PM refuses comment on DOJ charges, GST U-turn; Isa leaves FGV

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

No more DOJ remarks, says PM

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said no more statements will be made in relation to the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) latest civil forfeiture suit filing.

This came following statements by his ministers decrying "foreign intervention" and challenging the DOJ to take criminal action - reactions of which DAP's Lim Kit Siang found "hysterical".

Despite the stringent outcry by the ministers, the US embassy said it has not received a protest note from the government over the matter and Malaysiakini understands that Wisma Putra has no immediate plans to do so.

PKR lent Rosmah's lawyer a hand by listing out a number of international news publications which linked Rosmah to the 1MDB scandal after the lawyer issued a statement warning of legal action against those who slander her online.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad condemned attorney-general Mohamad Apandi Ali for alleged nonchalance in the face of "hair-raising" assertions by the DOJ.

GST U-turn

The Customs Department announced that the Finance Ministry scrapped the decision to impose the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on an additional 60 food items following public outcry.

The tax was to be levied on food items, including fresh food such as spinach and potatoes, starting July 1. 

Isa leaves FGV, joins Spad

Putrajaya moved Felda Global Ventures chairperson Isa Samad to the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) amid internal turmoil, with Telekom Malaysia Bhd chairperson Sulaiman Mahbob stepping in as acting FGV chairperson.

Isa, who was immediately appointed the chairperson of Spad, resigned voluntarily from FGV, Najib said.

Meanwhile, suspended FGV chief executive officer Zakaria Arshad announced that he has appointed top lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah as his counsel to give him legal advice in facing the domestic inquiry.

Other Kinibites

Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim proposed his dream cabinet line-up featuring Pakatan Harapan leaders, with Mahathir as PM.

The Election Commission cancelled the Pujut by-election after the Kuching High Court reinstated DAP’s Ting Tiong Choon as the Pujut assemblyperson.

The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) spoke out against bullying of the LGBT community, following the death of teenager T Nhaveen who was beaten up by his peers for allegedly being effeminate, and the condemnation over a breaking fast event by a pro-LGBT group.

Looking ahead

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan is scheduled to hold a press conference on alleged wrongdoing involving DAP.

Pakatan Harapan Youth wings will launch a joint manifesto for the 14th general election for Sabah and Sarawak.

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