JOHOR BARU: Datuk Dr. Abdul Latiff Ahmad has told Rafizi Ramli to produce concrete evidence that Zainab Mohd Salleh is his wife.
The Prime Minister’s Department (Special Duties) Minister said that with General Election 15 (GE15) just around the corner, the PKR deputy chairman was targeting him to paint a picture that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leaders are corrupt .
Abdul Latiff said that although he had given his explanation on the matter, Rafizi continues to insist on the issue.
“I have no wives or ex-wives named Zainab and what she does has nothing to do with me.
“I was deputy defense minister from 2009 to 2013. The date of the LCS contract with BNS was made on July 17, 2014.
“I played no role in the LCS contract and my family did not get any defense or supply contracts with the ministry when I was deputy minister,” he added.
“Rafizi’s allegation is that there is allegedly a forensic report from Alliance IFA (M) Sdn Bhd (Alliance) to Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) linking me to the littoral combat ship (LCS) issue.
“Rafizi also alleged that I have a second wife named Zainab Mohd Salleh who obtained a defense contract worth tens of millions of ringgits from the Ministry of Defense for the LCS when I was deputy minister.
“So whatever Zainab did, it was attributed to my misconduct,” the Mersing MP said in a statement here on Friday (Aug 26) night.
Abdul Latiff said that Rafizi ignored the fact that there was a “notice to the reader” contained in the forensic report’s introduction stating that the report failed to assess the veracity of oral and documentary representations made by people connected to the matter. on which he leaned.
Abdul Latiff also said that Rafizi had used a forensic report that was an unsigned draft with unverified content.
He claimed that Rafizi hid the fact that there was an authentic forensic report signed by Alliance that did not mention Zainab as his second wife.
Abdul Latiff said that Rafizi’s accusations threaten people’s confidence in the government and affect national security whenever an explanation is needed, as he reveals the secrets of national defense assets to the public.
“Assuming Rafizi is really sure that Zainab is my second wife, then send the proof.
“As a member of the Cabinet, I am ready to be investigated to prove the truth of what I said. Stop spreading accusations,” he added.
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).
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.
READ ALSO: PTPTN loan discounts a welcome move
“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.
READ ALSO: Abang Johari hopes Yayasan Sarawak International Schools will produce high-level students
“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.
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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