Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha hinted again yesterday that he is willing to return as premier of the country after the February 24 election.
UMNO leaders in Sabah have left the former ruling party. Among those who left were five of Sabah UMNO’s six members of parliament (MPs), nine of its 10 Sabah assemblymen, two of its senators and 21 of its 25 division heads.
Today, the Philippine congress extended martial law in Mindanao for another year until the end of 2019. A total of 12 senators voted to extend martial law; five voted against, one abstained and five were absent. In the Lower House, 223 voted to extend martial law; 23 voted against and there was no abstention.
Malaysian former prime minister Najib Razak was charged today with ordering the tampering of the final audit report of 1Malaysia Development Berhad. Najib pleaded not guilty.
Thailand’s military government fully lifted its nearly five-year ban on political activities. The government has affirmed February 24 as the day of the election. Today also marks the first day new election laws come into effect.
The Malaysian anti-terror police have thwarted two terror plots and detained seven suspected terrorists. The detainees consisted of four Malaysian men, a Malaysian woman and two Filipinos who are believed members of the Abu Sayyaf Group. They were arrested in Kelantan, Sabah, Selangor and Kedah between November 19 and 28.
Thailand has affirmed February 24 as the day of its general election. A royal decree calling for the February 24 election will be published in the Royal Gazette on January 2. The ban on political activities will be fully lifted on that date, allowing election campaigning and political gatherings.
The High Court in Calcutta denied permission for a Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in Cooch Behar yesterday. The political campaign in West Bengal was scheduled to be launched by the party president Amit Shah today.
Assembly Elections in Rajasthan will be held from today. The voting in 199 constituencies will start at 8 AM and continue till 5 PM. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are the main contenders in the assembly election.
Today, Malaysia has proposed a meeting with Singapore to discuss two territorial issues. The first issue concerns Singapore’s publication of the ILS Approach Procedures for Selatar Airport on December 1. Malaysia says the airspace managed by the city-state falls under Malaysia’s territory.