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Indonesia's Prabowo says quitting presidential election process

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said Tuesday he was withdrawing from the election process, as his opponent Joko Widodo was poised to be declared the winner.

Diffusing hostilities through reasonable discourse

THE recent warning by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of a bloody incident if racial tension is left unchecked deeply troubled me as the statement was coming from someone very senior in the Federal Government.

Language skills a must for GE14

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA candidates in the next general election must have good command of languages and be proficient in two or three of them – Malay, English and Mandarin. “Besides, they must have a clean background and display good conduct,” said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. This, he added, was part of a mechanism on the selection of candidates under the party’s transformation plan. Asked to elaborate, Liow said the guidelines were contained in the book on the transformation plan. Among others, the guidelines listed that the candidates for state seats must have a minimum academic qualification of secondary school while potential Members of Parliament are required to hold a degree or above. MCA candidates, said Liow, would also be chosen through internal and public surveys to ensure that the party representatives deliver their best service to the people. The surveys would also help the party pick the most suitable candidates, who would be widely accepted by the voters, Liow told reporters after attending the “roof covering” ceremony of the MCA building for the Kepong division and Jinjang Utara branch here yesterday. The party, he said, would start preparing its groundwork for the next polls two years after a general election was held. “I have instructed all branches and divisions to start identifying the candidates for the next general election,” he said, adding that the early selection of candidates would enable those hopeful to hit the ground and familiarise themselves with their job scope and local issues in advance. During the Kajang by-election, the MCA candidate was chosen based on these criteria as well as after a survey showing Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun – who holds a Master’s degree in Chinese studies – as coming up top among the list of potential names. Although the MCA vice-president eventually lost to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the polls in March, she successfully reduced the vote majority and garnered more support from the Chinese community. Liow said the party’s GE14 preparatory committee, chaired by secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, had identified the modules and details for preparation for the next polls. “We are starting to move on the ground to make sure that MCA is fully prepared to recover from our bad performance in the last elections,” he said.

Dr Wee: MCA to identify new talents, possible candidates for next GE

KERIAN: MCA is in the process of identifying new talents and possible candidates for all constituencies as they prepare for the 14th general election.

Going for positive changes

PONTIAN: MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong has likened the DAP to a “satay party” because for their love to “cucuk” (poke) and “bakar” (burn) issues for their own benefit.

HK chief: Poll has no legal standing

HONG KONG: Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says that the poll organised by the “Occupy Central” campaign has no legal standing.

I was ordered to delete video of Major Zaidi's statement, says RMAF man

KUALA LUMPUR: The court-martial of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Major Zaidi Ahmad, who had made media statements regarding the ineffectiveness of the indelible ink used during GE13, heard Wednesday that Air Force personnel were ordered to delete videos of his press conference on the issue.

Court martial of RMAF officer to continue with amended charges

KUALA LUMPUR: The court-martial of Royal Malaysian Air Force's Major Zaidi Ahmad, who had made media statements regarding the indelible ink used during GE13, will proceed on Wednesday despite objections raised by his defence over amendments made to five charges.

PKR polls: Objection panel chairman lashes out at ‘power hungry’ leaders

PETALING JAYA: PKR election objection panel chairman Malek Hussin has vented his frustration on Twitter over the attitude of certain party leaders involved in the ongoing disciplinary hearings.

Ferry disaster clouds key vote for Seoul mayor

SEOUL, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea's ferry disaster has cast a heavy shadow over upcoming local elections, especially the key race for Seoul mayor - a high-profile post seen as a possible springboard for the presidency.

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