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6 theSun | MONDAY NOVEMBER 3 2008

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Mohd Isa qualifies for veep race Vincent Lim quits as

The others are Education
PM’s political sec
» From Front Page Minister and Umno Youth chief KUALA LUMPUR: After serving as politi-
win enough nominations for the Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein cal secretary to the prime minister the
right to be listed on the ballot paper. (111 nominations), Minister in the past five years, Datuk Dr Vincent Lim
Ali has 31 nominations so far Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Kian Tick has resigned from the position
and he needs eight more to qualify Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (80), Higher effective Saturday.
for the contest. Education Minister Datuk Seri Lim, who had been tasked with helping
Rural and Regional Development Khaled Nordin (60), Unity, Culture, the prime minister to look into Chinese
Minister Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk affairs in the country, said he decided to
resign from the position as he did not
Taib, another candidate for the No 2 Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (56) and
want to hang around for too long after
post, has picked up 28 nominations. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed
the MCA and Gerakan had completed
He needs another 11 to qualify. Hamid Albar (24). their respective party elections.
For the first time, Domestic Trade Wanita Umno vice-chief Datuk “I have considered my job done.
and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil yesterday Moreover, I never intended to stay more
Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad received received nominations from the than one term,” he said when contacted
a nomination for the post – from the Temerloh and Labuan divisions to by Bernama yesterday.
Gua Musang division – on Saturday. contest the Wanita chief post. Lim said he had decided to resign
Six aspirants have qualified for She has so far amassed 66 earlier before the March 2009 hand-over
the vice-presidential race. The latest nominations for the post, well by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
is former Negri Sembilan mentri exceeding the quota of 39, and as he wanted to take a two-month vaca-
besar and Umno vice-president Tan incumbent Wanita chief Tan Sri tion before returning to the Institute of
Sri Mohd Isa Samad, who won his Rafidah Aziz still leads with 103 Strategic and International Studies (ISIS),
20th nomination yesterday. nominations. Malaysia in January.

Penang proposes RM48b

economic stimulusby Himanshu Bhatt RM107 billion; RM5 billion?” he said. Lim criticised EPF for
» a progressive reduction of agreeing to the measure
GEORGE TOWN: The corporate tax rate from the without first calling for a
Penang government has present 25% to 17% which will full-board meeting. “Shares
come up with a RM48 billion cost RM13 billion; bought two weeks ago would
“economic stimulus” plan for » a daily revision of petrol have by now lost at least 15%
the federal authorities that the prices to take into account in value,” he said.
state says would have a “tidal changes in the international “It is unacceptable
effect” in directly benefiting price of oil; and that representatives from
Malaysians during the current workers do not have a say
financial crisis. » a reduction in electricity on how workers’ funds are
Chief Minister Lim Guan tariffs, earlier increased by invested, and are forced to
Eng has outlined a four-prong 26% for businesses, to reflect risk their savings to save
proposal that he insists the latest change in the prices those few companies who
would help poor families of oil. never remember to give
and businesses overcome the Lim, who is leading a state back to workers when these
adverse impact of the global investment mission to South companies reap huge profits.
Volks- economic crisis through a Korea, said this in his speech “Such funds should be put
“multiplier effect”. to Malaysian businessmen in to better use by helping those
wagen “The RM48 billion will Seoul on Friday. who are hurt most by the
and the be shared by ordinary He said the plan was global financial crisis.”
casino Malaysians who will put fairer and more financially He stressed that the
the money into the local sustainable than risking RM5 RM364.2 million in tax cuts
economy economy,” Lim said. billion from the Employees outlined in the 2009 Budget
pg 19 “This will drive the Provident Fund (EPF) to fund is equivalent to only RM36
economy, and with the purchases of shares of certain per year for each working
multiplier effect from the companies. Malaysian.
RM48 billion in the local “Whilst trillions of “What is RM364.2 million
economy, it would help grow dollars are used by Western in tax cuts for working
and contribute to the GDP and democracies to save their Malaysians compared with
maintain the quality of life of banks, financial markets, RM5 billion of workers’ funds
working Malaysians.” businesses and citizens, the to help companies?” he said.
The plan includes: Malaysian government’s only “Such a policy is
response two weeks ago was discriminatory against
» RM6,000 annual oil bonus to inject another RM5 billion workers.
to all families earning less of EPF funds into ValueCap “Clearly the BN
than RM6,000 a month, Sdn Bhd to buy undervalued government has not only got
or RM3,000 annual bonus shares in listed companies. its priorities wrong in helping
to bachelors earning less “Why not spend RM48 a few instead of all, but is
than RM3,000 a month. The billion to help Malaysian undertaking a short-sighted
amount, Lim said, would cost workers and small businesses measure that confuses and
RM35 billion or a third of when the Barisan Nasional equates economic policy with
Petronas’ 2007 gross profits of (BN) government can spend corporate bailouts.”

Police bust ‘gay parties’, 70 detained

BUTTERWORTH: Unlike the 1993 Mel The guests, including a foreigner, als in the three separate raids between
Brooks-directed comedy, Robin Hood: were allegedly participating in “gay 5pm and 8.30pm.
Men in Tights, an entertainment centre parties” meant exclusively for homo- A police spokesman told Bernama
and two massage parlours hosted sexuals. on Saturday that the suspects, aged
separate parties with a difference on Thus, the police were not amused between 20 and 50, were detained
Saturday. when they raided the entertainment to facilitate investigations under Sec-
Apparently, the humble bath towel centre in Jalan Perai Jaya and the mas- tion 377D of the Penal Code for gross
was the “theme” of the three parties sage parlours in Pulau Tikus to find the indecency.
meant exclusively for men. men frolicking with their male partners, He said police were in the midst of
As it turned out, most of the 70 men clad only in towels. tracking down the owner of the enter-
who turned up to have fun and frolick They found used and unused con- tainment centre who was suspected
with one another, wore just a towel, doms scattered on the floor as they to have held regular “gay parties” at
and nothing else. rounded up 73 suspected homosexu- the premises.