MACC nabs Azeez and his brother

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested Baling MP and Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, and his brother.

A source told theSun that the duo will be charged with money-laundering offences tomorrow. The MACC is expected to issue a statement on the arrests soon.

On May 23, the MACC raided Abdul Azeez’s homes and offices and seized RM500,000 in cash, 20 watches and several pieces of jewellery.

The former Tabung Haji chairman allegedly claimed that part of the money was from his Umno allocation while some foreign currencies were from Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M).

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Anwar: I am happier if there is no contest in PD

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has welcomed Umno’s decision to boycott the Port Dickson by-election on Oct 13.

“I encourage those who wish to contest but I am happier if there is no contest. I still have to run against an independent candidate,” he said in Kuala Lumpur today.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday said the RM3.6 million it cost to hold the by-election could have been put to better use.

“We see that a seat was vacated to fulfil the political ambitions of one person … We take the stand that Barisan Nasional would protest this Port Dickson by-election,” Zahid said.

DBKL to shut down tahfiz school in sodomy case

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will close the tahfiz school in Kepong whose principal was accused of sodomising and abusing at least nine students, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa yesterday said he would close the centre if the principal is convicted of sodomy.

All three teachers at the tahfiz centre have fled and left the 43 students without adult supervision, Mujahid said.

Manhunt for suspected mother killer in Penang

BALIK PULAU: Police have launched a manhunt for a 29-year-old man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of his 63-year-old widow mother at a house in Kampung Sungai Burung here, some 50 km from George Town here.

The victim’s body with stab wounds was found inside a septic tank behind her house by her son-in-law around 3 pm on Monday after she went missing for the past week.

The septic tank was 1.5 metres deep, said southwest district police head Asst Comm A. Anbalagan.

Detectives with sniffer dogs were deployed to locate the suspect, who is also believed to be an addict. The suspect was said to have a habit of sniffing petrol.

The suspect has a criminal record for causing grievous hurt in an unrelated case.

Anbalagan said further investigations need to be carried out to determine the motive behind the murder.

A blood-stained knife was also found near the tank and there were wounds on victim’s neck, said Anbalagan.

“We believe the son is still around and we are looking for him,” he said when met at the scene.

The case has since been classified for first-degree murder under Penal Code, where the mandatory punishment was a death sentence.

Zahid confirms Umno will not contest PD

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) will not contest in the upcoming Port Dickson by-election, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also BN chairman, announced today.

Speaking at a press conference at the Umno headquarters, here, today, Ahmad Zahid said the decision to not field a candidate was made after discussions were held with BN component parties.

“The by-election is to fulfil the agenda of an individual. The seat became empty not due to natural causes such as the death of the elected representative. It is against the principle of democracy and we are boycotting the by-election,” he said after chairing the Umno political bureau meeting.

Ahmad Zahid said it would cost RM3.6 million to hold the elections.

“We realise the government is also facing financial difficulties, so we hope the money allocated for the by-election can be used for other expenses that will benefit the people,” he added.

Port Dickson MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah vacated the seat on Sept 12 to pave the way for PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to return to Parliament.

Danyal won the seat in the last general election with a majority of 17,710 votes, defeating Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk V. S. Mogan and Mahfuz Roslan, from PAS.

The Election Commission (EC) has fixed Oct 13 for the Port Dickson by-election, with nomination to be held on Sept 29.

Earlier, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan suggested that the party avoid contesting in the Port Dickson by-election.

He said Umno should not take part in the by-election as a sign of protest, as it was being held purely to satisfy the political ambitions of a certain individual.

On Sunday, the chairman of Umno’s council of advisers Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said Umno should stay out of the Port Dickson by-election as it has not recovered from the negative public perception it has amassed since the 14th General Election.

He said the seat had been traditionally contested by MIC since the country’s first election in 1955.

He added that it is not appropriate since the people’s mood towards Umno is still not good and the members’ morale also lacks the spirit to work hard in the election.

Mahathir’s speech at UN to showcase new Malaysia as mature democracy

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to deliver Malaysia’s national statement at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) general debate in New York on Friday, where he will showcase the new Malaysia as a mature democracy that upholds the primacy of the rule of law.

A Wisma Putra statement today said Dr Mahathir is leading the Malaysian delegation to the 73rd UNGA from tomorrow to Sept 29, as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia after Pakatan Harapan’s 14th general election victory on May 9, representing a new government with fresh mandates and aspirations.

“Dr Mahathir will outline Malaysia’s commitments in working with the other UN member states in achieving the objectives under the theme of the 73rd general debate and beyond. He will also underscore Malaysia’s expectations of the United Nations as the principal international organisation mandated to maintain international peace and security,” the statement said.

Dr Mahathir will be accompanied on his working visit by his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali; Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah; Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu; Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad; Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and senior government officials.

The theme of this year’s general debate, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies’, will focus on the continuing relevance of the United Nations system.

This invariably gives emphasis to the collective commitments made by world leaders to address the challenges of peace, equity and sustainability.

The last time Dr Mahathir addressed the UNGA was at the 58th session, in 2003.

Wisma Putra said Dr Mahathir is also scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the ‘Achieving SDGs: Unleashing the Potential of Islamic Finance’ event at the UN on Sept 27, jointly organised by the Securities Commission of Malaysia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

The Prime Minister has numerous engagements, including a dialogue with the US Council on Foreign Relations, a panel discussion at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, as well as an address at the Asia Society.

Dr Mahathir is slated to be interviewed by The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and TRT World and is expected to meet with renowned entrepreneurs, as well as potential investors from the United States during his visit. He is also scheduled to host a dinner for the Malaysian diaspora in New York.

Dr Mahathir is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the 73rd UNGA to discuss matters of mutual interest which are expected to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance understanding among world leaders on pertinent regional and global issues.

Wisma Putra said the accompanying ministers would have their own separate programmes during the 73rd UNGA.

It said Saifuddin is scheduled to represent Malaysia and deliver statements at several meetings and events such as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit; the High-Level Ministerial Event on Mediation; and the Ministerial Meeting of the UN Alliance of Civilisations.

Besides holding several bilateral meetings with his counterparts to discuss bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest, Saifuddin will also attend several ministerial-level meetings related to Asean; the Commonwealth; the Non-Aligned Movement; the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation; and the Group of 77; as well as other events held on the sidelines of the 73rd UNGA.

Meanwhile, Mohamad is scheduled to attend the High-Level Event on Action for Peacekeeping, while Dr Dzulkefly is scheduled to attend the High-Level Meeting on the Fight against Tuberculosis and the High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Mukhriz is scheduled to hold meetings with potential investors and influential business leaders to explore new business opportunities for Kedah. — Bernama

Don’t contest PD, says Umno deputy chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has suggested that the party not contest the Port Dickson by-election to be held on Oct 13. He said Umno should not participate as a sign of protest, as it was being held purely to satisfy one person’s political ambition.

“Umno should strongly reject this ‘self-centric’ action that is the basis for having this by-election,” Mohamad said in a statement today.

“We should not condone with such actions to deliberately vacate a set just to fulfill the political ambitions of a certain individual.”

Mohamad said this would not be the first time to not contest a by-election.

“If we do not protest or take a drastic step, it is possible that such tactics will become acceptable in future,” he said, adding that the final decision on this would, however, be made by the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership.

Mohamad said such a move was not only morally wrong or against the principles of democracy, but it was also a sheer waste of public funds.

He listed a few reasons for his position, including that Umno should remain focused on rejuvenating the party after losing in the 14th general election. He added that Umno should also do an in-depth analysis of support it has in all parliamentary and state seats in the country.

“There is nothing more important than restoring the confidence of our members and the people in Umno,” he said.

Yesterday, the chairman of Umno’s council of advisers Tengku Razaleigh Tengku Hamzah, also suggested that Umno should stay out of the Port Dickson by-election as it has not recovered from the negative public perception it has amassed since the 14th general election.

He said the seat had been traditionally contested by MIC since the country’s first election in 1955.

He added that it is not appropriate since the people’s mood towards Umno is still not good and the members’ morale also lacks the spirit to work hard in the election.

The Port Dickson by-election will be held on October 13 after its incumbent, Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, stepped down to make way for PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest and return to the Dewan Rakyat.

Another close relative and hubby arrested to assist in murder probe of Cradle Fund CEO

PETALING JAYA: A female relative of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd founder and chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan (pix) was arrested late on Sunday to assist in the investigations into his murder.

Selangor police CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said today, the 39-year-old woman who is a sister of a 43-year-old close relative of Nazrin who was arrested on Sept 4 and later freed after spending 10 days in remand. He said also arrested was the woman’s 41-year-old husband.

He said the couple were arrested at a condominium unit at Taman Tun Dr Ismail at 10.30pm on Sunday.

Fadzil said a four-day remand order to detain the couple for investigations was obtained from the Petaling Jaya magistrates court yesterday.

The case took a mysterious turn when it was reclassified from a sudden death case to murder last month.

Weeks later, a close relative of 45-year-old Nazrin and her ex-husband, both aged 43 were held to assist in the investigations into his murder on Sept 4.

They were held under a seven-day remand order but the man was freed by police after three days.

The woman also had her detention extended by three days for after the remand order expired.

Two teenage brothers were also picked up on Sept 8 in connection with the case and were remanded for seven days but the Shah Alam High Court ruled that the detention was not justified and ordered their release on Sept 12.

Their release stumped the cops who were concerned that the move could jeopardise the course of investigations.

Nazrin, 45, was initially reported to have died of smoke inhalation from a fire that broke out in a room at his double-storey terrace house in Mutiara Damansara on June 14, the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

At the time it was believed the fire that occurred past noon was caused by an explosion from the victim’s mobile phone that was being charged.

It was reported that Nazrin had suffered 30% burns and other injuries from the explosion.

His family told police that he had earlier gone to sleep after complaining of a headache.

The case was classified by police as sudden death at the time until new developments in the probe emerged.

More than a week after the fire, Fire and Rescue Department investigators who carried out tests on samples gathered at the fire found traces of petrol, opening up suspicions of foul play.

The case was reclassified as murder.

While the probe was ongoing, Nazrin’s wife, Samirah Muzaffar, was reported to have lashed out at the Fire and Rescue Department for keeping her and her family in the dark about the probe outcome of her husband’s death.

It was also reported that she had lodged a police report on the investigations process and the theft of several items from the house.

The senior official of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation claimed that despite writing to the Fire and Rescue Department to seek information on the probe, she was refused access.

She was also quoted as saying that she and her family had given their cooperation to the authorities as they sought for “closure of the entire episode”.

Nazrin, who headed Cradle Fund, a Ministry of Finance organisation which is an early stage start-up influencer that provides government grants and other assistance to budding entrepreneurs, left behind four children.