The True Net http://www.thetruenet.com True News That Matters Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:17:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 MMA: Why Malaysia Not on Board with Covax Vaccine Plan? http://www.thetruenet.com/lifestyle/health-life/mma-why-malaysia-not-on-board-with-covax-vaccine-plan/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:17:52 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67563 The MMA is demanding an explanation from the Health Ministry on why Malaysia is not included for the Covax Vaccine Plan.

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The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is demanding an explanation from the Health Ministry on why Malaysia is not included in the 172 countries who have signed up for the Covax Vaccine Plan.

MMA president Dr N. Ganabaskaran reminded Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba that the deadline to join the plan is today, Sept 18, 2020.

“We believe that even if Malaysia has its own bilateral negotiations for a vaccine, signing up for the Covax Vaccine Plan can be an added option that will guarantee access to vaccines for Covid-19.

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“We urge the ministry to be transparent on its plan to acquire the vaccines for the country. The rakyat has the right to know, and the government has a duty to keep its people informed,” he said in a statement, today.

Ganabaskaran said if the reason of not joining the plan is based on safety concerns about the vaccine’s development, the association shared such concerns.

However, he said checks will be made before any vaccine is used in the country.

“Any potential vaccine will be thoroughly evaluated through stringent checks by the ministry for efficacy and safety before they are approved and declared safe for the population.

“Even if the ministry needs more time, beyond the Covax vaccination plan deadline to decide, the rakyat must know.

“The Health Minister must respond now or he may have to answer to the rakyat later on why Malaysia is the last in the queue for the vaccines,” he said.

Yesterday, a medical news portal quoted Dr Adham as saying that the ministry is still in communication with the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding the issue. – NST

 

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Kit Siang Shocked Bung Objects to “In God We Trust” Slogan http://www.thetruenet.com/opinion/perspective/kit-siang-shocked-bung-objects-to-in-god-we-trust-slogan/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:14:11 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67558 Lim Kit Siang said he is shocked that Bung Moktar Radin had objected to Warisan's "In God we trust, unite we must" slogan.

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DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said he is shocked that Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin had objected to Warisan’s “In God we trust, unite we must” slogan.
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Bung reportedly said that “in God we trust” was too synonymous with the Philippines, which has repeatedly laid claim to Sabah.

“In the Philippines, ‘in God we trust’ is among the phrases synonymous with them. One of the villages there has that same phrase on their gateway.

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“Why is Warisan copying that when we know the Philippines wants to claim Sabah?” Bung was quoted as saying by Utusan Borneo on Tuesday.

Lim said the Sabah Umno chief’s objection was tragic, especially since the country is marking 50 years of the Rukun Negara.

“The five Rukun Negara principles teach Malaysians to be God-fearing, loyal to King and country, respect the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law, and to be courteous and of good morality,” he said in a statement today.

Lim said that if the Rukun Negara’s principles are upheld by all, there will be national unity as well as racial and religious harmony.

“What are the people of Sabah to expect of Sabah Umno and BN when they oppose the slogan ‘In God we trust, unite we must’?

Lim Huey Teng/Malaysiakini

“Are Sabahans to expect a godless and very disunited Sabah and Malaysia if Bung ever becomes the Sabah chief minister on Sept 26?” he added.

Bung is contesting the Lamag constituency and has been tipped as a potential chief minister candidate. – Malaysiakini

 

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Bersih Tells MACC to Probe PM for Alleged ‘Inducement of Voters’ http://www.thetruenet.com/issues/bersih-tells-macc-to-probe-pm-for-alleged-inducement-of-voters/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:07:18 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67555 Bersih 2.0 today called on the MACC to investigate Muhyiddin Yassin for allegedly engaging in corrupt practices while campaigning in Sabah for the state election.

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Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 today called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for allegedly engaging in corrupt practices while campaigning in Sabah for the state election.
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In a statement today, Bersih cited news reports of Muhyiddin handing over mock cheques amounting to more than RM60 million to representatives of fishermen and farmers at an event in Beaufort, Sabah, yesterday.

“Muhyiddin is using his position and government funds to entice voters in Sabah to vote for parties and candidates aligned to his Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

“We call on the MACC to investigate such acts of corruption by the PM and all who would use their position and resources to fish for votes,” it said in a statement.

Bersih said Section 10(a) of the Election Offences Act 1954 states that anyone who during an election gives money or any valuable consideration to induce any voters to vote for a candidate is deemed to have committed the offence of bribery.

“It was also reported that in his (Muhyiddin’s) speech at the Beaufort event he reiterated his call that the people of Sabah should vote for the same parties which hold power in Putrajaya,” it said.

The non-governmental organisation also urged members of the public who were at the event to lodge police reports.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin attended an Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry event, which was also attended by PN’s incumbent Klias candidate Isnin Aliasnih. – MMO

 

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Covid-19: 95 New Cases http://www.thetruenet.com/news/covid-19-95-new-cases/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:03:53 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67552 A total of 95 new Covid-19 positive cases were recorded today, taking the cumulative number of cases in Malaysia to 10,147.

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A total of 95 new Covid-19 positive cases were recorded today, taking the cumulative number of cases in Malaysia to 10,147, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

However, after 17 straight days of no fatality, one death was recorded today to take the death toll to 129.

He said that of the 95 new cases, 91 were locally transmitted and four imported, while the overall tally of infectivity cases was 754.

He said of the local transmission cases, 68 involved Malaysians and 23 foreigners.

“Ninety of the cases were from Sabah, of which 76 (20 foreigners) were detected from the screening of the Benteng LD Cluster; four (one foreigner) from the Pulau Cluster; three from the Selamat Cluster; and three (one foreigner) Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) patients at the Lahad Datu Hospital,” he said in a statement.

 

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Khairuddin Sues Sin Chew Daily http://www.thetruenet.com/news/khairuddin-sues-sin-chew-daily/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:01:20 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67549 Khairuddin Aman Razali has demanded RM1 million in damages and an apology from Sin Chew Daily.

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Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali has demanded RM1 million in damages and an apology from Sin Chew Daily.

This was over its news report on Sept 1 citing Seputeh MP Teresa Kok’s doubts on whether Khairuddin was in Turkey on official business in July or if he was in “the Netherlands or England”.

The Chinese daily published the photo in an article when reporting on allegations that Khairuddin and family had gone on holiday overseas while Malaysia’s borders are closed for non-essential travel due to the pandemic.

That article carried a photograph of Khairuddin and his wife in the Netherlands, which his lawyers argued was taken in 2016.

According to Malay tabloid Kosmo, law firm Zulpadli & Edham said the photograph showed Khairuddin and his wife wearing winter clothes and pointed out their client went to Turkey during summer.

In view of this, they said Khairuddin had ordered them to take legal action against those who slandered or created a negative perception of him.

Sin Chew also posted the photo on its Facebook page, which caused it to be shared widely.

The report on Sin Chew’s website is no longer accessible.

Sin Chew has been given seven days to apologise and to provide a written undertaking not to slander Khairuddin again.

Approximately one hour after publishing the offending article, Sin Chew had published a separate article claiming that the photograph of Khairuddin in the Netherlands was taken in 2017.

Last month, Kok had exposed Khairuddin for breaking mandatory home quarantine rules after returning from Turkey.

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After a public outcry, particularly over double standards, the authorities handed Khairuddin a RM1,000 fine, but he was not taken to court despite there being several precedents.

He is currently under police investigation for the breach.

When contacted, Khairuddin verified the legal demand while Sin Chew’s top editor refused to comment.

Khairuddin’s suit was filed on September 14.

 

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Putra Wants MACC’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Mandarin Language Portal Axed http://www.thetruenet.com/news/putra-wants-maccs-unconstitutional-mandarin-language-portal-axed/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:58:05 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67546 Putra has slammed the just-launched Mandarin portal of the MACC.

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Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) has slammed the just-launched Mandarin portal of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), saying it is unconstitutional, and therefore, must be shut down.

Its vice-president Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz said, as a government agency, the MACC is required to use the national language for all official matters as stipulated in Article 152 of the Federal Constitution that is read together with Section 2 of the National Language Act 1963/67.

In the same statement issued this evening, he added that introducing an official portal in a language other than Bahasa Melayu is unconstitutional and contrary to government policy.

“This move means the Chinese will fail to see why they must be able to understand, read or write the national language because they will always be given the option of using their mother tongue even for official government purposes.

“Without a doubt, this will contribute to the gap that exists between the races in Malaysia because language is a communication tool that contributes to national unity.

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“Hence, Putra urges the MACC to shut its Chinese-language portal and prioritise Bahasa Melayu as the main language for any government matters as stated in the Federal Constitution,” he said in the statement.

Khairul Azam added that if allowed to continue, the portal would necessitate the creation of portals in other languages and dialects so that the hundreds of ethnic groups in Malaysia can understand the war against corruption.

“It is sad that after 63 years of Merdeka, some claim to be Malaysian yet they cannot understand a statement in the national language to such an extent that a special site must be created for them.

“Malaysians can no longer be given a choice of languages apart from the national language when it comes to official matters,” he said.

The MACC today launched its Mandarin portal to provide the Chinese community with information on corruption prevention and matters related to the commission.

The portal, launched by MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Seri Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil, can be accessed at https://www.sprm.gov.my/cn/.

“With this latest facility, it is hoped that it will further increase the confidence and knowledge of the Chinese community towards the MACC and the anti-corruption agenda, as well as disseminate the message of anti-corruption education,” the MACC said in a statement. – MMO

 

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Vincent Tan Says Daughters Quit Games Firm Before Hacking Incident http://www.thetruenet.com/news/vincent-tan-says-daughters-quit-games-firm-before-hacking-incident/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:54:56 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67541 Vincent Tan is seeking to distance his daughters from the controversy surrounding online game store SEA Gamer Mall Sdn Bhd (SEAGM).

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Tycoon Vincent Tan is seeking to distance his daughters from the controversy surrounding online game store SEA Gamer Mall Sdn Bhd (SEAGM), after two of the company’s top executives were charged over an international hacking scandal.

However, he has come to the defence of SEAGM chief executive officer Wong Ong Hua and chief product officer Ling Yang Ching, saying that they did not have the skills to pull off the crimes they are accused of.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has slapped Wong and Ling with 23 charges, including for conspiring with hackers from China to “profit from computer intrusions” targeting computer game firms in the US, France, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

In a statement today, Tan said his daughters, Nerine and Chryseis Tan, were only nominal directors, and had quit the company before the incident.

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“At all times, my daughters had no involvement whatsoever in the running of the company. They were just my nominees on the board of SEAGM. Both Nerine and Chryseis have, in fact, already resigned before this incident,” he said.

SEAGM’s Companies Commission (CCM) file still lists the sisters as directors. The document contains a summary of the company’s 2019 financial report which was tabled on June 30 this year.

Meanwhile, regarding Wong and Ling, Tan said: “Neither SEAGM nor the two executives possess the expertise or tools in computer intrusions and hacking.

“The two SEAGM executives maintain their innocence and have appointed Malaysian legal counsel to represent them,” he added.

Tan said he had been a passive investor in the company for 13 years, and that he “may choose to divest when the time is right”.

His company, Berjaya Group, does not have any interest in the gaming firm, he said.

SEAGM’s website is an online store selling “top-up cards” for popular online games, digital gift cards and prepaid mobile credits.

On its website, it claims to have one million registered users and 350,000 active users monthly.

Company records show it made RM386.4 million in revenue and RM11.6 million in profit in 2019.

According to the DOJ, hackers had conspired with Wong and Ling to “steal and launder money” through the video game industry.

The duo have been arrested and are undergoing the extradition process to face charges in the US. – Malaysiakini

 

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High Court Dismisses Dhaya Maju LTAT’s Bid to Stop Putrajaya from Terminating Railway Contract http://www.thetruenet.com/news/high-court-dismisses-dhaya-maju-ltats-bid-to-stop-putrajaya-from-terminating-railway-contract/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:50:54 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67538 A contractor failed in its bid to obtain an interim injunction to restrain and prevent the Government from cancelling or terminating its contract for the KVDT2)project.

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A contractor failed in its bid to obtain an interim injunction to restrain and prevent the Government from cancelling or terminating its contract for the Klang Valley Double Tracking Phase 2 (KVDT2) project, pending disposal of its main lawsuit.

This was after High Court judge (Construction Division) Datuk Aliza Sulaiman dismissed the application filed by Dhaya Maju LTAT Sdn Bhd, pending disposal of its suit against the Government and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, as the first and second defendant, respectively.

In dismissing the application, Justice Aliza said the court is bound by the Federal Court’s previous decision which ruled that no injunction can be made against the government and public officials (from performing its public duties).

“I incline to follow the decision (of Federal Court) by not allowing the interim injunction against the Government and public official and therefore, this application is dismissed with costs of RM10,000,” she said.

Lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham representing Dhaya Maju LTAT then informed the court that the company will file an appeal against the decision to the Court of Appeal.

The project came under fire after the Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Zafrul Abdul Aziz released the list of 101 projects awarded via direct negotiations worth RM6.61 billion during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.

This includes the KVDT2 project awarded to Dhaya Maju LTAT worth RM4.475 billion.

On Aug 28, Wee in a statement said that the ministry will reopen the tender for the KVDT2 project after taking into consideration the results of extensive study and investigation which found that the cost of the said project under Dhaya Maju-LTAT was overpriced during the PH administration.

Earlier, Abraham submitted that the press statement by Wee gave an impression that the contract is going to be terminated.

“We are not restraining the government and minister in performing their public duties, this case today purely contractual in nature as we intended to maintain the status quo,” he said.

Senior federal counsel (SFC) Habibah Haron countered that the project involved billions of ringgit and it could not be decided through a press statement.

FC Asliza Ali added that any cancellation of a project must be followed by a formal notice of termination.

“In our case, there is no formal notice of termination, for them (the plaintiff) to proceed with this civil action is premature,” she said adding that the government must perform its public duty concerning the KVDT2 project as it (the project) has the element of public interest.

The court then fixed Oct 19 for case management.

According to the suit filed on Sept 7, Dhaya Maju LTAT among others, is seeking a declaration that there exists a valid and binding contract between the company and the Government by way of a Letter of Acceptance dated Aug 19, 2019.

The plaintiff is also seeking a declaration that any termination or cancellation of the contract by the defendants will be invalid, unlawful and wrongful, besides, an injunction against both defendants to restrain and prevent them from acting or taking any steps in connection with any cancellation or termination of the contract.

Dhaya Maju LTAT among others, seeks the outstanding sum of RM137,054,534.21 from the Government and interest of five percent per annum on the outstanding sum until the date of judgment and final settlement.

 

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Syed Saddiq’s Party Denies Stealing JB NGO’s Identity http://www.thetruenet.com/news/syed-saddiqs-party-denies-stealing-jb-ngos-identity/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:46:28 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67533 Syed Saddiq's new youth party, Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda), has denied allegations that it stole a youth organisation’s identity.

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Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s new youth party, Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda), has denied allegations that it stole a youth organisation’s identity.

Yesterday, Johor-based civil society Muda! slammed Syed Saddiq for purportedly stealing its identity for his new youth party.

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Muda! claimed it was registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

However, a source within the Muda party told The Malaysian Insight that no other organisation with the same name has been registered besides the new youth party.

“We already checked with RoS and they told us none is registered like us,” the source said.

A letter that was circulated on Twitter showed that Muda! – short for Millennial Union Democratic Alliance – was named as Pertubuhan Aktivis Negeri Johor.

A search by The Malaysian Insight on RoS’ website also found no organisation or party registered as Muda!

Instead, Pertubuhan Aktivis Negeri Johor was registered with RoS, the search showed.

However, Syed Saddiq’s party source did not comment on the similarities of its logo with Muda!

Muda!’s founder Onn Mahathir told Malaysiakini today that his group had been around since 2018.

Onn said he does not mind Syed Saddiq forming a new youth party, but he urged the former Bersatu youth chief to change his party’s identity so as not to confuse the public.

“We don’t oppose his idea of forming a new youth party. That’s up to him.

“It’s just that we think he has run out of ideas as both identities are similar,” Onn said.

Onn said Syed Saddiq should come up with a fresh idea.

“When he was with Bersatu, he did not even use ‘youth wing’ but rather ‘Armada’.

“If he really celebrates the youth’s voice, please change the party’s identity,” he said.

Onn said he first noticed the similarity when he saw Syed Saddiq in Sabah wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Muda”.

However, he said efforts to get Syed Saddiq to respond to the matter has fallen on deaf ears.

“He did not respond to our concerns on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”

Onn said the Muda! movement has been around for quite some time and has organised numerous activities, which makes it impossible for the Muar MP not to have heard about them.

The new youth party, Muda, will be youth-led, multi-racial and multi-religious. – TMI

 

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Guan Eng Claims PN Govt duped by Goldman in 1MDB Settlement http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/guan-eng-claims-pn-govt-duped-by-goldman-in-1mdb-settlement/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:38:01 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67530 Should have stuck with Pakatan’s demand for at least US$7.5 billion.

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Should have stuck with Pakatan’s demand for at least US$7.5b.

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has been cheated out of full restitution in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal by Goldman Sachs (GS) by settling for US$2.5 billion (RM10.3 billion), DAP’s Lim Guan Eng claimed today.

The former finance minister insisted the government should have stuck with the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration’s demand for at least US$7.5 billion.

“The present federal government was clearly duped by GS, when it should have stuck to the PH government’s demand for a full restitution of at least US$7.5 billion.

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“By settling for only US$2.5 billion or a third of the original claim of US$7.5 billion, the Finance Ministry has sold the people short,” he said in a statement.

Lim’s statement comes on the heels of a report by Al Jazeera that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) was seeking to recover an additional US$300 million in assets linked to the 1MDB scandal.

He pointed out that the US DoJ has so far helped Malaysia recover nearly US$1.1 billion in assets.

He also said GS has publicly asserted that the US$1.4 billion guarantee that Malaysia would receive from assets related to 1MDB will not likely cause it to make any significant payments.

Lim said this exposure is likely limited to the US$2.5 billion cash payment committed by GS.

He added that GS “has cleverly secured a good deal at the Malaysian government’s expense” to clear 17 of its current and former directors charged with criminal fraud in connection to 1MDB.

Al Jazeera previously reported the US DoJ saying that it had traced the assets to an escrow account in the United Kingdom from credit extended by Venezuela’s state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela to Saudia Arabia’s PetroSaudi Oil Services, in connection to an oil-drilling venture.

Petroleos and PetroSaudi are embroiled in a high-profile legal dispute with regards to ownership of the US$300 million funds.

On July 16, the High Court here granted the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) an interim order prohibiting any movement of the contested funds in the UK, which the agency then used to apply for an injunction through the UK court system.

However, the same court accepted PetroSaudi Venezuela’s application to amend the interim order a month later, allowing it to withdraw the same funds that investigators alleged to have been misappropriated from 1MDB.

The Malaysian government’s action was launched under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Tarek was also named as a respondent as the co-founder of PetroSaudi International Ltd (PSI) , the parent company of PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela).

He has been accused of involvement in the 1MDB scandal but has maintained his innocence throughout.

The MACC and British investigators filed for the injunction in July, to prevent Tarek and PSI from withdrawing the funds held in escrow by the Clyde & Co LLP firm in the UK. – MMO

 

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Company Deputy Director Charged with Sacking WhistleBlower Who Exposed Him http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/company-deputy-director-charged-with-sacking-whistleblower-who-exposed-him/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:34:40 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67527 In first case, company exec pleads not guilty over sacking of whistleblower.

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The charge carries a fine not exceeding RM100k or a jail term of not more than 15 years or both, if convicted.

A deputy director from a Higher Education Ministry-owned company was today charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with sacking a whistleblower who exposed the former’s misconduct to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

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Wafiy Abd Aziz, 35, who is charged under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (Act 711), pleaded not guilty before judge Azman Ahmad.

This is the first time a person is being charged under the Act since it came into force a decade ago.

According to the charge sheet, Wafiy, a senior official at Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) had taken detrimental action against the 63-year-old employee who blew the whistle on him to the MACC.

He allegedly did this by inciting Datuk Abdul Rahman Shariff, the chairman of the company, to sign a document of ‘Termination of Employment’ against the whistleblower in retaliation for exposing his improper conduct to the anti-graft agency.

Wafiy allegedly committed the offence at the EMGS office, Suite A-21-1, Level 21, 157 Hampshire Office 1, Jalan Mayang Sari on Jan 9.

The charge framed against him under Section 10 (3)(b) of the Whistleblower Protection Act carries a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or a jail term of not more than 15 years or both, if convicted.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Mohd Afif Ali offered no bail to the accused, saying that it is a serious offence, and also a non-bailable one.

He said if the court were to still allow bail, the prosecution proposed RM30,000.

“The amount of bail decided by the court should reflect the gravity and seriousness of the charge against the accused,” he said, adding that the accused might be a flight risk or tamper with witnesses.

Meanwhile, Wafiy’s counsel Siti Sarah Khalili said her client had given full corporation throughout the investigation of the case.

She said her client was previously charged under Section 23 of the MACC Act in the same court and had been consistently reporting to the MACC office once a fortnight.

“We plead for the court to maintain the amount of bail at RM12,000 and the additional condition of reporting to the MACC, which was previously set for his (Wafiy) case under the MACC Act.

“And to say that my client would tamper with the witnesses is a baseless claim, since there are so many people at (EMGS), and we do not yet know who the witnesses are who will be called for the trial,” she said.

Azman then allowed the accused RM15,000 bail in one surety and maintained the additional condition previously set.

“The accused is also prohibited from bothering any of the prosecution witnesses throughout the trial and until the disposal of the case,” the judge said.

Wafiy’s case will be up for mention on Oct 20.

Yesterday, MACC said it would not hesitate to investigate anyone who tries to act against whistleblowers.

 

 

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MACC Fails to Stay Decision on Forfeiture Suit Against JB BN http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/macc-fails-to-stay-decision-on-forfeiture-suit-against-jb-bn/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:30:45 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67524 MACC today failed in its bid to stay the execution of a High Court’s decision in dismissing its application to forfeit RM957,395.65 that was seized from JB BN.

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MACC today failed in its bid to stay the execution of a High Court’s decision in dismissing its application to forfeit a total of RM957,395.65 that was seized from Johor Baru BN and two others.

This followed a decision by a High Court in Kuala Lumpur today in dismissing the prosecution’s stay application against Johor Bahru BN, its chairperson Shahrir Abdul Samad and treasurer Raihan Baba.

The money was seized by the MACC last year for allegedly being from former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and allegedly linked to the 1MDB scandal.

Judicial Commissioner Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh dismissed the prosecution’s application after hearing submissions on the matter from both parties.

“After studying the application by the applicant (prosecution) and considering the submissions, I found the application to have not fulfilled Section 311 of the Criminal Procedure Code. I, therefore, dismiss the application,” he said.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Maziah Mohaidi from MACC told the court that the (stay) application was made pending a hearing of an appeal against the court’s decision in dismissing the prosecution’s forfeiture application at the Court of Appeal.

Lawyer Syahrul Syazwan Salehin submitted that should the court allow the application for the stay, it would make the court turn away from its own findings when dismissing the forfeiture application.

“Secondly, it shows the court condones an action that is against the law in allowing the respondent’s property to be held illegally,” he added.

On June 9, Shahrir dismissed the prosecution’s application to forfeit the money seized from the three parties.

 

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Penang Assemblyman’s Aide Lodged Fake Report on “Robbery” Due to Blackmail http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/penang-assemblymans-aide-lodged-fake-report-on-robbery-due-to-blackmail/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:25:26 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67521 Police have recorded statements from the special aide of a state assemblyman and his brother, who were detained on Tuesday for lodging a false police report.

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Police have recorded statements from the special aide of a state assemblyman and his brother, who were detained on Tuesday for lodging a false police report, alleging that they were robbed of RM60,000.

State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the assemblyman was not involved in the plot.

“As far as this issue is concerned, the special aide and his brother had fabricated the story and lodged the false report.

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“Investigations are still underway,” he told newsmen this morning after the handing over of 26 new Honda Civic 1.8S mobile patrol vehicles (MPVs) and seven Hino trucks to the state and district police contingent at the marine base in Baru Uban.

Sources said the special aide, in his 30s, and his brother claimed that they had been robbed by an unknown person on a motorcycle at a petrol station near Permatang Rawa here, on Sept 12.

The special aide lodged a police report following the alleged incident.

However, investigators found discrepancies in the statements of the two siblings.

The source said the special aide lodged the false report to avoid paying a third party who had allegedly threatened to expose his brother’s indecent photos.

Meanwhile, asked if police will investigate the alleged threat against the brother, Sahabudin said no report was lodged on the matter.

The case is being investigated under Section 182 of the Penal Code for lodging a false police report, which carries a maximum six months’ jail term, or RM2,000 fine, or both, upon conviction.

Earlier, Sahabudin handed over the new Honda Civic 1.8S MPVs and Hino police trucks to the state Criminal Investigation Department director, state Crime Prevention and Community Safety director and district police chiefs.

All districts will receive five new MPVs each, except for the southwest district, which gets four.

He said each district police headquarters will also receive one truck; while the state police contingent headquarters will be given two for logistics.

“With the new MPVs, I hope it will give greater comfort and improve the performance and image of the state police, especially the patrol unit,” he added.

Currently, the state police have 139 MPVs for patrolling and operations by the various departments. – NST

 

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Dennis Ignatius’ Message to Voters of Sabah – Save Yourselves! http://www.thetruenet.com/opinion/perspective/dennis-ignatius-message-to-voters-of-sabah-save-yourselves/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:40:33 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67517 Shafie Apdal’s vision – to “build a nation, not a particular race or religion”; no politician since the Tunku has embraced multiculturalism with such passion and conviction.

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Shafie Apdal’s vision – to “build a nation, not a particular race or religion”; no politician since the Tunku has embraced multiculturalism with such passion and conviction.

In a little more than a week the people of Sabah will return to the polls to elect a new government. No doubt, a number of issues will weigh on their minds as they decide who to cast their ballots for. Certainly, the political frogs who precipitated this election by their treachery need to be punished; for so long as elected officials think nothing of betraying the trust of the people, our democracy will not be safe.

Economic issues will also loom large. More than five decades after the formation of Malaysia, Sabah remains one of the least developed parts of the country. Many parts of the state are still without electricity, water, health services and other basic infrastructure. That it should happen in a country where billionaire politicians boast that RM2 million (more than 600 times the median salary) is but loose change is nothing short of outrageous. That it should happen in a state which is also the top crude oil producer in the country is more than criminal.

The people of Sabah have every right to feel neglected and they are fully justified in demanding a greater share of federal revenues. The benefits of nationhood must be shared fairly and equally; it was, after all, implicit in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement and it’s time Putrajaya lives up to both the spirit and the letter of the Agreement. There’s no need for more MA63 committees; just sincerity and political will.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says Sabah should stick with the parties that hold federal power; change won’t come if Sabahans keep doing the same thing over and over again.

But there is another equally pressing issue that requires urgent attention – an existential threat to Sabah’s way of life and its culture of tolerance and respect for diversity. Sabah (and Sarawak) is the Malaysia we had hoped to be before bigots and racists hijacked the national agenda and weaponized race and religion to serve their own ends. Sabah (and Sarawak) is now all that remains of Tengku Abdul Rahman’s vision of a nation “inspired by the ideals of justice and liberty, a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world.” All that is now under threat.

Thanks to years of racial and religious discrimination, we now have in Putrajaya politicians who are unashamedly racist and proud of it. They think nothing of promoting supremacist ideas like “Malaysia is for Malays”, the rest be damned. Every little thing outside their bigoted and narrow framework is offensive or incompatible with their vision of Malaysia – the way we dress, a cross on the side of a church building, a few words in a Bible translation, Chinese New Year or Christmas decorations, even Ponggol and other religious and cultural festivals.

In considering who to vote for, Sabahans must ask themselves if they want to end up with the same toxic culture of bigotry that divides, that incites, that provokes, that accuses, that excludes, that stirs up animosity and hate that the rest of the country that has overtaken the rest of the country.

They should take a good hard look at PAS, in particular, to understand where our nation is headed. With just 18 of the 222 seats in Parliament, PAS is pushing a radical agenda to remake Malaysia in its own image. In the very short time since PAS became part of the government (thanks to the treachery of power-hungry politicians), it has been pushing for greater religious control over all aspects of national life.

They are calling for tougher penalties for religious offences, the closure of pubs, gender segregation, the end of vernacular schools and the exclusion of non-Muslims from senior policy-making positions in government. (Note that even the appointment of a non-Muslim bumiputra from Sabah as chief justice was too much for them).

And now, the same PAS leader who thought nothing of insulting Christians with his remarks that the Bible is distorted wants the government to put shariah advisers (which PAS is, of course, happy to supply) in every government department to “guide” them!  If they have their way, the mullahs will soon rule and the Malaysia we know will be gone forever.

The people of Sabah should have no illusions that this is purely a ‘Semananjong’ problem; PAS and its allies in the Malay-Muslim supremacist movement fully intend to hold sway over the entire nation. Already PAS, for one, has been busy establishing branches across Sabah and recruiting new members. It would have contested in the upcoming election but backed away because of the fallout from their MP’s inane remarks about the Bible.

It is only a temporary pause, however. If Perikatan Nasional (PN) and parties allied to it win power in Sabah, UMNO president Zahid Hamidi has promised to use the state’s constitutional provision to appoint up to six members of the state assembly to bring PAS into the state government. Once they get in, you can be sure they’ll start agitating for the introduction of the same extremist policies they are pushing in the peninsula.

The fact that PN party leaders are already fighting over which of their proxies should be appointed chief minister should they win is also an ominous sign, an indication that Sabah is just a pawn in a wider power struggle. With 56 seats in parliament, Sabah and Sarawak ought to be kings and king-makers instead of mere pawns. Certainly, they should not be allowing PAS to exert undue influence over the country’s direction.

Warisan’s Shafie Apdal, on the other hand, is offering the people of Sabah a different vision and a different future. His vision is to “build a nation, not a particular race or religion.”  No politician since the Tunku has embraced multiculturalism with such passion and conviction. It’s exactly the message of hope that our nation desperately needs, the only antidote to the poisonous culture of bigotry and intolerance that has engulfed the peninsula and now threatens Sabah as well.

Dark clouds hover over our nation; many have already lost hope convinced that we have gone too far down the road of racism and religious extremism to pull back. The people of Sabah have one chance to save themselves and protect their unique way of life. If they do, they might just save Malaysia as well.

 

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Covid-19: 21 New Cases http://www.thetruenet.com/news/covid-19-21-new-cases-5/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:36:09 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=67514 Malaysia recorded 21 new Covid-19 cases today, comprising 16 local infections and five imported cases.

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Malaysia recorded 21 new Covid-19 cases today, comprising 16 local infections and five imported cases, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the 16 local transmissions involve 15 Malaysians and one foreigner.

Five of the cases were reported in Sabah, seven in Kedah, two in Penang, and one each in Selangor and Sarawak.

“In Sabah, two cases were from the Benteng LD Cluster involving a Malaysian and a non-citizen, one case of a Malaysian from the Selamat Cluster, a new cluster in Semporna, one case of screening for admission to Hospital Tawau and one ship sign-off screening in Sipitang Port.

“In Kedah, six cases are from the Sungai Cluster involving Malaysians and one screening case in the administrative Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Kota Setar district, also a Malaysian,” he said in a statement on Covid-19 updates today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the local infections in Penang involved two Malaysians who were confirmed Covid-19 positive following screening of close contacts of case 9,397 who are family members staying in the same house.

“One case in Selangor involves symptomatic screening at Hospital Sungai Buloh and in Sarawak, one case from screening at the international entry point, both being Malaysians,” he said.

He said the five imported cases comprised two which were reported in Selangor after their return from New Zealand and three in Sabah who were infected in India, Pakistan and China.

“This brings the number of positive cases to 10,052, with active cases having infectivity totalling 674,” he added.

He said 15 cases had recovered today, raising the cumulative figure for recoveries to 9,250, or 92 percent of the total number of cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said no fatalities were reported today, keeping the death toll at 128, or 1.27 percent of the total number of positive cases.

He said 13 positive cases are still being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, with two requiring ventilator support.

 

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