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Bid to recover frozen assets

Arul Kandamulls suit against Lim BY AMAR SHAHMOHSEN newsdesk@thesundaily.com PETALING JAYA: Arul Kanda Kandasamy (pix) is considering taking legal action against Lim

BY ASHWINKUMAR newsdesk@thesundaily.com PETALING JAYA: The Special Task Force probing the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal yesterdaymet United States authorities to discuss the process of recovering frozen 1MDB assets from the US. In themeeting with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ), the task force discussedmutual legal assistance as well as the direction and focus of the probe. Among the issues raisedwas the FBI’s letter datedNov 13, 2016 to then Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad, that did not receive a response. “The DoJ also confirmed it hadmade a request for mutual legal assistance to then attorney-general Tan Sri Apandi Ali on Sept 22, 2017. “However, the request was not fulfilled and delayed on the grounds that it would affect ongoing investigations by Malaysian authorities. As such, no cooperation had been given until today.” However, it said yesterday’s meeting at the PrimeMinister’s Office, both parties have agreed to provide full cooperation to each other to ensure >Task ForcemeetsDoJ andFBI towork together

Guan Eng after the financeminister had called him “utterly dishonest and

investigations are completed. The DoJ and FBI thanked the

Malaysian government under the leadership of PrimeMinister TunDr MahathirMohamad for assisting their investigations into 1MDB, as the previous BarisanNasional administration had not rendered such cooperation. Among the 1MDB assets frozen byUS authorities are properties purchased by Riza Aziz, the stepson of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, and controversial tycoon LowTaek Jho, better known as Jho Low. In June 2017, the DoJ undertook initiatives to recover more thanUS$1 billion (RM3.98 billion) worth of high- end properties linked to 1MDB, including properties in BeverlyHills in Los Angeles, Manhattan and London. Also among the assets seizedwere artworks, a private jet, luxury yacht and proceeds from the film Wolf ofWall Street , whichwas produced by Riza. The task force comprises former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, formerMalaysian Anti- Corruption Commission chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, MACC chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and Bukit Aman Special Branch director CommDatuk Abdul Hamid Bador. All four members of the task force had played significant roles in investigations related to 1MDB before they either resigned or were transferred or replaced by the Najib administration.

untrustworthy” following ameeting onWednesday. The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) president said the statement issued by

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Limdid not fully and accurately represent how the questions were put and answered, accusing the latter of putting him in a bad light. “The circumstances I was in and the context of my answers (during themeeting) were conveniently left out, such that it produces a false impression and puts me in a bad light. “More importantly, I strongly deny the potentially defamatory and personal attacks against me by the financeminister. “Therefore, inmy personal capacity, not in relation tomy employment and specifically only in relation to his statement, I have sought legal advice frommy lawyers onmy options,” he said. Limhad, in a statement two days ago, slammed Arul of being “utterly dishonest and untrustworthy” at ameeting to discuss the government-owned company’s financial affairs. He had said Arul’s response to the questions posed to himwas shocking and preposterous, accusing himof “singing a completely different tune” comparedwith statements he hadmade before the change of government.

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Perlis Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (seated, fourth from left) together with nine BarisanNasional state assemblymen at the press conference in the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail presenting the instrument of appointment to Datuk Seri AzlanMan at Istana Arau yesterday.




PerlisRuler sadover crisis onMB’s selection ARAU: The Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail expressed sadness yesterday over the political situation in the statewhere BarisanNasional (BN) was embroiled in a crisis over the selection of thementri besar. towards developing the state. “The appointment of thementri besar mentri besar an individual whowould become a puppet controlled by “external forces”. He added recently he granted an audience to each of the 10 BN assemblymen and asked them several questions. “When I asked themwhether YAB

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has taken a long time compared to the other states. It can be said that we (Perlis) are the last to form the state government. Surely, theremust be a reasonwhy this has happened. “A similar situation emerged in 2008 and it took twoweeks (to form the government). mention names but I think you people will knowbecause a large number of that group is not present,” he said in an apparent reference to the absent BN assemblymen. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said up to yesterday he had only two shortlisted names for mentri besar – Azlan and Tambun Tulang state assemblymanDatuk Ismail Kassim. He said he did not want to appoint as the “It is due to the vested interests of some people. I do not wish to

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In his address at the swearing- in of Bintong state assemblyman Datuk Seri AzlanMan as the mentri besar at Istana Arau, the Ruler said he was disappointed that none of the nine other BN state assemblymen attended the ceremony. Only the three Pakatan

(Azlan) could be appointed thementri besar, many of them said ‘no’ while two or three said theywill try to accept him. I asked themwhowas more qualified and to give me the name. “I found out from their replies that the elected representatives were more submissive to the state Umno liaison committee chief than the party’s federal leaders,” he said, adding that it was as though someone had a hold over them. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said thementri besar had to take the oath of secrecy and that if Ismail was appointed he would reveal secrets to his elder brother Shahidan. “I wish to be frank. I do not want external forces to control thementri besar.”

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Harapan and two PAS elected representatives were present. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said it was sad that the BN state assemblymen had givenmore importance to the candidate for mentri besar than getting down to the business of forming the government by appointing thementri besar and state executive councillors andworking

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