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KUALA LUMPUR:  Selangor, the opposition-held and richest state in Malaysia, home to some of the country’s top universities and best-educated citizens, will be hotly contested in the upcoming general elections which must be held by August 2018.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — Residents at Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) are questioning how almost half of a public park was quietly taken away to be turned into a private plot of land for nine condominium blocks.

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PETALING JAYA, Nov 21 — Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi will be initiating a civil suit against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for failing to comply with a mandamus order issued by the Federal Court to arrest her Muslim convert ex-husband who has refused to hand custody of the couple’s youngest child back to her.

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PETALING JAYA: The cabinet has been urged to freeze approvals for all Rumah Wilayah Persekutuan (Rumawip) projects and other buildings not undertaken in accordance with the draft of the KL City Plan 2020.

Seputeh DAP MP Teresa Kok said the cabinet’s recent directive to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to freeze luxury condominiums and shopping complexes was not enough to address KL folks’ concerns at the way DBKL and the federal territories ministry were running the city.

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I welcome the cabinet’s directive to DBKL to freeze approvals for four types of developments following a study by Bank Negara effective November 1 this year. However, the freeze of development on the luxury condominiums and shopping complex doesn’t address the grave concern and unhappiness of the KL city folks on the way DBKL and Ministry of Federal Territory running the city now.

Many resident associations and MPs in KL have criticised and protested the way DBKL approved high-density Rumwip and non-luxurious apartments by not following the land use and building density stated in the KL City Plan 2020 in the past few years.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) needs to resolve issues with the DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) before it can be approved as a formal coalition, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The deputy prime minister said among the issues that the Opposition coalition needs to address includes the final report of the DAP’s re-elected central executive committee and PPBM’s amendment to its party constitution.

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THE habit of sending students to learn about Islam in the Middle East should be stopped due to the political climate there, said a Muslim scholar.

“We need to differentiate between culture and Islam. This doesn’t mean cultures, including Arab culture, are bad… (but) what is happening these days is highly political,” said Professor Dr Jasser Auda, chairman of London-based think tank Maqasid Institute.

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PETALING JAYA: Umno MP Bung Moktar Radin’s defence of hotel employees’ right to wear headscarves would have carried more weight if it wasn’t accompanied by a sexist remark, female opposition MPs said.

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