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Kit Siang-Najib sparring continues; office of Goldman’s lawyers raided

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Kit Siang-Najib sparring continues

The verbal feud between former premier Najib Abdul Razak and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang raged on, with the former accused of plotting a “devilish” return to power by appearing on the Cameron Highlands by-election campaign trail.

Lim also urged outstation voters to return to cast their ballots in Saturday's by-election to thwart Najib's political comeback.


Najib told Malaysiakini that he would consider taking on Lim – who he claimed is “obsessed” with him – in a public debate.

Earlier, villagers in Pos Betau, the largest Orang Asli settlement in Cameron Highlands, accorded the former premier a warm welcome.

He also denied former Cameron Highlands MP C Sivarraajh’s claim that in terms of Indian votes, the advantage is with Pakatan Harapan in tomorrow’s polls – insisting that people will vote for the "BN spirit".

Office of Goldman’s lawyers raided

A Commercial Crime Investigation Department team raided the law firm of Messrs Rahmat Lim & Partners – the firm that represented Goldman Sachs during the issuance of the US$6.5 billion worth of 1MDB bonds in 2012 and 2013.

 Inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said that the 1MDB investigation should be wrapped up by March, the results of which will then be handed over to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, meanwhile, that he is unaware whether the China Communications and Construction Company has been terminated as the contractor for the East Coast Rail Link project – the cost of which was allegedly bloated to pay off 1MDB debts.

The MACC is wrapping up its graft probe into a RM3.5 billion Home Ministry project to build a new IT system for the Immigration Department.

Former Teluk Datuk assemblyperson Loh Chee Heng was charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court with fraudulently claiming funds from the Selangor government amounting to RM33,380.

Other Kinibites

The Conference of Rulers elected Pahang's Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Former Selangor menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that Harapan is prioritising corporate interests over the people’s welfare with the planned hike in water tariffs.

A tribunal has been set up to investigate allegations of misconduct surrounding six former election commissioners during the 14th general election.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia handed a memorandum to the Finance Ministry over the implementation of MySalam, a health insurance scheme for the bottom 40 percent (B40) income group.

Looking ahead

Academic Shad Saleem Faruqi will deliver a talk on constitutional amendments at the Selangor Bar.

Mahathir makes the trip up Cameron Highlands on the eve of the by-election.

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