DOJ's change of plans; MACC nabs Penang exco man

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

DOJ's change of plans

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has halted its civil forfeiture suits on 1MDB-linked assets due to ongoing criminal investigations.

Its court filings to stop proceedings on the seizure of 1MDB-linked assets made no mention of "MO1", although it did mention businessman Jho Low and his associates, Eric Tan Kim Loong and Jasmine Loo Ai Swan.

1MDB said it has paid US$350 million to Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), ahead of today’s deadline.

Our KiniGuide outlines some of 1MDB's debt highlighted by the DOJ suits and how it is likely going to be financed.

PAS leaders met Malaysian Anti-Corruption (MACC) officers to discuss, among others, on 1MDB.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has secured a court date to strike out Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua's misfeasance in public office suit.

MACC nabs Penang exco man

The MACC arrested Penang cabinet member Phee Boon Poh over letters he purportedly written in relations to an illegal factory.

MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad said investigations against Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would be initiated if there was "basis" to the allegations in the report that was lodged.

After one year at the helm of the Immigration Department, its director-general Mustafar Ali said the corrupt "black sheep" in his department are routinely culled.

Other Kinibites

The family of the late P Balasubramaniam has sued Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, his wife and seven others for RM1.9 million in damages for a second time.

The court has allowed Anwar Ibrahim to be a witness in the defamation suit filed by his daughter Nurul Izzah against police chief Khalid Abu Bakar and Umno politician Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Senggarang assemblyperson Abdul Aziz Ismail dismissed suggestions that he was quitting Umno and joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi claimed that he knew the truth behind Bank Negara's foreign exchange losses in the early 1990s.

Looking ahead

Zahid will officiate the Pagoh Umno division annual general meeting today. Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin was once a long-time Pagoh Umno division head.

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