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JOHOR BAHRU - Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad is raring to contest and defend his Johor Bahru parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election (GE14) and face any 'heavyweight' opposition candidate.

"Initially, I predicted the GE14 to be plain sailing. But then I hear these things about people coming to Johor including Khalid Abd Samad (Shah Alam MP), so I thought, since everyone is interested in Johor, I too want to be in the game and face them in any situation."

Shahrir told reporters this after a '4 All' dialogue here last night, which was also attended by UMNO Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is also MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Felda chairman was commenting on the opposition's plan to make Johor as a 'frontline state in GE14.

He reiterated that he would not retreat but was ready to face off with any formidable candidate from the opposition in the parliamentary constituency.

"With their Mahathir (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad)... their Anwar (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) and their Muhyiddin (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin), and Kit Siang (Lim Kit Siang).

"They all want to make Johor

KUALA LUMPUR - DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang’s past actions show that DAP is the de facto leader of the opposition, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

With the majority seats that DAP had compared to the others in the opposition pact, Salleh said DAP dictated what happened.

“The so-called partnership with PPBM is merely to give Pakatan a Malay face to present to the Malay voters. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is merely a front to win Malay votes and is

SEREMBAN - Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the party may swap five seats with Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in the 14th General Election (GE4) .

"The discussion is still going on at the highest level of BN and the final decision will be announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is also BN chairman," he told a media conference after opening the 42nd Negeri Sembilan Gerakan delegates conference here.

Meanwhile, he said a Gerakan study showed that 42

KUALA LUMPUR - Lim Guan Eng should know why he has faced problems entering schools, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon (pic).

Chong claimed the Penang Chief Minister had used school functions to speak about politics and to criticise the Federal Government.

Lim, who wanted to visit SJKC Kampung Sungai Lembu on Sept 8 to hand over a cheque to the school's board of governors, questioned why a chief minister was not allowed to enter the school and the need for him to obtain

KUALA LUMPUR - The MIC has approved 49 amendments to the party's constitution in strengthening and restoring the glory of the 71-year-old party, said Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

The MIC president said among the amendments was Article 58.8 that every leader who wanted to contest the MIC president's post needed to get nominations from 250 branch heads as compared to 50 nominations previously.

Another amendment prescribes the president can only lead the party for three terms as compared to the

PETALING JAYA - Ex-Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) vice-president Datuk Hamidah Osman (pic) says she quit the party due to its “uncouth and vulgar” members.

“I just can’t agree with the way the party is being managed... especially how the younger members curse and use vulgarity on social media such as Facebook to run a person down,” she said when contacted yesterday.

“He accused me of being an Umno agent, and even used words like berambus (get lost) from the party. Yet the leadership

PEKAN - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) still had time to fine-tune and perfect their machinery before the 14th general election.

The Prime Minister who is also UMNO president said from the feedback he gathered through the UMNO Delegates Conferences nationwide, the party machinery's level of preparedness was good but added that there was still room to improve and ensure that BN would win big and maintain the mandate.

"Our situation from the aspect of

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