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KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court will decide in January on Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s application to strike out a suit by a former Negeri Sembilan Pribumi chief acti­vist for defamation.

Justice Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamed set Jan 19 for the decision, after submissions in his chambers yesterday. The application was filed on July 25.

Muhyiddin’s counsel Muhammad Faizal Faiz Mohd Hasani said that among the grounds for striking out the suit was that Mohd Anas Sudin failed to satisfy the key element of defamation and that the suit is an abuse of the court process.

In his statement of claim, Mohd Anas said that on April 5, he held a press conference to announce that 500 Pribumi members had left the party because they were dissatisfied with Muhyiddin's leadership.

Mohd Anas is seeking RM10mil in general damages; aggravated and exemplary damages; and an injunction to prevent Muhyiddin from defaming him.

-THE STAR

PASIR SALAK - The social media campaign carried out by the Umno Information Technology and Social Media Bureau is not aimed at spreading lies, but to disseminate accurate and factual information to the people, said its chairman Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

In order to gain confidence of the people towards Umno and Barisan Nasional ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14), he said the committee had adopted various approaches including a social media campaign featuring short videos, infographics

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

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

KUALA TERENGGANU - Pas leadership must stop paying tug of war with UMNO and reassess the offer to work together with the party in the coming 14th general election (GE14), said chairman of Pas Advisory Board, Datuk Mustafa Ali.

He said the collaboration with UMNO, as proposed by UMNO Information Chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa in early October, would be the best alternative for Pas to win more seats in the GE14.

"To me, accepting it does not mean we are with Barisan Nasional...and I do not think

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

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