Bernard Then - Horses’ Mouths – 21 December 2015

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Regional Conference for Al-Azhar Graduates

Tuan Guru’s willingness to share the same stage with Najib showed the magnanimity of the PAS president. This will cause distress to those who have always disliked PAS’ policy and struggles, especially those who believe this event would lead to both parties becoming one.

Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, PAS deputy president, stressing that there was “nothing strange” in the move by PAS president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang and Umno President Najib Tun Razak to share the same stage at an event recently



Bernard Then

I learned with deep sadness that DNA tests by Philippine authorities confirmed the remains found in Jolo are that of the late Bernard Then. I want Malaysian officials to liaise with the authorities in the Philippines and bring home the remains as soon as possible to help provide closure to his family.

Najib Razak, wanting the Malaysian officials to work with Philippine authorities to bring home the remains of Malaysian Bernard Then Ted Fen as soon as possible




All this while PAS has been fighting based on that principle. Whenever other parties want to adopt the same principles, we are open to forwarding this agenda together.On the basis of cooperation based on Islamic requirements, we are prepared to be with anyone for the benefit of Muslims.

Takiyuddin Hassan, PAS secretary general


It would be a good thing if Umno and PAS unite, but I don't think there would be political cooperation between Umno and PAS before the 14th general election. Umno is nationalist. PAS is an Islamist party. In PAS it is not easy for its leadership to speak of cooperation. The reality is there would be obstacles.

Ibrahim Ali, Perkasa chief



Christmas gift

It is our commitment to continue to support religious institutions of various faiths in Selangor.

Azmin Ali, Selangor MB, on approving RM200,000 for the ongoing construction of an office and chapel owned by the country’s umbrella Protestant church body, the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM), and a state budget of RM6 million in repair and renovation assistance for non-Muslim places of worship



Cost of living

When prices of world crude oil fall, the Government’s revenue drops. In this context, it is expected to decrease by more than RM30bil next year. So, it is difficult for the Government to intervene, such as by increasing subsidies.

Najib Razak, hitting out at those who confuse the public over the cause for the increase in the prices of goods and services



Give way

There have been discussions encouraging the public to defy police, particularly on the road while escorting VIPs. VIPs are escorted mainly for safety reasons. I request this stops because it won't bring any good to the society or country - instigating people into lawlessness.

Khalid Abu Bakar, Inspector General of Police, reminding that those who defy police instructions, particularly when asked to give way to VIP convoys, can be penalised under the law

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