KUALA LUMPUR – Social media reports claiming that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak bullied cabinet ministers in connection with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue were not true, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
“It is like this, 1MDB is owned by the Ministry of Finance, so we have to be responsible for it, which is to bring to the cabinet for endorsement on what will be done by 1MDB.
“The issue of bullying, does not arise,” he said.
Ahmad Husni said this when interviewed in a special RTM dialogue programme titled 1MDB: Where is the money?
The one-hour programme telecast over TV1 from 9.05 pm, hosted by Shuhaimi Mohamed and Sayed Munawar Sayed Mustar, discussed in depth on 1MDB investments and the government’s plan in settling the company’s debt.
Earlier, the media reported allegations concerning a statement made by Najib urging cabinet ministers who still failed to understand 1MDB investment issues, though a consensus has been reached, to resign.
PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister and his Cabinet will be given first-hand and latest information on the controversial 1Malaysia Development Bhd where a special paper has been prepared to brief the ministers on its current status.
The presentation will be made by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah at the weekly meeting today.
It is learnt that the paper will provide information on the company’s debt status.
Sources told The Star that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Cabinet would also be informed on how 1MDB “plan to move forward” following the controversy.
“The way forward is an important element which the company must address.
“True, we need information on their financial status but how 1MDB is going to move on, meet its target and be committed to the smooth and efficient running of the company is equally crucial,” said a source.
1MDB officers are expected to be on standby to answer further queries from the ministers.
Sources pointed out the fact that a special paper had been prepared to further brief the Cabinet on the issue reflected Najib’s commitment to resolve the issue.
“This is a good signal. Let’s hope that once the air is cleared, the administration can truly focus on running the country, especially in executing what has been planned under the 11th Malaysia Plan,” a source said.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been criticising Najib on a number of issues including on 1MDB.
On March 4, the company and its auditors Deloitte were called to brief the Cabinet about its situation and responded to questions from the ministers, including from the Prime Minister and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Pledging that 1MDB would face legal repercussions if there was any wrongdoing, Najib directed the Auditor-General to verify its accounts and forward the findings to the Public Accounts Committee.
The PAC has begun its own probe on May 19 when two senior officials – Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah, also an advisory board member of the government-linked investment arm, and Economic Planning Unit director-general Datuk Seri Dr Rahmat Bivi Abdullah – appeared before it.
1MDB president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy and its former CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi were supposed to meet the PAC on Tuesday but both requested for another 30 days to prepare.
Two of the three 11MDB auditors – KPMG and Erns & Young – have been summoned by the PAC to appear on June 10 and 17.-The Star
ALOR SETAR: The Cabinet will be presented with a working paper on the study of electricity tariff for both domestic and industry usage in view of the lower petrol prices.
Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a meeting had been called by his ministry, which was attended by the Energy Commission and Tenaga Nasional Berhad representatives.
“We are studying the details from all angles and aspects on the electricity tariff.
“The result from the study will be presented to the Cabinet as soon as possible for their consideration.
“We will analyse further the exact amount of the cost pass-through,” he told a press conference after launching the SMK Pokok Sena golden jubilee celebration near here on Thursday.
The Padang Terap MP, however, declined to reveal if there would be a lower electricity tariff, saying that he would leave the announcement to the Cabinet.-The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak returns to work after a rest due to the E.coli bacteria by chairing the Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya Wednesday.
Najib tweeted: “”Alhamdullilah, back to work today. Thanks to everyone, including friends online, for praying for my speedy recovery.
“The main agenda of the Cabinet meeting is to discuss issues related to the floods and efforts to help the flood victims.”
Najib also took photograph with several ministers, including Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
He contracted E. coli while touring the flood areas and was advised to take a rest by the doctor.
By 1pm Wednesday, there are 18,171 flood victims in relief centres in Pahang, 4,771 in Perak and 3,984 in Kelantan. - Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR – Effective Jan 1, a rise in allowance will be enjoyed by 222 members of parliament (MP).
Meanwhile, the salaries and allowances of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Dewan Negara Speaker will also be increased.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said allowances of MPs of the Dewan Rakyat would be increased from the equivalent grade 54 to equivalent grade Jusa C, while those of Dewan Negara MPs would be increased from equivalent grade 48 to equivalent between grade 54 and Jusa C.
“Members of parliament play an increasingly important role for the local community. They are leaders who need to lead the people in various aspects, including welfare, religion, social and education.
“In other words, their services are needed at all hours to reflect their responsibility…I propose that their allowances be raised,” he said when tabling Budget 2015, themed the ‘People Economy, at the Dewan Rakyat here today.
Nevertheless, Najib, who is also finance minister, said the government had decided to review the salary of members of the administration and a decision on the matter would be made at the appropriate time.
“This includes the prime minister, deputy prime minister, ministers and deputy ministers,” he added. – BERNAMA