PH de­nies vote-buy­ing for by-elec­tion

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KUALA LIPIS: Pakatan Hara­pan has de­nied any ‘vote-buy­ing’ for the com­ing Cameron High­lands by­elec­tion as al­leged in sev­eral pho­to­graphs which went vi­ral on the so­cial me­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to Je­lai PH Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre as­sis­tant head Arvind Bharet, the pho­to­graphs were of a PH of­fi­cial re­im­burs­ing petrol ex­penses to vol­un­teers who used their own mo­tor­cy­cles to travel from in­te­rior ar­eas to Tanah Rata on the by­elec­tion nom­i­na­tion day on Satur­day.

“The re­im­burse­ment will be de­clared as part of elec­tion ex­penses.

Ev­ery­thing was done ac­cord­ing to the law,” he said in a state­ment here yes­ter­day.

Yes­ter­day, a mem­ber of the MIC youth wing lodged a po­lice re­port on the mat­ter.

Ear­lier, com­ment­ing on the same is­sue, Deputy Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Ed­din Sya­zlee Shith said the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC) was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­count holder of the per­son who spread the pho­to­graphs. - Ber­nama

Ma­dius ad­vises durian en­trepreneurs to ven­ture down­stream

TENOM: Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Wil­fred Ma­dius Tan­gau yes­ter­day ad­vised en­trepreneurs to take ad­van­tage of the cur­rent glut of duri­ans in the state to ven­ture into the more prof­itable busi­ness of pro­cess­ing the fruit for var­i­ous in­dus­tries.

The en­trepreneurs should be more cre­ative in mar­ket­ing the durian that they pro­duced by op­ti­mis­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, he said.

“The Mu­sang King durian still fetches a high price and it has a large mar­ket, es­pe­cially over­seas,” he told Ber­nama at the Christ­mas open house or­gan­ised by the United Pa­sok­mo­mo­gun Kadazan­dusun Mu­rut Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Upko) here.

Ma­dius, who is also Sabah Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter, said other va­ri­eties of the durian could be pro­cessed into var­i­ous prod­ucts for the mar­ket, he said.

“Durian is also sup­plied to var­i­ous in­dus­tries, for ex­am­ple for mak­ing ice cream and sev­eral other prod­ucts.

“I feel we can raise de­mand and the prices will also go up. I do not think the glut is a prob­lem. It is up to us to pro­duce duri­an­based prod­ucts. It has been done suc­cess­fully in other places,” he said.

Ma­dius also said that the min­istry was mulling the idea of get­ting com­pa­nies en­gaged in pro­cess­ing raw prod­ucts to get in­volved in pro­cess­ing the durian to ad­dress the glut. - Ber­nama

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