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Seeyou in Dubai MACC team tomeet 1MDB ‘keyperson’ inGulf state to record statement BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN newsdesk@thesundaily.com P ETALING JAYA: Left with little option to compel the “No. 1 person of interest” in the multi-billion-ringgit 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal probe – businessman Jho Low – to turn up for questioning here, theMalaysianAnti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has tentatively agreed to Low’s request to have his statement recorded inDubai. Sources said an MACC team undertaking the investigations will leave forDubai at a time tobedecided tomeet Low, whose real name is Low Taek Jho, within the next “two or three weeks”. It is learnt that discussions to negotiate terms for the meeting are ongoingbetween lead investigators and his lawyers. Sources said the 1MDB probe team, led by a seniorMACCofficer, will first track themoney trail of the scandal in four countries prior to themeeting. The countries are Switzerland, United TURN TO PAGE 02 X

ECchairman togo PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah ( pix ) will cut short his tenure as chairman of the Election Commission (EC) and will leave the post on July 1, the EC


corporate communi- cation division said in a statement yester- day. The commission said the Yang di-Per- tuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent to the decision and Mohd Hashim was

informed through a letter from the Comp- troller of the Royal Household on June 7. The matter was also relayed to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad via an official letter on June 11. Mohd Hashim, 64, joined the EC on Sept 5, 2014 before he was appointed as chair- man on Jan 24, 2016. His term was supposed to expire upon him attaining the age of 66, in accordance with Clause 3 Article 114 of the Federal Constitution. However, his tenure has been linked to allegations of alignment to the previous Barisan Nasional administration, as well as manipulating the recent general election to favour certain parties.

FESTIVE FEELS ... Sunway Pyramid staff (from left) AhmadHakimAbdul Rahman, Carmen Loo andAmirashah pose at the concourse area of themall in Petaling Jaya that features kampung-themedHari Raya decorations.

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