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Bung Moktar, Zizie get stay in corruption case



KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has allowed requests by Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and his wife Datin Seri Zizie Izette Abdul Samad to postpone the hearing of their RM2.8 million corruption case related to investments in unit trusts of Public Mutual Bhd.

The couple asked that the hearing be postponed until their applications to review a lower court order directing them to present their defense to the charges were available.

Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed the requests after the couple’s lawyers, M. Athimulan and Datuk K. Kumaraendran, informed the court that the defense had filed a separate request to review and overturn the decision made by the Court of Sessions. last September 2.

“Zizie filed a request for review of the (September 2) decision last Monday and (the matter) will be brought up before Yang Arif Datuk Collin today.

“Bung Moktar submitted a similar request and it will be mentioned before Judicial Commissioner Datuk Azhar Abd Hamid this Monday.

“However, we will make an official request to consolidate both requests for review for a hearing before a single judge,” Athimilan said.

Deputy prosecutor Datuk Faridz Gohim Abdullah did not oppose the suspension requests, but said the prosecution would oppose requests to consolidate the review requests, Bernama reported.

Bung Moktar, 63, and Zizie, 44, filed separate requests for review of the Sessions Court’s decision last Monday.

In a related development, Court of Sessions Judge Rozina Ayob on Monday set the mention of the couple’s corruption case for interested parties to inform the court about the progress of requests for review.

On September 2, he ordered the couple to present their defense on corruption charges after discovering that the prosecution had made a prima facie case against them.

On May 3, 2019, Bung Moktar, Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah and head of Sabah Umno, pleaded not guilty in Sessions Court to three counts of taking RM 2.8 million worth of bribes to gain approval from Felcra Bhd. to invest 150 thousand ringgit in Public Mutual. investment funds.

According to the first charge, Bung Moktar, who was then non-executive chairman of Felcra, was accused of accepting RM 2.2 million in cash bribes from Public Mutual investment broker Madhi Abdul Hamid through Zizie in Public Bank’s Taman Melawati branch here between 12:30 pm and 5 pm on June 12, 2015.

On the second count, Bung Moktar is accused of accepting a bribe of RM262,500 in cash from Madhi through the account number 044797816 of the Public Islamic Treasury Growth Fund registered in the name of Zizie, for a similar purpose.

Bung Moktar is also accused of accepting a bribe of RM337,500 in cash from Public Mutual investment broker Norhaili Ahmad Mokhtar through Public Ittikal Sequel Fund account number 044797824 registered in Zizie’s name.

The last two crimes were allegedly committed in the same place at 12:16 and 12:28 on June 19, 2015.

Zizie pleaded not guilty to three counts of complicity with her husband at the same place, date and time.

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Peter Anthony uses Sabah budget debate to apologise for ‘words, actions’ during GE15



KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kesejahteraan Demoktratik Malaysia (KDM) Chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (Photo) took the opportunity to apologize for any wrong words and actions that may have occurred throughout his campaign leading up to the 15th General Election (GE15).

He was giving his budget debate speech during the state legislature sitting here on Tuesday (Nov. 29), when he apologized without directly referring to any issue or issue.

“The general elections recently concluded and whatever has happened in the past, I hope it stays in the past,” he said.

“We are now in a new government and we hope we can all work together at the state and federal level to budget and move Sabah forward to bring political stability and economic growth,” Peter said.

Representing the party and all its members, he said, “if something wrong was said and done, I apologize.”

On November 5, a riot broke out at the Tenom nomination center when Peter’s nomination was rejected hours after it was accepted by the state Election Commission.

A group of supporters went on a rampage, forcing security forces to use tear gas to disperse the crowd at around 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, Peter spoke about the issues facing his Melalap constituency, which falls under Tenom’s parliamentary seat, including water and electricity supply issues, a lack of shops, economic opportunities and a lack of infrastructure development. .

I hoped that the government would take steps to address these problems, for the betterment of the people of Melalap.

He supported the State Budget 2023 which was introduced in the assembly by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on Friday (Nov 25).

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PTPTN repayment incentive taken up by over 11,000 S’wak graduates since 2019



KUCHING: Some 11,095 Sarawakian graduates have benefited from the Yayasan Sarawak Higher Education National Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayment incentive since 2019, says Datuk Roland Sagah.

The state’s education, innovation and talent development minister said the incentive has risen to RM36.1 million since it was introduced.

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“Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that provides such an incentive. Another 30 million ringgit has been approved for this incentive next year,” he told the Sarawak Legislative Assembly as he wrapped up business related to his ministry on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Sagah said the 30:30 incentive was part of the state government’s efforts to help ease the burden on Sarawak graduates of repaying their PTPTN student loans.

Under the scheme, the state government will subsidize 30% of the balance of graduates who have already repaid at least 30% of their loans.

For example, it said that a graduate with a loan of RM10,000 must have paid back at least RM3,000 to be eligible for the scheme.

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“With this, you are eligible for a 30% incentive on the balance of RM7,000, which goes up to RM2,100.

“Therefore, the remaining balance of the graduate’s loan will be RM4,900,” Sagah said, adding that the scheme encouraged graduates to meet their loan repayment obligations.

Sagah also said that the first Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School (YSISS) in Petra Jaya began operations on April 4 with an initial cohort of 115 students from across the state.

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“Once fully developed, the campus will have a capacity of 500 students in years seven to 11, which is equivalent to grades one through five,” he said.

It added that the construction of YSISS Kuching at mile 12 of Kuching-Serian Road was scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of next year, while the construction of YSISS Sibu was scheduled to start early next year.

“Both YSISS Bintulu and Miri are currently in the planning stage,” he said.

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Three killed, six injured in car-van collision in Kluang



KLUANG: Three people were killed and six others injured after an accident involving two vehicles at KM15 Jalan Kluang – Teck Wah Hing here.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh said the accident happened around 4pm on Monday (November 28), after a 20-year-old driver of a car lost control of the wheels and collided with a van.

“According to the initial investigation, the van was heading towards Kluang from Renggam, while the car was moving in the opposite direction.

“The driver of the car then lost control and skidded into the oncoming lane, causing the collision to occur,” he said in a statement here Monday.

He added that the family of four in the van sustained injuries and is being treated at Kluang Hospital.

“There were four people in the van, including two children between the ages of 11 and 15. They are currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

“Meanwhile, the four people in the van are colleagues. Two of them, including the driver, died at the scene, while one more person died while receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

He said the deceased are between 17 and 21 years old.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

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