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theSun ONMONDAY | MAY 28, 2018

Mat Sabuwants probepanel set up

Moving forwardwith PakatanHarapanGovernment Day 10 (May 19) Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali says he will remain as Selangor mentri besar pending an appointment with the Sultan. Day 11 (May 20) Former Petrosaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo meets Mahathir in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the 1MDB case. X X

>Special committee to determine if there are grounds toprosecute: Defenceminister

BY S. ARULDASS newsdesk@thesundaily.com

BUTTERWORTH: The Defence Ministrywill set up a high-level committee to investigate several alleged scandals linked to the Armed Forces. DefenceMinisterMohamed Sabu said he will seek the Cabinet’s approval to form such a committee. The DefenceMinistry has been rockedwith several allegations of impropriety – from the controversial purchase of the Scorpene submarines to equipment malfunction and corruption among its rank and file. There is also an allegation of sale of premiumurban land that belonged to the Armed Forces and its retirement fund board. “The committee will probe the allegedwrongdoings to determine if there are grounds for prosecution or disciplinary action,”Mohamed said before breaking fast with servicemen at the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) here base on Saturday. It was also a homecoming of sorts forMohamed, better known asMat Sabu, whowas born near the base in Tasek Gelugor. He said the top brass of the military have requested for more sophisticated equipment to battle cyber and other threats. Mohamed said he would need to discuss such KUALA LUMPUR: The leadership tussle inMyPPP continues with the party president Tan Sri M. Kayveas holding an open door Annual General Assembly (AGM) yesterday to explain tomembers why his sacking was illegal. He said it was a conspiracy by more than 13 supreme council members to remove him fromhis post and appoint Datuk Seri Maglin D’Cruz as president. He said the AGMhis opponents had held on Saturdaywas null and void as they had no right to hold it. Kayveas added the group organising the AGMwere denied a police permit but the police allowed them to go aheadwith it and pleaded with himnot to disrupt it. “We did not attempt to stop the other side fromcarrying out the AGM. However, on Saturday one of

Day 12 (May 21) In his inaugural speech at the PM’s Office in Putrajaya, Mahathir says the nation’s debts stand at RM1 trillion mark. X Malaysia’s first female deputy prime minister , Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, leads a line-up of 13 Cabinet ministers in taking their oath of office, loyalty and secrecy before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara. A 1MDB task force is set up . It is co-headed by four individuals – former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu KassimMohamed, newly-minted MACC Chief Commis- sioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and former special branch deputy director DCP Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said a legal team to consider whether to amend or repeal the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 will be set up. Day 13 (May 22) Former premier X X X X

Mat Sabu, flanked by Nurul Izzah and Faiz, speaking at a press conference during his visit to the RMAF base on Saturday.

matters with the Cabinet. On the proposed relocation of the Butterworth RMAF base, he said there is currently no plan to proceed with the suggestionmade by the previous government, adding that thematter may be “discussed at another time”.

His visit to the base was among a planned tour of all military instal- lations in the country as part of his familiarisation process. Also present were Permatang PauhMPNurul Izzah Anwar and Permatang Pasir assemblyman Faiz Fadzil.

Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak quizzed for five hours by MACC.

‘My sackingasMyPPPchief illegal’ BY RAJVINDER SINGH newsdesk@thesundaily.com

Finance Minister Lim

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Guan Eng says the ministry has been

them lodged a police report and demanded that the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese AssemblyHall stopme fromholding Sunday’s AGM at their premises. “The (hall’s) management is used to such actions and ignored the demandmade,” he told reporters after the end of the AGMyesterday. Kayveas saidmembers of the other side were trying to hoodwink not onlyMyPPPmembers but also themedia by claiming they had got verbal approval to hold the AGM.” He said, how could they hold an AGMwhen the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had recognised himas the president in an official letter and therefore only he had the right to call for one? Kayveas said the party had sacked 13 members whowere involved in Saturday’s AGMand a letter would be sent to the RoS on their termination. Also present was Institutional has said, he choseme because of my abilities ... that I had turned Penang around. He saw the good financial performance of Penang andwe recorded annual surpluses. That’s why he wants the best to save the country,” he said on his Facebook page. “I would like to also thank the people of Penang, whether they are Malay, Chinese or Indian, because

Reforms Committeemember and National Patriots Association president Brig Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji. On his sacking, Kayveas reiterated that onlywhen amember makes a complaint, action could be taken. “How the other faction decided to act based on a letter fromBarisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku AdnanMansor is beyondmy comprehension. “If those involvedwere so desperate to becomeMyPPP president, they should have approachedme and I could have discussed it andwould have willingly stepped aside.” He said their action had forced him to retaliate and he had lodged a number of police reports against them. He also showed CCTV footage allegedly showingMaglin’s faction breaking into the party headquarters andwrecking property.

servicing 1MDB’s debts all along, amounting to RM7 billion and requests its CEO to answer his questions. Day 14 (May 23) Justo questioned by the MACC. X

Dr Mahathir says salaries of Cabinet ministers cut by 10%. X

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said political appointees told to quit within seven days. X

Former special branch (SB) deputy director DCP Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador named new SB director. Day 15 (May 24) The government’s special taskforce investigating 1MDB meet US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to discuss mutual legal assistance and the recovery of 1MDB assets from the US. Transport Ministry says no more fancy number plates for NGOs. Day 16 (May 25) Government mulls increasing drivers licence age to 21 years old. Day 17 (May 26) Mahathir said the government will find out how it can reduce payment to Singapore if it needs to drop the KL- Singapore high-speed rail project. Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming to donate his first month’s salary of RM16,000 to the Finance Ministry to help pay the massive national debt left by the Barisan Nasional administration. X X X X X X

GuanEng: Iwas chosen formyabilities, not race PETALING JAYA: FinanceMinister LimGuan Eng said he would not want the FinanceMinister post if it were given based solely on race. “I don’t want to be finance we won very big (in Penang) in the general election ... 37 out of 40. “This gives me great hope

because the people of Penang had shown that theywant a newMalaysia. Theywant leaders who canwork. “This is a very heavy responsibility andwe will fight

minister just because I’mChinese. I’mMalaysian, not Chinese. You must chooseme on the basis that I can deliver,” he said yesterday at a DAP lunch event in Air Putih, Penang. “It’s a very tough job but like what (PrimeMinister) TunDrMahathir

for you every day tomake sure we will have a better country for our children,” said Lim.

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