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KUALA LUMPUR: The Swiss Attorney-General has revealed that as much as US$4 billion may have been misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd and transferred to Swiss bank accounts.

“Various former Malaysian public officials and both former and current officials of the United Arab Emirates” were said to be involved.

The Swiss Attorney-General has now invoked mutual assistance provisions for Malaysian action against two former officials of 1Malaysia Development Bhd and others.

The investigation involves bribery, misconduct in public office, and money laundering.

In a press statement yesterday, the Swiss AG’s office said agreement on cooperation between the two countries was reached at a meeting in Zurich on September 15 last year with Malaysian counterparts.

The Swiss investigation “has revealed serious indications that funds have been misappropriated from Malaysian state companies,” the statement said. Continue Reading »

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai go with the traders to City Hall to present a memorandum objecting to the fee to the mayor. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Raymund Wong, January 29, 2016.

Kuala Lumpur lawmakers today demanded that City Hall abolish the canopy fee that was recently imposed on traders at night markets.

Over 100 traders, led by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, gathered outside City Hall this morning to submit a memorandum objecting to the imposed fees.

“We wanted to meet with the mayor and Licensing and Petty Trader Management Department director Ibrahim Yusoff, but as they were attending a meeting, we handed the memorandum over to a representative.

“The representative will relay the traders’ message, which is that they should not have to pay for the canopy,” said Nurul, adding that City Hall needed to respond with an explanation on why the fees were imposed, instead of subsidies or discounts on the fees for the traders. Continue Reading »

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PETALING JAYA: DAP National Vice-Chairperson Teresa Kok has questioned the government’s rational of spending money on the National Service Training programme (NS) instead of funding overseas scholarships for deserving students.

In a statement, Kok said Prime Minister Najib Razak “broke the hearts” of 744 Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship students who will now have to study at local public and private universities as part of the government’s cost cutting measures.

“The first question that the government must answer is why must it deny all the recipients the promised opportunity to do their degrees at world renowned universities?”

“Why can’t the government allow at least 50 per cent of the students to realise their dreams of pursuing a university education at top universities?”

Kok said when the NS was postponed for one year in 2015, Najib said it would save the government RM400 million and had the programme continued to be deferred, at least 200 or more bursary recipients could be sent overseas. Continue Reading »

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) spent seven months on the investigations concerning the cases involving Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

However, attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali yesterday ordered that the files be closed since there were no grounds to initiate charges.

Having met numerous obstacles and even sacrificing their Hari Raya break, the investigators who worked round-the-clock now feel a sense of dejection over the latest development, revealed a source.

“We worked through the fasting month even breaking fast in the office and having sahur (morning meals before fasting) in the office to conduct the probe.

“We did not go home to our families and many of us sacrificed our Hari Raya holidays last year to investigate these cases,” he told Malaysiakini on condition of anonymity.

The source stressed that MACC had investigated the cases in an independent manner, focusing only on the facts and nothing else.

MACC officers were also forced to deal with pressure from the police, who were investigating them over leaked documents. Continue Reading »

Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal warns that Washington would constantly monitor Malaysia to make sure it tows the line under TPPA. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 27, 2016.

Former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal today broke ranks with his fellow Barisan Nasional (BN) backbenchers over the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), saying there are many issues to be resolved before Malaysia could sign the trade pact.

The Semporna MP questioned the need to “rush” into signing TPPA, and said it was wrong to equate it with other free trade agreements, as changes would have to be made to the country’s laws.

“Scrutinisation after scrutinisation is needed to make sure the country’s interests are secured and assured,” Shafie told the Dewan Rakyat today during the two-day special parliamentary meeting on the trade pact.

Once Malaysia became a member of the TPP, the United States would constantly monitor the country and even exert its influence on local policies and the constitution to make sure Malaysia towed its line, said Shafee. Continue Reading »

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali says today no one will be prosecuted in relation to the probes into SRC International and the RM2.6 billion channelled into the prime minister's bank accounts. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, January 26, 2016.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, the attorney-general said today, after close to six months of investigations into the RM2.6 billion channelled into the prime minister’s bank accounts and into Finance Ministry-owned firm, SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, who is also public prosecutor, today told a packed press conference at his office in Putrajaya there was “insufficient evidence” to implicate the prime minister.

“Based on facts and evidence, no criminal offences have been committed by the PM in relation to three investigation papers.

“I hereby order the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to close the investigation papers,” Apandi said.
The three papers are one on the RM2.6 billion donation and two on SRC International which had taken a RM4 billion loan from the Retirement Fund Inc or KWAP. Apandi today also cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in relation to SRC International. Continue Reading »

Sarawak PAS commissioner Jofri Jaraiee blames the media for 'distorting' party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's remarks against Christianity and missionaries in the state. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 25, 2016.

Sarawak PAS commissioner Jofri Jaraiee has called on his party president to hold an inter-faith dialogue to clarify his derogatory statement on Christianity and missionaries in the state, ahead of the expected polls in March.

Blaming the media for possible distortion to sensationalise the sensitive issue, Jofri said the best way to settle the matter was through a face-to-face meeting.

“People care about issues affecting their daily life. Religion is not a big issue unless somebody makes it into an issue,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

He, however stressed that his suggestion was not to salvage PAS in the coming state polls, but to verify the source of information according to Muslim teaching.
“This will not affect us much as the seats we are going to contest are Muslim- majority seats, with only a small number of Christians.

PAS plans to contest in more than 10 seats in the coming state polls, mostly Muslim-majority seats and a few urban seats traditionally contested by DAP. Continue Reading »

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KUALA LUMPUR: DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng warned that it was “preposterous” for PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang to allege that DAP was supportive of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and attribute this alleged support on the grounds that trade in the country was purportedly controlled by the Chinese community.

The people would expect such misrepresentation of DAP’s position or a racially-tinged statement from Umno, claimed Guan Eng. “For a PAS leader to indulge in such baseless untruths shows that PAS was now not only co-operating with Umno but also adopting its dirty politics of slander against the DAP.”

The TPPA was initiated by Umno, not by DAP, pointed out Guan Eng. “TPPA was being led by the United States to restrict China’s influence geo-politically.”

“If Hadi is so anti-Chinese, he should not be against the TPPA, but support it to oppose China.” Continue Reading »

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