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PKR polls: Ramachandran pulls out in race for deputy

Posted: 25 Apr 2014 08:14 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Hulu Selangor PKR branch member Datuk K Ramachandran withdrew from the race for the deputy president post on Friday, leaving only three contenders from the original six.

Election director Datuk Johari Abdul, in a press release, confirmed that Ramachandran had pulled out from the contest.

Incumbent vice-president Tian Chua and former Puchong division chief S Murali had earlier announced their wthdrawal.

The contest is now between incumbent Azmin Ali, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

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Gobind: Langkawi MP's remarks on Karpal's accident unforgivable

Posted: 25 Apr 2014 08:04 AM PDT

IPOH: The remarks made by Langkawi MP Datuk Nawawi Ahmad on the death of DAP veteran Karpal Singh is unforgivable, says Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.

Gobind, who is Karpal's son, described the remarks by Nawawi as "a disgrace to the August House and to members of parliament."

"Despite in grief and a country crying for this man, there are still people who find it fit to criticise, to put up photographs and articles (about Karpal).

"Unforgivable. Most people will agree that what he did was unforgivable," he said in his speech during the memorial service for Karpal Singh here on Friday.

"It was insensitive and inhumane," he said, also chiding Zulkifli Noordin as well over his statement.

Nawawi had posted a gruesome picture of the accident which killed Karpal last week attaching with it Karpal's "an Islamic state can only happen 'over my dead body' " newspaper article.

He has apologised for his actions.

Gobind said titles were not important to his late father but fighting the good fight was.

"Karpal will always stand up and fight to see a better Malaysia with equality and fairness.

"If we all keep quiet, evil will triumph," he said.

"Let us not remember how he died but how he had lived," he added.

A minute's silence was observed during the service while photographs of the late Karpal was put up on projector screen.

MaGIC signs MoUs on entrepreneurship with US organisations

Posted: 25 Apr 2014 07:48 AM PDT

CYBERJAYA: Malaysia has collaborated with two US organisations on empowering entrepreneurship efforts in the country.

The Malaysian Global Innovation and Creative Centre (MaGIC) on Friday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Stanford University and UP Global for this purpose.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who witnessesed the signing ceremony, said he believed in the young people, their passion, energy and creativity.

"As the Government, we got to create opportunities for them by building an ecosystem to turn their dreams into successful businesses and industries.

"This is what MaGIC is about- to be a truly global centre for successful stories of young entrepreneurs," Najib said at the ceremony.

Najib is scheduled to appear at the MaGIC headquarters in Cyberjaya on Sunday with United States president Barack Obama for the official launch of the centre.

Under the MoU with Stanford University, MaGIC will collaborate with the California-based university's Graduate School of Business, School of Engineering, and its Technology Ventures Program to improve the entrepreneurship curriculum within selected Malaysian universities.

MaGIC is also expected to send selected entrepreneurs to the Silicon Valley for training.

The partnership with international non-profit body UP Global is designed to increase the level of entrepreneurial activity and new company creation in Malaysia aimed at developing Malaysia as a global start-up hub whilst connecting Malaysian entrepreneurs with international communities.

This initiative will support 5,000 new entrepreneurs within a year, according to a statement from MaGIC.

Najib also witnessed the signing of MoU involving several other organisations, including Malaysian Biotech Corporation and QB3; and the Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad (MAVCAP) with Elixir Capital and 500 Startups.

All the MoU were driven towards expanding entrepreneurship development programmes whilst complementing MaGIC's initiatives.

MaGIC was established by the Government with a RM50mil allocation under Budget 2014 to be a one-stop centre to facilitate entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses.

Kredit: www.thestar.com.my

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