Abdullah: If the movement wants Khairy, so be it


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Jun 2004

UMNO acting president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will not stop any division from nominating his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, as a candidate in the coming party elections, Utusan Malaysia reported. 

The Prime Minister said he would leave the matter entirely to the party’s Youth wing. 

“(Youth chief) Datuk Hishammuddin (Tun Hussein) has informed me on the matter.  

“Why should I stop it if that is what the movement wants?” he was quoted as saying. 

He said that if it was the movement’s desire to nominate Khairy, who is a member of the wing’s executive council, then it should proceed as such. 

However, Abdullah, asked the movement to think carefully on how best to handle the matter. 

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin said the question of Khairy’s nomination would be decided at the division level next month. 

As such, he said, there was no need for any discussion on the matter now. 

Berita Harian reported that the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry received 34 reports of child abuse last month, an average of more than one a day. 

According to the newspaper, minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the alleged abusers included professionals. 

It said most of the complaints were received via the ministry’s Teledera hotline and follow-up action was carried by the Social Welfare Department. 

The Malaysian Buddhists Association has urged pub operators in Kuala Lumpur who are using statues of the Buddha to decorate their premises to remove the statues. 

Sin Chew Daily reported that the association would organise a national campaign against the pubs if the operators did not do so. 

The association said that no one should use statues of the Buddha for business purposes as it showed disrespect for the religion. 

Association president Venerable Seck Jit Heng said it would discuss the matter with other Buddhists associations. 

“We will take legal action if needed.  

“We will also express our dissatisfaction to the Government on the matter and urge the Government to take action against the pubs,” he added.  

China Press reported that the response to a campaign organised by the police and the MCA to encourage the Chinese to join the police force has not been encouraging. 

The daily quoted Deputy Home Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho as saying that, however, the MCA would continue to co-operate and assist the police in organising more such campaigns. 

According to the report, 372 Chinese had applied to join the force so far this year compared with 321 last year. 

The Government has been urged to give one month’s bonus to retired civil servants in recognition of their contributions and sacrifices for the development of the nation, Malaysia Nanban reported. 

The call was made by Federation of Malaysian Consumers’ Associations vice-president Datuk M. Sulaiman who said that most of the 450,000 retired civil servants in the country had served for up to more than 30 years.  

 

Sulaiman regretted that Cuepacs had failed to secure the bonus payment for these people in the salary scheme that came into effect in 2002.  

 

Tamil Nesan and Malaysia Nanban reported that the National Land and Finance Cooperative Society had presented cash awards to 128 students who obtained excellent results in SPM and STPM. 

 

The students, who are children of members, received RM1,000 each.  


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