E coli - Horses’ Mouths – 6 January 2015

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E coli

Saya akan terus memantau operasi bantuan banjir dari rumah. "PMOMalaysia: PM @NajibRazak terkena jangkitan E.Coli semasa lawat kwsn banji...

Najib Razak, Prime Minister, confirming that he has contracted E. coli bacterial infection after visiting the flood-hit areas in several states last week.


Flood aids

The government will try to get the estimated amount to help the victims identified.

Ahmad Yaakob, Kelantan Menteri Besar, announcing that the state government had estimated that RM52.5 million was needed to fulfill household needs of those affected by the floods


I believe that generally, it (aid given selectively) did not happen. But in such situations, there will be those who will take the opportunity for their own political interests. A few people have been arrested because of incorrect claims made on social media.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister, insisting that the government does not practice favouritism when distributing flood aid


Paul Phua

Come on, this has nothing to do with being scared of the boss. Like what I said, this issue is in proceedings (in the court in the United States). Those who talk a lot on this matter, they do not know laws and court procedures. I know (the procedures). I do not want to jeopardise the ongoing trial. Let it continue.

Khalid Abu Bakar, Inspector General of Police, explaining that his refusal to comment on the case involving alleged gambling kingpin Paul Phua was not due to fear of his boss, Home Minister Zahid Hamidi


Rosmah not on plane?

The aircraft had not stayed behind for used (sic) by PM's family members. Also, they are not in Indianapolis.

Prime Minister’s Office, insisting that the government's VIP jet, which stayed behind in the United States for several days after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak returned to Malaysia, was not meant for the use of Najib's family


After reading the PMO's reply, I find it hard to believe them. Is the PMO telling the truth? I doubt it. They cannot go on telling lies. And they cannot keep on telling lies.

Zainuddin Maidin, former Umno minister


1MDB’s new CEO?

I believe he was brought on board to engage the public directly. There are many criticisms being heaped at 1MDB which the management cannot deflate, and this translates to political liabilities for the government and Najib. As such, it is reasonable to bring in Arul as he is not only an investment banker, but also understands investments related to the Middle East as many of 1MDB's joint-ventures and businesses are based in the region.

Rafizi Ramli, PKR secretary general, believing that high-flying banker Arul Kanda Kandasamy was appointed as the new CEO of controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to engage and diffuse public criticism against the strategic investment firm

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