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Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said CID officers from the Sentul District Police headquarters recorded the statements following a police report made by Najib.

However, he declined to elaborate on the report.

"The police team seen going into Najib's residence today were from the Sentul CID, and they recorded statements from the domestic helpers due to a police report made by Najib," he said to reporters.

The media reported earlier that several police officers and personnel were seen entering the residence of the former prime minister at about noon today. — Bernama]]>
Highlights Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:05:27 +0000 theSundaily 565710 at
Bribery probe: Remand of three cops extended, two released
The policemen aged between 29 and 51, were remanded last Sunday after they were suspected of soliciting a RM5,000 bribe from a man.

A 29-year-old suspect was remanded for seven days while the other two aged 50 and 51 had their remand extended for another day.

Seremban Special Remand Court assistant registrar Emysuriana Ahmad allowed the extension of the remand order following an application by MACC prosecutor Mohd Khairi Abdul Karim to conduct an investigation under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009.

Meanwhile, two other suspects, a corporal and a lance corporal aged 29 and 37 were released on RM 5,000 bail each.

All five were detained by the MACC last Saturday between 2pm and 11.40pm. Four were detained at the Negri Sembilan MACC Office after giving their statements while another was arrested at the main road opposite the Jempol district police headquarters. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:52:49 +0000 theSundaily 565665 at
TI-M welcomes Customs move to generate RM3b revenue
Its president Datuk Akhbar Satar said the move is to be applauded because it is a criteria required by the Open Governmental Partnership (OGP) that enables civil society and governments to work closely together and implement reforms.

He suggested for the Department to consider reassessing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to reduce red tape that may encourage corruption.

He also recommended for a reshuffle of officers in high corruption risk positions to improve the efficiency of the agency.

"It is recommended that such job rotation be made every three years for those who work in high-risk jobs and officers at borders in order to reduce the possibility of corruption.

" A pre-screening for new recruitment and current staff can also be considered as one of the preventive measures," he said.

He also recommended for a special squad to curb smuggling of tobacco and liquor.

"There should be an amendment to the legislation to include mandatory jail sentences for illegal smuggling offences under Section 135 of the Customs Act and to increase the fines for the respective offences," he said.

He also called on the government to consider upgrading the use of scanners at Port Klang, Penang and Johor Baru.

"It was reported in the news that every year the Customs loses about RM2 billion due to smuggling of cigarettes alone and the problem could be due to the use of outdated scanners," he added.]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:44:58 +0000 Elly Fazaniza 565663 at
Malindo Air cautions public on scam
The company said in a statement today that the scammer would call their targeted 'candidates' to offer a cadet sponsorship to study at a flying school.

"Upon acceptance of the offer, the candidate will need to pay RM4,500 in advance as the fees for books and uniforms.

"Malindo Air strongly advise the public to disregard such scams and Malindo Air will not be held liable for any claims pertaining to the false scheme.

"All official announcements of Malindo Air are made via the airline's official channels and credible mass media," it said, adding legal action will be taken against individuals or groups who organise illegal schemes using the Malindo Air brand.

The public are also urged to consult its official channels at, and for further information.]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:15:28 +0000 Elly Fazaniza 565652 at
PKR candidate denies lobbying for Sg Kandis by-election candidacy
"I never lobbied (for the candidacy). It was not easy for me to accept the candidacy because I have a responsibility and commitment as the headmaster of a ' maahad tahfiz' school here.

"But due to the interests of the party, I eventually decided to accept the nomination," he said to reporters.

Mohd Zawawi, fondly called Ustaz Zawawi, said he was selected based on the support of the grassroots members who wanted him to contest.

The PKR Religious Understanding and Consolidation Bureau secretary was responding to allegations that he had lobbied the party leadership for the candidacy.

Mohd Zawawi said he was confident of retaining the seat for PKR as he had the support of not only party members but also the constituents.

"I am confident of emulating the victory of YB (the Honourable) Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei with the acceptance of all. If I win, I will help to resolve several issues including clogged drains, damaged roads and frequent floods in several areas," he said.

Last night, Deputy Prime Minister and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced Mohd Zawawi as the PKR candidate for the by-election, the nomination for which is tomorrow.

The by-election is being held following the death of the assemblyman, Mat Shuhaimi, of lymphoma cancer on July 2. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:12:46 +0000 theSundaily 565644 at
Vasanthapiriya's death is caused by hanging: Forensic Specialist
The matter was informed by Penang Hospital Forensic Specialist Dr P. Chandroth Navin at the inquest proceedings today.

Dr Chandroth, 35, who is the 11th witness of the inquest proceedings to investigate the cause of death of the student also said there was a parchment ligature abrasion mark around the neck.

He said the mark was seen at the anterior part of the neck which then appeared to move posteriorly towards the sides of the neck in an upward direction to behind the ears.

"The visible mark around the neck measures 22 cm with a width of 1cm," he said.

Dr Candroth also added that there was also an abrasion at the centre of the chest, a linear abrasion at the upper aspect of the right chest and abrasion at the posterior aspect of the left and right side of the chest.

He said an internal examination conducted on the girl's skull showed no evidence of a fracture.

"However, the right first, third, fourth and fifth anterior ribs and the left first to third anterior ribs were fractured," he said.

Hearing before coroner Norsalha Hamzah continues on July 27.

Vasanthapiriya died at the Seberang Jaya Hospital Intensive Care Unit at 3.35 am on Feb 1. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:44:05 +0000 theSundaily 565640 at
IGP: No news on Jho Low's arrest
He confirmed that his men have checked with counterparts in China and they have confirmed that Jho Low is still at large.

"I can confirm there is still no news of his arrest," he told a press conference after witnessing the handing over ceremony for the Bukit Aman Management director's post at the Police Training Centre on Friday (July 20).

On Wednesday, Sarawak Report quoted an unnamed Hong Kong radio station as claiming that Chinese authorities have detained the Penang-born businessman.

On July 11, South China Morning Post said Low had fled to mainland China from Macau, either by car or by a private jet.

Prior to that, the 37-year-old businessman had run to Macau as Malaysian police closed in on him in Hong Kong.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) had claimed in its civil forfeiture suits that Jho Low was involved in multiple instances where 1MDB funds were allegedly misappropriated.

On a separate matter, the IGP said that they were investigating allegations that the Seri Perdana complex was broken into.

Kuala Lumpur police are checking whether any police report has been lodged," he said.

Former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia member Anina Saadudin had alleged that a burglary had occurred at the Seri Perdana complex.

In a Facebook post earlier this week, she said that a storeroom at Seri Perdana had been broken into.

She had also uploaded a photo, claiming that it was of the storeroom, adding that some of the items stolen belonged to former premier Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:05:55 +0000 Timothy Achariam 565610 at
Fisherman dies on boat while going out to sea
Kangar district police chief Supt Wari Kiew said in the 8.20am incident, the victim a local, known only as Azman, 40, was said to have collapsed and became unconscious while on the boat with a friend.

Wari Kiew said with the help of two other fishermen, the victim was then taken to the fishing platform at Kampung Kurong Tengar, Kuala Perlis near here.

"He was confirmed dead by an assistant medical officer from Tuanku Fauziah Hospital (HTF) on arrival at the platform," he told reporters here today.

He said investigations were ongoing and the body has been sent to HTF. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:34:06 +0000 theSundaily 565681 at
Need for clear definition of 'public officer', says Court of Appeal Judge
She said it was timely for the Federal Court, or even the legislature, to decide or provide for a clear definition of a "public officer" for application in the law of tort of misfeasance in public office.

In her 20-page judgment, Yeoh said the appellate court three-man bench in dismissing Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee's appeal against former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and the government, had decided not to depart from the decision taken by another Court of Appeal panel in another case.

She said the Court of Appeal, in the case of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad against Najib, ruled that Najib, in his capacity as Prime Minister then, was not a public officer.

She said as it stood now, the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Dr Mahathir's case, which ruled Najib was not a public officer, was still the authority since the leave to appeal application to the Federal Court by the appellants in Dr Mahathir's case was dismissed.

Yeoh said the court saw no reason to depart from the decision in Dr Mahathir case, adding that it was not for the appellate court in the present case (Pua's case against Najib) to review the decision in Dr Mahathir's case or to come up with another decision inconsistent with that decision.

"We are of the considered opinion that it is time either for the Federal Court, or even the legislature, if necessary, to decide on or provide for a clear definition of "public officer" for the specific purpose and application in the law of the tort of misfeasance in public office," she said.

Yeoh said in Dr Mahathir's case, the Court of Appeal defined "public officer" and "Prime Minister" as two different entities, where the Prime Minister was not a public officer, but a member of the administration, and a public officer as a member of the public service.

She said the appellate court, in its judgment in Dr Mahathir's case, ruled that a public officer was appointed by the Public Services Commission, whereas a prime minister was appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Yeoh said Pua's claim against Najib for alleged misfeasance in the handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund was unsustainable and ought to be struck out as the then former premier was not a public officer.

She said there could be no cause of action grounded in the tort of misfeasance in public office if Pua was not able to prove that Najib was a public officer.

She said it was not permissible for the court to apply the common law meaning of "public officer" when there was a written law in force in Malaysia to define the meaning of the words.

Yeoh said according to Section 3 of the Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967 and Articles 132(1), 132(3), and 160(2) of the Federal Constitution on the interpretation of "member of the administration", a prime minister is not a public officer.

She said Pua's claim against the government on the latter's vicarious liability for Najib also could not be sustained and ought to be struck out.

On April 13, this year, a Court of Appeal three-man bench comprising Justices Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi, Datuk Kamardin Hashim and Yeoh dismissed Pua's appeal to reinstate his lawsuit against Najib and the government which was struck out by the High Court.

Pua sued Najib and the government on Jan 16 last year for misfeasance in public office over the 1MDB issue and had sought general, aggravated and exemplary damages, interest, cost and other relief deemed fit by the court.

Pua's claim against Najib was based on the cause of action of the tort of misfeasance committed in public office and he contended that Najib was a public officer by virtue that he was then a member of Parliament, the Umno Presiden, chairman of the then ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, Prime Minister and Finance Minister and the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for 1MDB.

Pua alleged that in those capacities, Najib had a direct or indirect role in the decisions and directions of 1MDB.

The Federal Court has fixed Nov 5 this year for hearing of Pua's application for leave to appeal.

Meanwhile, in Dr Mahathir case, the Prime Minister and former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan had sued Najib for the tort of misfeasance in public office, but they lost their case at the High Court and Court of Appeal.

The High Court had allowed Najib's application to strike out the lawsuit filed by Dr Mahathir and Khairuddin after ruling that the Prime Minister was not a public officer, but a member of the administration. That decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

They had filed a review application which is fixed for hearing on Aug 6. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:40:23 +0000 theSundaily 565638 at
Work on KL City Plan 2020-2040 to begin next year
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said the ministry will start working on the new plan which is from 2020 to 2040 from early next year.

"The focus of this new plan will include city planning and development, plot ratio as well as ways to resolve city congestion problems and improve the road system," he told reporters after chairing the first council meeting between the ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

The Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020-2040 will be gazetted by 2020, he added.

"Projects that have already been approved by the government will not be affected, but in certain controversial projects we will look into it separately and negotiate with the developer," he said.

Khalid also said there were many unresolved issues that need to be handled before it can be made official, contributing to the delay in the announcement of the KL City Plan 2020.

Today's meeting was attended by KL Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, DBKL's senior officers, KL MPs and their representatives.

He said the meeting to be held once every two months, would serve as a platform to discuss and debate on issues affecting the local communities.

Khalid also refuted reports that he did not approve the budgets for contractors undertaking community infrastructure projects such as road maintenance and solid waste management.

"I will be meeting with contractors in the next two weeks to listen to their feedback. I didn't disapprove the budget and there is no excuse for them to stop doing the work," he stressed.

Khalid said he would also be meeting with residents who filed complaints on controversial projects, to listen to their feedback.]]>
Local Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:19:28 +0000 Vathani Panirchellvum 565630 at