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Sunday, April 11, 2021

No political interference in MACC investigations - Azam Baki

 


The MACC has given an assurance that there will be no political interference in corruption cases handled by the enforcement body, including high-profile ones.

Its chief commissioner Azam Baki (above) stressed that the integrity and good name of the MACC in carrying out its functions will be affected if there is interference from certain parties.

He said in nation-building efforts, political interference in the work of the enforcement body should not take place.

“I make sure there is no (political) interference and we have not had such experience in our work.

"Any interference will affect our work and we will be an untrustworthy team and (this) will certainly affect the good name of the government and the ruling party. This is not the case in our time.

"In our time now, the disclosure of information is so transparent where the public observes and sees what we have done so far," he said while appearing as a panellist on TV3's "Soal Rakyat" programme which discussed the topic "Kartel projek merugikan rakyat" (Project tender cartel is detrimental to the people) in Kuala Lumpur today.

In another development, he urged the government to expedite the use of body cameras for officials and authorities to curb crimes of corruption.

He said the installation of the body cameras was one of the methods to prevent any intention or action that could affect the integrity of the enforcers, especially while on duty.

“I think it’s time for enforcers to wear body cameras that can be connected to a centralised system as it will reduce the chances of them wanting to act out of bounds as enforcers when conducting operations.

"I think, the use of this thing (body cameras) is being studied but should be accelerated (for its implementation)," he added.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador was reported to have said that the discussion on the procurement of body cameras and taser guns is now in the final stages.

Last year, the Royal Malaysia Police said it had applied for 1,300 body cameras and 1,000 new non-lethal weapons through the 12th Malaysia Plan which is expected to be tabled in Parliament this year.

Bernama

Ibrahim Ali considers contesting for Gombak seat

 


Maverick politician Ibrahim Ali is considering running for either the Gombak parliamentary seat currently held by Bersatu's Senior Minister Azmin Ali or a Kelantan constituency in the next general election. 

The Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) president has contested the last eight general elections in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, winning on three occasions in 1986, 1990 and 2008.

Ibrahim said that his party will not join any coalition to face the 15th general election (GE15), in line with the party's concept of not wanting to be bound by certain bloc manifestos.

However, he added that Putra was open to working with the party that had the mandate to form the government if its support was needed, provided that the cooperation could help Putra's struggle.

“To form a government (after the election) is a different matter.

"When the election is over, we will look at the situation, if there is a party that wins and needs our support," he told Bernama after the Putra Wangsa Maju election machinery launch ceremony yesterday.

Ibrahim said Putra aimed to contest in 45 to 49 parliamentary seats nationwide in GE15 with 25 seats already shortlisted.

He confirmed that he will contest in the polls with the choice of either the Gombak parliamentary seat or a seat in Kelantan.

Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia president Abdul Rani Kulup

Meanwhile, Utusan reported that another maverick politician, Abdul Rani Kulup, has joined Putra and will contest in the Bandar Tun Razak seat.

The Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia president said he had decided to join politics after 22 years of fighting to bring the voice of the people through the NGO platform.

"All this time I have been fighting. I have voiced the people's problems by way of police reports until people call me 'king of reports'. 

"I want to get involved in politics not because I want power, but because without power I can't do anything.

"This is my opportunity to change the political landscape of the country, give me the opportunity to go to Parliament so that I can speak out in defence of the religion and race," Abdul Rani added. - Mkini

Zuraida: Housing Act to be amended to help buyers of abandoned projects

 


The Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1996 (Act 118) will be amended to help buyers of abandoned housing projects, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

She said the amendment to the act was being drawn up to address issues concerning abandoned housing projects, as well as to enable stricter action to be taken against developers.

"Under the current law, the developers will only be blacklisted,” she told a press conference after opening the Sarawak branch of Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) in Kuching today.

The ministry, she said, would also set up a fund where housing developers are required to allocate a certain amount into the fund before they can develop a housing project.

"The fund will be used if the developer were to abandon the project,” she added.

Meanwhile, on the opening of the SPNB office, Zuraida said it was one of the agency's rebranding initiatives in Sarawak.

"Members of the public, especially the B40 (bottom 40 percent of income earners) group in Sarawak, can contact SPNB directly to obtain information on the People-Friendly Housing Program (RMR) and to purchase the affordable homes under SPNB,” she added.

SPNB has so far built 2,904 housing units in Sarawak, with several other projects to be launched, including in Kuching and Miri involving 2,187 units.

Bernama

No Ramadan bazaars in Kelantan - state govt

 


The Kelantan government has cancelled all Ramadan bazaars following a surge of Covid-19 cases there, said State Local Government, Housing, and Health Committee chairperson Dr Izani Husin.

He said with the exception of important meetings, all state government official functions would also be cancelled during the month of Ramadan.

"We found that the infectivity rate (in Kelantan) has risen to 1.12 and this is regarded as serious. We also foresee that the number will increase and three-digit cases will continue to be recorded in the coming week," he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the State Security Council Sub-Committee meeting chaired by Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob at the Kota Darulnaim Complex, in Kota Bharu, today.

Dr Izani said following the cancellation of the official programmes, the Madinah Ramadan venue for tarawih prayers at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, might be used as a Covid-19 Low-Risk Treatment and Quarantine Centre.

On March 29, he reportedly said the Kelantan government has allowed Ramadan bazaars to operate throughout the state with strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs), while the Madinah Ramadan programme could also be held with an attendance of 500 worshippers.

“I apologise to everyone for cancelling the programmes because they were allowed when two-digit new Covid-19 cases were registered,” he said.

As of yesterday, Kelantan recorded 171 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total cumulative positive cases there to 7,021, with 21 clusters still active.

Bernama

Zahid: PAS negotiating seats with Bersatu without Muafakat blessing

 


PAS' decision to engage in seat negotiation with Bersatu for the 15th general election (GE15) is being done without the "blessing" of Muafakat Nasional, said Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said this was not agreed to by Muafakat, the political alliance set up by PAS and Umno in September 2019.

"If there is any discussion conducted outside the framework of Muafakat, I consider this was not agreed to in discussions within the pact.

"Talks outside the framework of Muafakat are only known to those involved," he was quoted as saying by Mingguan Malaysia.

Yesterday, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said his party is only engaging in seat discussions with Bersatu while negotiations with Umno have temporarily been suspended.

Negotiations with Umno, he said, will continue after Umno clears a decision on its cooperation with Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional (PN) in facing the next polls.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang

"There are now PAS leaders carrying out (seat allocation talks) with Bersatu. With Umno, there used to be a committee but Umno made changes mid-negotiations. 

"As Umno has issues currently, we will talk to Bersatu first," Hadi told reporters after delivering a Friday lecture in Marang, Terengganu.

Hadi also insisted that Muafakat includes Umno, PAS, and Bersatu.

Meanwhile, Zahid reportedly reiterated Umno's stance of only negotiating with any party after the next election, to form the government.

He stressed Umno should be the dominant party in the government after the election as this is important to ensure political stability and economic development.

"Umno and BN are ready to cooperate with any political party after the polls. At that time, any form of cooperation should not be disputed because it is done during post-election.

"The important thing is that Umno should be dominant again together with its allies in BN," Zahid added. - Mkini

Deputy minister falls asleep onstage, Kuala Pilah Bersatu explains he was unwell

 


A video of Deputy Works Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith, who appeared to be asleep in his chair on stage at a tahfiz graduation event in Seremban, has gone viral since last night.

However, Eddin's Twitter account has since clarified that the Kuala Pilah MP was feeling unwell that day.

“Eddin was unwell but in order to fulfil his obligations as he was invited, he steeled himself to attend the event.

Alhamdullilah, in this event, he approved putting in air conditioners for the school hall and also contributed funds to help the school obtain buses,” the tweet said. 

It was in response to a viral tweet by netizen Malique Redzuan, which contained the one-minute video of the Bersatu leader asleep onstage.

His aide Farahiah Zubir was quoted as making the same statement to Bernama

Eddin had attended the graduation ceremony for Sekolah Agama Sains Kuala Pilah at Palm Mall in Seremban yesterday.

In the video clip, two men seated on each side of Eddin attempted to wake the deputy minister up as the emcee announced the next programme in the event, but they were unsuccessful.

After a while, a man who appeared to be a bodyguard approached Eddin and managed to wake him up.

Several videos of the incident were circulated on social media since last night, including by former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, who posted it on his Facebook.

“May the Bersatu deputy minister be given great strength and health.

“J-Kom (Community Communications Department), I can back up. If there is an allowance, roger (me),” Najib quipped in the posting.

In a statement posted on the Kuala Pilah Bersatu Facebook page, its information chief Adzman Abu Hassan reiterated that Eddin was unwell and had taken medication before the event.

“Because he did not want to disappoint the hosts, he had to attend even though he was unwell.

“The day before, he attended many events and met the local community to listen to and resolve their problems.

“Hopefully this explanation can be understood by all, and a thousand apologies to everyone from the Kuala Pilah Bersatu family,” Adzman said.

 - Mkini

Police, TNB bust bitcoin mining operation in Negeri Sembilan

 


Police busted a syndicate stealing electricity supply to carry out Bitcoin mining activities in raids on five shop lots around Bahau, Jempol, Negeri Sembilan which resulted in the seizure of RM380,000 worth of mining machines.

Jempol district police chief Supt Hoo Chang Hock said in the integrated operation last night, a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Special Engagement Against Losses (Seal) team, along with a squad from the state-contingent police headquarters seized 190 Bitcoin mining machines.

"The seizure was also the biggest in the district so far. TNB suffered losses of RM216,487 as a result of the illegal activities carried out for a period of between two and four months.

"No arrests have been made so far. All the seized items were brought to the Jempol district police headquarters for further action. Police are actively tracing the premises' owner to assist in the investigation,” he said in a statement today.

The case is being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code as well as the Electricity Supply Act 1990, he added.

- Bernama