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BE CIVIL, SULTANTELLS LAWMAKERS ... Sultan IbrahimSultan Iskandar arriving for the first sitting of the 14th session of the Johor state legislative assembly yesterday. In his speech, Sultan Ibrahim reminded lawmakers to be civil, polite andwell- mannered in their debates and not turn proceedings into a circus. He said should any assemblyman not follow the regulations, the Speaker should take stern action to order themout of the assembly hall. In the Dewan Rakyat, profanities have been hurled a number of times recently, forcing the Speaker to issue a warning. With the majority of the assemblymen being fromPakatan Harapan, Sultan Ibrahim said Johor has entered a newpage in its history.

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RM3.5mstolen fromex-PM’s office:Why thesilence? BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN newsdesk@thesundaily.com PUTRAJAYA: When RM3.5 million went missing from his office, why didn’t former premier Datuk Seri NajibAbdul Razak or his aides lodge reports or raise the matter to the police? The deafening silence on the missing cash, which was traced on Tuesday to a grand theft by security guards at the Prime Minister’s Department, has leftMalaysianAnti- Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators not only baffled but suspicious. The MACC arrested 17 guards on Tuesday in connection with the case. Sources told theSun that although it is learnt that the cashwas part of a much larger sum of money, supposedly donations that landed at Najib’s officeweeks and days before the 14th General Election on May 9, investigators are not convinced and intend to probe the source of the funds. “An investigation is underway to ascertain the source of these supposed donations. If there were many boxes of cash earlier, from where and who did it come from is what the MACC wants to know. It’s puzzling that someone would not raise a fuss or lodge a police report on losing a sum like RM3.5 million,” a source said. Investigators learnt that the

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RembauMPwants probe into ‘former financeminister’ andother topofficials KJ lodges report

claimwas trueornot,”he toldreporters in Parliament after lodging the report at the Sentul police headquarters yesterday. “This is so that further actioncanbe taken by the police, including to investigate the former financeminister, top officials in the ministry, as well as its related agencies. “ I f i t i s t r u e t h e r e wa s misappropriation, that the money meant for refunds was not returned to businesses in the form of input tax credit, then whoever was responsible for this must be brought to justice.” Khairy saidhewould lodge a similar report with the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission today. The Rembau MP said Lim’s allegationmust be regarded as a “huge accusation” and that he hoped the government would not meddle with the investigation.

BY AMAR SHAHMOHSEN AND TIMOTHY ACHARIAM newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin (pix) has lodged a police report calling for a probe into claims that the previous BarisanNasional (BN) government had “stolen” RM18 billionmeant for the goods and services tax (GST) refunds. Among those mentioned in his report was “the former finance minister” and top officials in that ministry. Although Khairy did not name Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, the former prime minister was the finance minister when the m o n e y w a s a l l e g e d l y misappropriated. “I have lodged a report toprobe this allegation (by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng) to get an assurance if his

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