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Federal police are investigating whether ill-gotten gains connect­ed with Malaysia’s multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, which has seen the country’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, accused of funnelling $US1 billion through his bank account, have been stashed in Australia.

AFP officers are assisting at least one of the three known authorities — the Swiss, the Americans and the Singaporeans — that are investigating the fate of $US3.5bn allegedly looted from 1MDB, Malay­sia’s sovereign-wealth fund.

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Today afternoon I attended a special celebration mass for Archbishop Emeritus Soter Fernandez to be awarded by Pope Francis as the first cardinal of Malaysia at St John’s Cathedral at Kuala Lumpur.

The celebrstion was attended by 12 Catholic bishops throughout Malaysia and more than 30 dignitaries, including other Christian leaders and leaders of other faiths.

Malaysia has about 9% Christian population, among them, half of the total Christians are Catholics.

One of the marvelous thing done done by Pope Francis is to appoint Arbishop Emeritus Soter as the cardinal in Malaysia. This is a great boost for the Catholic and Christian community who have been suffering subtle religious persecution for decades.

I have heard a lot of good comments about Cardinal Soter. Many Catholics and priests missed him after he retired as the Archbishop. He has been a marvelous and caring bishop in the past. He is full of fire and zeal of doing God’s works.

Congratulations Cardinal Soter. May the Almighty God be with you always.

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Tonight many of the DAP Sabah leaders and Lim Kit Siang are extremely happy as Jannie Lasimbang, the Sabah Bersih chairwoman joins DAP together with her 80-year-old mother at Kota Kinabalu.

Her brother Adrian Lasimbang has joined DAP in Sabah two years ago, Adrian has been actively working in interior area of Sabah for the last one year.

I have been watching the video clip of speeches and photographs of her joining ceremony tonight through whatsapps messages sent by my colleagues in Sabah.

The Sabah BN state government has banned me from entering into Sabah without any proper reason, but the ban doesn’t deter my support to the people’s movement in Sabah.

Welcome Jannie and her mother. I believe she can contribute to
greater democratization movement in Sabah by joining the DAP. I hope more Sabah natives will follow her footsteps to join the DAP and Pakatan Harapan in the coming months.

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PETALING JAYA: City Hall has rejected claims by restaurant owners that the grease trap fee of RM1,500 a year is too high.

The owners need to pay this amount when renewing their permits.

This new regulation came into effect on Jan 1. It will require a restaurant owner to fork out RM125 a month, which works out to a total of RM1,500 a year.

Failure to do so will result in the businesses becoming illegal and City Hall shutting them down.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak is masterfully rebranding himself as a devout Muslim and has successfully undermined the opposition, according to The Economist.

In its latest edition, the respected magazine says despite the mysteries surrounding 1MDB, the prime minister appears to be consolidating his power.

Najib, it says, is “at the top of his game”.

Saying the prime minister may call early elections, it notes that the Umno president, who has the full support of his party, has managed to steer PAS away from the fractious opposition.

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PETALING JAYA: The suspect who was arrested earlier Wednesday for alleged graft is from the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, confirms Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki.

When contacted to verify the identity of the suspect, Azam confirmed that it was the current Ministry secretary-general, Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman.

In a statement earlier, Azam said that Mohd Arif was arrested at his house in USJ Subang Jaya at 8am.

Also arrested was a 29-year-old male suspect.

Mohd Arif is suspected to have abused his power and position since 2010 to solicit bribes.

Initial investigations showed he had a direct hand in appointing contractors, suppliers and vendors.

The MACC has also confiscated cash and gold bars worth about RM3mil.

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KUALA LUMPUR – Program Walk For Syria hari ini berjaya mencuri perhatian pengunjung Kompleks Beli-belah Sogo, hari ini.

Koordinator Walk For Syria, Khairol Najib Hashim berkata, ramai pengunjung memberikan sambutan positif terhadap gimik pentomin yang dimainkan ahli NGO Yayasan Darul Hijrah di ruang legar luar pusat kompleks beli-belah itu.

Menurutnya, lakonan situasi tanpa dialog atau lebih dikenali sebagai pentomin dimainkan yayasan ini bertujuan untuk memberi kesedaran terhadap penderitaan penduduk Syria yang kehilangan tempat tinggal dan harta benda.

“Walaupun hari ini sambutan tidak seperti yang dijangka, mungkin kerana masih ramai yang bercuti hari ini. Tak ramai yang keluar.

“Bagaimanapun kami masih menerima sambutan hangat daripada pengunjung, ramai yang berhenti memberi tumpuan dan perhatian kepada kami,” katanya kepada Sinar Online, hari ini.

Walk For Syria hari ini bermula dari Masjid Jamek ke Dataran Maybank sebelum beralih ke Pasar Seni.

Program tersebut yang disemarakkan oleh 50 anak muda mengakhiri perarakan di hadapan Sogo.

Antara lakonan yang menjadi tumpuan termasuk lakonan mangsa yang diacukan pistol di kepala, juga wanita-wanita yang tertunduk sedih, mengenang  nasib yang menimpa mereka.

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Pada pagi hari pertama 2017, saya diminta untuk menghadiri program “Walk With Syria” yang dianjurkan oleh Yayasan Darul Hijrah (YDH). Program ini adalah program kutipan derma oleh orang muda YDH untuk membantu pelarian Syria yang bersengsara dan bergelut pada musim sejuk di negara

Saya sanjung tinggi pada semangat sukarelawan orang muda di YDH, kerana mereka sanggup melakukan kebajikan pada hari cuti dan hari pertama tahun yang baru ini.

Saya derma duit bagi pihak DAP Seputeh dan saya sendiri untuk tabung kepada Syria. Semoga bantuan kami ini dapat membantu para pelarian untuk dapatkan makanan dan perubatan yang diperlukan.

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