‘PM as 1MDB suspect’ poser; Harapan welcomes Bersatu

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

‘Najib as 1MDB suspect’ poser

Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani and DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo hurled insults across the Dewan Rakyat when Johari refused to reply to Gobind on whether Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was a suspect in 1MDB investigations.

Johari also told DAP’s Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua to stop flogging the 1MDB issue, after Pua urged him to declassify the auditor-general’s report on 1MDB if nothing was wrong with the state investment firm.

He assured Pua that the government will ensure any fallout from the 1MDB issue is minimised.

Meanwhile, in a written parliamentary reply, Najib said Deloitte wants to quit as auditor for former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International, which was also embroiled in the 1MDB scandal.

Harapan welcomes Bersatu

Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan welcomed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) into its fold, and will consider a new logo. However, it was mum on Bersatu’s proposal for a new coalition name.

Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said relations between PKR and PAS continues despite Permatang Pauh PAS cutting ties with PKR.

PAS vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the party will decide if it will continue to have a political pact with PKR at its muktamar next month.

On a related matter, PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, who suffered a crushing defeat in the Pengkalan Chepa PAS division election, said he contested for fun.

Other Kinibites

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said The Wall Street Journal’s erroneous reporting on the calling of the Petronas-Saudi Aramco deal was based on information by Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown and opposition leaders. However, Rewcastle-Brown denied she was the source.

The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiaries have recorded a RM1.21 billion unrealised loss from its stake in Felda Global Ventures Bhd, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ahmad said.

Forest City development buyers from China are in limbo after capital controls hinder them from making due payments, leaving them at risk of losing down payments, reported South China Morning Post.

The 12 police officers arrested in the human trafficking case involving mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis in 2015, were freed as there was insufficient evidence to charge them, said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Presumption of guilt imposed on some individuals under certain legislations, namely Section 122(1) of the Securities Industry Act (SIA), is constitutional, the Federal Court ruled.

Police said there are no new leads in the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh, after a man who sought ransom from the family was charged with extortion.

A teacher and her businessman brother started a fundraising campaign for her student who scored 6As in SPM, despite having to squat in a snooker centre’s store room with her five siblings and single mother, who works as a cleaner there.

Former DAP leader Hew Kuan Yau, better known as Superman, was arrested for allegedly insulting PM Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor, in a posting lamenting the decision to censor the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film.

Looking ahead

The Dewan Rakyat sitting continues.

Police will seek a remand order for Superman.

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