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Task force to probe 1MDB
Abdul Gani, Abu Kassim, Mohd Shukri andAbdul Hamid.
PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister’s Office has announced in a statement that a >Former attorney- general,MACC chief among special panel members special task force will be formed specifically for investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The task force will be co- headed by a panel of four comprising former attorney-
general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and formerMalaysian- Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) chief CommTan Sri Abu KassimMohamed, current MACC chief CommDatuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and former Special Branch deputy director DCPDatuk Abdul Hamid Bador. All four had played significant roles in investigations related to 1MDB during Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s administration, before they resigned or were either
transferred or replaced. The statement said the task force will be supported by agencies such asMACC, the Attorney-General’s Chambers, police, BankNegaraMalaysia as well as several lawyers with expertise related to the probe. It added that PrimeMinister TunDrMahathirMohamad had agreed to the formation of the task force, whichwill track and seize assets, and prosecute individuals involved in crimes
linked to 1MDB.
“The task force will be responsible in all coordination aspects of the investigations, financial tracking and asset recovery (including) 1MDB funds that are stored or invested locally and abroad. The special task force will also establish cooperationwith international enforcement agencies, including those in the US, Switzerland, Singapore and Canada.
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WanAzizahsworn inasDPM KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s first woman Deputy PrimeMinister Datuk Seri DrWan AzizahWan Ismail led a line-up of 13 Cabinet ministers in taking their oath of office, loyalty and secrecy before Yang di-Pertuan Agong SultanMuhammad V at Istana Negara yesterday. The event was witnessed by Prime Minister TunDrMahathirMohamad. Also present was his wife, TunDr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali. The ceremony began at 5.45pmwith the acceptance of the instruments of appointment by Wan Azizah as the deputy primeminister andminister ofWomen and Family Development. She then took her oath and signed the official letter of appointment, witnessed by Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa. Subsequently, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP secretary-general LimGuan Eng and Parti AmanahNegara president Mohamad Sabu took their oaths together as homeminister, financeminister and defence minister respectively. Titiwangsa MP Rina Harun and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali taking their oaths together as education minister, rural development minister and economic affairs minister respectively. – Bernama PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar is the new secretary of the Election Commission, effective yesterday. The EC said in a statement that he succeeds Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh, who went on man- datory retirement on May 10. Mohamed Elias, 58, a graduate of Universiti Malaya, joined the civil service on July 1, 1983, and last held the post of deputy secretary- general (operations) of the Ministry of Human Resources, from Feb 15, 2017, to May 20 this year. – Bernama BIDTOCHALLENGEAYER HITAMPOLLSRESULTS YONG PENG: Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong said his lawyer is collecting evidence to challenge the poll results for the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency. “If we find enough evidence, we will consider filing a lawsuit against the election results,” Liew said at the launch of the Yong Peng DAP community service centre. Liew secured 16,773 votes, while MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong won with a majority of 303 votes. This was followed by Simpang RenggamMP DrMaszleeMalik, NEWECSECRETARY APPOINTED
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Mahathir is flanked by Chief Secretary to theGovernment Tan Sri Ali Hamsa (left) and Public Service Department Director-General Tan Sri RahimSeman at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya yesterday. Separationof powers vital
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“Only by keeping up in this manner can we ensure there is no corruption or embezzlement in the country’s administration. “The functions of the lawmakers, enforcers of the law, and the judiciary must be separate,” he said. “There was once a time when this country was respected but not now. “It is our job to ensure that the country and its administration earn respect on the world stage and become successful in its nation-building endeavours,” he said. While advising civil servants to help develop the country on its own without aid from others, Mahathir also warned them against misuse of powers as those entrusted to enforce these would be complicit with those breaking them. “We find that many administrators, perhaps because of fear or having been bribed, have committed acts that were not good and brought losses to the country.”
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Earlier, Mahathir called on civil servants to give their cooperation to Pakatan Harapan to assist the country recover from the “mismanagement” of the previous government. “Please afford me the cooperation as long as I do not flout the administrative rules and laws of the country. “There are many things that need to be studied and only necessary changes will be made for the betterment of the country.” Mahathir said the changes may include trimming of certain civil service sectors but it cannot be revealed now as he has yet to receive full information on the matter. In expressing gratitude for being given the opportunity to serve the country again, Mahathir said it is important for the administration to practise separation of powers to keep the country’s institutions independent.
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