Criminal defamation - Horses’ Mouths – 4 September 2015

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Criminal defamation

I would not want to discuss it now. But of course, he is a statesman and we have to take good care of our statesmen.

Khalid Abu Bakar, Inspector General of Police, announcing that former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation over his remarks made during Bersih 4


To me, this shouldn't be a problem. In fact, this is a good advertisement for Malaysia - that we look after our senior citizens so well that they still have the energy to participate in demonstrations. He did not throw bombs or break anything, he just went for a walk. So let him walk.

Nazri Aziz, Tourism and Culture Minister, insisting that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not be hauled up for being at last week's Bersih 4 rally



Najib to Dr M

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one of my predecessors would be against me in this manner. He is no longer the prime minister and should not take centre stage.

Najib Razak, telling Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he was no longer helming the country and thus should not take centre stage



Malaysia’s anti-corruption record

Malaysia received recommendations for best practices in a total of 23 areas - the highest number out of all countries reviewed.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister, defending its record in fighting corruption, pledging to strengthen institutional independence and increase transparency



RM2.6 billion donation

We did not have any statement from the government after my speech.

Jose Ugaz, Transparency International chairman, claiming he has yet to receive Malaysia government’s response over his strong statement on the USD700mil 'donation' in the Prime Minister's account


BNM only administers two laws under our jurisdiction, the Financial Services Act and the Islamic Financial Services Act. On other matters our responsibility is to disseminate information to the responsible authority.

Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, Bank Negara Deputy Governor, stressing that the bank only passes on information about money laundering transactions to other agencies to investigate



Najib’s political survival

Still he is not showing any sign of giving up or preparing for an amicable handover. Instead his behaviour suggests that he would rather sink with the pinisi (the Bugis ship) and take everybody down with him,

A Kadir Jasin, former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief, accusing Najib Razak of clinging on to power at all costs

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