Rahman Dahlan To Take Legal Action Against PKR’s Rafizi Ramli

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan (photo right) has appointed a counsel to exhaust all legal means against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice- president, Rafizi Ramli.

In a statement, Rahman said the action was taken to put Rafizi’s continuous slandering to rest.

“On Monday, Rafizi Ramli, vice-president of PKR convened a press conference and accused me of appointing my brother as the main contractor of Expo Negaraku.

“At that press conference, Rafizi had confidently asserted that he had undertaken thorough research and various investigations, the result of which proved that, Raslan Dahlan (photo left), the CEO of PICO Integrated Exhibits (M) Sdn Bhd was indeed my brother.

“Like countless other statements by Rafizi, this is another blatant lie that does not befit his position as a Member of Parliament. He was so self-assured and buoyant when making this allegation. After repeating the allegation nine times, Rafizi must have believed his own lie,” he said.

Rafizi had in a news report on Monday, alleged that a huge government contract was awarded to a company headed by Rahman Dahlan’s sibling.

The Pandan MP was later forced to remove his post after finding out that the Raslan Dahlan he was referring to was not Rahman’s elder brother.

In the statement, Rahman claimed that Rafizi’s body language, demeanor and intonation during the press conference were to convince viewers of his slanderous allegation against him.

Rahman said he had evidence in his possession that Rafizi had contacted Raslan Dahlan immediately after his press conference via Facebook, asking whether Raslan was actually Rahman’s brother.

“This shows that Rafizi was unsure of the facts. Nonetheless, for the sake of his political ambitions, he went on to defame me,” he said.

Rahman said he was also aggrieved by the fact that Rafizi accused Economic Planning Unit (EPU) officers of leaking the incorrect information in an attempt to create strife between the EPU officers and him.


Zahid On Working Visit At The 17th Battalion GOF Lahad Datu

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrived at the 17th Battalion of the General Operations Force (GOF) Thursday, for a working visit.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim and Director-General of the National Security Council Tan Sri Zulkefli Mohd Zain.

Zahid attended a briefing given by the Commander of the Eastern Sabah Special Security Command (Esscom) Datuk Hazani Ghazali and Director-General of Rela, Zulkifli Abidin.

He will later perform the Zohor prayer at the Masjid Batalion 17 PGA and subsequently give away contributions to the Malaysian Volunteer Corps Department (Rela) and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).

Zahid returned to Tawau before departing for the federal capital.


Police Record Mahathir’s Statement Over Bugis As Pirates Remark

Police Wednesday recorded a statement from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his remarks allegedly linking the Bugis ethnic group to pirates.

Four police officers from Bukit Aman recorded the statement at the former prime minister’s office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Precinct 8 in Putrajaya..

Dr Mahathir’s lawyer, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, when met by reporters afterwards, said 32 questions were asked during the 45-minute session.

Dr Mahathir gave his full cooperation and answered every question except those that he was cautioned to answer in court if he was to be charged, he said.

Mohamed Haniff said he was informed that the statement was taken following three police reports lodged by certain parties and that the case was being investigated under the Sedition Act, the Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Dr Mahathir, in his speech at an assembly organised by the opposition parties in Petaling Jaya on Oct 14 had allegedly tried to link Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as possibly a descendant of Bugis pirates.


Sabah Watergate – Teo, Pleads Not Guilty To 146 Counts Of Money Laundering, Involving More Than RM32 Million

Former Sabah Water department deputy director Teo Chee Kong (photo in hood) pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court Wednesday, to 146 counts of money laundering, involving more than RM32 million.

Teo, 52, made the plea after all the charges were read out before judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong.

He was alleged to have committed the offence through power abuse in the implementation of federal-funded projects by the Sabah Water Department between 2010 and 2016.

Of the total charges, 78 were framed under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, for possession of 70 pieces of land obtained through unlawful activities through 78 transactions, involving RM12,705,203.

The remaining 68 charges were made under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, where six of them were for possession of cash of RM7,930,810 and the others, involving RM12,287,240, in bank accounts in eight financial institutions.

Nixon allowed Teo to be released on bail of RM1.5 million with two local sureties and also ordered him to surrender his passport to the court.

The court set Jan 16 next year for case management.

Deputy public prosecutors from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman and Mohd Hafiz Hashim prosecuted, while Teo was represented by lawyers Roland Cheng and Hamid Ismail.

On Oct 4 last year, Teo was arrested with department director Awang Mohd. Tahir Mohd. Talib, 54, by MACC after the commission found a total of RM52 million in cash stashed in their homes and office, as well as other items, including jewellery.


Necessary Resources Mobilized To Assist Flood Victims In Kota Belud – Musa Aman

Tan Sri Musa Aman said the State Government has mobilized the necessary resources to assist flood victims in Kota Belud.

The Chief Minister said, the State Disaster Relief Committee had been activated to assist those affected, including relocating them to shelters and handing out assistance such as food supplies and basic amenities.

“The State Government is closely monitoring the flood situation in Kota Belud. We are doing our level best to provide the necessary assistance to victims,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

He advised those affected to be calm and listen to the directives issued by the relevant authorities for safety reasons.

I also caution children to avoid playing in flood waters and for parents to keep a close watch on them,” he said.

Musa said he had also directed the Drainage and Irrigation Department to assess and put in place measures to mitigate the flood problem in the district.