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PKR snub a blow to Guan Eng, says Penang Umno

Posted: 27 Jul 2016 01:50 AM PDT

PKR's decision to snub DAP's proposal for snap elections in Penang is a blow to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's ego, said Penang Umno chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman.

He claimed that the delay in PKR's decision also showed that Lim had lost the confidence of the 40-member state legislative assembly.

"As suspected the PKR stand is that they are not convinced with DAP's proposal to hold snap elections in Penang," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

"This is a blow to Lim and DAP's ego which have failed to get the support of their main coalition partner to hold an early state election.

"Lim's failure to convince his political allies to support his proposal has tarnished his dignity and credibility as a main leader in the opposition alliance," he said.

Zainal Abidin claimed the proposal to hold snap elections was a hasty move done in a panic by Lim and DAP after he was charged with two counts of corruption.

Looking at PKR's meeting on Tuesday, he said it meant that 10 PKR assemblyman in Penang had yet to agree on the dissolution of the state assembly, while one PAS and 10 Barisan National assemblyman disagreed with the proposal.

"Therefore, we can assume that only 19 DAP state assemblymen have supported the proposal as of now," he said.

Zainal Abidin said this meant 21 out of 40 state assemblymen disagreed and only 19 supported it.

"We can conclude that Lim has lost the trust of the majority of the Penang state assemblyman members," he said.

Don’t rush us over 1MDB probe, says IGP

Posted: 26 Jul 2016 06:57 PM PDT

The 1Malaysia Develo­p­ment Bhd (1MDB) investigation is ongoing but will take time to complete, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.

He said this was because recording statements from witnesses involved a lengthy process.

"As I have said, the investigation is still ongoing. I know some people are trying to rush us.

"For some of the witnesses, it took us more than a week to record their statements as there are so many documents we have to check," he said at the 36th Aseanapol Con­ference 2016 at the Marriott Hotel here yesterday.

"Don't compare us to other orga­nisations. If you want us to do a good job, let us do it properly," he said.

Asked on the details of the investigation, Khalid declined to elaborate saying it might send the alleged suspects into hiding.

In Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reported that Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the Govern­ment was transparent in any investigation, including those conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"We are not hiding anything. In fact, we will ensure that anyone who breaks the law will face appropriate action. This shows the Government's transparency.

"It also sets aside the assumption that we are protecting certain parties," he told reporters after launching, a website and platform for local and international fashion, here yesterday.

Last week, the US Department of Justice launched a civil suit seeking to seize US$1bil (RM4bil) worth of assets allegedly obtained using funds siphoned from 1MDB.

The suit is seeking to recover assets belonging to several high-profile individuals who are closely linked to the state investment arm set up in 2009.

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