PH denies vote-buying for by-election
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