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Monday, September 20, 2021

Shafee purchased bungalow in Bukit Tunku with RM9.5mil received from Najib, court told


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The RM9.5mil received by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (pic) from Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2013 and 2014 was used to purchase a bungalow in Bukit Tunku here, a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer told the High Court on Monday (Sept 20).

MACC assistant commissioner, Mohd Nasharudin Amir, said Muhammad Shafee admitted this when giving his statement to the MACC on July 28, 2017.

"Based on his (Muhammad Shafee) answers when recording the statement, two cheques valued at RM4.3mil and RM5.2mil received from Najib as fees for legal counsel provided to the former prime minister and party, was used to purchase a house valued at RM9.5mil,” he said.

Mohd Nasharudin, who was then MACC Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Illicit Activities Investigations Unit head, said Muhammad Shafee also told him that the RM9.5mil had no links with his appointment as Deputy Public Prosecutor in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy II appeal case.

Mohd Nasharudin said this when reading his witness statement on the third day of Muhammad Shafee’s trial, in which the senior lawyer is facing money laundering charges involving RM9.5mil allegedly received from Najib and two charges of making false statements to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

Mohd Nasharudin said Muhammad Shafee also told him that he had no knowledge of the source of the money he received and that he never asked Najib as to where it came from.

As for Muhammad Shafee’s statement to the MACC, Mohd Nasharudin said it was recorded at his office, Messrs Shafee & Co, adding that the lawyer was not handcuffed at the time as he was involved in the investigations in which Najib was accused of diverting RM2.6bil to private accounts.

Cross-examined by lawyer Harvinderjit Singh, Mohd Nasharudin said he could not recall if he had requested from Muhammad Shafee documents pertaining to the purchase of the bungalow when the statement was recorded.

Meanwhile, MACC Headquarters Investigations Unit officer, Zulfaqar Mohd Khalil, 29, told the court that when recording his statement at the MACC headquarters on Sept 11, 2018, Muhammad Shafee, when referred to a sales and purchase agreement dated Feb 21, 2014, said the money had been used to purchase land and a three-storey bungalow.

Zulfaqar said Muhammad Shafee also informed he provided legal services to clients from Barisan Nasional over election petitions from 2004 to 2006, in which 46 files were opened.

"Muhammad Shafee also explained that he had met Najib on Sept 5, 2013, and stated that the total cost of legal services provided was about RM12mil. He suggested to Najib that if payment was to be made, the actual amount would be RM11.5mil.

"During the meeting, Muhammad Shafee confirmed that he had informed Najib that he needed money to buy a house worth RM9.5mil and Najib told him to take RM9.5mil first before issuing two checks worth RM4.3mil and RM5.2mil respectively.

"According to Muhammad Shafee, Najib agreed that the RM9.5 million would be a loan until Najib comes up with a rationalisation (for the payment),” the witness said.

On Sept 13, 2018, Muhammad Shafee pleaded not guilty to two charges of receiving RM9.5mil which were proceeds from unlawful activities through two cheques issued by Najib which were deposited into his CIMB Bank Berhad account.

He was also charged with two counts of engaging in transactions resulting from illegal activities, namely submitting incorrect tax returns, which is in violation of paragraph 113 (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act 1967 for the financial years ending Dec 31, 2013, and Dec 31, 2014.

Muhammad Shafee also faced two charges of being involved in transactions involving proceeds from unlawful activities, namely submitting incorrect returns, which contravened paragraph 113 (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act 1967, for the financial years ending Dec 31, 2013 and Dec 31, 2014.

The trial before Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin continues on Tuesday (Sept 21).- Bernama

What’s your stand on RUU355, Yeoh asks non-Muslim parties


Hannah Yeoh said the Special Branch should be tasked with going after the paedophiles, instead of keeping track of opposition members.

KUALA LUMPUR: The non-Muslim parties in the government have been asked to state their stand on Putrajaya’s decision to again draft the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 amendment bill, better known as RUU355.

Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat, Hannah Yeoh (PH-Segambut) asked Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to confirm whether MPs from MCA, MIC, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and STAR had been consulted on the matter.

“What is their stand?” she asked while debating the King’s speech in Parliament today.

The RUU355, earlier known as “Hadi’s bill” in reference to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, aims to increase the jurisdiction of the shariah courts and punishments meted out for shariah criminal offences.

Last week, Ismail said the government was “intensifying efforts” to draft the bill. After it is finalised, it will then be presented to the respective states to be discussed.

Meanwhile, Yeoh also questioned the Dewan Rakyat’s rationale in choosing the media outlets which were allowed to cover proceedings this session, saying this was important to ensure media freedom.

“How was a new online portal like MalaysiaNow allowed to physically cover proceedings and not others like FMT, The Malaysian Insight and Malay Mail (which have been around much longer)?

“What is the Dewan Rakyat’s main criteria in listing these portals when agencies which have operated for longer and are more influential were not included,” she asked.

The former deputy minister also urged that the immigration department’s MyTravelPass system be abolished and all government service counters be reopened, as part of reopening the nation.

She said the recovery phase will not be effective if the government’s service system is not restored to normal.

On another matter, Yeoh proposed that the police’s Special Branch be mobilised toward addressing cases of paedophilia rather than constantly monitoring the activities of opposition MPs.

“The Special Branch should be going after the paedophiles, not the opposition members. Look at how the Australian police were able to help arrest a paedophile who was active for 14 years in Sarawak, but who was outside our police’s surveillance,” she said, in reference to the arrest of Alladin Lanim in Lundu, Sarawak.

Alladin was touted as one of the world’s most wanted paedophiles but had operated freely for 14 years. - FMT

Send in the troops for flood clean-up, says Warisan


Most of the work to help flood victims was being done by volunteers and residents, Darell Leiking said.

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking has called for the security forces to be mobilised for flood relief work in Sabah and to help clean up the affected areas.

He said most of the clean-up work and delivery of aid was being carried out by volunteers including political parties, societies and residents.

“There is not much they can do because more manpower and machinery is needed to clean up the mud,” he said.

He called for soldiers from Lok Kawi and Wataniah camps from Bukit Perwira to be sent to help.

Darell Leiking (third from left) with Warisan president Shafie Apdal (second from right) on a visit to flood-affected areas.

The civil defence and Rela corps could also be involved, he said. “There is a lot of work to be done, such as strengthening the river banks or repairing and rebuilding destroyed houses,” he said.

The state government should consider providing zinc sheets and timber boards for flood victims to repair or rebuild their houses. - FMT

Five experts in homemade arms nabbed in Ranau


Simiun Lomudin (second from left) showing the 20 homemade shotguns, air rifles and marble rifles which were seized in the police raids.

RANAU: Police have arrested five men believed to be “experts” in making homemade firearms in several raids around town recently.

Twenty homemade shotguns such as “bakakuk” and “ginsuk”, air rifles and marble rifles (an improvised weapon that uses gas pressure to shoot marbles) as well as dozens of ammunition rounds were seized in the raids.

Ranau district police chief Simiun Lomudin said the first arrest was of a 30-year-old suspect at a house in Kampung Kigiuk on Sept 10. Two shotguns, along with 11 shells, 30 air rifle pellets and firearms-making equipment were seized.

“Police continued their operation by raiding several other locations around the district and detained four more suspects aged between 29 and 57.

“Police managed to seize seven ‘bakakuk’ barrels and 11 rifle barrels along with live ammunition and air rifle pellets,” he said in a press conference at the district police headquarters today.

Simiun said the case was being investigated under Section 7 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, which carries the death penalty or life imprisonment and a whipping upon conviction. - FMT

DAP Meramal MoU Pakatan Harapan Dengan Kerajaan Akan Gagal


(Agenda Daily) – Memorandum Persefahaman (MOU) antara Pakatan Harapan (PH) dengan kerajaan mungkin gagal tetapi ia tidak boleh berpunca daripada parti-parti yang berada dalam blok pembangkang, kata Lim Kit Siang.

Pemimpin veteran DAP itu tidak menolak kerjasama tersebut akan gagal, malah terdapat pemimpin akar umbi DAP yang membangkitkan persoalan tersebut dalam mesyuarat yang diadakan bagi membincangkan berhubung isu MOU tersebut.

“Satu persoalan yang kerap ditanya dalam mesyuarat zoom DAP di seluruh negara adalah sama ada memorandum persefahaman keyakinan-perbekalan-reformasi (CSR) di antara Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob dan PH boleh gagal.

“Ya, memorandum CSR ini mungkin akan gagal, kerana kerajaan Ismail Sabri ini bukanlah sebuah kerajaan PH, tetapi sebarang kegagalan ini tidak boleh disebabkan oleh parti-parti Pakatan Harapan yang tidak memenuhi komitmen kita di bawah memorandum ini,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Menurutnya lagi, terdapat syarat dan batasan yang tidak boleh dilanggar antara kedua-dua pihak yang menandatangani MOU tersebut dan perlu menghormatinya sebagai persefahaman antara satu sama lain.

“Namun, terdapat ‘garis merah’ (batasan) yang tidak boleh dicabuli oleh mana-mana pihak, misalnya, membiarkan Malaysia menjadi lebih kleptokratik, lebih autokratik, atau semakin tidak demokratik,” katanya lagi.

Blok pembangkang, PH dan kerajaan menandatangani MoU Transformasi dan Kestabilan Politik yang berlangsung di Parlimen pada 13 September lalu.

MoU berkenaan yang membentuk satu kerjasama ‘dwipartisan’ dengan menjulang semangat Keluarga Malaysia, mempunyai enam agenda merangkumi pemerkasaan pelan Covid-19, transformasi pentadbiran, pembaharuan Parlimen, kebebasan institusi kehakiman, Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) dan pembentukan jawatankuasa pemandu.

Untuk rekod, tawaran kerjasama tersebut sebelum ini pernah dibuat oleh Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sebelum meletak jawatan tetapi ditolak mentah-mentah pembangkang.

Hanya dengan kerajaan baharu diterajui UMNO sahaja Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tunduk dan menerima tawaran MoU tersebut, begitu takut beliau kepada UMNO sehingga mengadaikan prinsip perjuangannya sebelum ini.

Bagaimanapun, MOU tersebut tidak ditandatangani parti pembangkang yang berada di blok Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, iaitu Pejuang, Warisan dan Muda.

Alleged theft in ex-spy chief's case: MP questions why MACC probing itself

PARLIAMENT | Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo has questioned why the MACC is investigating its own officers over the alleged theft of money seized from a criminal breach of trust case and not the police.

The money was from the case of former Malaysia External Intelligence Organisation ((MEIO) chief Hasanah Abdul Hamid who was standing trial for a criminal breach of trust involving a sum of RM50.4 million belonging to the government.

In April, she was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal during her trial.

Gobind (above), while debating the royal address in Parliament, said theft falls under the jurisdiction of the police and raised concerns that it would be a conflict of interest if the MACC investigated its own officers.

"This is theft, theft falls under the jurisdiction of the police and not the MACC. So why is MACC the one making the arrest and detention?

"This involves MACC officers. Is the MACC going to investigate itself?' he asked.

Former MEIO chief Hasanah Abdul Hamid

The MACC today confirmed it had arrested three of its own officers as part of an investigation related to the "misuse of power and misconduct" in a case involving a "former department head". 

The claim that MACC officers had stolen RM24 million from the case had been making rounds on social media before the commission issued the statement.

Police later said it did not receive any report on the incident. 

Gobind questioned if any senior MACC officers are involved in the incident.

He also criticised the commission for asking the public not to speculate the matter, stressing that the lack of details provided by the graft buster will lead exactly to that.

Gobind said the MACC's description of the incident involving the case as "involving a former department head" was unacceptable.

"It's not a joke... this needs to be investigated by an independent and transparent entity," he said. - Mkini

I did not hop between parties, Syed Saddiq rebuts Nazri


Former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has rebutted Padang Rengas MP Nazri Abdul Aziz who made him an example of a failed parliamentarian.

Contrary to Nazri's claim, Syed Saddiq pointed out that he did not quit Bersatu to form the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), but was instead fired for rejecting the party's support in the formation of the previous PN government.

"When did I (party) hop? I was fired by the party because I rejected the formation of the 'backdoor government'.

"Something that is wrong, I can't be expected to follow blindly. I have principles, I have the people's trust to protect," the former Bersatu Youth chief tweeted today.

Saddiq also shared a report that quoted Nazri as accusing him of being a failed parliamentarian and youth leader.

Padang Rengas MP Nazri Abdul Aziz

"I see like Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, to me, he is a failure. There hasn't been anything yet but he is already 'hopping' here and there.

"If previously he was with Dr Mahathir Mohamad, just stay with him. Why run away from Bersatu to be an Independent?" Nazri asked.

Saddiq, a founding member of Bersatu, left the party in July last year along with Mahathir and several other MPs to form an Independent bloc in Parliament.

While Mahathir founded Pejuang, Syed Saddiq instead announced the formation of Muda along with a group of youth activists. - Mkini