Malaysia Edition: Umno's internal discord | iPhones to lure workers

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Election fever is hotting up in Malaysia, with growing expectations that it could be called in months, ahead of a Sept 2023 deadline. But efforts by the ruling party Umno to present a united front were derailed this week when a senior MP who was sacked from the party's supreme council alleged that top leaders had been conspiring against one another. He also confirmed that party president Zahid Hamidi and his predecessor Najib Razak had backed Umno nemesis and Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister in October 2020, when the party threatened to withdraw support for then-PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

Meanwhile Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government is grappling with food inflation and supply issues. He announced S$550 million in cash aid to low-income households to cushion rising costs of living, and backtracked on a decision to do away with ceiling prices for chicken, a staple protein in the country.

Local businesses, which are already grappling with surging prices, are also doing their best to woo workers amid a labour shortage that is costing the economy billions in revenue.


Tajuddin, sacked from Umno, alleges internal plot to remove party chief

Tajuddin said ex-premier Najib, a supposed ally of Zahid's, had been present in meetings to remove the Umno president.

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Umno seeks united front as polls loom

Members of two factions, led separately by party chief Zahid and PM Ismail Sabri, have met twice to hash out issues such as food security and cost of living.

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Election Commission gears up for polls

Polling volunteers have been called up for briefings for the general election that needs to be held by September 2023.

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Government to distribute RM1.74 billion in cash aid amid rising prices

The measure is aimed at assuaging worries about inflation, particularly among low-income households.

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Chicken prices will not be floated, says PM Ismail

Instead of relief, the latest announcement sparked anxiety and concerns of another potential chicken shortage.

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Employers woo workers with iPhones, bonuses

One restaurant has resorted to offering iPhone SEs to locals to work as waiters for at least six months, after struggling to fill positions left vacant by foreign staff.

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Mahathir's comment on reclaiming Singapore aimed at Johor sultan: Analysts

The muted response in Malaysia to the former prime minister's remarks could also reflect his waning influence, said analysts.

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