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KOTA KINABALU – Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua has been denied entry into Sabah.

He was barred from entering the state and told to take the next flight back to Kuala Lumpur after landing at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at about 12.45pm on Friday.

Pua, who is also DAP national publicity secretary, said he was not given any reason for being denied entry.

“The officials barring me from entering Sabah did not give me any reason, they just told me that this is an order by the state government,” he said when contacted.

Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong, who was with Pua until his return flight at 2pm, said the bar was uncalled for, adding that the Pua was an elected representative and had a democratic right to visit.

He, however, said Sabah DAP respected the state’s immigration rights, which were guaranteed in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Pua was supposed to attend several functions, including the launching of the Impian Sabah water projects in Keningau, Tenom and Sook as well as a forum on Saturday.

He was scheduled to return to Kuala Lumpur on May 1. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has sued Petaling Jaya Utara member of parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee for slander in regard to Pua’s live video statement about the tabling of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 Bill (RUU355).

The Prime Minister filed the lawsuit in his personal capacity through Messrs Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak, today.

In his statement of claim, Najib said Pua made a statement at the Parliament Building lobby on April 6, which was recorded and uploaded by the defendant and/or his agents in his official Facebook, ‘Tony Pua’.

The plaintiff claimed the two minutes and 21 seconds video clip titled, “BN Govt abandons all Bills to give precedence to PAS RUU355 Private Member’s Bill”, could be widely and freely accessed through internet.

Najib alleged that the defendant’s statement had specifically referred to him and could be taken to mean that he had abused his power by giving an order through the Cabinet to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to allow the motion by the Marang member of parliament on the Private Member’s Bill and to set aside other Bills.

He alleged that the statement could also be taken to mean that he had ignored the doctrine of separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, had conspired with PAS to split Malay votes among the opposition parties, and a leader who practised dirty politics to hang on to power.

Najib said the statement had seriously defamed and caused him to be brought into public scandal, odium and contempt before friends, associates and the general public in the country and internationally.

He said the defendant without any feeling of remorse or regret continued to slander him with same old issues for which he had filed a defamation suit to the High Court here on May 3, 2015.

Najib who is also Barisan Nasional chairman said the defendant’s action to slander him with the same old issued clearly showed malicious intent. The defendant’s disparaging words, he further alleged, had caused serious damage and strained the relationship between him and people and the international community.

He is suing Pua under Section 5 of the Defamation Act 1957.

On April 11, the plaintiff sent a notice to the defendant demanding of the latter to stop slandering him and to issue an apology in writing within seven days from the date. However, the defendant failed to respond to the letter of demand.

Najib is seeking among others, general and exemplary damages, costs and interest and other relief deemed fit by the court from the date of judgement.

He is seeking an injunction to restrain the defendant or his agents in whatever manner from further defaming him.

He is also seeking an order to compel Pua to issue a written apology which must be published in at least two major newspapers and in the form and wordings chosen by him (plaintiff).

Najib is further seeking an order to compel Pua to remove the video clip from his Facebook immediately, .

Meanwhile, the High Court today granted the plaintiff’s ex parte application for an injunction to prevent the defendant from publishing the same or similar words as contained in the latter’s statement.

Najib’s lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun told reporters that justice Abu Bakar Jais who presided over the application at 4.45pm today also set May 5 for inter partes hearing of the injunction.

Counsel said Najib made the ex parte application based on personal concern of the extent of damage that Pua’s slanderous statement could do with regard to his position as Prime Minister, Finance Minister as well as leader of a political party. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against Petaling Jaya Utara MP, Tony Pua Kiam Wee over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue will be heard in court from Sept 18 to 20.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Roslan Abu Bakar set the dates in chambers, with lawyer Nor Hazira Abu Haiyan, representing Najib, and Pua’s lawyer Alliff Benjamin Suhaimi also present.

Met by reporters, Alliff Benjamin said the court also set April 3 to hear Pua’s application to strike out Najib’s suit.

Najib, in his personal capacity, had filed the defamation suit on March 5 last year, naming Pua, 43, as the first defendant and Mediarakyat.net portal owner, Chan Chee Kong, 52, as the second defendant, over the 1MDB issue.

Najib, as the plaintiff in his statement of claims, stated that on Nov 13, 2014, Pua, as the main speaker at a DAP fund-raising dinner, had made libellous remarks on 1MDB.

Najib said a recording of the speech was uploaded by Chan himself and/or his agents on the Mediarakyat YouTube and Mediarakyat website under what he claimed was a libellous heading.

He said the recorded speech contained words that referred to and related to him and defamed him and the individual known as the ‘prime minister’, and must have referred specifically to him (Najib).

Najib said the publication of the defamatory words had damaged his reputation as the recording of the speech could be assessed widely and easily throughout the world via the Internet, blogs, forums and websites without any restriction and could be reshared.

— BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The following is a statement by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak posted in his blog today:

“Today Lim Kit Siang asked me to take tuition from Tony Pua to improve my knowledge on financial matters, “as a little knowledge is dangerous”, Kit Siang had said.

“I take it Kit Siang has himself been tutored by Tony, whom he seems to regard as a financial guru. What Kit Siang listed down in his blog were merely the operational issues involved in doing business. Companies raise funds from various sources to buy assets and do business. That is quite normal unless the company starts business with a huge paid up capital. And in 1MDB’s case the startup capital was only RM1 million.

“The issue here is did 1MDB physically lose RM42 billion like what has been alleged? Tun Dr Mahathir said RM42 billion has ‘lesap’ or disappeared into thin air. This would mean 1MDB has nothing to show for it. That is not true because 1MDB has RM51 billion worth of assets to show for it plus ongoing development for the next couple of decades.

“So I do not need tutoring from Tony, like Kit Siang does, to understand something so fundamental. And I did not attend the Save Malaysia Roundtable because the event was not about saving Malaysia but had other ulterior motives and hidden agendas.

“On the BMF and Bank Negara Forex issues, which Kit Siang mentioned, those are real and physical losses with no benefit to the country. On the other hand, 1MDB is a going concern. Maybe Kit Siang should change tutors if Tony did not explain this to him.” – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has succeeded in his bid to remove two paragraphs and exhibits relating to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) from Tony Pua’s affidavit on grounds that the Petaling Jaya Utara MP relied on hearsay evidence.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Roslan Abu Bakar on Thursday held that Pua failed to state his sources of information and grounds of his belief when the MP included those content in his affidavit.

“It is hearsay and inadmissible,” JC Roslan said.

He said Pua had failed to adhere to the requirements of the Rules of Court 2012 over the matter and ordered the paragraphs and exhibits removed from the affidavit.

Pua’s lead counsel Gobind Singh Deo said he would study the judgment to consider whether to appeal over this.

Najib had failed to strike out certain parts from a news portal owner Chan Chee Kong’s statement of defence relating to 1MDB over his defamation suit.

JC Roslan held that Chan had followed the requirements of the Rules of Court 2012 in the statement of defence for fair comment.

In his civil suit, Najib said that Pua, 42, had delivered a speech at a DAP fund-raising dinner on Nov 3, 2014, relating to 1MDB, which slandered him.

Najib, 61, sued both defendants in his personal capacity.

PETALING JAYA: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy has accepted Tony Pua’s challenge to a debate following the conclusion of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigation into the government investment arm.

In a statement on Friday, Arul Kanda questioned the Petaling Jaya Utara MP’s remarks calling him a liar and asking him to resign from 1MDB just hours before issuing the debate challenge on Thursday.

“It is clear that YB Tony is confused and contradicts himself. He does not know if he loves me or hates me.

“He says I should resign, then says I need to stay on and debate with him,” he said.

Arul Kanda also said that he hopes Pua, who is a member of the PAC, had consulted the Parliament Speaker before issuing the challenge.

“To avoid being embarrassed a second time, I hope YB Tony has first checked with the Speaker of Parliament before issuing this debate challenge,” he said.

Arul Kanda said that despite questioning him for two full days at the PAC hearing, Pua still wanted “to spend quality time” with him.

“Far be it from me, to deny YB Tony this pleasure.

“I hereby accept the debate challenge. Bring it on!” he said.

On April 7, the 106-page PAC report on 1MDB was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.

This is the second time Pua has challenged Arul Kanda to a live debate over 1MDB.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia had said that to safeguard Parliament’s integrity, Pua should first resign from the PAC if he wanted to debate with Arul Kanda.

1MDB refers to a statement issued by YB Tony Pua today. True to form, he has made a number of sensationalist and wrong remarks, despite being fully aware of the facts. His remarks are also wholly unnecessary, given the ongoing investigation by PDRM.

However, 1MDB wishes to clarify a number of matters raised by YB Tony’s remarks, as follows:

1. 1MDB has shared all documents in its possession, and those it could obtain, with the National Audit Department (NAD). Where relevant, substantial reasons were given for each omission.

2. It is these very same documents shared by 1MDB with the NAD which show the ownership of, payments to, and underlying legal documents relating to Aabar Investments PJS Limited (“Aabar BVI”). Hence there are no “lies” or suppression of information, as wrongly claimed by YB Tony.

3. The relevant payments were made between 2012 – 2014. There are clear references to these payments in the publicly available 31.03.2013 and 31.03.2014 1MDB audited financial statements. Furthermore, there has been significant public commentary by the media and others, on these payments, for at least the past three years, including from YB Tony himself.

4. For an as yet to be determined reason, IPIC and Aabar are only now seeking to deny ownership of Aabar BVI or receipt of the payments. This will no doubt be the subject matter of further enquiry and discussion. 1MDB is exploring all its options in this regard.

It is therefore wrong and unprofessional of YB Tony to personalise this issue by linking it to Mr. Arul Kanda. It is clear that each of these transfers happened before Mr. Arul Kanda assumed his role at 1MDB, therefore he can only rely on what the company records show, in formulating his answers.

In fact, notwithstanding the challenges and constant carping from YB Tony, Mr Arul Kanda has delivered major asset sales and repaid all short term debt/bank debt, with 1MDB now having RM2.3 billion cash in the bank. The company has also recently repaid the RM950 million standby credit facility from the Government of Malaysia. Even YB Tony has no choice but to admit this success, against all odds.

1MDB is confident of its legal position in relation to the US$3.5 billion cash deposits paid to Aabar BVI. In this regard, the company will pursue all available avenues open to it. In addition, 1MDB commits to fully cooperate with PDRM with its investigations, following the PAC recommendation. The company has always maintained and continues to maintain that if any wrongdoing is found, then action must be taken, according to the law.

PETALING JAYA: 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) called Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua a “one trick pony” after his comments that 1MDB failed to clarify the nature and ownership of Aabar Investment PJS Limited (BVI).

1MDB said in a statement on Monday that a US$1.4 (RM5.4)bil payment to Aabar was described in “clear and transparent terms” in its financial statements in 2013 and 2014.

It said for all major payments made by the company, 1MDB has provided detailed explanations along with supporting documentary evidence to the Auditor General’s Department.

It added that it thoroughly explained all its major transactions at the recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proceedings.

“Sadly though, true to form, YB Tony Pua is a one trick pony, who can only recycle old and stale allegations,” 1MDB said.

1MDB added Pua, who is a PAC member, not only has the requisite information but had the opportunity to ask for more information during the proceedings.

“YB Tony Pua, therefore, clearly has selective amnesia at best, or at worst, is once again up to his old tricks, to recycle allegations, ask questions to which he already knows the answers to and seek to confuse and mislead the public,” 1MDB said.

Pua had said that if 1MDB fails to provide clarity on the nature and ownership of Aabar (BVI) with the necessary and appropriate documents, any denials it made about the company not being an “intermediary” would have zero credibility.

This was in response to a 1MDB statement denying any involvement in providing funds for the Hollywood hit ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’

KUALA LUMPUR – Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar wants the Police Cyber Investigation Response Centre (PCIRC) to investigate Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua over his posting on his Twitter account yesterday, on the court’s decision on teenager Aminulrasyid Amzah’s case.

Khalid said the Petaling Jaya Utara member of Parliament had deliberately twisted facts to create public confusion.

[email protected] This tweet has deliberately twisted facts aimed at confusing the people. Call this person and investigate,” he said in his latest posting on Twitter.

Pua had on his Twitter account, written, “This thug said 14-year-old Aminulrasyid was shot by police because there were dangerous weapons in his car”, linking it to a news article titled, “IGP refuses to apologise to Aminulrasyid’s family”.

Last Thursday, the family of Aminulrasyid, who died in the police shooting six years ago, received damages amounting to RM414,800 after the High Court allowed their claim for damages against the police and government.

In their suit, Aminulrasyid’s mother, Norsiah Mohammad, 67, and his eldest sister, Nor Azura, 46, as the plaintiffs, named Corporal Jenain Subi, the Shah Alam district police chief, Tan Sri Khalid as the former Selangor police chief, IGP and the Malaysian government as the defendants. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court here has set April 13 for hearing of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s application to expunge certain paragraphs in Tony Pua Kiam Wee’s supporting affidavit.

The case pertained to the prime minister’s defamation suit against the Petaling Jaya Utara member of parliament over the latter’s remarks about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Judicial commissioner Datuk Roslan A. Bakar fixed the date in chambers today, with Najib being represented by his lawyer Choo Shi Jin and Pua, by counsel Alliff Benjamin Suhaimi.

Mediarakyat.net portal owner Chan Chee Kong who is the second defendant in the case, was represented by Shahid Adli Kamarudin.

Alliff told reporters when met that the court would also hear Pua’s application to strike out Najib’s lawsuit against him, on the same day.

He said the court had also fixed April 22 for hearing of another application by Najib to expunge certain paragraphs in Chan’s defence statement.

The prime minister filed the suit against Pua, 43, and Chan, 52, in his personal capacity on March 5 last year.

In his statement of claim, he alleged that Pua as the main speaker at a DAP fund raising dinner on Nov 14, 2014, had made disparaging remarks about 1MDB.

He alleged that Pua’s speech, under a libellous heading, was uploaded by Chan or his agent on YouTube Mediarakyat and the Mediarakyat website.

Najib alleged that disparaging remarks in the speech contained references alluding to him as the prime minister.

The remarks, Najib alleged, had portrayed him as having robbed the people’s money with regard to 1MDB’s business undertakings and a person who was not trustworthy or qualified to hold the position.

Najib also alleged that publication of the libellous article which could be accessed and shared freely worldwide through the internet, blogs, forums and websites had damaged his reputation. – BERNAMA