Trump ally offered to help Jho Low in DoJ’s 1MDB probe, says report

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Citing emails, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) says a top Republican donor close to President Donald Trump discussed setting up a consulting contract with businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: In the latest turn of events surrounding 1MDB, a US paper claims a top Republican donor close to President Donald Trump was in negotiations for a US$75 million (RM295 million) fee if the Department of Justice (DoJ) dropped its investigation into the state fund.Citing emails from Elliott Broidy and his wife, Robin Rosenzweig, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said they had discussed setting up a consulting contract with businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low. Read more

Neelofa, Zouk guests can be charged with insulting Islam, Sharie lawyer claims

Source: Malay Mail Online

Neelofa was hit with criticism following images posted online of her new range of tudung and turban for men at the popular nightclub in conjunction with her 29th birthday. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Neelofa was hit with criticism following images posted online of her new range of tudung and turban for men at the popular nightclub in conjunction with her 29th birthday. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — A Sharie lawyer asserted today that legal action under Shariah laws can be taken against celebrity entrepreneur Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and her brand for holding the Be Lofa range launch at the Zouk club here last Monday.

According to Malaysian Syarie Lawyers Association president Musa Awang, Neelofa, the organiser and even the guests who attended the tudung and turban launch could be charged with insulting Islam for bringing disrepute to a symbol of the religion.

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Be forward thinking, youth group tells #UndiRosak supporters

Source: Free Malaysia Today

#ForwardTogether urges #UndiRosak supporters to work together to help youths take ownership of their future by making their votes count.

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PETALING JAYA: A newly formed group to counter youths’ indifference to elections and politics has reached out to those behind the #UndiRosak movement, saying it is time to take a more positive outlook on the future.

In a statement to FMT, #ForwardTogether said instead of #UndiRosak’s campaign for voters to spoil their ballots on election day, it should help youths take ownership of their future by making their votes count. Read more

At launch of human rights plan, Najib pledges no repeat of Ops Lalang

Source: MalayMail Online

PUTRAJAYA, March 1 ― Legislative transformation over the past few years will ensure there is no repeat of the notorious Ops Lalang security crackdown of 1987 under his administration, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured the public today.

Najib pointed out the fact that he had abolished the Internal Security Act which was used during Ops Lalang, and also introduced laws such as the Peaceful Assembly Act instead.

“All these changes ensures that there will not be another Ops Lalang,” Najib said while launching the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) at his office. Read more

Report: Half of appeals for refugee status in Australia from Malaysians

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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KUALA LUMPUR: About 50% of applicants to the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) claiming refugee status in the second half of last year were Malaysians.

According to a report in The Australian, a Senate Estimates hearing in Australia was told there had been a significant increase in migration and refugee appeals to the AAT over the past 18 months, largely driven by people from Malaysia.

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Court refuses to strike out suit against Pandikar over Hadi bill

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Former MP Tawfik Ismail (left) and lawyer Rosli Dahlan outside the High Court after the court’s ruling that it has jurisdiction to hear suit by Tawfik against Dewan Rakyat Speaker. Pic from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has refused to strike out a suit by former MP Tawfik Ismail against Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia seeking to stop the tabling of a bill from PAS to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

Justice Kamaludin Md Said ruled that Tawfik’s lawsuit is not a plain and obvious case to be struck out.

“In my opinion, the court has jurisdiction to hear this case,” he said, before setting the next case management for March 6. Read more

Veterans say army votes secret, but want govt guarantee

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PETALING JAYA: National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Brig-Gen (R) Mohamed Arshad Raji has urged the heads of the country’s security forces to assure those serving under them that their votes will not be traced in an election.

He said armed forces chief Gen Raja Mohamed Affandi Noor and inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun should issue a statement to the men and women under their charge that they may vote without fear or favour.

He said they should inform all the officers that “voting is also their patriotic duty.”

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Fahmi Reza raises RM30,000 in just 18 hours to pay court fine

Source: MalayMailOnline

The graphic artist was slapped with a RM30,000 fine and one-year jail term for the offence three days ago. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― Political activist Fahmi Reza has managed to raise RM30,000 in less than a day to pay off a court fine, after he was found guilty for posting a clown sketch of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

In a post on his Facebook profile, Fahmi said he had raised a total of RM32,724, of which RM22,095 were crowdfunded and RM10,629 were deposited by random donors to his banking account.

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Stop spreading fake news

Source: New Straits Times

THE spread of fake news is a threat to the nation and can cause public distress.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Network Security, New Media Monitoring, Compliance and Advocacy Sector chief officer Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek said fake news was easily viralled through social media platforms like Whats App, Facebook, and blogs in a short period of time.

He said this would affect one’s perception and grasp of the reality of a situation as gullible members of the public would simply believe the news to be true ,even if it was completely untrue.

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MACC to create country’s own corruption index

Source: MalaysiaKini

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) plans to create a more effective special corruption index to analyse and measure the level of corruption in the country.

MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad said the paperwork on the proposal would be presented at the next Anti-Corruption Advisory Board meeting before submitting it to the Cabinet.

He said if the proposal was approved, a study would be carried out by an independent body as well as academicians to ensure the transparency of the index.

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