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KUALA LUMPUR - Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties will meet this week to discuss the Bill on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Act 1965 or RUU 355 that seeks to enhance the Syariah Court punishment.

MIC President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said all top leaders of component parties will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is also BN chairman.

"We will wait until the meeting, only after that will we know what has been proposed and what will be our stand," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

He said in a meeting with Najib two weeks ago, MIC had stated its stand and the prime minister understood MIC's position on the issue.

Dr Subramaniam said the MIC had not received any information about the government's decision to table the RUU 355 in Parliament this session.

On March 17, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government will table the RUU 355 soon.



BENTONG - The Malays and Bumiputra will be sidelined if the people support the opposition at the 14th General Election (GE14) as it is akin to picking DAP to become the next government led by Lim Kit Siang.

Wanita UMNO chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said this was because the people could evaluate for themselves the situation of the Malays in Penang who were being increasingly marginalised under the DAP leadership.

"Picking the opposition means selecting DAP to become the government...if

PETALING JAYA - Two former Umno members are on the verge of setting up a new political party with a single objective of fighting corruption in the country. 

Former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan (pic) and ex-senator Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor are spearheading the formation of the new party, which will reportedly focus on attracting the youth. 

Khairuddin welcomed the idea which he said was initially conceived by Ezam, adding that it was a timely proposal.


KUALA LUMPUR - PAS is not interested in the antics of its former vice-president Datuk Husam Musa who challenged the party to take him to court for breaking its pledge of allegiance.

PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad said this was because the former Kelantan state executive councillor was no longer a party member and that the party wanted to focus on the bigger agenda of facing the 14th General Election (GE14).

"We are not interested in him. He is no longer a PAS member. His actions are because

KUALA LUMPUR - Barisan Nasional should foster and maintain friendships among component parties to achieve victory in the 14th General Election, says Umno Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

This principle to uphold 'Persahabatan' with MCA, MIC and other parties he said, is important as it was the basis of Umno's establishment.

It is also part of the 5P formulae - Pemimpin, Parti, Persahabatan, Pengundi, Perjuangan (Leader, party, friendship, voter, party struggles) - which Annuar drew up

PETALING JAYA - The iron-fisted leadership of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, who is also secretary-general of the party, is the main reason why many DAP members quit, said former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.

He said many DAP members in Penang, Selangor, Johor and Melaka would leave the party out of dissatisfaction with the party leadership which was controlled by the father and son.

"Kit Siang and Guan Eng cannot accept any opinion or suggestion which

KUALA LUMPUR - The accusation by Pandan Member of Parliament, Mohd Rafizi Ramli, that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is a 'champion' when it comes to spending Petronas revenue is unfair and malicious.

Rompin MP, Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin said it had become the norm for Rafizi to make various accusations and malicious allegations against Barisan Nasional leaders, especially Najib, by using figures and data that were misleading, aimed at giving a negative perception of the

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