• Cross protesters had ‘extreme ideas’, local Umno chief says

    — Picture by Melissa ChiPETALING JAYA, April 20 — The protest to demand the removal of a cross outside a Taman Medan church would have escalated if police and Umno members did not intervene, Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar said today. The Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno branch chief and elder brother to the Inspector-General of Police said the residents had reached out to him because of his seniority and because he has lived in the area since 1976. He was accompanied by Munaliza Hamzah, 52, Harun Ismail, 58 and Datuk Mad Shah Abu Anas, 54 — all Umno members and residents of the area who helped mediate the issue. Abdullah, who is also the chairman at a security firm, was present along with Munaliza, Harun and Mad Shah at the protest to speak to a church representative to communicate the protesters’ grouses.

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  • Beware your wife’s behaviour, mufti warns country’s leaders - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has warned the country's leaders of the behaviour and the "trickery" of their wives if they did not want to be scorned by the people, as this could lead to the destruction of their political careers. However, it was not clear to whom it was directed although Asri had used the term "first lady" and had mentioned several names of wives of world leaders. "In certain countries, the behaviour of a woman carrying the title of 'first lady' can destroy the careers and political future of a world leader. "So it was not surprising when Elena Ceausescu, the wife of Romania's former president Nicolae Ceausescu, was sentenced to death along with her husband because they had wasted away the country's wealth and had abused their power.

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  • New basic salary for lowest-paid civil servants by end of year – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.The government will announce a new basic salary for 3,072 civil servants in the Grade 11 group who are currently earning a monthly salary of between RM823 to RM850 by the end of this year, said Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal. He said those in this grade, the lowest in the public service, comprised people who entered it with a Penilaian Menengah Rendah qualification, including general office assistants, operations assistants, and drivers, whose total take-home salary and allowance amounted to between RM1,257 and RM1,275. "The government is aware of the group with the low minimum salary.

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  • Service charge: It’s entirely up to customer

    The GST, effective April 1, was fixed at six per cent. With the introduction of GST, sales tax rated at 10 per cent and service tax (six per cent) have been abolished. However, along with the implementation of the new tax system, many issues have been raised that need to be addressed, one of them regarding service charge. Some might not be aware that service charge has nothing to do with the authorities. While generally, customers did not seem to object to paying service charge, there have been abuses.

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  • Dr M snubs opposition offer to work together to 'save Malaysia' | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today snubbed an offer by the opposition to work together to "save Malaysia". "I'm not working with anyone to take down Najib, not the opposition. "The problem is within Umno itself," Mahathir said. On Saturday, veteran DAP politician Lim Kit Siang had told Malaysian students during a talk in Alexandria, Egypt, that he is ready to put aside past problems if that is what it takes to save the country.

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  • Rafizi challenges constitutionality of Bafia | theSundaily

    SHAH ALAM: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli and former bank employee Johari Mohamad are challenging the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (Bafia). Both of them who are charged under the Bafia act for allegedly revealing confidential banking information in the National Feedlot Corporaton (NFC) issue, filed an application to refer questions of law to the High Court, through their lawyer N.Surendran at the Shah Alam High Court registry today. The application was made under Section 30 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964.

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  • MAS revises excess baggage fee - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said its revised excess baggage fee structure will come into effect on April 22. Previously applied regional rates per blocks of…

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  • EPF looking for feedback on full savings withdrawal age | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) yesterday opened consultations on several proposals designed to address issues related to the inadequacy of retirement savings among members for the long term. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Sharil Ridza Ridzuan said through the members consultation exercise, the fund is seeking a consensus on the issue concerning the alignment of the retirement age determined by the government and the age for full withdrawal of savings. » to maintain the current withdrawal age at 55 years and introduce 60 years for those working past the age of 55.

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  • Ten ‘very Malaysian’ beliefs - People | The Star Online

    Human Writes: Beliefs are rather daunting. We’re all loaded with them, but we’re not always aware of them.

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  • EPF made hefty profit from sale of London property, says CEO

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The sale of One Sheldon Square in London to British Land, the UK’s largest real estate company, for £210 million (RM1.13 billion) is a record for a property in that area of the city, the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) said. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the EPF made a hefty profit from the sale as the property was purchased at £150 million in 2010.

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  • Tun M: I will not work with the opposition - Videos | The Star Online

    Former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohammad says he will not work with the opposition as his problem lies within UMNO itself.

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  • MCA slams Jakim's gender segregation guidelines | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun has deemed the Malaysian Islamic Development Department's (Jakim) guideline that imposes gender segregation would not be well for Malaysia's development creative and entertainment industry. Concert-goers normally attend with family members, friends or colleagues and it is a good occasion to build fellowship," Chew, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister, said in a statement. MCA Deputy President Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong had also frowned upon Jakim's guidelines as it was not a suitable move in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia.

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  • Indonesian president to investors: if you have a problem, call me - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.President Joko Widodo urged investors on Monday to come to Indonesia, promising "incredible profits" and assuring them that if they run into any problems they can give him a call. Widodo, who was elected president six months ago amid hopes that he would bring much-needed reform to Asia's fifth-largest economy, has come under fire recently for failing to deliver radical change and a series of policy reversals. Addressing a World Economic Forum meeting in Jakarta, he conceded that Indonesia now faced significant challenges, and compared them to the country's over-reliance on crude oil exports when oil prices crashed after the 1970s boom. He said the Indonesian economy now needed to shift from consumption to production and to investment in infrastructure, industry and human capital.

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  • Keep withdrawals at 55, ASLI urges EPF as it hails enhanced measures

    The Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) welcomes the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) newly proposed enhancement and improvement initiatives as long as the pension fund provide the flexibility for members to withdraw their savings at the age of 55. ASLI director Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam said with the flexibility, EPF members should be able to opt out at the age of 55 or later at their own choice.

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  • Sony plays it safe with new Xperia Z4 smartphone

    — AFP picTOKYO, April 20 — The Japanese brand has just revealed the specs of the Xperia Z4, the successor to the Z3. Due to go on sale in Japan this summer, the new smartphone seems to be far less innovative than the latest models from Samsung or Huawei. The Sony Xperia Z4 reprises the basic format of the original Z3, with its 5.2-inch (15.2-cm) screen (1920x1080 pixels) but is slightly thinner (6.9mm compared to 7.3mm). Shipped with the latest version of Android (5.0), the Z4 packs a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (expandable through a microSD).

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  • Dyana Sofya to Isma: Stop using religion, race to pit Malays against DAP

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) should stop using religion and race as a crutch to pit Malays against the DAP and cause public confusion, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud said today. “The delusional Isma directly accused the DAP of eroding the faith of Malay-Muslims, confusing the public and so on.

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  • Josh Hartnett 'regrets saying no to people' | theSundaily

    The 36-year-old actor has admitted he regrets not accepting the chance to star as Batman in the Christopher Nolan-directed reboot of the series, and thinks the decision led to him being overlooked for other coveted roles. Josh thinks the decision caused him to miss out on a role in the 2006 film 'The Prestige', which starred Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and his ex-girlfriend Scarlett Johansson.

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  • China’s biggest auto show opens as economy slows - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 20, 2015.Global carmakers including Volkswagen, Ford and GM showed off hundreds of vehicles in Shanghai Monday, adamant that China remains the promised land even though sales growth has hit the brakes. At China's premier auto show, foreign carmakers admitted an economic slowdown in the world's second largest economy had taken its toll, but said the market was simply too big – and too important – to ignore. China's economy expanded 7.4% last year, the slowest in nearly a quarter of a century. "It is still growing and the market is the largest market in the world," Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing at Germany's BMW, told reporters.

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  • Penang’s sanctity disrespected — S.M. Mohamed Idris

    APRIL 20 — The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are disappointed with the Penang State Planning Committee (SPC) chaired by the Chief Minister for approving conversion of hill reserve land to residential

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  • Suspended Chong Wei eyes SEA Games spot - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 19, 2015.Former Badminton world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei is confident he will be cleared from a failed dope test and will find a place in the Malaysian squad for the Southeast Asian Games in June. The twice Olympic silver medallist is provisionally banned and awaiting a verdict from Badminton World Federation (BWF) after testing positive for the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the world championships in August. Chong Wei, 32, faced a hearing in Amsterdam last week but was confident he will receive good news in the next two weeks from the sport's world governing body and will take part in the June 5-16 SEA Games in neighbouring Singapore. "I'll only play in the team event as the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) plan to send me for a tournament which will clash with the SEA Games' (singles) competition," he was quoted as saying by Malaysian media yesterday.

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  • It's a pork party at Piggy Tail - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Put on your party hat – Bangsar’s newest porcine pleasure has the roast to go with your toast. With their use of premium Sakura pork and inventive recipes, the restaurateurs behind Piggy Tail aim to serve up a feast fit for many a private fete in the city. Fun-loving Hong Kong native Zimmer Chan hopes to see more locals be the host with the most at his Chinese-Western fusion restaurant. “In Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau, the trend is leaning towards house parties.

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  • Residents furore over 2 day old church - Videos | The Star Online

    Residents staged a peaceful protest against a new church situated in a shoplot in Taman Medan after the congregation there put up a cross on the church building.

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  • Oil falls on strong dollar as Saudi output remains near record high - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Oil prices fell towards US$62 (RM225) a barrel today on a strong dollar and as Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi said, production would stay around 10 million barrels per day (bpd) in April. Brent crude was trading down US$1.20 at US$62.25 by 1147 GMT (7.47pm Malaysian time), down from an intraday peak of US$64.34. The dollar was up 0.47% against a basket of currencies, denting the price of crude oil. Production in the world's biggest crude exporter would stay near record peaks around 10 million bpd in April, Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi told Reuters today in Seoul, where he is due to attend a board meeting of the state oil firm Saudi Aramco.

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  • Guard who ran amok was employed by the book, says security firm

    JOHOR BAHRU, April 19 — A knife-wielding security guard who ran amok, killing a bank officer and injuring the victim’s colleague at a bank in Taman Molek on Friday, was recruited according to regulations, said the former’s

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  • The heroic rats that are saving lives, one landmine at a time (VIDEO)

    NEW YORK, April 19 — Nicholas Kristof follows a large rodent as it searches a minefield in northern Angola. — New York Times

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  • Mandatory for household to separate garbage from September | theSundaily

    PUTRAJAYA: Households are urged to prepare themselves for the mandatory practice of separating garbage effective September. Solid Waste and Solid Cleansing Management Corp (SWCorp) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor said every family member should know how to do it and dispose off garbage properly. "Waste isolation will involve the disposal of food waste for the first two days of collection every week and the third day collection is for recyclable garbage," he told reporters after giving out prizes to winners of a 3R (Reduce Reuse Recycle) marathon run here, today.

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  • Mat Sabu: No action against Penang PAS Youth after Permatang Pauh boycott threat

    — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The statement by Penang PAS Youth that they would not cooperate during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign was their view, said PAS deputy President PAS Mohamad Sabu. Mohamad was commenting on a statement by Penang PAS Youth chief Mohd Yusni Mohd Piah who was quoted as saying that they would not participate in Permatang Pauh if the state Keadilan Youth wing (AMK) and the Penang DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) did not retract their statements about PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in connection with the hudud issue.

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  • Isis shows purported executions in Libya of Ethiopia Christians - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 19, 2015.The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria jihadist group today released a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya. The 29-minute video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in a text on the screen as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".

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  • Ferrari to play ‘carrot and stick’ with Raikkonen - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Ferrari are prepared to play a game of “carrot and stick” with Kimi Raikkonen to keep Formula One's top Finn performing at his best. The 2007 world champion, still Ferrari's most recent title winner, is out of contract at the end of the year although the Italian team have an option of keeping him alongside Sebastian Vettel. Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, who took on the job last November, told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix that the decision would depend on the 35-year-old's performance on the track. Raikkonen responded immediately by finishing second on Sunday for his first podium finish since he was at Lotus in 2013 and first for Ferrari since 2009.

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  • Mother of autistic child creates ‘Talk Different’ universal language app

    — AFP picPARIS, April 20 — The French mother of an autistic child has created what is believed to be the world’s first smartphone application allowing people speaking different languages — or those incapable of speech at all — to communicate together, French company Sogeti said today. Marie Spitz developed the “Talk Different” app that uses 700 images, colours, icons and sounds to create messages based on alternative communication techniques she practised to interact with her daughter Pauline, whose autism severely limits her speech capacity. The key to “Talk Different,” Spitz says, is the ease and accessibility that allows lost travellers, the vocally- or hearing-impaired or other verbally isolated users to construct messages on smartphones or pads that virtually anyone else will understand. It was introduced for purchase and downloading on Google Play and Apple Store in nine international languages today by Sogeti, an affiliate of French computing service giant Capgemini.

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  • GST on Sabah and Sarawak flights remains - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Sabahans and Sara­wakians have been asking for flights within their states to be exempted from Goods and Services Tax (GST) because to them it is an essential form of public transport but the Customs Department says no. Customs GST director Datuk Subroma­niam Tholasy said while flights were a necessity in both states, only domestic transport of passengers for “mass public transport” such as by rail, ship, boat, ferry, ex­press bus, stage bus, school bus, feeder bus, workers’ bus and taxis were exempted from GST. “Flights cannot be considered as a daily mode of transport,” he said in an interview. Subromaniam said the prime minister spoke about the Trans Borneo Highway and work on it had already started.

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  • Mat Sabu says Penang PAS Youth’s remark over by-election ‘their own view’ – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    The statement by Penang PAS Youth that they would not cooperate during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign was their view, said PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu. Mohamad, who is better known as Mat Sabu (pic), said so far the PAS top leadership had not received any official statement from the Penang PAS Youth wing.

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  • Gerakan seeking solution to hudud issue | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A legal team of five lawyers from Gerakan today attended a court hearing on a case filed on March 19 to challenge the constitutionality of the Syariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (Amendment 2015). Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said in a statement that the move made in the hope of finding a permanent solution to the hudud issue. "Our legal team is well prepared and we have a strong locus standi in mounting a legal challenge against the constitutionality of hudud. It is our fervent hope to seek a permanent solution to this (issue)," he added.

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  • Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes ‘biggest seizure’ of tusks - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Thai customs officials have seized four tonnes of ivory worth US$6 million (RM21.6 million), authorities said on Monday, in what the department called the largest bust of its kind in Thailand's history. The elephant tusks were hidden in bags containing dried beans in containers originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Thai Customs Department said in a statement, and were bound for Laos. The seizure comes as Thailand – a top destination for African ivory smuggling in Asia – is under increasing pressure to crack down on its illegal ivory trade.

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  • Three-vehicle collision left one dead, two injured | theSundaily

    The deceased, from Kampung Koh here, died at the scene of the accident. The 28-year-old injured driver from Taman Keria, Lekir was sent to Seri Manjung hospital for outpatient treatment. Manjung district police chief ACP Tengku Mohd Zailan Tengku Ahmad said the driver was travelling from Seri Manjung to Lekir when the accident occurred at 8.30am at a traffic light junction. Tengku Mohd Zailan said police are investigating whether the cars had adhered to the traffic lights.

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  • China to launch 3 new free-trade zones - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 20, 2015.China will launch three new free-trade zones on Tuesday, official media said today, building on a project that began in Shanghai to much fanfare but has so far undershot expectations. The free-trade zones (FTZs) will be opened in the southern province of Guangdong, the northern port of Tianjin and the eastern province of Fujian, reported the website of the People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece. Each will cover around 120 sq km, the State Council, China's cabinet, said.

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  • Indonesian brewer Multi Bintang says investment hinges on regulation - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.PT Multi Bintang Indonesia Tbk is in talks with the government over a new ban on alcohol sales at minimarts and a planned 40 million euros (RM155 million) investment hinges on regulatory certainty, the brewer's top executive said today. Multi Bintang, majority-owned by Dutch brewer Heineken, had previously allocated the money over the next three years to raise its production capacity, president director Michael Chin said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jakarta.

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  • ‘Malicious’ outsiders instigating home buyers, says Liow - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 19, 2015.Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has accused “malicious outsiders” of egging on the house buyers who lodged a police report against him yesterday over his alleged failure to fulfil his 2011 promise to them. The seven owners of the Taman Perdana Raya Karak apartment units yesterday demanded that the Bentong MP keep to his promise to get their money back, after their homes proved unfit for occupation when they were completed in 2009. Liow, however, said he received no request for help recently from the group before they lodged the report yesterday at the Karak police station, accompanied by Parti Sosialis Malaysia activist Suresh Kumar. “I personally assisted on this matter many years ago and out of 24 units, 17 buyers resolved their issues, the remaining seven buyers were supposed to work out the compensation with the developer,” Liow told The Malaysian Insider in a text message.

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  • AirAsia activates ‘Home Tag’ feature in Senai - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic supplied, April 20, 2015.Those travelling on AirAsia out of Senai International Airport in Johor can now use the “Home Tag” feature which allows guests to print their bag tags at home together with their boarding pass. Activated today, the feature allows bag tags to be printed onto a standard A4 sheet of paper and guests simply has to fold the paper and place it into a "Home Tag Sleeve" (plastic cover) provided at the airport, which is then attached to the bag, a statement from the airline said. This first-of-its-kind option in Malaysia are now available for flights from Johor Baru to Kuching and also Johor Baru to Kuala Lumpur. The feature will subsequently be implemented for all flights departing Johor Baru.

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  • Toe the line, PAS sec-gen tells dissenting Permatang Pauh division

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The national PAS leadership has decided on supporting PKR’s candidate for Permatang Pauh, the Islamist party’s secretary-general said today amid threats by its division there to boycott the campaign. Datuk Mustafa Ali added that the party has discussed and unanimously agreed to support the candidate put forth by PKR, overruling the Permatang Pauh PAS division’s threatened boycott. “The decision of the central PAS leadership overrides the decision of PAS Permatang Pauh. Central PAS leadership has made the decision to support the candidate by PKR,” he said during a press conference at the PKR headquarters today.

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