted some people out, I want everybody in. That’s the difference.

“You cannot deny the need to bring everybody in. I’ve taken people in his (Azmin’s) faction and in Rafizi’s faction.”

“I know he (Azmin) doesn’t like some of the people I’ve appointed. But I’ve already appointed them,” he said



The top newsmakers of 2018

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. -AFP

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. -AFP

“Who should be the ANN person of the year?” a friend from Asian News Network (ANN) asked me.

ANN is an alliance of 24 Asian news organisations in 20 countries including The StarThe Straits Times (Singapore), The Jakarta PostThe Korea HeraldChina Daily and Kathmandu Post.

My first thought was Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Why? He is the ultimate comeback kid.

At 93 years old, he is back as Malaysia’s Prime Minister for the second time. He is the oldest elected leader in the world. Simply amazing.

Just look at the two who made the cut for the final round:

> The Women of India’s #MeToo movement

“In a country noted for its abuse and violence towards women, the #MeToo movement has sparked necessary conversation and is changing norms,” wrote Quinn Libson of ANN.

> Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

“The two Reuters reporters uncovered a massacre in Myanmar and were jailed for reporting the truth,” wrote Cod Satrusayang, the managing editor of ANN.

The runner-up is – drum roll – Dr Mahathir.

“The nonagenarian’s stunning victory changed the landscape of Mal­aysian politics and was a triumph for democracy in a region experiencing its decline,” wrote Libson.

Dr Mahathir lost by one vote to South Korea president Moon Jae-in.

According to Satrusayang, Moon was picked as ANN Person of the Year for:

> Restarting talks with North Korea when Donald Trump was antagonising the hermit kingdom;

> Insisting on South Korea’s independence to approach North Korea;

> If there were no Moon-Kim Jong-un meeting, there would have been no Trump-Kim meeting; and

> Dialling back the world’s potentially most dangerous conflict zone

The ANN Person of the Year list made me think of who the top 10 newsmakers in Malaysia are.

Dr Mahathir is a given. His statements – at many times sarcastic and witty – are always newsworthy.

For instance, when asked last week about PKR’s Rafizi Ramli’s poll results, alluding that the Pakatan Harapan government’s approval rating had taken a dip, he said: “Rafizi knows what will happen. His prediction on GE14 was very accurate.”

(Before GE14, Rafizi’s Invoke had wrongly predicted that PAS would lose every seat it contested. Invoke got it wrong – PAS won 18 MP seats and 90 state seats.)

Here are the other newsmakers on my top 10 list:

2) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Najib led Umno and Barisan Nas­ional in its historic loss in GE14. He was also the first former Malay­sian prime minister to be charged with corruption. He is also making news for trolling the Pakatan government.

3) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar is also a comeback kid. He is back as MP after winning the Port Dickson by-election. He won uncontested as president of PKR, a party he formed 20 years ago.

Now, he is prime minister-designate. Technically, barring any political intrigue, he is a heartbeat away from becoming the prime minister.

Not bad for a politician who was sacked as deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president by Dr Mahathir in 1998.

4) Datuk Lee Chong Wei

It was a big shock for Malaysians to learn that the 36-year-old badminton star was fighting the toughest battle of his life – early stage nose cancer.

5) Muhammad Adib Mohd Kas­sim

It was an unnecessary death for the 24-year-old firefighter, who suffered severe injuries in a fire-fighting operation during the riot at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya. Up till now, there has been no official explanation on how he sustained the injuries.

6) Pastor Raymond Koh, Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Jos­hua Hilmi and his wife Ruth Hilmi

They disappeared last year and are still unaccounted for.

7) Khairy Jamaluddin, Nurul Izzah Anwar and Rafizi Ramli

When Rembau MP Khairy, Perma­tang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah and former Pandan MP Rafizi go for lunch in Bangsar, it is hot news.

Their lunch date also – as Rafizi sarcastically tweeted in response to Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh calling the meeting a wayang (drama) – caused the sharp increase in the prices of eggs.

8) Edi Rejang

A video clip of Mohamad Edi Mohamad Riyars, also known as Edi Rejang, berating a beer promoter at the non-halal section of a supermarket in Kuala Lumpur went viral.

Edi rejang-ed the promoter for promoting beer to “anyone” and criticised her for speaking in English as this was “Bumi Melayu”.

He later apologised, saying he was not racist as he sent his kid to a Chin­ese school and had many Chinese friends.

9) Saro Ai

News that the Japanese former porn actress was expecting her first child was one of the hottest news stories on The Star Online. It seems the 35-year-old has many fans in Malaysia. I do wonder why.

10) Nur Sajat

Many are fascinated with the cosmetics entrepreneur’s sexual identity. Is Nur Sajat actually Muhammad Sajjad Kamaruzzaman?

A photocopy of the 33-year-old sex bomb’s alleged identity card with a male name became trending news.

Who will be in the newsmakers in Malaysia for 2019?

Dr Mahathir and Anwar.

Next year might see the repeat of the biggest news in 1998.

Philip Golingai , Mahathir Mohamad

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One Man's Meat by Philip Golingai

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/one-mans-meat/2018/12/29/the-top-newsmakers-of-2018-south-korean-president-moon-jaein-pips-prime-minister-tun-dr-mahathir-moh/#DSXtqoUpEvzuBPuI.99



Rohaniza Idris dan Mohd Husni Mohd Noor

DALAM keadaan pipi kanan yang masih berbalut luka, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman tetap bersemangat pada malam perasmian Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan Srikandi dan Angkatan Bersatu Anak Muda (Armada) Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU), di Putrajaya, malam ini.

Ketua Armada itu dilihat berada sebaris bersama Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi BERSATU di atas pentas ketika ucapan perasmian oleh Presiden BERSATU Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Difahamkan, Ahli Parlimen Muar itu mengalami cedera ringan selepas jatuh daripada motosikal beberapa hari yang lalu sehingga luka di pipi kanan.

Syed Saddiq turut menarik perhatian perwakilan media apabila dilihat memandu sendiri ke Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Putrajaya (PICC).



PPBM will champion new Bumiputra national agenda, says Muhyiddin

ARMADA leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Srikandi leader Rina Harun arrive for the launch of Srikandi and Armada annual assembly in Putrajaya December 28, 2018 — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
ARMADA leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Srikandi leader Rina Harun arrive for the launch of Srikandi and Armada annual assembly in Putrajaya December 28, 2018 — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 28 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) will pursue a new national Bumiputera agenda after the former administration failed to improve the people’s lives, said its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Opening the annual general meeting of PPBM’s Armada youth wing and Srikandi women’s wing, he said despite all the initiatives to uplift the community’s economic status, the Barisan Nasional government had failed because of greed.



Will PPBM behave exactly like Umno?
Politicians hoping to be in power will have to come to terms with the Malay factor. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Following the recent defections from Umno to PPBM, WhatsApp has been abuzz with the question of whether PPBM will turn into another Umno.

Many WhatsApp users recall former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s speculation that any Malay-centric party replacing Umno as the party in power would not act differently from it.

Lee made the remark in his 2013 book, ‘One Man’s View of the World’. Speculating on the possibility of Barisan Nasional’s fall from power, he said a change of government would not see the end of Malay supremacy as the order of the day.

That PPBM is seeking to replace Umno is not in question. Indeed, Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself said last July that his party would replace Umno in looking after the interests of the

Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew speculated that any Malay-centric party replacing Umno would not act differently from it.

But will PPBM become just another Umno?

Tawfik Ismail, who once held the Sungai Benut parliamentary seat for Umno, said the 14th general election results showed that the Malays were split into five main groups, namely PKR, Umno, PAS, Amanah and PPBM, and that none could claim to be the main voice of the Malays.

“But there are elements of Umno within all, even in PAS,” he told FMT.

He believes that PPBM will try to mimic Umno, though it will realistically be able to do so only outside of Pakatan Harapan because DAP will not tolerate it.

Tawfik said it was key that Mahathir should set the tone in PPBM and not allow “Umno refugees” to lead it as this would result in fights with PH partners and the disintegration of the ruling coalition.

Political scientist Chandra Muzaffar said any political party seeking Malay support and hoping to be in power would have to come to terms with the Malays’ attachment to their position as the country’s original inhabitants.

Tawfik Ismail believes that PPBM will try to mimic Umno, though it will realistically be able to do so only outside of Pakatan Harapan.

He said the position of the Malays – their culture, language, religion and rulers – assumed “extraordinary significance” largely because of the massive conferment of citizenship upon Chinese and Indians on the eve of Merdeka in 1957.

Chandra said a political party seeking the support of the Malays and hoping to be the ruling power could adopt either a progressive or conservative approach to the question of the Malay position.

“A progressive approach would, for instance, insist that our constitutional rulers adhere strictly to the principles of a constitutional monarchy,” he said.

“A progressive approach to Islam as the religion of the federation would emphasise values in the religion that are universal and resonate with humanity as a whole.

“A progressive understanding of affirmative action would give priority to the needs of the poor, regardless of ethnicity.”

With such an interpretation, he said, the Malay position would acquire a positive meaning for everyone, Malay and non-Malay.

He also said many Malays today were against a too conservative approach to the Malay position as it would favour the elite and breed corruption and other abuses of power.

Chandra Muzaffar says any  party seeking Malay support must come to terms with the Malays’ attachment to their position as the country’s original inhabitants.

“In a sense, Pakatan Harapan represents that sentiment. I would argue that some of those who voted for PAS or even certain Umno personalities also want to see justice and fairness in Malaysian society.”

Another analyst, Oh Ei Sun of the Pacific Research Centre, said the current situation in Malaysia was reminiscent of the southern United States before the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964.

In those days, he said, African Americans were treated like second-class citizens, regardless of whether the Democrats or Republicans were in power.

“It took the solidarity between the African Americans and the more progressive and predominantly northern whites in the civil rights movement through peaceful – but sometimes deadly – protests and acts of disobedience to eventually usher in a new, comparatively non-discriminatory era,” he said.

“The local equivalents of such progressive whites, though slowly building up primarily in the urban areas, are not yet forming a significant momentum with the mostly non-vocal local equivalents of African Americans to effect a similar change.”

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