Slap incident spawns more drama; Red Granite seeks 1MDB settlement

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Slap incident spawns more drama

Police lodged its own report and commenced investigation into an incident where comedian Sulaiman Yassin aka Mat Over slapped film director David Teo in front of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak during a Transformasi Nasional 2015 (TN50) dialogue session on Wednesday night.

This was despite Najib downplaying the incident, stating that “all is good now”.

Teo denied he was rude to the prime minister, while Sulaiman said he had no regrets slapping Teo.

A Malay NGO demanded that Teo apologise to the prime minister or face protests.

Parti Amanah Negara lawmaker Mujahid Yusof Rawa lamented the incident was being racialised.

Meanwhile, PKR's Padang Serai MP N Surendran ticked off Najib for not condemning the assault.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also weighed in on the controversy, stating that he would have lodged a police report if such an incident happened in front of him.

Red Granite seeks 1MDB settlement

Red Granite Pictures, a Hollywood company owned by Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz and which had allegedly received 1MDB-linked funds, is reportedly in talks with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for a settlement.

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli claimed RM2.6 million in funds originating from former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International was used by the prime minister for the government’s media campaigns.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua criticised Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for making up plans for the Bandar Malaysia project haphazardly.

Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who has been a staunch defender of Najib, launched a surprised attack on treasurer-general Irwan Serigar Abdullah whom the prime minister had appointed to head the Bandar Malaysia project.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission found some RM800,000 at the home of a police corporal who allegedly abetted in the protection of illegal gambling dens and massage parlour.

Tengku Adnan’s takes on TN50

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor put on a colourful but controversial performance at a TN50 dialogue on issues involving Kuala Lumpur city.

To a female audience who complained that she and her daughters often get harassed while out in the city, Tengku Adnan told them to “dress shabbily” to avoid such incidences.

Tengku Adnan also said his suggestion to ban car parks in the city centre in a bid to reduce traffic was only a “thought exercise”.

The dialogue was also told that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall had to scrap a plan to limit mamak joints as it was an unpopular move.

Other Kinibites

The PAS central committee has decided to retain its exco members in the Selangor government but will seek a meeting with Menteri Besar Azmin Ali.

Najib visited PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang at the National Heart Institute after the latter underwent surgery.

The government applied to strike out PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's bid to overturn his Sodomy II conviction and formally served the documents on him yesterday.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court dismissed Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah's bid to challenge her travel ban, stating that the Home Ministry's decision could not be challenged.

Shell Malaysia has offered to reimburse customers after accidentally charging customers RM4.09 and RM4.65 for one litre of RON95 and RON97 fuel respectively instead of RM2.08 and RM2.36.

Looking ahead

The Election Commission will be meeting to decide whether there will be a by-election in the state seat of Pujut where the incumbent representative, DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon, was disqualified by the Sarawak state assembly for allegedly holding Australian citizenship.

The opposition is expected to submit a letter of demand to the prime minister in an attempt to block the controversial settlement between 1MDB and Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

Najib and Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar will host an ‘Umno Helps the People’ function in Ampang.


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