Gold bars in sec-gen case; gov't jets go invisible; MACC didn't call Bahri

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KINI ROUNDUP Here are the key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.

More gold bars in sec-gen case

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) seized eight kilogrammes of gold bars worth RM1.6 million and cash of about RM1 million from two bank safety deposit boxes in the corruption case involving a secretary-general of a federal ministry.

The anti-graft body also seized a Toyota Estima vehicle belonging to the son of the secretary-general, who had 10 plots of land in the Klang Valley under his name and that of his family members.

The secretary-general and his two sons were slapped with a seven-day remand order.

Government jets no longer traceable by public

Two government jets used by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak can no longer be traced using publicly-accessible flight tracking websites, soon after one jet was spotted crossing Australia the same time Najib and his family were holidaying there.

Website Flight Aware said the data was no longer available for tracking "as per request from the owner/operator", while the same data is also missing on the website Flightradar24.

Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said the fact that the jet's flight history coincided with the travels of Najib's family shows that the PM is out of touch with public sentiments.

MACC didn't call Bahri

Former special divisions director Bahri Mohd Zin said no one from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission contacted him over the reason for his early retirement.

This after MACC claimed Bahri denied telling media he retired out of frustration that the SRC International Sdn Bhd case was not prosecuted.

Meanwhile PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man questioned why the ministry secretary-general is nabbed but no one from former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International has been arrested thus far.

In a related matter, Singapore prosecutors filed 16 charges against the former local branch manager of Swiss-based Falcon Private Bank AG as part of an ongoing investigation linked to 1MDB.

Other Kinibites

1MBB appointed audit firm Parker Randall to check its accounts and that of its subsidiaries.

The government said the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) aid can be used to purchase a Proton Iriz, which can in turn be used to drive for ride-hailing services like Uber.

Artist Fahmi Reza, famed for drawing the caricature of PM Najib as a clown, found himself on the immigration travel blacklist.

Voter Za'aba Ibrahim, who lent his name to an election petition which failed, may be declared bankrupt as he has only managed to raise about half of the RM50,000 damages imposed, as the deadline looms.

Felda is taking on debt in order to afford the RM66.7 million in bonus it has promised to its settlers, claimed PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang denied he is the late Malaysian Communist Party Chin Peng's cousin, after an alleged family tree claiming this circulates on social media.

Looking ahead

Hindraf and devotees from a Taoist temple will send a memorandum to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to halt the temple's demolition.

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