KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Malaysia’s divisive election has left a bitter taste for millions of people that risks creating a long-term problem of legitimacy for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
The outrage was clear at a busy intersection across from one of Kuala Lumpur’s fanciest shopping malls, where a huge poster of Najib and his deputy had been defaced — a rare display of public disrespect in the Southeast Asian nation.
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Barisan Nasional (BN) has no choice but to throw its weight behind Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who will likely survive his second term as prime minister due to a lack of alternative, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said.Dr Mahathir made the remark in a report on international business wire Bloomberg yesterday, appearing again to bat for Team Najib at a time when the beleaguered prime minister is struggling to revive a wounded BN.“I think the party will support … Read More
PETALING JAYA, May 26 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) wants to sign up some 500,000 volunteers to protest at the Election Commission (EC) offices until the members resign in favour of replacements who report directly to parliament.The coalition also wants voters to lodge reports against the EC forusing indelible ink that can be washed off immediately after the May 5 general elections, despite claims that it was introduced to prevent possible double voting.“The people will move to SPR … Read More
PUTRAJAYA, May 26 — The Barisan Nasional (BN) did not steal victory from the opposition in the 13th general election (GE13), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. He said Malaysia practised a parliamentary democratic system as enshrined in the federal constitution whereby BN had won general elections based on winning more seats to form the government and not based on the popular votes system.“The claim that we stole victory from the opposition is a falsehood because we … Read More
PETALING JAYA, 26 Mei – Pakatan Rakyat (PR) mahu mengumpulkan 500,000 sukarelawan untuk membantah di pejabat Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) sehingga pesuruhjaya meletakkan jawatan untuk digantikan dengan yang baru dan akan menjawab secara langsung kepada Parlimen.Gabungan itu juga mahukan pengundi membuat laporan polis terhadap SPR kerana dakwat kekal yang boleh dicuci serta merta selepas pilihan raya umum 5 Mei, walaupun tujuan asalnya diperkenalkan untuk mencegah … Read More
PUTRAJAYA, 26 Mei — Barisan Nasional (BN) tidak pernah mencuri kemenangan daripada pembangkang dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 baru-baru ini, kata Datuk Seri Najib Razak.Perdana Menteri berkata Malaysia mengamalkan sistem demokrasi berparlimen seperti termaktub dalam perlembagaan negara dan BN memenangi pilihan raya berdasarkan kelebihan jumlah kerusi untuk membentuk kerajaan dan bukan berdasarkan undi popular seperti sistem presiden yang diamalkan di Amerika Syarikat.“Dakwaan … Read More
NEW DELHI, May 26 — India’s Jet Airways and its smaller rival SpiceJet reported quarterly losses on Friday as fare increases were not sufficient to cover high costs of operations.Jet, which has agreed to sell a 24 per cent stake to Gulf carrier Etihad in a US$370 million (RM1.2 billion) deal, was optimistic of demand growth and said airlines were regaining their pricing power.Airlines in India have increased fares in recent months after Kingfisher Airlines, once the … Read More
NEW YORK, May 26 — A group of US retailers, including Macy’s Inc and Corp, sued Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc on Thursday, breaking off from a proposed US$7.2 billion (RM22 billion) settlement reached last year over fees to process credit card transactions.The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Manhattan, came ahead of a May 28 deadline for the millions of merchants affected by the settlement to decide whether to forego receiving damages under the pact and pursue their own … Read More
WASHINGTON, May 26 — The biggest overhaul of US immigration laws in a generation won bipartisan approval from a powerful US Senate committee last week, but there is a strong chance that Republicans in the House of Representatives will end up killing it.The problem: House Republicans are far from convinced by arguments from party leaders that passage of the bill would help Republicans draw support from Hispanic voters. Many also believe any kind of amnesty for the estimated … Read More
ROME, May 26 — A Sicilian priest gunned down by the Mafia twenty years ago outside his home in Palermo was beatified in a seafront ceremony yesterday attended by an estimated 100,000 people from all over Italy.Father Giuseppe Puglisi was shot in the back of the head in September 1993 in the crime-ridden Brancaccio district of the Sicilian capital where he preached against the Mafia.School parties, local dignitaries and top government ministers braved a stiff wind as the … Read More