OSA can only be repealed if there’s a change in govt, forum told

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THE opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition will repeal the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and replace it with and a new Freedom of Information Act if it comes into power at the next elections, a forum was told last night.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, one of the panellists, said he is committed to work towards the repeal of the OSA and fight for its inclusion in the PH manifesto.

“I think in the next general election, for PH to fight for the freedom of information, PH will discuss in the central committee (about abolishing OSA) and that would be my commitment.

“There should be a law reform agenda… DAP will raise this up… to make it in the PH manifesto.

“The only real way is to change the government. There is no way the present government can make a real change, it must be a PH manifesto to replace the OSA with (the) Freedom of Information (FOI) Act,  ” Lim said at the “OSA: Time to Renew or Repeal?” forum. Read more

Ezam files suit for return of US$3.7 billion to 1MDB

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Former senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor has filed a suit against the prime minister and 13 individuals who have been directors on the board of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to return at least US$3.657 billion (RM16.14 billion) to the sovereign wealth fund.

Ezam, who is now Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR) president, claimed that the money borrowed by 1MDB was lost due to breach of fiduciary duty by these individuals.

He said the directors, who held their posts between 2009 and last year, were named as defendants because they lost the money and did not take steps to recover them. Read more