KUALA LUMPUR: There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi involving millions of ringgit from Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB) as the star witnesses in the case have testified that the money given were meant as charity and political donation, the High Court heard.
Lead counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said the four witnesses - Junaith Asharab Md Shariff, Datuk Abu Hanifah Noordin, Chew Ben Ben, and Azlan Shah Jaffril - were crucial to eight charges (Charges 11 until 18) against Ahmad Zahid.
Yet, none of them testified that the money was corruptly given to YAB.
Hisyam said the witnesses affirmed that the payments were rewards in return for government contracts.
“It is clear that they knew the money was a donation and meant for chRead More »
KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya will not appeal against the Kuching High Court's decision to order the Election Commission (EC) and the government to implement the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 by Dec 31 this year, said de facto law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (pic).
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said this was decided in a Cabinet meeting on Sept 10.
"The Cabinet has decided not to appeal the High Court decision," he said during Ministers' Question Time in Parliament on Tuesday (Sept 21).
He was responding to Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong) who asked about the status of Undi18 and the steps which the government will take in implementing it.
In July 2019, Parliament had passed a cRead More »
JOHOR BARU: The High Court here has set Nov 7 to decide on whether or not former Johor executive council member Datuk Abd Latif Bandi should defend himself against 37 corruption charges or be acquitted and released.
Judge Datuk Abu Bakar Katar made the decision after hearing arguments from both the prosecution and defence attorneys during appeal procedures, which lasted two days.
On April 21, 2019, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) filed an appeal against the Sessions Court's decision that acquitted and released Abd Latif, who is also former Endau assemblyman, from 37 corruption charges as well as charges under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA) amounting to more than RM30miRead More »
PETALING JAYA: Common sense should be applied if there are differing interpretations of the law, says social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).
Speaking about the recent High Court ruling on the automatic granting of citizenship to children born overseas to Malaysian mothers and foreign fathers, Lee said that differing interpretations of the law by the courts would leave people confused.
"It’s probably best if we apply the common sense approach. Among the factors that define the common sense approach is compassion. It’s always better to err on the right side of compassion," added Lee in a statement on Sunday (Sept 19).
He said that the government has disagreed with the decision and has filed an appeal against the judgRead More »
Johor Ruler urges govt to reconsider appealing High Court’s decision on children born to Malaysian parents abroad
JOHOR BARU: All children born to Malaysian parents abroad must be accorded the right to citizenship in this country, says Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
The Sultan urged the Federal Government to abort its plans to appeal the recent High Court decision allowing citizenship rights to children born overseas, regardless if the Malaysian parent is the father or mother.
"The sanctity of the court must be upheld. Why discriminate against Malaysian mothers with overseas-born children?
"This is a basic right of every child, irrespective of whether the Malaysian parent is the father or the mother.
"It doesn’t feel right that Malaysian fathers and mothers are viewed differently in the eyes of the law concerning their childRead More »