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GEORGE TOWN - Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng refuted the allegation by Penang UMNO Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman that the state government had earned RM12.5 billion profit from sales of land.

The allegation was untrue and indeed a slander, he told a press conference here today.

Yesterday, Zainal Abidin claimed that several newspapers reported that the state government had earned profit of approximately RM12.5 billion from the sales of land, not including the revenue of other projects implemented in the state.

Zainal was also reported as saying that Penang UMNO found it weird when the state government still wanted to borrow money from a bank in China when Lim had clearly said that the state government had a budget surplus and savings of over RM1.2 billion.

He said the state government was also supposed to use the profit earned from the sales of land for development purposes and not to take more loan from the bank.

On the loan, Lim said it was undeniable that the state government had a budget surplus of RM1.6 billion, but it was worth it to take the loan as the interest rate was lower that the market rate.

Last Thursday, the Penang State Legislative

KUALA LUMPUR - Gerakan vice-president Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay has questioned PKR vice-president Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin for allegedly breaking ranks with party colleagues over Pakatan Harapan’s consensus on prime minister candidate.

Shaharuddin was reportedly suggesting that the party with the most seats in the opposition bloc to decide who should be the PM if they win the next general election.

Kohilan pointed out that such an idea was not even adopted by Pakatan Harapan in the

KUALA LUMPUR - The current political developments in the country, especially ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14) shows that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is a far better politician and more qualified to lead the country, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said this was evident when the Prime Minister in December last year cleverly stated that GE14 would be a platform for Malaysians to choose between an 'UMNO-led government' or 'DAP-led

PETRA JAYA - United People’s Party (UPP) will leave it to Barisan Nasional's (BN) top leadership to decide on the candidate for the Pujut state seat.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said it was too premature to comment on the matter since the Election Commission (EC) will only be making an official announcement on the Pujut by-election on Friday.

Wong, who is the State International Trade and E-Commerce Minister, however, hoped that the BN leadership would stick to the seat distribution

PETALING JAYA - PAS has been "true and faithful" to all mentris besar that have received the blessing of the Selangor Sultan.  

In responding to a decree by the Selangor Palace on Thursday, the Islamist party said that royal assent is the key to political stability in the state.  

"We have always stressed that our decision to cut political ties (with PKR) had nothing to do with the state administration as it is only related to the election.  

"Severing political ties doesn't mean we are no

KUALA LUMPUR - The PAS central committee is holding a meeting to discuss the deepening political crisis in Selangor.

The closed door meeting began at 10.30am Thursday at the party's headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut.

In the absence of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who is recovering from heart surgery, it was left to deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man to chair the meeting.

The meeting will centre on the fate of three Selangor PAS lawmakers who were asked to resign from

KUCHING - Sarawak DAP said today it would field a candidate for the Pujut state by-election.

Its chairman, Chong Chieng Jen, said the party would only announce the name of the candidate after the Election Commission set the date for the by-election.

The seat fell vacant after the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly decided to disqualify the assemblyman, Dr Ting Tiong Choon of the DAP, for allegedly having Australian citizenship.

The EC has scheduled a meeting for Friday to set the date for

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