1MDB spotlight on DiCaprio; Putrajaya vows action if funds stolen

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KINI ROUNDUP | Here are the key headlines that you may have missed yesterday, in brief.

DiCaprio in spotlight over 1MDB scandal

A news report said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) believed Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio’s charity foundation might have received funds allegedly stolen from 1MDB.

The report said the money might have also been used to organise wild fundraising parties for the foundation.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Report said 1MDB’s funds received by Khadem al-Qubaisi, one of the key personalities under probed by DOJ, could have also been used to acquire a string of night clubs.

Putrajaya vows action if funds stolen

Back home, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low assured that action will be taken against those named by the DOJ if it is proven that 1MDB’s fund was misappropriated.

This was echoed by Finance Minister II Abdul Johari Ghani, who said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak shared the same sentiment.

However, PKR MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin argued there was no need to wait for the DOJ to determine whether 1MDB’s money was stolen as this information was already in the auditor-general’s report which the government refused to declassify.

Meanwhile, Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad, who was embroiled in controversy after suggesting that “Malaysian Official 1”, who is accused of taking US$731 million from 1MDB, is the Agong, said he was talking about “Malaysian Official Number 1” and not “Malaysian Official 1”.

Olympics controversy

Kosmo and Berita Harian were roasted by netizens for their negative coverage of Malaysia’s badminton mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying even though they delivered a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he hoped there would be no more such coverage and shared Goh’s remarkable journey from being injured to becoming a silver Olympic medal winner.

Meanwhile, mobile service company XOX announced a reward of RM60,000 for the duo while the Malacca government is to give another RM50,000.

In a separate development, the Terengganu Sports Council denied refusing to help national cyclist Azizulhasni Awang who bagged the bronze medal in the men’s keirin at the Rio Olympics.

Other Kini bites

A Sabah lawyer won a defamation suit against PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang by default after the latter did not turn up in court.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor became agitated after being repeatedly quizzed about his statement defending a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) official as a “good officer” despite being charged for corruption.

KL mayor Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said it is unlikely that organisers of the #TangkapMO1 rally would be allowed to hold their protest at Dataran Merdeka and advised them to use Padang Merbok instead. – Malaysiakini

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