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Raja Petra Kamarudin

Every government in the world has slush funds. This is part of how governments operate. And Malaysia is no exception.

Malaysia’s expenditure is supposed to be approved by Parliament, normally around November every year. If Parliament does not approve the following year’s budget, then come 1st January it would be illegal for the government to spend money and at the end of January government servants cannot get their salary.

Just to digress a bit, Pakatan Harapan is ruling Malaysia with a slim-majority. That is what prompted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad so say earlier this week that if just one party leaves the coalition the government will collapse. And it does not have to be the party with the largest number of seats.

Say, when the budget is tabled next month, less than 111 MPs vote to pass it (meaning less than 50%) whereas those who vote against it outnumber those who voted for it. What will happen?

Anwar can oust Mahathir through a back-door vote of no confidence in the budget session next month

Technically, this tantamount to a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister and he will have to step down. This means if anyone

PUTRAJAYA - With just a few days to go before Barisan Nasional names its candidates, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak held an important meeting, reminding the coalition’s serving lawmakers to remain loyal – no matter how disappointed they may be if they are dropped in the general election.

The meeting, which started at 9am yesterday, is among the last few steps to be taken before the candidate list is finalised.

The meeting to remind MPs on loyalty is particularly important in light of past cases

SEREMBAN - Former Cabinet minister Tan Sri Napsiah Omar (pic) has passed away at her Ampang Jaya home in Selangor. She was 74.

When contacted, former Pilah assemblyman Datuk Norhayati Omar said Napsiah died of liver­-related complications yesterday.

Her remains were taken to Tunku Muhriz surau in Kampung Jawa, Kuala Pilah, last night.

She is expected to be laid to rest today.

Napsiah, who was the former MP for Kuala Pilah, is survived by a son and three daughters.

She joined the Kuala

SEREMBAN - Barisan Nasional can win five additional state seats in Negri Sembilan and regain a two-thirds majority in the state assembly in the coming general election, provided there is no sabotage by those not picked to contest, its state chief said.

Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Barisan lost several seats in the 2008 and 2013 general elections due to sabotage and infighting.

“Barisan will certainly do better if we readily accept the decision of the top leadership on who should contest,” he

PUTRAJAYA - The list of Barisan Nasional candidates for the general election is “almost ready”, says coalition secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

“As long as we haven’t announced the names, there is room for changes to be made,” he added without elaborating.

Last week, he was quoted as saying that the list would be announced 10 days or a week before nomination day on April 28.

There is speculation that a few incumbent MPs would be dropped, some of them “old faces” or

KUALA LUMPUR - They had barely rebuilt their lives from the ashes of World War II.

It was circa 1950, and half a million Chinese in Malaya were already facing imminent deportation – the decision of the British colonial government to banish them.

This came after the Malayan Communist Party launched an armed struggle against the British in 1948.

The Chinese became victims of that struggle.

It was Tun Tan Cheng Lock, the Malacca Chinese Chambers of Commerce president at the time, who came to

KUANTAN - The 14th general election, expected to be called soon, is regarded by most political analysts as the most fierce and bitter election ever to be held in the country.

This has been admitted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak himself, who regarded it as 'the mother of all elections' that will determine whether Barisan Nasional (BN) continues to be in power in Putrajaya.

Undeniably, the question on whether the Chinese community will make another 'Chinese tsunami' or give their

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