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Weekly News Bites: Politics, Tragedies, and 1MDB

Here are some Malaysian news that you may have missed out on this week!

Politics

Anwar to contest in Port Dickson in political comeback

After months of speculation on which seat would be vacated for PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s active return to politics, it was finally announced on Wednesday (Sept 12, 2018) that Port Dickson MP, Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah had resigned for this purpose. This move has brought about mixed reactions from the people as well as leadership within the party.

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Port Dickson MP clears path for Anwar’s comeback,
Army veterans not happy at losing Danyal as MP

1MDB

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak releases documents proving RM304.5mil donation from Saudi royalty

Image credit: Malay Mail

On Tuesday (Sept 11, 2018), Datuk Seri Najib Razak released a letter by the Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Saud on his Facebook page, revealing that the royal had donated US$100 mil (RM304.5 mil) to him in 2011, with the reason being that the donation was a recognition of Najib’s contribution to the Islamic world.

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Najib’s Facebook Post
Najib releases documents as proof of RM304.5mil donation from Saudi royalty

Singapore to return RM46 mil to 1MDB and SRC International

On Monday (Sept 10, 2018), the Singapore State Courts granted disposal orders in respect of RM45.9 mil that was misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and SRC International’s group companies. The recovery monies will be transferred to a special 1MDB recovery account in Kuala Lumpur.

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Singapore court allows return of RM46mil 1MDB, SRC International funds to Malaysia
S’pore returns 1MDB funds

Jho Low allegedly purchased Ferrari for Kim Kardashian

Reports have recently resurfaced that fugitive businessman, Low Taek Jho (better known as Jho Low) wanted for his involvement for misappropriating funds from 1MDB, had purchased a white Ferrari for Kim Kardashian and her ex-husband, Kris Humphries, back in 2011 as a wedding gift.

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Jho Low allegedly bought white Ferrari for Kim Kardashian
Report: Jho Low gave Kim Kardashian, ex-hubby US$325,000 Ferrari using 1MDB funds

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Tragedies

Two teens killed after bridge collapses in Taman Serdang

A bridge collapse near Taman Serdang in Serdang, Selangor killed two teenagers on Monday (Sept 10, 2018). The incident occurred at 10.15pm, according to Bandar Bahru’s district police cheif, DSP Barudin Wariso, where the victims were buried under the rubble.

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Two men killed after bridge collapses in Taman Serdang
Size – Among factors for bridge collapse in Serdang
Small culvert among factors leading to Taman Serdang bridge collapse

Viral video of three men killing a pregnant cat in a laundromat dryer leads to their arrest

2 horrible man not fit to be human being

#Malaysia. 2 horrible man not fit to be human being putting a pregnant cat into a high heat commercial dryer at a laundry store located in Kedai Dobi near Taman Gombak Ria. Police report lodgedcredit: Malaysia Animal Association Persatuan haiwan malaysia

Posted by Fabrications About The PAP on Selasa, 11 September 2018

Not for the faint of heart is a CCTV footage of three men at a self-service laundromat in Taman Gombak Sia, Selangor, placing a pregnant cat in a clothes dryer and turning it on, leading to its death, following which the pair were seen laughing at what they thought was a “joke”. Furious netizens put the video in the spotlight, which prompted a nationwide search of these men by the police. Two of them were nabbed this morning, and the search is still ongoing for the third suspect.

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Video Shows 2 Men Killing A Pregnant Cat By Putting It Into A Gombak Laundromat’s Dryer
Two suspects arrested for killing pregnant cat at laundry
Animal rights group exposes details of laundry cat killer

Crime

Over 22,000 people detained, with cash seizures up to RM4.67 mil this year

Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun revealed that police had conducted 12,449 raids at illegal gambling dens and lottery syndicates nationwide, which led to 22,300 arrests this year.

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IGP: More than 22,000 detained, RM3.73mil seized in gambling raids nationwide

Other Stories

Fetish for baby bumps discovered on Tumblr, went viral on Facebook

Facebook user Athirah Arshad came across a series of photos of women with baby bumps on Tumblr while she was looking for information on pregnancy online, but was surprised to find that the photos were accompanied by lewd captions.

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Baby bump photos end up as fetish fodder on social media

Anti-Fake News Act

The Dewan Negara, Malaysia’s upper house in Parliament, rejected the bill to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 on Wednesday (Sept 12, 2018), with 28 members voting against the repeal and 21 people who supported it.

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Dewan Negara rejects Bill to repeal Anti-Fake News Act
Journos in dismay as senator questions rush to repeal
Another year for fake news Act

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