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Shafie Apdal’s dislike for Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu is so clear.

In April this year, the Sabah chapter of Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu was launched with nine assemblymen — eight from Umno and one from Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah — and five MPs. Now Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu is the second largest party in the Sabah state government and can boast to have close to 300,000 Sabahan card-carrying members, and more new members are joining, some even Warisan supporters from Sembulan and Likas.

Right from the beginning after taking over power as Chief Minister from Musa Aman, Shafie didn’t want the entry of Dr Mahathir’s PPBM (Bersatu) into Sabah.  After 15 months the differences deepen. There’s nothing new about a Warisan-Bersatu row. But when Bersatu happens to be Dr Mahathir the Prime Minister, and the chief minister, Shafie, the row is more like a clash of titans.

This video below showing Shafie criticising Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu (PPBM) and likening it to Umno has gone viral in Sabah. In the clip, Shafie is seen in casual conversation with at least two ladies about Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu and is heard saying that the party is “just like Umno”, and asked why they would join Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu? While the woman said that they heard they will lose their voice in Warisan.

Its a two-minute video, but here it is…

P.S:  Shafie has responded

It’s an old clip, Shafie says on PPBM-Umno video

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Shafie Apdal today dismissed a video of him appearing to equate PPBM with Umno, saying the clip which has been making the rounds on social media is an old one.

Speaking to reporters after an event here today, Shafie, who is the president of Warisan, said the remarks in the video were about PPBM spreading its wings to Sabah.

“Previously, we had an understanding that PPBM would not enter Sabah,” he said.

“We knew there were members in our party who doubted and who were concerned, as well as those who wanted to leave because they had no positions.

“But it’s an old story. Today we are together, so we will work with each other with PPBM in the state.”

In an agreement with Warisan before the general election last year, PPBM said it would not set foot in Sabah.

However, the party chaired by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched a chapter in the state in April.

The two-minute clip in question had shown a man resembling Shafie holding a lively conversation with several women who are believed to have sought his views on joining PPBM.

“This PPBM is Umno. Why do you want to join them?” he asked.

He also said that joining PPBM would be akin to supporting Sabah PPBM chief Hajiji Mohd Noor, the former Sabah Umno chief who led dozens of Sabah Umno members to cross over to PPBM early this year.

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Even for the his year’s (2019) state-level National Day celebration, PPBM was not invited, see here…

Dakwaan Tidak Hadir Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan Peringkat Negeri

KOTA KINABALU:Respond Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktir Sabah, Datuk Peter Anthony, berhubung ketiadaan Ahli-Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Sabah dalam Majlis Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan Peringkat Negeri Sabah semalam, menimbulkan persoalan.

Peter yang juga merupakan Pengerusi Penganjur menyatakan bahawa urusetia telah menghantar surat jemputan kepada para ADUN Bersatu Sabah.

Namun, semakan Borneonews kepada beberapa orang ADUN Bersatu mendapati mereka tidak menerima sebarang jemputan untuk menghadiri majlis berkenaan.

Persoalan yang timbul adalah adakah Peter sendiri tidak mendapat maklumat yang tepat daripada pihak urusetia, ataupun ada pihak dalaman yang sengaja ingin sabotaj, ataupun mungkin ada pihak dalam Kerajaan Negeri Sabah yang sehingga kini masih tidak senang dengan kewujudan parti Bersatu di Sabah, sungguhpun parti tersebut adalah parti pimpinan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sendiri.

Ini adalah kerana bukan sahaja Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan tersebut, namun sebahagian besar majlis rasmi Kerajaan Negeri masih tidak menjemput para pemimpin Bersatu Sabah dengan kaedah yang teratur.

Menurut sumber Bersatu Sabah, dalam satu majlis berbuka puasa anjuran Kerajaan Negeri yang melibatkan kehadiran Dr. Mahathir sendiri, penganjur tidak menjemput para pemimpin Bersatu secara rasmi sehinggalah saat akhir jemputan dibuat hanya melalui aplikasi whatsapp melalui pihak ketiga, hanya setelah wakil Bersatu membuat semakan sama ada para pemimpin Bersatu dijemput dalam majlis tersebut.

Sumber Bersatu juga menyatakan, bukan sekadar Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan tersebut, malah majlis rasmi pada malam hari yang sama, yang juga melibatkan kehadirian Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) iaitu Sambutan Maal Hijrah 1441H, para ADUN, Ahli Parlimen dan Ahli Dewan Negara daripada Bersatu tidak mendapat sebarang jemputan.

Sumber tersebut juga menyatakan kekesalan pihak Bersatu Sabah terhadap pihak yang cuba menimbulkan isu berhubung ketiadaan para ADUN mereka dalam sambutan tersebut, sedangkan hakikat sebenarnya mereka tidak menerima jemputan atau memang tidak dijemput.-pr/BNN65

TUNGSTEN

Posted: September 19, 2017 in North Korea, Tungsten, USA
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North Korea’s economic output might be smaller than Vermont’s, but in the production of one thing the reclusive country recently outpaced the entire United States: tungsten.

Tungsten is a rare-earth metal whose price has surged 50 percent since July.Tungsten has the highest melting point of any metal, at 3,422 degrees Celsius, making it useful in light bulbs.

Smartphone makers need tungsten because it helps withstand electronic heat in touchscreens.

Armed forces need it for its ability to harden the steel used in missiles. Automakers use 25 percent of the global supply for their cutting tools.

Most of the world’s tungsten comes from China, where the government has been exerting greater control over production, in part because domestic demand has ballooned. The country makes more cars than the U.S. and Japan combined.

The U.S. has had concerns about the increasing price of the rare-earth metal since at least the 1960s.A London-trained American-Chinese citizen, K.C. Li, was credited with first trading the mineral in the U.S. His Wah Chang Corporation was established in New York in 1916.

The only other country with good tungsten deposits is Afghanistan. I suppose it is enough reason for the US to hang on in Afghanistan and reach them democracy.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-10/china-sends-one-of-the-west-s-most-critical-materials-soaring

Photographer: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

China Sends One of the West’s Most Critical Materials Soaring

  • Tungsten prices have jumped 50 percent in the last two months
  • China is enforcing output quotas for the steel-hardening metal

The price of one of the most critical materials for the Western world’s economy and defenses is spiking faster than any major commodity.

Tungsten, used to harden steel in ballistic missiles and in drill bits, has surged more than 50 percent in the last two months amid growing concern about supply cutbacks in China, where about 80 percent of the metal comes from. The country is clamping down on polluting mines and enforcing production quotas.

“The Chinese have been trying to impose control over the production in tungsten,” said Mark Seddon, senior manager at Argus Consulting (Metals). “They’ve used environmental policy to clamp down on non-quota production.”

The price of tungsten in Europe has jumped 52 percent since early July, according to Metal Bulletin Ltd. The advance has beaten all 22 major materials in the Bloomberg Commodities Index. Tungsten has gained for six straight months, the longest rally since 2012.

The European Union classes tungsten as a “critical” commodity and the British Geological Survey places it at the top of its supply-risk list of materials needed to maintain the U.K.’s economy and lifestyle. In 2012, it became a flash point when then U.S. President Barack Obama filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization against Chinese supply curbs.

China limits supply to about 91,300 metric tons a year, but routinely breaks its quota by as much as 50 percent, partly because a lot comes as a byproduct from mines that produce other metals such as molybdenum, Seddon said.

China’s Impact

It seems that tolerance has gone, at least for now. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued an edict on June 6 saying producers should stick to output quotas and that those without quotas, or which exceed the quotas, should halt production. Quotas also shouldn’t be granted to firms that infringe safety or environmental rules.

“The government wants to have control,” said Seddon, who has covered the industry for at least 15 years. “Whether this carries on into next year is more difficult to predict.”

It’s also been a wild year for many other lesser-traded metals. Prices for “light” rare earths including neodymium and praseodymium have also shot up as part of China’s mining clean-up. Battery materials such as cobalt and steel-hardener vanadium have surged, while minor precious metals like ruthenium rallied too.

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Tungsten, also know as wolfram, gets its name from the Swedish words for heavy stone and was first discovered in 1783. The light gray or whitish metal can be alloyed with steel to form materials that are stable at high temperatures. At more than 3,400 degrees Celsius (6,150 Fahrenheit), it has the highest melting point of any metal on Earth.

The biggest consumer is the auto industry, with about 25 percent of supply predominately used in cutting and machining tools. It’s also used in lighting, steelmaking and mining. Tungsten’s high density means it’s also used in missiles to help them penetrate defenses.