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Abolishing gov't agencies a welcome move to reduce expenses

  • May 25, 2018
ADUN SPEAKS | Since the dawn of a new era in Malaysia, every morning is greeted with immense attention and excitement. After 61 years in darkness, Malaysians finally have a ray of light and hope in their new government. It is the first meeting of the cabinet. 13 ministers were sworn in a few days before. A nation waits for the first press conference by the prime minister. The first order of business is simple: Government expenses have to be reduced. It was a shrewd but logical thing to d
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No need to lodge new report to reopen Altantuya case, says MP

  • May 25, 2018
The police do not need to wait for a new police report to reopen investigations into the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, said a DAP MP. “There is no need for a new police report to be lodged, as it is very likely that the person who ordered the murder of Altantuya is already known to the police from the earlier investigations into the said murder, as this is too crucial an aspect to have been missed out in the said investigations. “It defies logic for investigators t
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Justo provides missing link between 1MDB and Jho Low

  • May 25, 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Former Petrosaudi International executive Andre Xavier Justo claimed to have met billionaire Low Taek Jho two times to discuss a deal involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Despite Low’s insistence that he had no involvement in 1MDB outside of the Terengganu Investment Authority, Justo told The Star newspaper in an interview that he personally encountered the billionaire twice over a deal with PSI that was eventually aborted but for which money still changed ha
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IGP: Altantuya case may be reopened if new leads surface

  • May 25, 2018
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun said investigations into the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu might be re-opened if there are fresh leads. “Not at this moment,” he replied when asked if the case would be re-investigated during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning. On May 18, Mongolian president Khaltmaagiin Battulga urged Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to help the family of Altantuya seek justice. Meanwhile, Fuzi said police are n
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Guan Eng to forge ahead with 'truthful' approach, despite Bursa fears

  • May 25, 2018
The Malaysian government will not stray from its policy of telling the truth about its spending and its current fiscal state, despite fears that this approach has led to loss of investor confidence of late. Affirming this, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said it was more important for the new government to show that it was committed to transparency and that it had shed the old administration's practice of "hiding spending". He said the government was simultaneously taking steps to improve th
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New RoS chief appointed

  • May 25, 2018
The Home Ministry today announced the appointment of Masyati Abang Ibrahim as the new director-general of the Registry of Societies (RoS) effective May 23. Ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim said in a statement that Masyati takes over from Surayati Ibrahim who was transferred to the Public Service Department (PSD) on May 22. Masyati was a senior consultant at the Public Sector Transformation Division of the PSD prior to her latest appointment and had wide experience in administration
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RM114m: 22 bank officers, 35 bags of cash, 26 currencies, three days to count

  • May 25, 2018
It took 22 bank officers three days to count 35 bags of cash seized from residences linked to former premier Najib Abdul Razak, revealed commercial crimes department director Amar Singh. “We seized 72 bags. Of this, 35 contained cash in 26 currencies,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning. Amar said the cash was counted by 21 officers from Bank Negara and one officer from Bank Islam. The total amount was RM114 million. The value of the remaining 37 bags, which
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Probe MCMC data leak, other wrongs, Gobind urged

  • May 25, 2018
A rights group has urged the new Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo to probe various alleged wrongdoings related to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in particular the massive data breach of last year. “We call upon the minister to investigate the October 2017 personal data breach expose of over 46 million mobile phone subscribers (in addition to other personal medical and employment records from Jobstreet.com and various medical association
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Roaches and tuberculosis: Justo says prison horror led to confession

  • May 25, 2018
INTERVIEW | For former PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo, spending 18 months in a Thai prison could only be described as a nightmare. In an interview with Malaysiakini yesterday, Justo recalled being in a cramped cell with little sanitation and ventilation, along with a few dozen inmates. “I was sleeping on the floor in 45-degree heat, with cockroaches. There were people with tuberculosis and strange diseases. It was a frightening experience,” he said. Justo was
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