PM, Annuar's anti-graft advice; Aussie cops on 1MDB case; Dr M vs muftis

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

PM, Annuar's anti-graft advice

Highlighting cases of wastage by public officials, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak advised civil servants never to take what rightfully belongs to the people.

This comes after former CEO of government agency Tekun was charged with soliciting bribes in Selangor, while another in Johor was nabbed for asking for kickbacks for approving a loan.

However, anti-corruption watchdog Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) told Najib, who is involved in the 1MDB scandal, the best way to combat corruption is to lead by example.

Meanwhile, Umno information chief and Majilis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) chairperson Annuar Musa told Mara staff not to get embroiled in corruption as it is "not worth it".

Australia's police join 1MDB probe

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are investigating whether proceeds connected to 1MDB have reached their shores.

According to The Australian newspaper, the AFP is evaluating whether any Australian citizen, resident or company had breached proceeds-of-crime laws.
According to the report, the police are also either assisting the Swiss, American or Singaporean authorities in their investigations into funds amounting to billions of ringgit allegedly siphoned from 1MDB.

Dr M takes on muftis

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad stood by his remark that haj funded by 1MDB would not be divinely accepted, brushing off criticism by the Perak, Kelantan and Pahang muftis who expressed regret over Mahathir's remarks.

Meanwhile, former cabinet minister Zainuddin Maidin said Mahathir was not "mad" to caution against the mass selling of property to foreigners as claimed by Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz, citing how Chinese immigrants in British Malaya gained footholds through property purchase.

Other Kinibites

Artist Fahmi Reza, famed for the caricature of Najib in clown face, managed to get himself off the immigration blacklist to travel to Taiwan to speak about his work in protest art.

Majilis Amanah Rakyat's (Mara) investment arm Mara Incorporated has sold one of its four controversial properties it purchased in Melbourne, Australia, and the profit was used to pay off its debts to two Australian banks.

The New Straits Times admitted that the article it published claiming PKR de facto leader had fixed judges was baseless after the lawyer it quoted, Ranjit Singh Mahinder Singh, apologised in a defamation suit settlement. NST is to pay Anwar RM60,000 in costs.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the police and government to pay RM357,500 to the family of lorry driver P Chandran who died at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters lock-up more than four years ago.

A vigilante group has warned that it will use aerosol spray paint on "inappropriately dressed" women at Thaipusam events.

Looking ahead

Mara's Annuar Musa will hold a press conference to provide further details on the sale of Mara Inc's Melbourne property.

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