Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Rafidah located Equanimity; CID chief giving up A$320k questioned

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

Rafidah located the Equanimity

Former minister Rafidah Aziz said she had, during a diving trip in Thailand, located businessperson Low Taek Jho's superyacht, which was allegedly acquired using stolen 1MDB funds, and questioned why Malaysian authorities were not able to do so.

Asked if the proceeds from the seizure of the superyacht would be returned to Malaysia, US Ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, referred questions on the matter to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the plan to shutter 1MDB was due to the relentless attacks against the scandal-hit fund.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang proposed the setting up of a royal commission of inquiry headed by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to get to the bottom of the 1MDB scandal.

CID chief giving up A$320k questioned

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng questioned why Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd does not want to claim the A$320,000 seized by the Australian Federal Police despite claims that the money was "clean".

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said the MACC cannot rely on the Malaysian police's internal inquiry findings that the money was clean and must seek information from the Australian Federal Police.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the home minister, suggested that Wan Ahmad may have been "naive" about Australian law.

Nazri-MCA bad blood persists

The feud between MCA and Umno supreme council member Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz persisted with MCA Youth criticising the minister for wearing black to a Chinese New Year event.

MCA also took issue on the circulation of old photographs of MCA Liow Tiong Lai holding hands with Nazri, claiming that it put Liow in a bad light.

Rafidah spoke out against turning tycoon Robert Kuok into a political target, stating that she knew him to be a person of integrity and ethics.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed that government-controlled media censored his criticism against Nazri only to then accuse him of not speaking out against Nazri who had attacked Kuok.

Other Kinibites

Pakatan Harapan countered BN's campaigning of selling cheap goods in rural areas with its own programme, under which essential goods were sold for RM1.

Penang police chief A Thaiveegan said some 5,500 police personnel would be deployed across Penang for the 14th general election.

Meanwhile, Pahang police chief Rosli Ab Rahman said police have identified 15 hotspots throughout the state and possible groups that may cause disorder during the general election.

A beam launcher at the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya MRT construction site collapsed, killing one worker.

Umno's Baling MP Abdul Azeez Rahim said Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd has withdrawn its letter of demand against him that alleged he received RM3 million for "consultancy" in the Penang tunnel project.

Looking ahead

Parliament will convene its rare sixth term, the last before the 14th general election.

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur will hear Najib's defamation suit against Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua.

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