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Stunning Malaysian election result ousts Barisan Nasional

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Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition has crossed the minimum threshold of 112 seats needed to form government in Malaysia. The Election Commission continue to count a few remaining votes this morning but have confirmed the win of the Pakatan Harapan party and coalition members.

The result brings to an end the rule of Barisan Nasional (BN) and it’s leader Najib Razak. Barisan Nasional, a nationalist right-wing government with strong links to it’s ethnic Malay constituency, has dominated Malaysian politics for decades.

In a press conference just before the official confirmation, opposition leader and former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad, now 92 years old, said his party had achieved a victory.

He said he hoped a swearing-in ceremony would be held on Thursday. Mr Mahathir will become the oldest elected leader in the world.

The final official results indicate PH had won 115 seats, with BN on 79 (these numbers will alter slightly as the counting finishes today).

The 92 year old pledged a government that would include a “young person”, referring to criticism during the campaign that he was too old to lead Malaysia again. Mahathir said he would honour his agreement to help secure a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. The two became the odd couple of Asian politics after decades working together, then becoming bitter enemies. Anwar was Mahathir’s deputy PM at one stage but then fell out of favour.

But the two formed a curious coalition to bring down PM Najib Razak who they claimed was corrupt and had stained the country with the 1MDB financial scandal.

Mahathir said Anwar would have to win a by-election or be elected senator in order for him to take over as prime minister from Dr Mahathir, as per their agreement.

An upset was on the cards when unofficial results started trickling in about four hours after the ballot boxes were closed at 5.30 last night.

• 9pm – Bernama reported that caretaker Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, the president of BN component party Malaysian Chinese Association, had lost his Bentong seat.
• Caretaker Health Minister S Subramaniam, of BN coalition party Malaysian Indian Congress, was the next major casualty, losing his Segamat seat in Johor.
• 9.30pm, there was respite for BN when word came in that incumbent PM Najib Razak had successfully defended his Pekan seat in Pahang.

By 9.45pm last night, another four deputy ministers fell. At about the same time, it emerged that Mahathir would make a return to parliament after winning his Langkawi seat.

The result throws into doubt Najib Razak’s position in his party.
While he had been praised for his fiscal policies, he was also unpopular for rolling out a goods and services tax in addition to being a target of unwanted international attention over allegations funds were misappropriated from a state fund he advised, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He has denied consistently any wrongdoing.

Mahathir had accused his former protege Najib of corruption and abuse of power before quitting UMNO to form his own party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

But Mahathir has vowed: “We are not seeking revenge. We want to restore the rule of law.”

Stunning Malaysian election result ousts Barisan Nasional | News by The Thaiger

92 year old PM-elect Mahathir Mohamad, with a shirt emblazoned with his name, in case he forgot it whilst campaigning for the historic election.

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The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has fined the Phuket to Songkhla bus driver who, on Saturday, was captured on video, whilst responsible for a bus full of passengers, with his son sitting on his lap and making, what appears to be, live video chat calls.

Read more about the incident HERE. (The original story says the bus was travelling to Phattalung. The bus was actually going to Songkhla but was registered in Phattalung)

The PLTO Officer Prapai Suankun says, “We have questioned the bus driver who has been named as 45 year old Surachai Reabroi.”

“The bus headed off from the Phuket Bus Terminal on Friday night. The bus driver told us that he teaches his seven year old son to drive the bus but he has still has control of the steering wheel along the way.”

“He dropped his son in Phang Nga and then continued on the drive. The bus arrived at its destination at Dan Nok in Songkhla. He had driven 60-70 kilometres during the journey.”

“Surachai has been fined 5,000 baht. His driving license has been suspended for one month. We are also paying more attention to ensure the road safety of public vehicle drivers.”

You can watch the original video posted HERE.

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“Paitoon, accompanied by many, also made merit for the deceased pups.”

by Saichon Srinuanjan

Authorities suspect somebody may tried to drown seven puppies and succeeded in killing five of them in Ratchaburi’s city district, west of Bangkok.

Two puppies from the litter were found wet, but alive, though five other likely siblings were found at the same spot but lifeless.

“We will ask police to investigate. If the intentional drowning is confirmed, the person responsible for this act shall be held responsible under the law against animal cruelty,” said Tambon Nampu Administrative Organisation’s chief executive Paitoon Pattana.

He said this as he took the five little bodies to Thung Tan Temple for cremation. The temple has a crematorium especially for dogs.

Paitoon, accompanied by many, also made merit for the deceased pups.

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