MACC sends SRC, RM2.6 billion probe papers to A-G

Source: The Malaysian Insider

graphic-alleged-money-trail-kamarul-04082015The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today handed the attorney-general (A-G) an investigation paper on SRC International and another on the RM2.6 billion transferred to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s accounts.

MACC said it was satisfied with the testimony of more than 100 witnesses, including the individual who allegedly gave RM2.6 billion to Najib.

“The investigations involving witnesses in the country are complete. A statement from the party alleged to be the donor was also taken down,” said Datuk Sri Mohd Shukri Abdull, MACC’s deputy director of operations.

However, Shukri said the RM2.6 billion probe was still incomplete.

“MACC still needs to complete investigations regarding documents and statements involving several overseas financial institutions.

“These documents and statements can only be taken through mutual legal assistance (MLA) as this is tied to the banking laws of the countries involved,” Shukri said in a statement today. Read more

Our duty to speak up, and we can because we know the law, G25 tells critics

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — A year older now, G25 asserted today its obligation to speak up for Malaysians whose rights are at risk of being violated and added that its members are well-versed enough on the law to do so.

The group of Malay retired top civil servants also said it consults with scholars before issuing statements on Islamic issues, amid controversy surrounding the pro-moderation group’s proposal to review Shariah laws that prohibit khalwat (close proximity).

“As denial of citizen rights and poor governance will have impact on national unity, peace and stability and consequently the economy, G25 considers that it is our duty to speak up on behalf of the people when we see failures and omissions in the delivery of justice,” G25 said in its New Year message. Read more

Putrajaya announces new agency to deal with disasters

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The National Disaster Management Agency is in charge of managing natural disasters in the country. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 31, 2015.

The National Disaster Management Agency is in charge of managing natural disasters in the country. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 31, 2015.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today announced the setting up of the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to coordinate government agencies in tackling disasters.

Zahid said Nadma, which was operating for the first time in the current flood season, was not taking over the roles of the agencies, but was set up to ensure all assistance to flood victims were channelled more effectively and orderly.

“Nadma is set up not to take over the functions of the other agencies, such as the Malaysian Armed Forces, police, Malaysian Civil Defence Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Rela, Social Welfare Department, but to manage and coordinate efforts against disasters in the country.

“So, other agencies need not be stingy in lending boats or other assets because all that are being done is for the welfare of the people who are affected by disasters including floods,” he said.

He said this to reporters after an official visit to the flood relief centres at the Seberang Tayor, Air Puteh Felda Multi-purpose Hall in Kemaman, Terengganu. Read more

2015 tempoh gelap bagi penentang Najib, 2016 bakal bertambah teruk ‎

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Suaram merekodkan peningkatan 5 kali ganda individu disiasat, ditahan atau didakwa mengikut Akta Hasutan berbanding tahun lalu walaupun Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak pernah berjanji memansuhkannya. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 31 Disember, 2015.

Tahun 2015 menyaksikan tekanan terbesar diterima penentang atau mereka yang berbeza pendapat dengan pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan satu daripada kumpulan hak asasi manusia terkemuka negara memberi amaran ia boleh menjadi lebih buruk pada 2016.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) berkata, amaran keras itu muncul ketika perdana menteri berdepan tekanan supaya meletak jawatan susulan salah urus tadbir 1Malaysia Development Berhad 1MDB (1MDB) dan wang RM2.6 bilion yang disalurkan ke dalam akaun peribadinya. Read more

Pahang residents see red as blue waters vanish

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mohd Suhaimi Arman Zulkifli, 11, dips his hands into Sungai Balok to look for shells yesterday, oblivious to the possibilities of danger from bauxite contamination. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

Mohd Suhaimi Arman Zulkifli, 11, dips his hands into Sungai Balok to look for shells yesterday, oblivious to the possibilities of danger from bauxite contamination. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUANTAN, Dec 31 — Residents are in a daze over bauxite contamination that turned the sea here a shocking red on Tuesday.

Teacher Peh Chuen Keong, who has been living here for the last 20 years, is reeling from the shock of seeing the beach at nearby Pantai Batu Hitam a sickly brown yesterday.

He was also upset that students like his young son who accompanied him to the beach could not swim in what had previously been placid blue waters.

“What a terrible thing to happen. I thought I could come here with my son and swim in the water but now we can’t. It was a sad and scary thing to see,” said the 35-year-old who had brought his family to the beach.

He said although the sea off the village had been becoming murkier over the past few months, he never thought that it would deteriorate to such an  extent. Read more