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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pasir Salak MP suspended from Parliament for two days



KUALA LUMPUR: A shouting match that ensued in Dewan Rakyat over the proposed sale of Kampung Baru land saw a lawmaker suspended for two days.
The incident happened when Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad was just about to begin winding up his ministerial replies on Budget 2020.
However, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) stood up and requested Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon to let deputy minister Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh to do the replies.
"Please let the deputy minister reply as we will get riled up if it is done by the minister," he said.
Following which, several Umno opposition lawmakers stood up and began jeering Khalid.
Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) accused Khalid of being a broker for the Kampung Baru deal while Tan Sri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjong Karang) claimed that the latter is selling off Malay owned land.
"I am not selling off the land but developing it unlike the previous leaders who did nothing for 60 years," Khalid said in rebuttal to the accusations against him.
This led to opposition and Pakatan Harapan backbenchers trading more barbs.
Mohd Rashid called for order in the House and issued several warnings for both sides to sit down.
"Whoever does not sit down and continues to stand up to disrupt proceedings, they will be ordered to leave the House," Mohd Rashid said.
He then singled out Tajuddin and ordered him to be escorted out of the House by the sergeant-at-arms.
"You had caused the disruption and you are the only one that I am making an example to others to sit down," Mohd Rashid said.
However, Tajuddin refused to leave the House and was subsequently suspended for two days from Dewan Rakyat.
Mohd Rashid then said he allowed Tajuddin to remain seated in the House but reminded him that his two-day suspension was still in force.
Mohd Rashid also advised Khalid not to provoke the situation and be more serious in his replies.
Although Khalid managed to resume his replies, several Opposition MPs continued to badger him.
It was reported that Kampung Baru landowners were offered RM850 per sq ft for their land, and an additional RM150 per sq ft in the form of shares as the government's "final and best offer" to acquire Kampung Baru land. - Star

Dr M: I don't know why Singapore rejects proposal for new bridge

JOHOR BARU (Bernama): Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed "bewilderment” over Singapore’s rejection of Malaysia’s proposal to build a new bridge to solve the long-standing congestion problem at the Johor Causeway.
The Prime Minister said Singapore had adopted this stand despite enjoying years of "subsidies” in cheap water sourced from Malaysia.
He said the building of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) would only ease and not resolve the congestion at the causeway.
"You just see, we are willing to sacrifice money to support Singapore so that they can buy cheap water for themselves, but when we want to build a bridge to solve traffic problem, they refuse to have the bridge.
"I don’t know why.
"In the year 3000, I will not be around. By that time, there will be 100 million people in Johor wanting to go to Singapore... still there will be no new bridge, so I don’t see how we can be so accommodating to Singapore without Singapore accommodating us, ” he told reporters after visiting the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (BSI) here on Thursday (Oct 31).
Dr Mahathir said many commuters from Johor Baru used motorcycles to travel to and from Singapore, which made it impossible for them to use the RTS.
Apart from that, improving efficiency at BSI would not be able to fully solve the congestion issue, especially during weekends and festival periods, including Hari Raya, he said.
"We have some ideas to reduce congestion at this building but it’s not adequate. When it comes to festival seasons and weekends, we will continue to face jams.
"We may improve efficiency but as long as there is no bridge, we will not be able to solve the problems at the Johor Causeway, ” he said.
According to recent reports, the number of people passing through BSI on a normal day is 250,000, while between 40,000 and 50,000 cars, 70,000 motorcycles and 3,000 to 5,000 lorries or buses use it daily.
On the issue of review of the water price, Dr Mahathir hoped negotiations between the two countries could continue as soon as possible.
"We could not discuss this matter because we could not fix a date for talks.
One day of delay in discussing this matter means we lose millions; in fact it can even reach a billion ringgit.
In April this year, the two countries agreed to seek an amicable settlement on the water issue, including the possibility of resolving the dispute through arbitration on the basis of mutual consent.
Under the 1962 Water Agreement, Singapore is allowed to extract 250 million gallons per day (mgd) of raw water from Sungai Johor at the rate of three sen per 1,000 gallons.
In return, Johor can buy treated water from the republic at 50 sen per gallon. – Bernama

Ketua Pengarah Imigresen Kena Banguan Dari Tidur

This is the Ketua Pengarah Imigresen.  Like a faceless name and a nameless  face - which we will all forget in no time. Meaning these are Civil Servants. They come and go. No one notices them or remembers them. 

Sadly I think the Civil Service feels the same way about themselves too. That they are nameless faces and faceless names. They just come and go.  No one will even notice them.  Except OSTB of course.





A few days ago I went to the Jabatan Imigresen at Kelana Jaya to renew my passport. It took me the whole day. I (and about 100 other people) was at the Jabatan Imigresen in Kelana Jaya from 7.45 AM in the morning until my passport was finally issued at 4:05 PM.  That is 8 hours and 20 minutes.

That is ONE WHOLE working day gone. WASTED TIME. Just to renew a passport?


FIVE YEARS AGO I WENT TO THE SAME JABATAN IMIGRESEN AT KELANA JAYA where my passport was issued in less than THREE HOURS.  

Actually this is the reason why I went BACK to Jabatan Imigresen Kelana Jaya. I thought they were still fast.

My son also renewed his passport recently but being more in touch he went to the Jabatan Imigresen at Datuk Keramat (?) and got his passport issued in THREE HOURS - ON A SATURDAY !!  

Others have since advised me to go to the Jabatan Imigresen in Shah Alam which they say also issues passports in much less time (than EIGHT HOURS).

My question is what difference should it make which Jabatan Imigresen branch we go to to renew our passports (or get a brand new one)?

Why is the time frame so different between one cawangan Jabatan Imigresen and another?

Kenapa Jabatan Imigresen tidak ada SOP yang standard di semua cawangan?

And what happened to Jabatan Imigresen Kelana Jaya? 
Five years ago they were super efficient. Now they are not. 
Apa sudah jadi?

A long, long time ago the Jabatan Imigresen at Pusat Bandar Damansara was even more canggih. You just put your old passport, the money, the passport sized photos etc in an envelope. You put the envelope into a slot and they issued you a receipt with a pick up time printed on it. 

Then you could go back home or go back to your office. 
At the appointed time you just go back to the counter and pick up your new passport. That was the easiest and the best.

What happened to all that? 

I say Dato Indera Khairul Dzaimee bin Daud, what are you doing brader? 
Tidur berdengkur ke? Sampai air liur meleleh basah carpet di ofis? 
Bangun tidur lah. 

Now here is some bad news about some Civil Servants who decided to exploit the faceless and nameless character of being a Civil Servant. 

1. They did not do their work. 
2. They decided to become corrupt. 




Chinese national told High Court he obtained Malaysian passport for RM400,000 
Businessman initially told RM600,000 but bargain lower price
testifying in trial of JPN assistant director and five others 
charged with 32 counts of falsifying birth certificates and ICs
part of syndicate selling citizenships 

Conclusion :  May I suggest something.  The problem is socio-cultural. No matter how many consultants are employed by the government to reinvigorate, remake, rebrand, redesign the Civil Service or its SOPs, systems and prodecures THEY DO NOT WORK.

Here is a simple solution. 

Tuan-tuan please read carefully all the things I say here and in ALL my other writings. 

All my suggestions are simple and most important of all ALL MY SUGGESTIONS WORK.

So here is my extremely simple solution to improve the Civil Service - FIRE underperformers.

JUST FIRE THEM. QUICKLY.  NO NEED FOR REVIEW COMMITTEES, PEER APPRAISAL COMMITTEES ETC. 

JUST FIRE THEM IF THEY UNDERPERFORM.  
FIRE THEM if they cannot perform their daily responsibilities. 

[NOTE : THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE those Civil Servants who cause major screw ups - like the fellows in charge of the SIX BOMBA who died etc. Those who cause major screw ups, those who create discipline issues, ponteng kerja etc - those people must be fired ON THE SPOT. Just FIRE those people. Without thinking TWICE.]

But I am talking about performing daily duties. 

For example create the SOP which says passports can be issued :

1. in EXACTLY THREE HOURS
2. you don't have to wait after submitting all the required (money, photo, old passport etc)
3. just come back in THREE HOURS and pick up the passport

Then if that Cawangan Imigresen FAILS to deliver on time, FIRE the Ketua fellow in charge of that Cawangan. Just FIRE him / her.  
  • No such thing as transferring the rapist guru sekolah to another school.
  • Or transferring the misbehaving police fellow to another state.
  • Or transferring the psycho doctor to another hospital. 
Just FIRE them.
Di BUANG kerja. 

You start doing this and in no time at all the Civil Service will be top notch.

How many Civil Servants need to be fired? Not many.  
Say about 20 or 30 EVERY YEAR
If they do not deliver in their daily duties.

For best effects FIRE the Ketua Pengarah fellows, the Ketua Cawangan fellows, the OCPD fellows, the Pegawai Daerah (that is negeri though) etc. 

Those who are responsible for their cawangan, jabatan, daerah etc. 
Those who are in charge at the ground level.

Not many. 
Just a few every year. 
FIRE THEM. 

Civil Servants know that they can only get fired for indiscipline and committing crimes. 

They also know very well that they cannot get fired for underperformance. 

This must change.

Will they listen? 
I don't think so.  

Cargo Airline Without Pilots And A Lesson For Dr Mahathir

Here is a really short video. This is the AT200 Chinese drone cargo plane. This is a newly developed propeller driven airplane with a regular aero-engine. It is a drone meaning it is flown by remote control from a ground station. 


The AT200 first flew in 2017 and has now become operational in 2019.


The drone plane is 12 metres long, it can carry 1.5 tons of cargo a distance of 2,183 km and has a flight endurance of 8 hours. The maximum flight speed is 313 km/hr. 

The flight ceiling is 6000 metres (over 18,000 ft) which enables it to fly safely over most mountain ranges inside China. 


The plane can take off and land in  200 metres (just below 700 feet) making it very suitable for mountains, small islands, jungle landing strips etc.



There are some other interesting points to note. This plane was developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Like in most other countries the Chinese Academy of Sciences is very prestigious and only scientists w
ho have made significant achievements and contributions in Science are admitted. 

Yet the Academy has lent its talent to develop a product that has so much commercial potential. They are being practical and maximising the use of their talent pool.

The plane is controlled remotely from a ground station. Multiple planes can be "flown" by  operators from a single "control room". This will significantly reduce the costs of operating cargo flights. Less fuel will be needed and there will be no flight risks to human pilots. 

The drone plane will eventually become bigger and it will really transform the air cargo business in China.  

Although the technology is here to fly any plane by remote control it is going to be a very long time before passenger planes will actually be flown by remote control. 

This Chinese cargo drone will perhaps lay the groundwork for a network of drone planes criss crossing China. And it may eventually lead to remotely operated, (pilotless) passenger drones. 

I believe this drone will eventually also become autonomous, meaning it will take off and land by itself without any ground operator either. This is a really fantastic piece of technology. 

The final point to note here is for Dr Mahathir. Obviously some Chinese government funds (state funds) are involved in the development of this plane. Such projects do raise the engineering skills of China (which is what Dr Mahathir wanted to do with Proton). 

The point to note is that this drone airplane is NOT a consumer product. The Chinese government is not going to burden the ordinary and poorer Mr Bo Xi Lai, Mrs Xi Xi Chen or Miss Qin and force them to buy this airplane (which is what happened to Proton).

Through tariff protection, licensing, price controls, APs and other obstructions to the free market pricing of cars Dr Mahathir forced the poor especially the Malays to buy his "national car" ie Proton. 

How? By increasing the prices of all other cars and then selling Proton as the cheaper alternative.

What this means was there was actually NO alternative for the poor. Actually the people could already afford to buy Honda Civic and Honda Citi but because of Dr Mahathir's decision to burden the poor, the poor were forced to buy the failed Proton but at Honda prices. 

This is what the Chinese are NOT doing. They are funding the design and manufacture of an airplane drone. This is NOT a consumer product. 

This drone airplane will only be bought by the air cargo, freight forwarding, couriers and other logistics and transport companies in China. It is NOT a consumer product. 

This drone airplane will NOT burden the Chinese man in the street like how Dr Mahathir's failed Proton burdened the Malaysian consumer - for 30 years. 

This drone airplane will not only raise China's engineering and technical skills but it will bring huge cost savings into the Chinese air cargo, logistics, courier, freight forwarding industries. It will actually LOWER costs in one sector of the Chinese economy.

In Malaysia Dr Mahathir's idea was Proton CANNOT survive unless he burdened the whole Malaysian economy with HIGHER car prices.  Which is what Dr Mahathir did for over 30 years - including until today.  This is why Proton failed.

The Chinese have raised their engineering skills by LOWERING the costs to their economy.
Dr Mahathir failed to raise our engineering skills by INCREASING the costs in our economy.

Basically Dr Mahathir has not understood simple business or economics. 

Mission Possible? Tests in Tanjong Piai


The Nov 16 by-election in Tanjong Piai in Johor will provide two telling tests: the first is the level of public support for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership of Pakatan Harapan. This Bersatu seat was won from BN as a result of shifts of support across a variety of demographic markers – race, generation and gender – that were in line with the ‘Mahathir’ pull factor in last year’s May election. Now, almost a year and a half later, the contest will be a bellwether of his leadership.
The second test is that of BN – the former governing coalition that has lost support over the last decade, especially among non-Malays. By fielding a MCA candidate - former two-term MP Wee Jeck Seng - and giving the seat to the party that traditionally held the seat, BN will showcase whether it can return to national power by capturing support across ethnic groups. It is doing so after announcing last month the Malay chauvinist Umno-PAS Unity Charter in the hope of capturing Malay sentiment, while extending outreach to Chinese voters.
Tanjong Piai will thus be an indicator of different national leadership ambitions. Both aim to make the contest a mission possible – revamping leadership options. Past voting patterns and prospective scenarios point to a highly competitive seat, one in which the advantage lies with the BN opposition.

Four factors will be decisive – whether MCA manages to win over additional Chinese support, whether 2018 PAS supporters will vote for MCA/BN, whether Gerakan will play spoiler by capturing dissatisfaction that might have gone to MCA, and finally whether younger voters will stay loyal to Harapan or move to the alternative BN opposition.
Below I lay out different scenarios, showing how close the contest could be with different voter shifts.
‘Mahathir factor’: Recent voting patterns
Tanjong Piai is a mixed seat, split between Malay and Chinese voters. It includes a small share of Indians/Others. While it is not ethnically representative nationally, the constituency requires that parties appeal across races, winning support of both the country’s major ethnic communities.
Traditionally, the seat’s multi-ethnicity was one of the factors that made it a secure MCA seat. It was these same ‘mixed’ features that allowed it to swing to Harapan/Bersatu.
While Harapan made gains in support across races in GE14, the most significant loss of support for MCA was among Malays, an estimated 21.2 percent drop. This decline in support in 2018 was divided among Harapan/Bersatu which captured an estimated 9.7 percent more support and PAS which won an estimated 11.5 percent of Malays. The main Chinese shift away from BN occurred in 2013 when the MCA lost an estimated 26.2 percent of support, which eroded another estimated 3.5 percent in 2018.
The shift was not only by ethnicity – a key aspect was gains among voters under 40, another important dimension of voting behaviour in GE14. The BN lost an estimated 12.9 percent of support of voters under 30, and an estimated 14.1 percent of voters from 31-40 years old. The BN’s erosion of support among younger voters has been ongoing for over a decade. Mahathir/Harapan also dented support among older voters where BN lost an estimated 7.4 percent of support. BN aims to reverse this trend in the by-election, as it has in recent by-elections.
A third important shift involved gender voting patterns. While BN has usually won over female voters compared to Harapan and PAS, Tanjong Piai is a seat that has bucked national trends, with less female support for the BN compared to men in 2008. By 2013, there was an even gender split. By 2018, the national pattern of female favouring the BN occurred, but the difference in Tanjung Piai was lower than the national average. The shifts over time, however, show that gender voting matters in this seat. Mahathir and Harapan won over women in GE14 compared to the earlier victory, but disproportionately men moved in greater numbers away from BN.
Projecting scenarios
Given the varied dimensions of voting behaviour by ethnicity, generation, and gender, as well as the competitiveness of the seat and changed political terrain, Tanjong Piai is an interesting contest. Table 2 details potential outcomes. These scenarios take account of who is competing and how these factors may shape outcomes and draw from estimates of polling station results.
Scenario 1 is the ‘new’ status quo, namely where PAS and Umno voters support each other in alliance. This would lead to a BN victory. This result would depend on whether the new alliance will work on the ground.
Scenario 2 outlines a Harapan ‘dissatisfaction’ situation with a drop in voter turnout of 10 percent (from 85.7 percent), as is often the case in by-elections, and given the number of young people working outside of the constituency. Also, voters may choose not to vote rather than vote for the ‘other’. It then looks at potential varied drops in Harapan’s support. All of these outcomes lead to a BN victory.
Scenario 3 ‘satisfaction’ reverses the direction by outlining potential gains for Harapan, toward Harapan at 5 percent and 10 percent, with a similar 10 percent drop in turnout. These yield very slim Harapan victories, showcasing how hard the seat will be for Harapan to win.
Scenario 4 delves into how much PAS supporters can shape the outcome. Combined with a drop in turnout, a decline of more than half of those who voted for PAS in GE14 would lead to a potential Harapan victory, but one without the majority of voters and by a very slim margin. PAS has an impact on the results, even in Johor.
Scenario 5 examines the potential impact of MCA winning back 5 percent Chinese support and BN returning to the level of Malay support it had in GE13 - a gain of 15 percent. This BN optimal scenario leads to a comfortable BN victory, which explains in part why an MCA candidate was fielded.
Scenario 6 looks at the potential ‘spoiler’ effect of Gerakan. Having not held this seat, Gerakan has a slim chance of winning, but it can shape the results by pulling protest votes that might be uncomfortable going to MCA (in alliance with Umno and PAS). Given that its candidate is Indian and female, this also may impact the results, winning some support from these groups. The level of support Gerakan pulls away from MCA will lead to different outcomes, with 10 percent of Chinese voters going to Gerakan yielding Harapan victory.
Scenario 7 shows the impact of changes among younger voters; a larger swing of voters under 40 yields a more comfortable victory for BN. The support among younger voters will be decisive.
The fluidity and variety in outcomes point to the competitiveness of the seat and how important the engagement will be with different groups in the electorate. Of these scenarios, BN has the advantage given trends in other by-elections and polling indicators of erosion of support for Harapan, especially among Malays.
Fierce campaign ahead
That said, the final outcome will depend on the campaign, which will be fiercely fought. Mahathir needs to win to reinject confidence in his leadership – a loss will only add to the ongoing discussion about the leadership transition. BN on its part needs to show that it can win over non-Malays even in an alliance with PAS, and it can become a ‘national’ coalition by being competitive in mixed seats.
Developments on the ground will matter. Sabotage from disgruntled parties – within Umno, PAS, Harapan at the local and national levels may have an effect, given the stakes involved. Resources are likely to pour in from all sides, which raises questions about the use of money. MCA wants to increase its parliamentary representation by 100 percent as the future of the party is at stake. A loss here in its traditional Johor base for MCA will mean further marginalisation.
On the surface, the campaign is going to look quite similar to the usual goodies-rich by-election. Below the surface, however, race, religion and more negative whispers about the risks of voting for the other are likely to spread. Race and religion are unlikely to be far from the surface.
The two main contenders – Harapan and BN – want to make the possible happen in order to revive their political chances. Indeed, Malaysia is a place where the possible can happen, but they will have to work for it and convince Tanjong Piai voters that they deserve another chance.

BRIDGET WELSH is a Senior Research Associate at the Hu Feng Centre for East Asia Democratic Studies, a Senior Associate Fellow of The Habibie Centre, and a University Fellow of Charles Darwin University. She recently became an Honorary Research Associate of the University of Nottingham, Malaysia's Asia Research Institute (UNARI) based in Kuala Lumpur. - Mkini

NAJIB 1MDB TRIAL - Day 28: Eye problem again prevents Najib from attending court


The criminal trial of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak involving the alleged abuse of power and money laundering of 1MDB funds enters its 28th day today at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysiakini brings you live reports of the proceedings.

Summary of Najib’s 1MDB ‘donation’ case

Najib is facing 25 charges of receiving RM2.28 billion, which originated from 1MDB through Tanore Finance Corp, a company owned by Eric Tan, a close associate of fugitive businessperson Jho Low.

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Eye problem again prevents Najib from attending court
2.55pm - Najib Abdul Razak is again unable to attend court proceedings due to an eye problem.
This is relayed by the former prime minister's lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah to Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah when proceedings resume this afternoon.
Shafee says as he was heading to the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex from the Federal Court at Putrajaya after 11.15am, he received a call from Najib informing about the eye allergy affecting both eyes.
"As I was coming back, I received a call from Najib saying (he met a) doctor at ISEC (International Specialist Eye Centre).
"He had to go there again as there was a swelling in both eyes, which became worse. Suspecting it was conjunctivitis, he appeared before the doctor, and the doctor was suspicious it was not conjunctivitis.
"The test result showed he is allergic to certain things that need to be investigated," the senior lawyer says.
Shafee (above) explains that tomorrow morning, Najib will go for a full blood test and that depending on his condition, he (Najib) may not be able to visit the BN machinery at Tanjung Piai for the upcoming by-election there.
The lawyer says that he has a one-day MC for Najib and microscopic pictures of the accused's affected eyes, which has been shared with the High Court as well as the prosecution.
"The microscopic pictures of the two eyes, you can see there, attached are the pictures.
"Only three of us (including the court and the prosecution) have the pictures.
"I hope we protect it (pictures) so it does not go to the internet and become a subject of Halloween (which falls today Oct 31)," Shafee says.
He says that Najib apologises to the court profusely for not being able to come, adding that the swelling is visible on the fleshy parts surrounding his eyes that it could not even be covered up by sunglasses.
When lead DPP Gopal Sri Ram does not raise any objection, Sequerah allows proceedings today to be postponed to Monday next week.
The judge also allows an application by Sri Ram for proceedings for Tuesday to Thursday and Monday to Thursday the week after, to have extended sessions from 9.30am to 6pm. The defence team does not raise any objection.
During proceedings, Shafee also seeks for any minutes of 1MDB meetings from 2009 to 2015 that may likely be with the prosecution, to which Sri Ram (photo) says no objection as long as it is a document that the prosecution has in its possession.
Sequerah also sets Nov 21 for case management of Najib's application under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code to compel the prosecution to hand over documents that Swiss whistleblower Xavier Justo handed to MACC.
After proceedings, Shafee tells the media that his client is in pain due to the eye condition.
"It is particularly painful especially when exposed to the light or sunlight. It was not just the eye, but the fleshy part around the eye swelled," Shafee says.
When met after proceedings, DPP Ahmad Akram Gharib confirms that the prosecution on Nov 21 will object to Najib's application to obtain the Justo documents.
This is not the first time that Najib's criminal trials were postponed due to his eyes, with his RM42 million SRC International trial on Aug 14 being postponed due to eye conjunctivitis, and his RM2.28 billion 1MDB trial on Sept 11 also postponed due to conjunctivitis.

2.45pm - Proceedings resume, minus Najib Abdul Razak.

2.43pm - Lead DPP Gopal Sri Ram and Najib Abdul Razak's lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah are seen exiting High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah's chambers.
Accused former premier Najib still not seen in court.

2.35pm - Najib Abdul Razak's lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and lead DPP Gopal Sri Ram are seen entering the chambers of High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.
The accused former prime minister is not seen in court so far.

The 28th day of former premier Najib Abdul Razak's RM2.28 billion 1MDB trial will start later at 2.30pm today rather than the usual 9.30am.
Yesterday, the accused's lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had applied for the delay in resuming the hearing before Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.
The veteran legal practitioner informed the court that he needed to attend a Federal Court appeal this morning in relation to a drug trafficking case under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
When proceedings before Sequerah resume this afternoon, Shafee will continue cross-examining the ninth prosecution witness, former 1MDB CEO Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi.
Yesterday, Shahrol testified that PetroSaudi International director Tarek Obaid was paid US$85 million, which stemmed from US$700 million that was purportedly diverted from the 1MDB-PetroSaudi joint venture.
During questioning by Shafee who produced bank documents in court, Shahrol agreed that Tarek, who allegedly received the US$85 million as commission for the 1MDB-Petrosaudi joint venture, then paid US$33 million to another PetroSaudi director, Patrick Mahony. - Mkini