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Rosmah verdict: Corruption must be curtailed before it becomes pandemic, says trial judge



KUALA LUMPUR: High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, who convicted Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in her solar hybrid project corruption case, said corruption has reached almost all levels of society, so it must be reduced before it becomes a pandemic.

In his 116-page ruling, the judge said that if corruption was left unchecked, society would come to accept it as a way of life or business.

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Earlier, he sentenced Rosmah after finding her guilty on three corruption charges related to a RM1.25bil hybrid solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

“I have taken into consideration the mitigating factors presented by the defendant’s legal counsel and also the response of the prosecution. The most important consideration in deciding the appropriate sentence is the public interest.

“The sentence must reflect the disapproval or repugnance of society for the crime. The sentence must also reflect the seriousness of the crime committed. It should also serve as a deterrent for the defendant and others to commit a crime of this nature,” the judge said.

READ ALSO: Rosmah Verdict: Former Prime Minister’s Wife Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail And Fined RM970K

He explained that the punishment prescribed for an offense under Section 26(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009 was provided for in Section 24(1) of the same act, which states that any person who commits an offense in under Sections 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23, in case of conviction, it will be punished with imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and a fine not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification object of the crime , where such gratuity can be valued or is of a pecuniary nature, or RM10,000, whichever is greater.

The judge said that the penalty provided for in the article was undoubtedly severe, which signified the seriousness of the crime of corruption.

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Rosmah was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, which is punishable under Section 24(1).

“Therefore, the defendant is sentenced to 10 years in prison for each charge and the sentences will be carried out simultaneously. The sentences will be carried out from the date of the trial.

“The sentences must be executed concurrently, since the crimes committed are closely related to each other.

“The defendant is also fined a total of RM970,000 for the three counts, and if he fails to comply, he will be jailed for 10 years,” it said.

READ ALSO: Rosmah verdict: RM970k fine is ‘too high’, we will appeal, defense says

Judge Mohamed Zaini also mentioned that Rosmah’s lawyer declared that he would file an appeal with the Court of Appeals and requested that the prison sentence and the fine be suspended until the appeal was filed, to which the prosecution did not object. .

“Therefore, I propose to suspend the prison sentence, the payment of the fine and the execution of the payment of the fine until the defendant’s appeal to the Court of Appeal is resolved.

“The deposit of RM2mil previously deposited will be extended in the same terms until the resolution of the appeal,” he said.

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As reporters approached, Rosmah’s lawyer, Datuk Jagjit Singh, said the fine imposed was “unprecedented” and the largest in Malaysian legal history.

“Who can pay the nearly RM1 billion fine? The fine amounts to RM970 million. Tell me, who can pay that money?

“My client has no source of income. Is this what we call justice?” he told her, adding that he would file the appeal on Friday (September 1). – Bernama

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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’



PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.

PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.

There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.

On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had

asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.

Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.

Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.

Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.

Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.

A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.

On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.

“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.

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Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin



PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.

“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).

Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.

He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.

He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.

“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.

“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.

There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.

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Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation



KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria over a speech he made allegedly linking the prime minister to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and stating that he supported communist ideology .

Anwar filed the suit through Messrs. SN Nair & Partners in the Taiping High Court, naming Gunong Semanggol Assemblyman Razman as the sole defendant.

Based on his statement of claim, Anwar as plaintiff asserted that on November 6, defendant delivered a campaign speech during the 15th General Election at Tebuk Pancur night market, which was broadcast live on defendant’s Facebook with the username “Haji Razman Zakaria”. and was viewed more than 94,400 times, received more than 5,100 reactions, 429 shares, and more than 2,600 comments as of Monday (December 5).

The Facebook video was then posted in an article titled “Razman dakwa Anwar bawa agenda LGBT, bimbang kerjasama PH-BN” dated November 6 in Malay and English on a news portal.

The Tambun MP claimed that the defamatory statements and published article implied that he was a liar, practiced and supported communist ideology, and encouraged same-sex marriage.

Anwar also claimed that the defamatory statements were made to ruin his reputation and that the accusations made in the article were untrue as he had always upheld Islamic values ​​and a broader reform agenda for the administration.

It added that the defendant uttered the defamatory words in an effort to sully his good name by inciting the public and creating hatred towards him and the party during the GE15 campaign period.

The defendant also breached Section 4A of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 and did not apologize to him for his actions, Anwar said.

As such, it seeks general, compensatory, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Defendant or its agents from repeating or causing publication of the slanderous article, in addition to seeking costs, interest, and other appropriate relief.

Anwar’s lawyer, Datuk SN Nair, confirmed the matter when contacted.- Bernama

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