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‘AG refused probe into RM42minNajib’saccount’

B R I E F S CALLFORAGTOQUIT GEORGE TOWN: Ramkarpal Singh,the Bukit Gelugor MP has called for the immediate resignation of Mohamed Apandi Ali as the attorney-general (AG) because many cases under his watch such as the 1MDB probe went unresolved. Such cases will be reopened under the new Pakatan Harapan government. “Apandi cannot remain the AG having previously cleared former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak of the 1MDB scandal as he would be in a conflicting position. MUHYIDDINSUBMITSNAMES PUTRAJAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has submitted the party’s candidate list for consideration to the Pakatan Harapan Cabinet to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday. Speaking to reporters after meeting the premier at Yayasan Perdana yesterday, Muhyiddin said the list contains the names of several PPBMMPs minus Mahathir and Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir. “We expect these names to either head several ministries or become deputy ministers.” BARCOUNCILCLARIFIES PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar yesterday clarified that it merely said former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan possesses the qualities of a person suitable for the position of the Attorney-General (AG). That didn’t mean it proposed or endorsed the appointment of Ambiga as the AG, its president George Varughese said. NOBACK-PEDALLINGONGST KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz said there will be no turning back on the proposed abolition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which came into effect on April 1, 2015. “It is final and work is in progress towards its abolishment,” said the former central bank governor, who is part of the five-member Team of Eminent Persons.

>MACChadevidence, says panel member tasked to reviewcasefiles

criminologist from the Universiti SainsMalaysia, also saidMohamed Apandi declined repeated requests fromMACC to seek legal assistance from foreign governments to tracemissing funds from 1MDB. Lim said they were unable to follow themoney

compelling information to say that the case could be further investigated,” Sundramoorthy said. However, he added that he could not recall the amount that MACC suspectedNajib had received fromSRC. Lim, a lawyer, was part of an eight-member panel tasked in early 2016with reviewing investigations by theMACC. Both Limand Sundramoorthy declined to go into specific details regarding the case files, as the documents are protected under the Official Secrets Act. But the panel was given detailed briefings and full access to theMACC files, they said. “The biggest disappointment to us was Apandi,” said Lim. “MACCwas very professional, they did a very good job. But their hands were tied by the AG.” – Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) found evidence in late 2015 that RM42 millionwas transferred froma former subsidiary of 1MDB into an account of Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but its recommendation for further investigationwas rejected by the attorney-general (AG), a member of a panel that reviewedMACC’s case files said. In an interviewwith Reuters, panel member Datuk LimCheeWee said then attorney-general, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali (pix) , had been presentedwith evidence byMACC at the end of 2015 that Najib had received the RM42 million from 1MDB unit SRC International. Mohamed Apandi, who “Many senior officers are volunteering information, accompanied of course, by documents. We think that within a short period, we will have a case against him, (and) we will be able to charge him.” He added that a full investigationwould be completed before any legal action is taken against Najib. “We are in the process of getting into details of the matters he suppressed in his time,”Mahathir said. In 2015, TheWall Street Journal reported that US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) of 1MDB funds ended up in Najib’s personal accounts, but he and 1MDB denied any wrongdoing. 1MDB is also being probed by authorities in several countries. Najib and his wife Datin Seri RosmahMansor have been placed on an Immigration blacklist and prevented from leaving the country since the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mahathir swept to power in the recent polls. As speculation of prompt legal action against Najib continued tomount, former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail met with X FROM FRONT PAGE

was told to go on leave on Monday, declined to probe further, Lim said. “The AG

refused to investigate further despite evidence suggesting that Najib received directly or indirectly RM42 million from SRC,” Lim said. Mohamed Apandi declined to comment

trail because it went outside the country. “We kept telling the AG… please makemutual legal assistance from other jurisdictions to find out the money trail in those jurisdictions. We

when contacted by Reuters but had earlier denied any wrongdoing on his part. MACC did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. Lim, and another panel member, P. Sundramoorthy, a

knew themovement of money inMalaysia, but once it leaves Malaysia, we didn’t know where themoneywent,” Lim said. “Based on the panel review, we felt the case should not have been closed as there was

Ex-PMexpected tobe charged, says TunM

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Abdul Gani (left) andAbdul Hamid.

Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here yesterday. Gani had been leading investigations into the 1MDB scandal before he was abruptly removed fromoffice. Also meeting Mahathir was former Special Branch

deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador, who in August 2015 unexpectedly received an order to be transferred out of the police intelligence unit to the Prime Minister’s Department, a move he said was likely due to his comments on the

1MDB controversy.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun and federal policeCommercial Crimes Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singhwere also seen at Mahathir’s office yesterday.

ADCsof former top leaders re-assigned in reshuffle KUALA LUMPUR: The police aide-de-camp (ADC) of former primeminister Datuk Seri secretariat head.

operations cumpolicing adviser Commissoner Datuk Zamri Yahya whowas moved to the Inspector-General of Police secretariat (research and development). Najib’s ADCDCPDatuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri was transfered to the Federal Internal Security and Public Order Department as its

deputy police chief of Perak. Perak deputy police chief Datuk OmarMammah takes over as Sabah deputy commissioner of police. Federal police corporate communications department head SACDatuk Asmawati Ahmad said yesterday the transfers take effect on Friday. – by Charles Ramendran

ACPMohdNasaruddinM. Nasir whowas Ahmad Zahid’s ADCwas transferred to a special tactical unit of the same department asMohd Yusri. Others named in the reshuffle was Sabah deputy commissioner of police Datuk RazarudinHusain Abd Rasid, whowill assume the post of

Najib Abdul Razak and former deputy primeminister Datuk Seri Ahmad ZahidHamidi were re-assigned to other police departments in a reshuffle yesterday. Also transferredwas Ahmad Zahid’s director of

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