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May 30

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 30, 2018, @ 16:28

‘Fugitive’ Jamal Yunos a no-show despite promise to meet cops

Umno’s Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos failed to meet the police today, despite an earlier promise to do so, in order to clarify the alleged misunderstanding that led to him absconding before his bail was completed. His lawyer Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin said he has not been able to contact Jamal as of 3.30pm to complete the latter’s bail documentation process scheduled at 2.30pm today.| Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 30, 2018, @ 14:28

How ‘insolvent’ 1MDB’s debt stacks up and who’s saddled with It

Malaysia’s scandal-plagued state investment fund 1MDB has a RM143.75 million (US$36 million) bond coupon payment that may still be due this month. With the company unable to repay debt, the government has said it will honour 1MDB’s obligations as it had done since April 2017. This is what you need to know about 1MDB’s path to insolvency, the debt commitments that the government’s earmarked RM38 billion for, and who else could be saddled with payments.| Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 30, 2018 @ 11:12

I will be killed in jail in Malaysia, says Sirul 

Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted of the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, does not want to return to Malaysia even if his death sentence is commuted to life in jail. He said he would be killed in prison, he told The Guardian in an interview.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 30, 2018 @ 07:08

Najib's security detail reduced 

Ousted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak would not be able to enjoy the rights and privileges of a past prime minister because he is under investigation. Saying this, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said if Najib is found innocent in the investigation then his rights as a former prime minister would be restored..  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 30, 2018 @ 07:07

Bank Negara said to have overpaid for land bought from MoF

Bank Negara is believed to have overpaid for the land it had bought from the Finance Ministry (MoF) when it forked out RM2.066bil for the 67.41 acres, proceeds which subsequently went to service 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) debt obligations. Although the transaction was concluded at RM703.44 per sq ft (psf), a source said the special-purpose vehicle (SPV) created by the MoF to undertake the transaction had initially wanted “a four-figure on a psf basis”, but the price was eventually negotiated down.  | Read more > TheStar

 

May 29

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 29, 2018 @ 21:49

Cops record statement of Najib's daughter Nooryana

Police have recorded a statement from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's daughter, Nooryana Najwa, following a report lodged by her over the recent seizure of her personal belongings at a luxury condominium in Jalan Raja Chulan here.  A police source said she made the report on Monday (May 28) due to her dissatisfaction with the police force after items she alleged were wedding gifts were confiscated.     | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 29, 2018 @ 16:23

SUPP willing to cooperate with MACC over claims it received RM1mil from 1MDB

The Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) says it will cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) following a report that the party received RM1mil from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).  | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 29, 2018, @ 14:00

Missing for five days, fugitive Jamal to meet police tomorrow

Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos, who absconded before his bail was complete five days ago, said he will meet with the police tomorrow to clarify the “misunderstanding” that led to his “escape” from custody. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 29, 2018, @ 09:50

Dr M says in race against clock to right past wrongs

In an interview with the Financial Times, the prime minister said he is rushing to restore Malaysia to its former glory, one he likely considers as his previous time in office when viewed through the tint of nostalgia. Dr Mahathir told the London-based weekly he intended to make Malaysia “once again democratic”, but insisted that he had not been an authoritarian when he was last the prime minister.

| Read more > |  Malaymail

 

May 28

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 28, 2018 @ 21:57

Inappropriate to respond on 1MDB questions now - Najib

Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that he has been advised that it would be inappropriate to respond to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s questions regarding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) as the authorities have stated that investigations are ongoing. In a two paragraph statement today, the former prime minister said in this limited context he does not see any benefit in engaging in a public discourse with Lim on the issues.  | Read more > | NST

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 28, 2018 @ 17:30

SRC International still paying interest, says KWAP CEO

Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd is still making regular interest payments on its RM4.386bil loan from the Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP). “As of last year, it’s still on track. This year, depending on the payment schedule, it’s every six months,” said KWAP chief executive officer Datuk Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad. He spoke to reporters as he was leaving Menara Ilham after briefing the Council of Eminent Persons here on Monday.  | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 28, 2018 @ 15:56

MACC report lodged over 'unfair distribution' of Felda land

A Felda association has a lodged a report against several individuals for alleged unfair distribution of land lots to Felda settlers. Pertubuhan Gerak Generasi Felda 2 (GGF2) Bukit Cherakah Selangor lodged the report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission here today.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 28, 2018 @ 15:48

Patriot lauds Mindef's move to investigate 'alleged' Armed Forces scandals

The National Patriots Association (Patriot) has lauded Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu's actions in setting up 'a high-level committee to investigate the alleged scandals which have come to haunt the Armed Forces. In a statement today, its president, Brigadier-General (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji, said the association welcomes the minister's statement that a committee will probe the alleged wrongdoings to determine if there are grounds for prosecution or disciplinary action. "From the case of the infamous Scorpene submarines, equipment malfunctions, privatisation of military land, procurements at inflated prices, shortage of medicine in military hospitals, the various reported improprieties, to the dissipating of military values and traditions where officers resort to kissing hand instead of saluting; it is high time the rot has to stop," he said.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 28, 2018 @ 15:46

Seven senior ATM officers face abuse of power allegation

Seven senior Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) officers have been accused of abusing their power during the last two general elections. The allegation was made by Pertubuhan Prihatin Bekas Anggota Keselamatan Malaysia (Pahlawan) Asri Buang, who lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 28, 2018 @ 12:57

Amanah lodges MACC report against 'dubious' Kelantan construction company

Kelantan Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against a construction company which was awarded a project in Machang by Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd (AKSB).  Mohd Afiq said that they are urging the MACC to investigate the company, known as CDAH CONSTRUCTION Sdn Bhd, which was given the tender on Jan 22, 2015. “We want the MACC to investigate if there was any corruption (involved)… because our investigation revealed that the company was only incorporated on March 9, 2015,” he said. Mohd Afiq added that the project comprises design and construction works for a water supply project in Merbau Chondong, Machang, which is ongoing.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 28, 2018, @ 14:15

BNM says Irwan is no longer member of its board of directors

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today announced that Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah is no longer a member of its board of directors (BNM Board) by virtue of the fact that he has ceased to hold the office of Secretary-General to the Treasury, effective May 14.. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 28, 2018 @ 11:25

PAS: Let Pakatan solve the debt and then we'll take over Putrajaya

mStar reported that vice president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said, however, the party wants to take Putrajaya in the next general election. "How could we finance such a huge debt? Let others settle Malaysia's debt first, and then we'll take Malaysia in five years," he said in a speech that has gone viral. 

 | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 28, 2018 @ 11:03

Najib withdraws defamation suit against Tony Pua over 1MDB

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has withdrawn his defamation suit against Damansara MP Tony Pua and MediaRakyat portal owner Chan Chee Kong.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 28, 2018 @ 07:00

Tun Razak Exchange investors seeking clarity

Government-linked companies that are scheduled to occupy the buildings at the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) have been silent on their move as the construction of the signature tower and other buildings near completion. Exchange 106, by Indonesia’s Mulia Group, is scheduled to be completed by September this year. The 106-storey sky scrapper is the centrepiece of the mixed integrated commercial development which is premised on London’s Square Mile where financial and banking serviced are clustered. | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 28, 2018 @ 07:00

More questions on 1MDB’s investments

The Finance Ministry (MoF) today raised more questions on investments worth US$8.33bil (RM33.15bil) made by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) between 2009 and 2013 and asked former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to account for several transactions. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said rather than debating whether 1MDB’s RM6.98bil payments were a bailout by the MoF, it would be “more productive” if Najib answered the new query.

1) Where has the US$1.83bil (RM7.28bil) invested with PetroSaudi International Ltd between 2009 and 2011 gone to?

2) Where has the US$3.5bil (RM13.93bil) raised in 2012 for the purpose of acquiring power plants in Malaysia gone to?

3) Where has the US$3bil (RM11.94bil) raised in 2013 for the purpose of investing in the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) gone to?  | Read more > TheStar

 

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Day 17, May 27, 2018

Malaysia in Transition |News (May 27)

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 27, 2018 @ 16:34

Malaysia committed to RM201b of leasing payments over the next decades

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was shocked when it discovered that the BN government had awarded more than RM63 billion worth of public-private partnership (PPP) projects, committing the government to RM201 billion of leasing payments over the next decades. "Not only are these obligations hidden from the government’s liabilities, the cost to the government to carry out these projects are much higher than if the government had just funded these projects with direct borrowings," he said in a statement yesterday. He cited the Najib administration's intention to award a contract to certain parties to build a new RM500 million polytechnic.  

Pua said the Najib administration had "cleverly abused" the PPP mechanism by awarding a contract to a private "crony" company where the government doesn’t pay directly for the project construction.

"Instead, the government would commit to making monthly lease payments to the company amounting to three times the value of the project, or RM1.5 billion in this case, over the next 10 to 20 years. The private company would then take this lucrative contract to the banks as a collateral to secure the necessary financing to carry out the project," he added.

| Read more > TheEdge

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 27, 2018, @ 15:35

After bailout denial, MoF asks Najib for whereabouts of 1MDB’s RM33b funds

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) chided today Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s denial that the RM6.9 billion payment to service 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) debts last year was a “bailout”. Minister Lim Guan Eng said instead of debating the status of the payments, the former prime minister should instead explain the result of several transactions from 2009 involving over US$8.35 billion (RM33 billion). | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 27, 2018 @ 15:14

Anwar, Najib cases totally different, says Dr M

Dr Mahathir explained that Najib’s alleged wrongdoings were well-documented by the media and that everybody had been talking about it for years. However, in the case of Anwar, Dr Mahathir said he had received the information from the police and, so, the two situations were completely different.

 | Read more > | NST

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 27, 2018 @ 15:00

Terengganu Pakatan lodges MACC report over Tembila Knowledge Park

Terengganu Pakatan Harapan has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the status of the long-abandoned Knowledge Park project in Tembila, Besut.

State Pakatan chairman Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said the decision to lodge a report with the MACC was in line with the Federal Government's intention of ensuring good governance. In his report to the MACC, Raja Kamarul claimed that only 3% of the 280-hectare park can be utilised. "Most of the facilities have yet to be built, but even those that are completed have fallen victim to vandals and thieves," he said.  | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 27, 2018, @ 14:00

Thousands petition for Dr M to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

An online petition was started yesterday for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be considered as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The petition towards the Nobel Foundation on the Change.org platform has received over 13,500 signatures at the time of writing, just shy of its target of 15,000.  | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 27, 2018, @ 13:00

Straits Times says unaware of ‘hidden hand’ behind Justo ‘confession’

Singapore’s Straits Times (ST) has refuted financial daily The Edge’s accusation that the former was involved with an arranged interview with ex-PetroSaudi executive Xavier Andre Justo in 2015 to present a false narrative. The paper’s then-Indochina bureau chief Nirmala Ghosh insisted yesterday that he had been professional when approaching the story related to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal. “If Mr Justo’s new claims are true, they are disappointing. I pursued the story as a professional journalist, trying various ways to get details on the case and access to Mr Justo. I put in a request to his Thai lawyer for an interview,” he was quoted as saying in ST.  | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 27, 2018 @ 12:17

Jamal Yunos emerges after fleeing police custody

Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has finally emerged after fleeing from police custody since Friday. He said that his disappearance had been a big misunderstanding and he is willing to cooperate with the authorities now.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 27, 2018 @ 11:51

Seng Giaw: Stop politicising 1MDB investigations

DAP veteran Dr Tan Seng Giaw has urged the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to stop politicising the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) if they are sincere in resolving the case. News portal MalaysiaGazette quoted Tan as saying any criminal wrongdoings behind the 1MDB’s losses could only be determined through thorough investigations, in accordance with the provisions of the law. “If you want to investigate, focus on it and do it silently. One cannot make public statements, call for media conferences and put the blame on certain quarters during an investigation. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 27, 2018, @ 10:00

Playboy financier Jho Low in cross-hairs after poll upset

The Wall Street Journal reported that he was on the Thai holiday island of Phuket earlier this month awaiting the election results. His current whereabouts are unclear. But time could be running out for the flamboyant 36-year-old after Najib’s scandal-mired coalition suffered a shock defeat at the May 9 poll in large part due to public anger at 1MDB. The new government, headed by Najib’s ex-mentor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has reopened probes into the sophisticated fraud and wants to haul Jho Low — whose full name is Low Taek Jho — back to Malaysia.

Datuk Abdul Razak Idris, a former senior officer from the anti-graft agency which led probes into the scandal until they were shut down under Najib, said he believed Low was the mastermind.

“He must be arrested and brought back to Malaysia so that we can bring back all the money parked abroad,” he told AFP.  | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 27, 2018 @ 07:35

Musa likely in London

The disappearance of Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman from the public eye – and the police – has triggered massive speculation over his whereabouts and what his political game plan is. His friends and foes are left wondering as the indications are that Musa, who is being sought by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), had slipped out of the country. Sources told The Star that Musa was in London as of Friday.

 | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition May 27, 2018, @ 07:00

Block against ‘The Malaysian Insider’ dropped two years after it shut down

Malaysia’s internet regulator officially rescinded its directive to block access to news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) last week, more than two years after the outfit shuttered its operations in March 2016. In a confidential letter sighted by Malay Mail, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) requested internet service providers (ISPs) lift the block against 179 addresses of websites and blogs writing about politics, including the news portal.   | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 27, 2018 @ 08:39

Jamal Yunos: My disappearance was all a misunderstanding

Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos (pic) has claimed that his disappearance was all a misunderstanding. The Sungai Besar Umno division chief released an audio recording on WhatsApp at around 1.50am on Sunday(May 27) claiming that he did not intentionally escape police custody. “I thought I could leave because my remand order was over and that my bail had been granted. I did not realise that I had to sign some documents before the bail could be finalised,” he said in the recording. | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 27, 2018 @ 09:49

Committee to investigate RMAF scandals to be formed

The Defence Ministry will set up a high-level committee to investigate the various alleged scandals which have come to haunt the Armed Forces.  The Defence Ministry has been rocked with various allegations of impropriety, from the controversial purchase of the Scorpene submarines to equipment malfunction and corruption among its rank and file. Besides that, there is also the alleged sell-off of premium urban land parcels which belonged to the Armed Forces and its retirement fund board. Mohamed said that the committee will probe the alleged wrongdoings to determine if there are grounds for prosecution or disciplinary action.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

Day 16, May 26, 2018

Malaysia in Transition |News (May 26)

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 26, 2018, @ 11:40

Najib says 'surprised' how Pakatan 'restored' economy in just over two weeks

Datuk Seri Najib Razak took a jibe at the Pakatan Harapan government today, zooming in on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s comments on Malaysia’s strong economic fundamentals. “I am surprised at how fast the country’s economy changed from a supposed crisis and failure before GE14 to a stable and strong economy. “All in just over two weeks?” the former prime minister said in a tweet. Finance Minister Lim had said yesterday that Malaysia’s economic fundamentals were still intact, and that the new government would strive to make the country’s fiscal position more sustainable. “In the finance sector, for example, it is still strong and banks are stable because of (having) high capitalisation and with low non-performing loans...and liquidity in the funds or capital market are high,” he said.  | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 16:10

Gani Patail: Mavcom needed as an independent agency to protect air travellers

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) is needed as an independent body to protect consumers and passengers when their rights are violated, says Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. Abdul Gani, a former member of the steering committee for aviation commission, said Mavcom is an independent self-sustaining regulator that does not in any way have an impact on the cost incurred by the Government nor its size. “Neither the Ministry of Transport (MoT) nor the Malaysia Competition Commission offer this service, hence it is erroneous to suggest that Mavcom is taking over both these entities' roles,” he said in a statement Saturday. He said that he read with concern recent social media posts and articles in the media that seem to be levelling “targeted false accusations” at Mavcom.  | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 15:07

Police report lodged against Arul Kanda

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has filed a police report against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy for allegedly making false statements on the financial status of the company. He called for action to be taken against Arul Kanda under Section 202 and 203 of the Penal Code for intentional omission and giving false information.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition May 26, 2018 @ 14:16

MP lodges police report on Altantuya murder, wants case reopened

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, who lodged a report for the police to reopen the case, said both the High Court and Federal Court had failed to discover the motive behind the act, nor the identity of the person who ordered the murder. In 2009, two former policemen, Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri, were convicted of murdering Altantuya and were sentenced to death, although the Court of Appeal overturned this in 2013.
| Read more > | Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 10:48

Turn yourself in to cops, lawyer tells Jamal Yunos

"On May 25, while we (the legal team) were assisting the bail process for Datuk Seri Jamal over charges which were read to him at the hospital in the morning, we realised that he had left the ward before it was completed. "We failed to locate him to complete the process yesterday (May 25) afternoon," said lawyer Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin in a statement on Saturday (May 26).  | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition May 26, 2018 @ 11:15

Lawyers’ group wants new probe on Wang Kelian mass graves

Lawyers’ group urged the new Pakatan Harapan government to investigate allegations of collusion by Malaysian authorities with human trafficking syndicates. Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said in a statement that a change in power provided a chance for the authorities to uncover attempts to cover up the truth behind the Wang Kelian mass graves.

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 10:48

Turn yourself in to cops, lawyer tells Jamal Yunos

"On May 25, while we (the legal team) were assisting the bail process for Datuk Seri Jamal over charges which were read to him at the hospital in the morning, we realised that he had left the ward before it was completed. "We failed to locate him to complete the process yesterday (May 25) afternoon," said lawyer Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin in a statement on Saturday (May 26).  | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Use right channels, Umno told

Umno must go through the proper channels to recover funds seized by police which the party is staking a claim to, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. The Inspector-General of Police said any such claim must be pursued by following proper procedures based on the rule of law.

 | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 08:00

Wanted man Musa no longer in Malaysia

Beleaguered Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman (pic), who is wanted by the police and anti-graft agency, is believed to have left the country.

His former associates and aides were unable to say for certain where he was, though some believe he had left for Brunei and Singapore en route to London.

Highly-placed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) sources said the body had several days ago sought for Musa to be barred from exiting the country.

 | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Najib takes a swipe at new Govt

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has taken a swipe at the new administration for its statements on federal government debt in a sarcasm-laced Facebook post. “Now that the truth is revealed about this ‘RM1 trillion national debt’, we congratulate the new government for unnecessarily spooking the market which has led to sharp falls of our stock exchange this week,” said Najib yesterday. He said he hoped and prayed that Pakatan Harapan ministers would be more careful in making assertions in future.

“This debacle has led to real losses to stock market investors and our GLICs (Government-Linked Invest­ment Companies) such as EPF, KWAP, Khazanah and Tabung Haji,” he said.  | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

‘BN to be effective Opposition’

It is Barisan Nasional’s duty as the Opposition to ensure the new Government is transparent and efficient, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. Referring to online comments claiming that Barisan leaders have no grounds to criticise the present government due to their past deeds, the MCA deputy president said Barisan has a duty to provide checks and balances.

 | Read more > TheStar

 

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Day 15, May 25, 2018

Malaysia in Transition |News (May 25)

May 25

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 23:53

Jamal Yunos escapes police custody

Umno’s Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos (pix) is believed to have fled from police custody after he was reported missing today from a hospital where he as being remanded. This came just hours after he was charged at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital in Kuala Lumpur for causing public nuisance last year, and where he was to be served with two other bail orders for trespassing. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 18:50

BN's duty now to keep new Government in check, says Dr Wee

The responsibility of keeping the Government in check now lies with Barisan Nasional, said MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

 | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 17:45

BN govt never hid national debt, says Najib

The previous BN government had been transparent and had never hidden the figures of the national debt, embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today. The former Umno president said he is glad that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has come clean in his statement yesterday that the official federal government debt remains at RM686.8 billion, and not RM1 trillion as previously claimed. "All these figures are published in Treasury Reports, BNM reports, Accountant General reports, Auditor General Reports every year without fail," he said. "Contingent obligations, such as guarantees, have never been included in the official measurement of government debt, not even during Tun Mahathir's previous reign." "Therefore, we did not hide RM300 billion of debts or falsified figures as alleged. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition May 25, 2018 @ 16:45

Sarawak minister cries foul over RTM news blackout

A member of the Sarawak Cabinet claims the state government has been unfairly treated by the national broadcaster, RTM, after Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over Putrajaya following the 14th general election.Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told local news portal, Dayak Daily, that the state government was being blacked out by RTM.

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 16:39

Transport users groups wants probe into MAVCOM utilisation of grant 

The Malaysian Public Transport Users Association (4PAM) has called for Transport Minister Anthony Loke to open the accounts of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) for public scrutiny. The association also urged for the Pakatan Harapan government to immediately suspend the RM1 Regulatory Service Charge (RSC) imposed on each passenger departing from any commercial airport in Malaysia, pending an investigation into MAVCOM. The RSC affects tickets issued on or after May 1.

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 16:07

Ramkarpal pushes for Altantuya case to be reopened

A DAP lawmaker described it as totally unacceptable that police have not yet reopened the Altantuya Shariibuu murder case, due to the reasoning that they did not have any new leads. Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said there is no need for any new police report to be lodged over the case. "I urge Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and IGP Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to reopen the case and establish Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to determine the motive," he said in a statement issued today. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition May 25, 2018 @ 17:45

IRB to investigate Jho Low over 1MDB, says Guan Eng

Malaysia's finance minister said today he has asked the Inland Revenue Board to investigate financier Low Taek Jho and his family in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the state fund at the heart of massive anti-corruption probe. Lim Guan Eng said in a tweet: “The Inland Revenue Board is asked to investigate Jho Low and his family in relation to any returns or anything received in the 1MDB scandal.”

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 25, 2018 @ 15:29

Appeals court dismisses Maria Chin's appeal over travel ban

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by Petaling Jaya Member of Parliament Maria Chin Abdullah over her legal challenge on her travel ban on grounds that the matter was academic.  Maria Chin, the former Bersih 2.0 chairman, filed a judicial review to challenge the Immigration Department director-general's decision to bar her from travelling to South Korea on May 15, 2016 to receive an award for Bersih 2.0. However, the travel ban was lifted on May 17, 2016, two days after she was denied entry. She lost her case at the High Court which was dismissed on May 18, last year. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 15:04

Tanjung Aru Eco Development project put on hold until further directive from the new Sabah state government 

The Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project has been put on hold until the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) receives a directive from the new state government administration. The eco-friendly TAED project, with an area spanning 348ha was launched by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2013 and is expected to provide a facelift to Tanjung Aru, which is already a renowned tourist attraction.

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 25, 2018 @ 14:31

Jamal Yunos charged with being public nuisance

Umno's Jamal Yunos has been slapped with a public nuisance charge over his alleged protest against the proposed Better Beer Festival 2017, Sinar Harian reported today. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 13:13

IGP: No grounds yet to reopen Altantuya murder investigation

Bukit Aman has not reopened the Altantuya Shariibuu murder case as there were no grounds to do so, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. The Inspector-General of Police said so far there have been no new police reports lodged on the matter. "We have not found any grounds to reopen investigations," he told a press conference in Bukit Aman on Friday. Mongolian model Altantuya, 28, is believed to have been shot dead before her body was blown to bits with explosives at a secondary forest near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam in 2006.  | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 13:07

Don't believe viral photos of seized items, says Comm Amar

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh warned the public not to believe photos of purportedly seized items that have gone viral on social media. “Do not spread such photos because this will affect our investigation,” he said.

 | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 13:46

Police never closed probe file on 1MDB: IGP

The police never closed their investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the case has been ongoing, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. He said the police would work with all quarters, including the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in the matter.

. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 25, 2018 @ 01:06

Malaysian starts crowdfunding campaign to reduce govt debt 

A young Malaysian activist has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help reduce the country's federal government debt. Law graduate Nik Shazarina Bakti, 27, reminded Malaysians of the time when members of the public helped raise funds for Tunku Abdul Rahman's famous Merdeka Mission to London.

"And this time, WE are doing it! We can tell our children and grandchildren of this initiative that we all took part in to save Negaraku Malaysia," her campaign description read. Nik Shazarina, a Legal Officer at Sisters in Islam (SIS), said all proceeds will be channelled to the government at the end of the campaign. As at the time of writing, a total of 92 individuals have donated US$3,633 (RM14,449.53).

Nik Shazarina aims to raise a total of US$100,000 within the next 67 days. The fundraising campaign expires on July 31.| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 11:53

RM144m found in 35 of 72 bags seized

Police have said they found a total of RM114 million in 35 of the 72 bags seized from Pavilion Residences condominium in Kuala Lumpur that are linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. The 27 other bags contain jewellery and other valuable items, Federal Commercial Crime Department chief Commissioner Datuk Seti Amar Singh said. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 07:00

MACC concludes SRC questioning of Najib

Although anti-graft investigators have completed their questioning of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on SRC International, the former prime minister may be called up again. Should this happen, his assistance will be needed by the investigators to probe other cases related to 1MDB. Yesterday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) finished recording Najib’s statement as part of its investigation into SRC International.  | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 07:00

MACC raids Musa’s house, files seized

Graft investigators have raided the house of Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman (pic) and seized several files. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) sources said yesterday that a team of investigators went to his house at Lu­­yang here on Wednesday afternoon in connection with graft investigations.  | Read more > TheStar

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 07:00

Justo links Jho Low to 1MDB and PetroSaudi

“There are commissions in the oil business. That’s the way it is and there is no need to be naive. Oil business means corruption. “It is something to take 1% or 5%, but it is something else to take more than 80% of the amount in commission. I knew that something was wrong, but I wasn’t expecting this madness,” Justo said.  | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 08:43

Confiscated money is 'ours', says Umno

Umno has requested the police return the money confiscated from its former president Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's house at Jalan Langgak Duta on recently, claiming it is part of the party's campaign funds. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

 

Day 14, May 24, 2018

Malaysia in Transition |News (May 24)

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 18:50

FBI, DOJ to help with return of frozen assets (Updated)

The government's special taskforce investigating 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) met United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) today to discuss around mutual legal assistance and the recovery of 1MDB assets from the US. The four co-heads of the multi-agency taskforce former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, current MACC chief Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull and Bukit Aman Special Branch Director Commissioner Datuk Hamid Bador said talks with the federal investigators also revolved around "direction and focus" of the 1MDB investigation. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 18:47

Finance Ministry confirms funds from BNM, Khazanah used to service 1MDB debts

The Finance Ministry today confirmed that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Khazanah Nasional Berhad had made payments to the ministry in two separate deals to help service 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) debt obligations. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the deals amounted to RM3.26 billion, of which RM2.06 billion was raised through the sale of a piece of land to the central bank and the remaining RM1.2 billion through the redemption of a shareholder capital by Khazanah. He confirmed earlier reports that payments were made by the two entities to the ministry, during the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, which were then utilised to pay for some of the liabilities of the state investment arm.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 17:00

Najib exits MACC building after second day of questioning

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has left the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) building here after a second round of questioning. He was seen entering the building at about 9.45am on Thursday (May 24), and left at 4.55pm. As he exited, he stopped briefly to tell the gathered press that he had given his full cooperation and had answered questions to the best of his ability.  | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 16:35

MACC confirms probe into Tabung Haji

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed it is investigating Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) today, as a continuation of its probe into TH chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim. In a brief answer to reporters outside Menara Tabung Haji here, MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed his officers had been sent to meet TH officials. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 15:33

Umno, JMM leaders want MACC to probe Mahathir’s past

Umno leader Datuk Lokman Adam and Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah arrived at MACC headquarters here today with close to 50 of his supporters urging MACC to reinvestigate reports made against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly abusing his power during his previous stint as premier. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 15:26

Mat Sabu, Azmin can now enter Sarawak, Clare Brown still banned. 

The Sarawak government has lifted an entry ban imposed on several Pakatan Harapan leaders after they were sworn in as the ministers in the Federal Cabinet. State immigration director Ken Leben confirmed that the names of the federal ministers who were barred from entering the state previously have since been removed from the blacklist.

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018

Police looking for Musa – CP

Police are trying to find Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman to get his statement for allegedly intimidating Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.. | Read more > | BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 14:50

Sand-dredging in Kota Belud's rivers halted

The Sabah state government has suspended a company awarded with an RM18.8 million sand-dredging contract in flood-prone Kota Belud’s rivers affected by debris from Mount Kinabalu during the 2015 earthquake for non-compliance. State Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Junz Wong said Syarikat Warisan Teguh Bistari Sdn Bhd, that was awarded with the three-year contract on Feb 27, had been issued with a suspension letter on May 18. “Among the company’s non-compliance were failure to submit performance bond in the form of bank guarantee, failure to submit insurance policies, failure to submit appointment letters of consultants and failure to appoint sub-contractors on critical areas. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 14:30

Khazanah says had ‘no control’ over funds used to pay 1MDB debts

Sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional said it has no authority to determine how Putrajaya used the RM3 billion it raised via a share issue and which was allegedly used to service 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) debts. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 14:38

NFC to make a comeback? New minister suggests a review

The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry will propose a memorandum to the Cabinet to resume the previous National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) project, which was ridden by scandals.. | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 12:32

Najib spends 2 hours at MACC and counting

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has so far spent two and a half hours giving his statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the dubious transfer of RM42 million in his personal bank account.| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 12:39

Najib used money raised from Khazanah to pay 1MDB debts: Sources

The previous government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak used money raised from a deal with Khazanah Nasional Berhad to pay for some of the liabilities of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), two sources told Reuters. Khazanah paid the government RM1.2 billion in mid-2017 in exchange for redeemable shares that the finance ministry owned, the sources said, adding that the funds were used to pay some of 1MDB's dues to Abu Dhabi fund IPIC. 1MDB had agreed to pay US$1.2 billion (RM4.8 billion) to IPIC as part of a settlement agreement reached in April 2017 after 1MDB defaulted on its bonds. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 12:08

BNM maintains that RM2b land transaction was at 'arms-length'

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said the purchase of a 23ha land from the government to develop a Financial Education Hub, was conducted as an 'arms-length' transaction and transacted at fair value as determined by an independent private sector valuer. "We refer to the recent international and domestic media coverage on the matter concerning a piece of land purchased by Bank Negara Malaysia (the Bank). The purchase of the land was initiated by the Bank, conducted as an arms-length transaction and transacted at fair value as determined by an independent private sector valuer," it noted. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 10:59

Arul Kanda mulls legal action against Guan Eng

1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy is mulling legal action against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. In a statement today, Arul Kanda said he denied Lim’s potentially defamatory and personal attacks against him.“Therefore, in my personal capacity, not in relation to my employment and specifically only in relation to his statement, I have sought legal advice from my lawyers to advise me on my options,” he said.

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 11:00

BNM hands over details of land deal to MACC

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today said it has handed details of a transaction to purchase land from the government to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), after reports that funds from the deal may have been used to pay dues of troubled state fund 1MDB. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 10:25

Report: BN MP allegedly offered 1MDB investigators RM3m to drop probe

Senior officials who were removed in 2015 by the previous government for pursuing irregularities within 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) were offered at least RM3 million (S$1 million) to drop the case, according to a report. Quoting sources, Singapore’s The Straits Times reported that one BN MP had been responsible for negotiating with investigators in an attempt to bury the case and that this unnamed leader was a known fixer and bagman for the previous administration. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 10:20

Tabung Haji confirms Abdul Azeez gone as chairman

Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) today confirmed that Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim is no longer its chairman. LTH said it received his letter of resignation yesterday. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 10:00

Arul Kanda: Wrongdoings already there when I joined

Tarred as “utterly dishonest and untrustworthy”, 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s Arul Kanda Kandasamy sought to salvage his reputation today by insisting the alleged wrongdoings at the firm occurred before he was recruited. In a statement stressing that the sequence of events was incontrovertible, the 1MDB president tried to depict his role in the troubled state investment firm as purely limited to the business end.

“It cannot be disputed that I joined 1MDB only in January 2015, that is to say, after the actions of previous management and boards resulted in 1MDB amassing its debt burden, and after many of 1MDB's projects were in difficulties. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 09:11

Najib expected to leave residence for MACC headquarters this morning

The former Prime Minister is supposed to head back to the Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission(MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya for a second round of questioning over its investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad(1MDB). | Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 08:45

WSJ: Najib govt used BNM to pay RM2b to service 1MDB debts

The defeated Barisan Nasional government allegedly made Bank Negara Malaysia pay US$500 million (RM2 billion) of 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) debt, according to sources who knew of the deal. The Wall Street Journal reported today that 1MDB was in financial distress late last year and lacked the cash flow needed to pay the sum owed to Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

The revelation corroborates Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s revelation that 1MDB cannot meet its debt obligations on its own and needed the Finance Ministry to pay nearly RM7 billion of its debt and interests last year. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 24, 2018 @ 06:30

Ambrin: OSA label on 1MDB report supposed to be temporary

Former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang has admitted it was his own decision to classify the audit report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972, owing to premature information leakage, of its interim report. However, he said that the classification was only supposed to be temporary, until the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had completed its proceedings and deliberation on the findings of 1MDB's financial issues. "No, no," he replied, when asked if he was pressured to place the auditor-general report under the said law.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

Day 13, May 23, 2018

Malaysia in Transition |News (May 23)

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 20:30

Ex-PAC man: Take action against those who lied about 1MDB

Former Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir has called on the Government to act against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy (pic) and the company's board members for issuing misleading statements to the committee. In a statement on Wednesday (May 23), the Umno lawmaker said legal action must be taken against all those who made false statements to ensure that the integrity of the PAC and Parliament is preserved. " Read more > TheStar

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 23, 2018 @ 15:30

Transport minister gives Isa Samad a week to quit SPAD

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad has one week to resign the post, after which he will be unceremoniously removed, said Anthony Loke today. Loke made the offer in a press conference following an earlier announcement by the prime minister that the commission will be absorbed by his ministry. “SPAD chairman Isa Samad has to resign immediately. As a former minister, I hope he will do the honourable way and voluntarily resign. “I would prefer not to terminate the posts or having to issue the termination letter,” said Loke, who also extended the “invitation” to other political appointees under his ministry. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 15:29

Arul Kanda in Putrajaya for 1MDB meeting with Finance Minister

Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy arrived at the front lobby of Ministry of Finance (MoF) at 2.43pm today. Since last week, Arul Kanda and several other individuals have been barred from leaving Malaysia following an investigation into 1MDB. Yesterday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said RM143.75 million was due to be paid by 1MDB to lenders by May 30.“Arul Kanda has to date insisted that 1MDB is fully able to service its debt obligations. I have instructed Arul Kanda to brief and clarify if 1MDB is able to pay the sum due next week,” Lim had reportedly said.

Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 15:11

Justo shows up at MACC HQ

Former Petrosaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo made his appearance at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission here today. It is believed his presence here is related to authorities' investigations on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 15:10

Malaysia will review MH370 search contract: Dr Mahathir

Malaysia will review and possibly end its agreement with a private US firm searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, newly elected Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, in one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. The previous Malaysian administration had agreed in January to pay Houston-based Ocean Infinity up to US$70 million if it found the plane during a search in the southern Indian Ocean that is expected to end in June. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 15:03

Azmin Ali withdraws suit compelling IGP to arrest Jho Low

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has withdrawn his appeal at the Court of Appeal over his suit to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to extradite businessman Low Taek Jho to Malaysia in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. Azmin's lawyer Latheefa Koya said her client withdrew his appeal against the IGP on Tuesday (May 22). "My client decided to withdraw the appeal due to the fact the new government has clearly shown commitment to investigate into the 1MDB scandal including the apprehension of Jho Low," Latheefa told media on Wednesday (May 23).

Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 14:58

1MDB probe chief tells Shukri: 'Less talk, more work'

Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman has urged Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull to ‘remain quiet’ and focus on the probe into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Abu Talib, who chairs the special committee investigating the 1MDB issue, says this is necessary to ensure that the probe is unaffected, as there could be elements of prejudice involved if Shukri continues issuing statements on the matter.

“There is a risk that the 1MDB probe could be affected if someone involved in the investigation openly issues statements of that nature. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 14:35

Dr M: Malaysia's debt-to-GDP ratio is 65pct, not 55pct

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has disclosed that Malaysia's debt ratio to the gross domestic product (GDP) is 65 percent and not 51 percent as claimed by the previous government. In a media briefing here after the new government’s first Cabinet meeting, Dr Mahathir said the debt ratio beyond 55 percent was financially unhealthy.

Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 14:11

Government will not buy back Proton: PM

The new government will not buy back Proton Holdings Bhd as it now belongs to tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said this during a press conference after chairing the Cabinet meeting today.

Syed Mokhtar holds an indirect 55.92 percent stake in DRB-Hicom Bhd via his private vehicle, Etika Strategi Sdn Bhd, in which he has a 90 percent equity interest. Proton has incurred losses over the years and this led to the selling of a 49.9 percent stake in the company to China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd for a total of RM460.3 million in June last year.

Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 14:09

Spy agency under Najib to be disbanded, says Tun M

The government will disband the controversial Intelligence agency within the former Prime Minister's Office under Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had not been briefed on the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), but he said it was not necessary.

Read more > SunDaily

 

Infighting at Najib’s intelligence agency, police report filed

A police report has been filed after officials turned on each other at the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), a powerful intelligence agency within the former Prime Minister's Office under Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. A top official of the secret intelligence and surveillance agency has lodged a police report, complaining about a Wikipedia entry that accuses him of syphoning billions of ringgit from the troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund, a news portal reported today. Malaysia Decides said the 35-year-old complainant said the contents of the entry were aimed at defaming him, along with two other top officers of the intelligence unit, known officially as the Research Department.

Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 13:11

Jamal remanded for 3 days

Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos has been remanded for three days starting today to facilitate investigations into photos allegedly showing him displaying a firearm. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 23, 2018 @ 12:30

MACC raids Tabung Haji chief’s home and office, seizes cash and documents

Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators have raided the office and home of Lembaga Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim. A source from MACC told Malay Mail that the raid started yesterday 9am at several locations including the Lembaga Tabung Haji headquarters located in Kuala Lumpur, and continues today. The source said so far investigators have seized more than half a million ringgit in cash, some documents and jewellery. Read more > Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 12:28

DoJ: We look forward to working with Malaysian authorities on 1MBD investigations

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) said that it is looking forward to partnering with Malaysian authorities to scrutinise 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) transactions. Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 12:12

MACC raids 3 houses linked to Abdul Azeez

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) reportedly raided three properties linked to Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abd Rahim yesterday. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 11:41

RM109m in cash, RM200m in luxury items from premises linked to Najib

The amount of cash taken from premises linked to ousted prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak amounted to RM109 million, while luxury items seized were conservatively valued at RM200 million. The cash in multiple denominations took police an arduous 12 hours to count. China Press today reported that the counting was done in two phases at the police Commercial Crime Investigation Department's office in Menara 238, Jalan Tun Razak. The first phase on Monday involved 11 bags. Yesterday, officers spent 12 hours, starting at 8 am, counting money from 16 other bags, it reported. Read more > SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 11:38

Bersih hands over electoral and parliamentary reforms proposal to IRC

Bersih 2.0 has submitted its proposal on electoral and parliamentary reforms to the Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) for consideration. The group's acting chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari handed over the proposal document to the Committee secretariat at Menara Ilham here at about 10.30am Wednesday.

Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 07:00

‘RM7bil to bail out 1MDB’

On top of paying RM6.98bil to bail out 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the Government is now facing the prospect of forking out an additional RM953mil to service the company’s debts by November. “I have been informed that besides the RM142.75mil due at the end of this month, another RM810.21mil worth of interest is due between the months of September and November in 2018,” Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters after being briefed by ministry officers.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 23, 2018 @ 07:00

Lim confirms country’s debt exceeds RM1 trillion

On his first day as Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng confirmed that Malaysia’s debt was now above RM1 trillion but assured his countrymen that its economic fundamentals remained strong. He said this figure was based on information consolidated from various ministries.  Read more > TheStar

 

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Day 12, May 22 2018

Malaysia in Transition |News (May 22)

 A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 18:50

Finance Ministry paying 1MDB debts since April 2017

The government will have to step in should 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) fail to service its debt payment, due next week. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said this was because of the government’s back-to-back guarantee over 1MDB. “We are extremely concerned with regards to this because I have been informed by the Finance Ministry officials that the ministry has been bailing out 1MDB’s debt service obligations since April 2017,” he said. He said payments by the ministry on behalf of 1MDB had amounted to RM6.98 billion. “The sum includes payments made to IPIC as part of a settlement agreement amounting to RM5.05 billion,” he said.

Read more > NST

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 15:43

I was threatened, bullied, called a traitor, says MACC chief

Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull, the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner, claimed he was threatened several times during the course of his investigation into issues surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and SRC International.

Shukri said he was threatened with the sack, forced into early retirement and even received a live bullet.

He said he and his fellow investigators were under immense pressure, including having their witnesses spirited away. 

“My intelligence sources told me that I would be arrested and jailed for attempting to overthrow the government. I then decided to leave for Washington,” he said.

He said he released decoy information that he would be leaving for Saudi Arabia.

“I later heard that someone was waiting to arrest me in Jeddah,” he claimed.

“I felt guilty that I had escaped to Washington but my officers were arrested in Malaysia. I, Tan Sri, and my men were fighting for the nation, but we were accused as being traitors who wanted to topple the government. Read moreNST

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 15:18

Najib leaves MACC HQ after being questioned

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak left the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here at about 3.15pm after being questioned for several hours on Tuesday. In brief remarks to the press, he said he would have to return on Thursday (May 24) for further questioning. Najib's statement was recorded on Tuesday over the probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of the controversial 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 14:16

Shukri bares all: 'Only three ministers dared speak up'

Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull says he and Tan Sri Abu Kassim had met with Cabinet ministers as well as the Rulers Council to urge that Datuk Seri Najib Razak is replaced as prime minister, following evidence which showed that 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds had been abused. "We split up to meet all the ministers and appealed to them to replace Najib with someone else, be it (Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi) or (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin (Hussein), as the figure was too large, RM2.6 billion. "From all the ministers we met, only three dared to speak up - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah. The rest were afraid. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 22, 2018 @ 14:10

MACC raids Jeffrey Kitingan's home

Anti-graft authorities raided the home of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan last night. A source in the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) confirmed the incident but declined to comment further.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 22, 2018 @ 14:00

IGP: Police will probe claims new MACC’s Shukri was threatened

Police will look into the allegation that the new Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull was threatened and intimidated when he investigated 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 14:12

MACC chief trailed after fleeing to US for safety

Mohd Shukri in a press conference at the commission's headquarters revealed how, fearing for his life, he was forced to flee Malaysia for the US."I left for Washington but on arrival, I found I was still being trailed. I was given protection by three bodyguards of the US police. Read more > SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 13:42

1MDB taskforce to focus on asset recovery, taking criminal action against culprits

The taskforce on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) will focus on asset recovery among several others. According to the taskforce, the focus will also be on bringing back cash and other assets derived from 1MDB’s previous activities. The taskforce will also look into taking criminal action against those involved, including those committing offences under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, the Anti-Money Laundering Act, and the Penal Code. The taskforce held its first meeting at the MACC headquarters here on Tuesday. Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 22, 2018 @ 13:45

DPP Kevin Morais’ death nothing to do with 1MDB probe, MACC says

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Kevin Morais’s death has no connection to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) probe, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said today. This follows claims by Pascal Najadi, son of the slain AmBank Chairman Hussain Najadi who urged the government to reopen the investigation into unanswered murder cases such Altantuya Shaariibuu and Morais, which could shed light on the motive of the assassination of his father. “Kevin Morais (death) has nothing to do with the case because he was the prosecutor on the army colonel falsifying claims case,” Shukri said at a press conference at MACC headquarters at Putrajaya today.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 22, 2018 @ 13:00

No proof RM2.6b in Najib's account was a donation, says new MACC chief

There was no evidence to support former Najib Razak's claims that RM2.6 billion deposited in 2014 into his personal bank account was from a prince in Saudi Arabia, new anti-graft chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said today. He said Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators were sent in 2015 to Saudi Arabia and met with the prince. But the prince could not provide supporting documents such as bank statements to prove the money was a donation from him. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 12:54

Najib won’t be arrested today

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said in a press conference here today that the investigations on the RM42 million financial scandal of SRC International Sdn Bhd was in the tail-end stages and will be concluded after the statements of "one or two" individuals are recorded. He also said ousted prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will not be arrested today but might be summoned for future questioning as and when it is required. Read more > SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 12:03

New MACC chief breaks down in recounting what he went through

Newly appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull broke down when he recounted his time running away from Malaysian authorities to the United States. This came in 2015 after his former boss Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed at the MACC decided to indict former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the RM2.6bil that was found in his personal bank account. Shukri said that the commission had well-founded basis to initiate an investigation into SRC International, a subsidiary of 1MDB, which had been accused of transferring millions of ringgit into Najib’s private account. However, on the day he was going to do, former Attorney-General Gani Patail was removed from his position,  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 11:27

Najib withdraws libel suit against Ling

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has withdrawn his suit against former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik over a "libellous article" about the scandal-ridden sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Najib withdrew his suit with cost of RM25,000 and the condition that Ling withdraws his counter claimRead more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition |May 22, 2018 @ 10:00

Forcing a smile for a frenzy of photographers, Najib signs in at MACC 

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrived 15 minutes earlier than the time he was summoned to show up at the MACC headquarters here to be questioned over his role in the 1MDB scandal. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 08:57

Perlis in political limbo

Perlis has been hit by one of the biggest political impasses after the 14th General Election. It is unable to appoint a mentri besar, 12 days after the polls. Perlis has 150,221 registered voters. Majority of them voted in Barisan Nasional (BN) that won 10 of the 15 state seats. It also took two of the three parliament seats in a state, which is smaller than the Kubang Pasu district in Kedah. There is still no sign of a solution after Perlis Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim had earlier suggested that his brother Datuk Ismail Kassim (Tambun Tulang-BN) be anointed as the leader of the new state government.

Read more > SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 07:00

Najib’s in Putrajaya – for questioning

Today, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak returns to Putrajaya after the May 9 elections. It will not be a triumphant return, and he will not be heading to what was once the Prime Minister’s office at the Perdana Putra Building. Instead, he will be escorted to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters at 10 am, an hour before newly-minted MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull gives his maiden press conference as top graft-buster in the same building. The anti-graft agency served Najib notice on Friday to seek the former prime minister’s cooperation over investigations into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of the controversial 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 22, 2018 @ 09:00

Sirul must reveal extra info he claims he has, says ex-top copHarpal, Athimulan withdraw as Najib's lawyers

Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said former policeman Sirul Azhar Umar must reveal the extra information he claimed he has regarding the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006. Sirul, who was convicted of the murder together with another policeman, recently demanded a full pardon in exchange for him giving the full story of the murder to the Pakatan Harapan-led government. Read more > NST

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Day 11, May 21, 2018

Malaysia in Transition | News (May 21)

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 15:22

Justo in second meeting with Mahathir

Former Petrosaudi International executive Andre Xavier Justo was spotted leaving Yayasan Perdana here today after a meeting with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 16:00

Turn up in Putrajaya or get charged under MACC Act, Najib told

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak could be charged under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 if he failed to turn up at the agency headquarters in Putrajaya tomorrow. Read moreMalaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 14:40

Committee on Institutional Reforms accepting complaints from people, groups

Individuals and groups who wish to speak up about institutions that have failed to function according to the law can submit written representations to the Committee on Institutional Reforms. Individuals and groups can submit their written representations by May 28 to

The Secretariat, Committee on Institutional Reforms

Level 32, Ilham Tower, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,

Email to irc@jpm.gov.my
Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 14:28

Separation of powers: Dr M should not have had one-on-one with CJ, says lawyer

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not have had a one-on-one meeting with Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif, says senior lawyer Roger Tan. “This should not have happened if we respect the doctrine of the separation of powers strictly,” said Tan in a post on his Facebook page on Monday (May 21). He said that Md Raus should have declined the invitation to the meeting that took place last Tuesday.

Tan added that he agreed with Dr Mahathir’s remarks that the three pillars of the country – the executive, legislature and judiciary – would be separated and that the rule of law would be restored.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 14:14

New task force to probe 1MDB, prosecute wrongdoers

A task force has been formed to investigate 1MDB, prosecute wrongdoers and retrieve assets involved in the scandal. The task force will be jointly headed by former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC head Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, current MACC chief Datuk Sri Mohd Shukri Abdull and former special branch head Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 12:50

Foreign outflow in Malaysian stocks accelerate to four-year high

Malaysia’s benchmark equity index rebounded last week but that didn’t stop an acceleration of foreign selling to the highest level in four years after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s unexpected election upset. The nation’s stock market had a volatile start last week after the three-day holiday but it closed 0.4 percent higher after five days of trading. Yet, overseas investors sold US$625 million (RM2.48 billion) worth of equities last week, Malaysia’s biggest stock outflow since August 2013, according to data from Bursa Malaysia Bhd, the nation’s stock exchange.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 12:11

Mention of Guan Eng's corruption trial fixed for July 30

The High Court here today fixed July 30 for the mention of the corruption trial of former Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon. Defence counsels for Lim and Phang, Ram Karpal Singh and Datuk V. Sithambaram, respectively, said they will make a new representation to the new Attorney-General who will be appointed in July.

Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 12:50

Rafizi asked for corruption complaints be directed to MACC and police

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has asked for any complaints with regard to corruption be directed to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police."We have changed the government, they should now be free to investigate anyone. No need for whistleblowers to be jailed for revealing corruption. Enough of sending information to me," Rafizi said on his Twitter, in which he included a smiling emoticon in the tweet. Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 10:03

Guan Eng trial postponed for AG to review case

The corruption trial of Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon has been postponed to July 30 to enable the new Attorney-General (AG) to review the case. The former Penang chief minister's case has been put on hold until the mentioned date after Lim's defence counsel Ramkarpal Singh asked for postponement before Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail. In the first amended charge, Lim was charged with using his position as a public officer namely, chief minister of Penang, to gain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in southwest Penang to a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd. He allegedly committed the offence while chairing the Penang State Planning Committee meeting at the operations room in Level 28, Komtar building here, on July 18, 2014. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 11:10

Top officer’s house raided for Najib documents: Report

Police have raided the house of an individual said to be connected to ousted prime minister Datuk Sri Najib Abdul Razak, Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 10:50

New MACC chief to share ‘interesting issues’

Members of the media will be briefed on 'interesting issues' including his past experiences tomorrow, newly appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said today. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 07:50

CEP wants Govt to start recovering stolen assets

The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) wants the Government to begin the process of recovering the stolen assets of 1MDB at once. CEP head of media and communication Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (pic) said besides seeking assistance from the other countries involved, action must be taken against those found to have been in cahoots in the theft of 1MDB funds. “We hope the police and Ma­­lay­sian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will take swift action so that the saga involving SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) and 1MDB can be closed.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 21, 2018 @ 07:50

Dzulkefly: Those well-off owning low-cost homes via quota system

State Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad said his preliminary findings showed that some well-off individuals owned houses meant for the poor and middle-income group.

He said 16,010 homes under the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme (RMMJ) were built and distributed over the last three years, but questioned the actual number of deser­ving people who got the houses under the scheme. “My initial findings show that some of these individuals do not qualify for RMMJ because they are either rich or the RMMJ is not their first house,” he told The Star. Read more > TheStar

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Day 10, May 20 2018

News Archive| Malaysia in Transition | (May 20)

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 20, 2018 @ 22:00

Eight safes at Seri Perdana empty

The eight safes at the residence at the Seri Perdana Complex, Putrajaya, believed to belong to Datuk Seri Najib Razak were successfully opened by police yesterday. It is learned that the results of the inspection in the eight safes did not find any items or money. Police are now focusing on investigations into other premises around Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Kajang to find evidence of the investigation into 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 20, 2018 @ 20:55

Najib: I did not steal, I'm a victim of political attacks

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said he did not steal from the people and is now the victim of political attacks in order to weaken Umno.

"I'm not a person who steals what belongs to the people," said Najib Read more > TheStar

Day 09, May 19, 2018

A New Malaysia | The Transition | News (May 19)

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 19, 2018 @ 21:47

Rule of law must apply to Dr M as well, says Najib

The rule of law, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, says, should be applied equally to all, including Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 19, 2018 @ 20:00

Najib asks cops for witness protection, says life at risk

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told police yesterday that his life is at risk and asked to be put under witness protection in the ongoing probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad-related (1MDB) scandal. Najib lodged a report yesterday at the Sentul police headquarters at 5 pm 

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 19, 2018 @ 20:14

No interview at Najib's house, only in Putrajaya, says MACC

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has refuted claims that it would be recording a statement from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the latter’s Taman Duta Home. MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations), Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the process will take place at the agency’s headquarters in Putrajaya on Tuesday. Read more > NST

Day 08, May 18, 2018

A New Malaysia | The Transition | News (May 18)

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 14:50

List of Sabah officials facing travel ban is fake

Viral photos and reports of former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman being barred from travelling overseas are not true. The others said to have been blacklisted and banned from leaving the country are former deputy chief minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and former Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. Read more > TheStar

 

Day 07, May 17, 2018

A New Malaysia | The Transition | News (May 17)

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 17, 2018 @ 12:35

Dr M calls up former MACC chief Abu Kassim

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called up Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed (pic) to seek information believed to be on SRC International and the RM2.6bil fund linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Read more > TheStar 

 

Day 05, May 15, 2018

News Archive| Malaysia in Transition | News (May 15)

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 15, 2018 @ 10:36

No deal for Najib: Tun M

There will be no compromise for ousted prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak if he is implicated in graft claims linked to state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said prosecutors are building up a strong case against Najib, who is expected to be charged soon for crimes linked to the debt-laden 1MDB. Asked if he would cut a deal to spare Najib in exchange for information to recover part of the US$4.5 billion (RM18.19 billion) allegedly lost by 1MDB, Mahathir said: "No deal".

 Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 15, 2018 @ 21:04

Former IGP, three others to be put on no-fly list

Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has been added to the list of those banned from travelling abroad. Others to be included in the list are Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad.  Read more >  NST

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 15, 2018 @ 16:25

Mahathir tells WSJ he expects charges to be filed against Najib

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reportedly said that he expected charges to be filed against former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak following an investigation into allegations that Najib syphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars from state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 15, 2018 @ 14:58

Evidence that Najib received 1MDB funds was ignored, say probe panellists

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) found evidence in late 2015 that RM42 million was transferred from a former subsidiary of state fund 1MDB into an account of then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix), but its recommendation for further investigation was rejected by the attorney general, a member of a panel that reviewed the commission's case files told Reuters.. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 15, 2018 @ 00:58

We 'roughly know' where Jho Low is, says Dr M

 Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government ‘roughly knows’ where to find businessman Low Taek Jho. Read more >  NST

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 15, 2018 @ 08:03

EC denies allegations of manipulation in GE14

EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah stressed that EC had carried out all the processes of GE14 with transparency and fairness, with any manipulations aimed at certain parties. Mohd Hashim said the EC was ready to give its full cooperation to prove that there was no manipulation or wrongdoing during the process of GE14.  Read more > SunDaily 

 

Day 04, May 14, 2018

News Archive| Malaysia in Transition | News (May 14)

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 14, 2018 @ 19:54

Najib and Rosmah are suspects of crimes, says Tun M

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, are not allowed to leave the country as they are suspects of crimes, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today."I am not sure how many will be restricted, there is not only Najib and Rosmah but the Immigration Department has been informed that there are those who are not allowed to fly out," he said at a press conference today.  Read more > SunDaily