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安瓦尔希望马哈蒂尔成为李光耀式的“内阁资政”,而不是总理

Jun 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
安瓦尔•易卜拉欣公开拒绝在6个月的过渡期内担任马哈蒂尔•穆罕默德的副手,且一旦希望联盟及其盟友再次掌权,易卜拉欣将接替他担任马来西亚总理。

“在我看来,他曾担任过两次总理。现在,是我们放下一切,继续向前的时候了。我要强调的是,这不是个性不和的问题。这是一个重新开始的机遇问题——是这个国家在各方面重新开始的机遇。马来西亚人理应得到更好的待遇。而现在,大家对政治有太多的幻灭。”

相反,安瓦尔为马哈蒂尔设想了一个不同的政府角色。

他提到了已故的李光耀作为内阁资政的角色,并表示马哈蒂尔可以扮演类似的角色:“他们谈到了例如李光耀先生曾担任的内阁资政职务。对于这个职务,我愿意加入讨论。”

据《马来邮报》报道,安瓦尔说,如果允许马哈蒂尔担任总理,即使是在过渡时期,也会分散人们对改革议程的注意力,以及对内阁新成员任命的猜测。

此前,民主行动党和国家诚信党的领导人发表了一份联合声明,呼吁所有政党达成妥协。其中,马哈蒂尔将在过渡时期担任6个月的总理,然后将权力移交给安瓦尔。

希望联盟正在与东马来西亚的潜在盟友谈判,以在马来西亚议会中获得多数席位,从而将现任总理穆希丁·亚辛赶下台。

据报道,马哈蒂尔在这个联盟政体中更受欢迎。

在5月30日举行的希望联盟的会议上,安瓦尔担任总理且马哈蒂尔之子穆赫里兹•马哈蒂尔担任副总理的这一提议遭到了沙巴人民复兴党和马哈蒂尔本人的反对。

该声明还指出:“这段政治之旅已经持续了22年,所以我们还可以再等6个月,等到安瓦尔成为马来西亚的第十任总理。”

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.