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Goldman CEO apologises to M'sians; Harapan stands a chance to take Cameron, says BN source

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

Goldman CEO apologises to Malaysians

Goldman Sachs Group Inc chief executive officer David Solomon apologised to the Malaysian people for its former banker Tim Leissner’s role in the 1MDB scandal, but said the bank had conducted due diligence before every transaction.

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also embroiled in the scandal, told reporters at the Cameron Highlands by-election campaign trail that Goldman Sachs should take responsibility if it failed to take care of the interests of 1MDB.

On another matter, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang urged Najib to take the ‘roti canai’ roads into the interior of Cameron Highlands, to see how he had failed the local Orang Asli community.

Meanwhile, the family of slain Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu is seeking to compel attorney-general Tommy Thomas to disclose all statements recorded by police in relation to her murder, including that of Musa Safri, the aide-de-camp to Najib, who was deputy prime minister then.

Altantuya’s father, Setev Shariibuu, will be in Malaysia next week to testify in the RM100 million suit against the Malaysian government, two former police officers and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda.

Harapan stands a chance to take Cameron, says BN source

A highly-ranked source from a BN party said Pakatan Harapan may end up with the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat even if BN wins on Jan 26 – if direct candidate Ramli Mohd Nor joins the ruling coalition after the by-election.

However, Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail gave his assurance to the voters that Ramli would not switch camps if he wins the by-election, saying BN has ways to prevent that from happening.

Ramli himself put a stop to such speculation, declaring "BN is in my heart".

On another matter, DAP's Chiong Yoke Keong and Howard Lee asked Wan Rosdy to provide a time frame for the resolution of the temporary occupation licence (TOL) applications issue in Cameron Highlands.

Meanwhile, electoral reform group Bersih has accused DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng of playing the patronage card ahead of the by-election by urging voters to vote for Harapan, for the sake of development in the constituency.

Other Kinibites

A four months pregnant woman lodged a police report on her fisherman husband's death in the custody of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, which the agency claims was suicide.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the government is seriously considering imposing a curfew on those below the age of 18, in efforts to curb drug abuse.

The Selayang Sessions Court sentenced a taxi driver, who was caught on video, killing a cat in a dryer at a self-service launderette, to two years in jail.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the party has decided to make way for BN to contest in the upcoming Semenyih by-election.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to hit the campaign trail for the Cameron Highlands by-election on the eve of polling day.

Looking ahead

Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Kian Ming will talk at a forum on the Overview of the Automotive Industry.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim will be officiating at the Lembah Pantai MP's office.

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