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Syed Saddiq to know fate on CBT charges on Oct 28

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here will deliver its decision on Friday (October 28) on whether current Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman will be acquitted or ordered to present his defense on charges of complicity in criminal breach of trust (CBT), asset misappropriation and money laundering.

Judicial Commissioner Azhar Abdul Hamid is scheduled to deliver the decision at 9:30 a.m.

If the decision favors the prosecution in that it can prove a prima facie case against Syed Saddiq, the court will order the former Youth and Sports Minister to come to his defense. Otherwise Syed Saddiq will walk like a free man.

READ ALSO: Syed Saddiq Accused of RM1mil CBT, Misuse of RM120,000 Navy Funds for GE14 Campaign

On September 27, the prosecution closed his case after calling 30 witnesses in the trial that began on May 21.

Witnesses included Syed Saddiq’s parents, Shariffah Mahani Syed Abdul Aziz and Syed Abdul Rahman Abdullah Asagoff, and Rafiq Hakim, former deputy treasurer of Bersatu Armada, as well as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officers Nurul Hidayah Kamarudin, Syahmeizy Sulong, and Asbi Munip.

Deputy prosecutors Datuk Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin and Mohd ‘Afif Ali prosecuted, while lawyers Gobind Singh Deo and Haijan Omar represented Syed Saddiq.

Syed Saddiq, 29, was charged as the then youth wing of Bersatu or Armada chief, who was entrusted with control of his funds, of abetting Rafiq Hakim with CBT of RM1mil in funds belonging to the wing at CIMB Bank Bhd. , Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, here on March 6, 2020.

The charge, framed in Section 406 of the Penal Code, provides for a prison sentence of up to 10 years with flogging and is liable to a fine, if convicted.

READ ALSO: Prosecution to prove the malicious and dishonest crimes of Syed Saddiq

He was also charged under Section 403 of the Penal Code for allegedly misusing RM120,000 from the Maybank Islamic Bhd account belonging to Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise, by having Rafiq Hakim dispose of the money at Malayan Banking Bhd, Jalan Pandan 3 /6A, Taman Pandan Jaya here, between April 8 and 21, 2018.

Syed Saddiq faces up to five years in prison with flogging and can pay a fine if convicted of the offence.

He also faced two charges of involvement in money laundering activities, namely two transactions of RM50,000 each believed to be proceeds of illegal activities, from his Maybank Islamic Bhd account to his Amanah Saham Bumiputra account at a bank in Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, Johor Baru, June 16-19, 2018.

The charge came under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Illicit Activities Act 2001, which provides for a term of imprisonment of up to 15 years and is also subject to to a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of the unlawful activity, if found guilty. – Bernama


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Covid-19 Watch: 2,898 new cases, nationwide ICU bed usage at 66.7pc

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 2,898 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Nov 26), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,984,272 infections since the pandemic began.

The KKMNow portal of the Ministry of Health reported that 2,896 of the new Covid-19 cases on Saturday were local transmissions, while two imported infections were registered.

There were 2,789 recoveries on Saturday. This brings the cumulative number of recoveries in Malaysia to 4,920,616 since the pandemic began.

The portal also reported that there were 27,008 currently active cases in the country, with 24,924, or 92.3%, in home quarantine and 14 people, or 0.1%, admitted to low-risk quarantine and treatment centers.

The KKMNow portal reported that 2,070 patients, or 7.66% of the total, were currently admitted to the hospital for treatment. The number of patients with Covid-19 admitted to intensive care units (ICU) throughout the country is 97, of which 57 require respiratory assistance.

The national ICU utilization rate was 66.7%, with ten states or localities reporting ICU utilization rates greater than 60%.

Kedah had the highest ICU utilization rate at 80.8%, followed by Kelantan (80.3%), Selangor (79.6%), Melaka (76.8%), Perak (73.7%) ), Johor (72.3%), Penang (67.5%), Kuala Lumpur (65.2%) and Sabah (62.9%).

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry’s GitHub data repository reported that four deaths from covid-19 were reported on Saturday.

This brings the death toll to 36,648.


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Anwar to meet govt depts, agencies to focus on cost of living issues on Nov 27

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will hold a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya on Sunday (November 27) that will focus on cost of living issues affecting people.

“Tonight, we held a prayer session with parishioners and friends in Sungai Long.

“Tomorrow morning at 11am there will be a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya that will focus on the cost of living issues that are burdening the people,” he said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Saturday. (November 26).

Anwar is scheduled to attend the 2022 National Cost of Living Action Council special meeting at 11am on Sunday in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya. – Bernama


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Football: Malaysia Cup 2022: JDT take trophy after downing Red Giants 2-1

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PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) has become the 2022 Malaysia Cup champion after beating Selangor 2-1 in the final held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday (November 26).

JDT and the Red Giants were tied 1–1 at halftime before JDT’s Fernando Forestieri scored the game-winner in the 59th minute.

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