It’s a management buy-out: The Ant Daily is not closing down

by Theantdaily team


Reference to some inaccurate media reports today stating that our news portal is closing down, The Ant Daily wishes to make the following clarification.

While it is true that HCK Media has decided to dispose of the news portals of The Ant Daily and The Heat Online under its stable as part of its strategic realignment, the portals however shall be run by other providers who shall continue to ride on the goodwill and readership generated over the years.

In the case of The Ant Daily, a management buy-out of the portal is in its concluding stage and is expected to be signed within a week.

Current developments indicate that two veteran journalists from Sarawak will continue to run The Ant Daily under a new entity.

Reports in today’s media that The Ant Daily is closing down are, therefore, incorrect.

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RoS approves Amanah’s application


KUALA LUMPUR: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has approved an application for a name change by the Workers’ Party of Malaysia to Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

RoS director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah said the request was approved yesterday based on the decision of an extraordinary congress held by the party on August 25 and September 8.

“Besides the name change, the approval granted includes change of the party’s address and amendments to its constitution,” he said in a statement today. Continue reading

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Tajuddin’s “joke” reflective of a cabinet filled with jokers

by Robin Stanley Augustin

COMMENT: Sometimes, people will tell you that they “almost fell off their chair” when they are shocked to see or hear something.

Of course, we know that this is an exaggeration, but I myself nearly fell off my chair upon reading a shocking news report by Malaysiakini.

According to the report, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has warned that he will “slap” the Chinese in Malaysia if they take their complaints outside of the country.

“I want to warn the Chinese Malaysians, don’t think when you have a problem, you want to complain, just a little bit also complain so that there will be people to protect them.”

Nak kena lempang macam itu (get a slap for that),” he told a press conference after officiating an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

“Chinese people in Malaysia, don’t fantasise that there will be a big boss coming, that there will be a Godfather coming from China to help them.

Tajuddin explained that the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang’s recent visit to Petaling Street and comments was made just to protect tourists from China who visit Malaysia, and not addressed to Chinese Malaysians.

Can you believe that?

Is this an example of the “moderation” preached by Prime Minister Najib Razak to the world?

As a Deputy Minister, Tajuddin is an ambassador of the Najib-led administration.

Is this what we can expect from a member of Najib’s 1Malaysia, People’s First Government?

Threats of being slapped?

Later in the evening, The Rakyat Post reported that Tajuddin said the “lempang” bit of his speech was only in jest and that he was not threatening anyone.

“It was just a reminder to the Chinese in Malaysia that if they have a problem, they should solve it internally. Do not involve outsiders. Do not think of getting protection from outside,” he said. Continue reading

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Dr M accuses Najib of encouraging Malay violence post-#Merah169

Dr Mahathir claimed that it was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s tacit support for #Merah169 that had given further inspiration to the red shirts who had previously called for action against the Chinese traders of Petaling Street. — Reuters pic© Provided by The Malay Mail Online Dr Mahathir claimed that it was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s tacit support for #Merah169 that had given further inspiration to the red shirts who had previously called for action against the Chinese…

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of instigating the red shirts into taking up arms against the non-Malays when the latter appeared to defend organisers of #Merah169 in a speech after the rally.

Dr Mahathir claimed that it was Najib’s tacit support for #Merah169 that had given further inspiration to the red shirts who had previously called for action against the Chinese traders of Petaling Street.

“I saw this TV report by the CNA (Channel News Asia) and I heard Datuk Seri Najib giving a speech.

“He was urging them to be violent, to show Malays can be equally violent and I think they took the cue from there that they should be violent towards the so called Chinese,” Dr Mahathir told reporters after delivering a keynote address at the Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAW) event at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

The country’s longest serving former prime minister then repeated the accusation that it had been Putrajaya that had painted Bersih 4 as an all-Chinese and racially-charged protest aimed at overthrowing the government, a notion he rubbished as untrue.

“They made it a racial issue and then they urged the Malays to demonstrate,” he said. Continue reading

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Anina Saadudin: Why I am suing Najib

Anina Saadudin speaking to Malay Mail Online, September 23, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR: When Anina Saadudin first entered the media spotlight, she was seen on video furiously taking apart her former boss, Umno president and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, with harsh, even crude words and hateful accusations.

Among others, Anina was famously heard accusing Najib of “urinating” on party members and lying to them over the RM2.6 billion donation controversy, even saying that he should “go for treatment”.

Despite receiving admonishment from party bigwigs for her outburst, Anina, then just a little-known Umno grassroots leader in the three million-strong ruling party, refused to back down.

She raised eyebrows further on August 28 when she moved to haul Najib to court with a lawsuit that she filed to recover on behalf of Umno a US$650 million portion of the US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) donation that was reportedly found stashed in the prime minister’s private accounts.

The funds, according to recent revelations, was being kept by the Umno president on behalf of the party and had come from generous Arab donors.

So who is Anina and why did she sue Najib? Continue reading

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Dr M flays government, Najib for red-shirt rally

A lot of them were Umno people and Felda people, only the government can do that, says ex-premier


MALACCA: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused the government of being behind the recent rally of red-shirted protesters on September 16, and criticised Umno president Najib Razak for encouraging the racial sentiments of the protesters.

Speaking to reporters after a public forum here, Dr Mahathir said it appeared to him, from watching a speech by Najib about the rally, that the Umno president seemed to urge rally-goers to show that the “Malays could do what the others were doing”.

“The ‘red shirts’ were being racist,” he said, and contrasted their behaviour to that of those at “the yellow shirt gathering” of Bersih 4 on August 29-30. “They were not shouting about race, they were saying the prime minister must go, that’s all. And yet, the prime minister was saying, ‘we can be as racist as they are’,” he was quoted as saying. Continue reading

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‘Racist’ Najib should be removed, say opposition MPs

Pakatan Harapan leaders, including Lim Kit Siang (centre) and Nurul Izzah Anwar (second from right) visited Petaling Street in downtown Kuala Lumpur today as a show of support for traders and shoppers in the area. ‘Red shirt’ rally supporters were supposed to congregate there today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 26, 2015.

Pakatan Harapan leaders today called for the removal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whom they said was playing the race card to continue staying in power.

The leaders, including DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the recent “red shirt” rally and threats made by pro-Umno groups to protest in Petaling Street today showed that Najib had to go.

“The September 16 ‘red shirt’ Perhimpunan Maruah Melayu is one product of the political crisis and turmoil which had engulfed the country for months because of the deliberate playing of the race card to shore up support for Najib as prime minister,” Lim said at a press conference in a coffee shop in Petaling Street today.

Both he and Nurul Izzah were among several members of the opposition who visited the popular shopping street, also known as Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, this morning as a show of support and solidarity with traders, who are predominantly Chinese, and shoppers.

Today’s planned protest was called off yesterday and as of 10.45am today, many traders started their businesses. There were also droves of shoppers, including foreigners, eating at the coffee shops. Continue reading

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