Monday, April 1
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak made another attempt to delay his trial. He filed a judicial review application after the Federal Court refused to grant him a stay order with regards to his corruption cases.
This attempt failed, as Najib’s trial went on as scheduled on Wednesday, April 3.
Tuesday, April 2
Two days before his trial was set to start, Najib was slapped with a RM 1.5 billion tax bill. Malaysiakini reported that IRB investigations indicated that Najib had not declared a taxable income of about RM 4 billion between 2011 and 2017.
Najib has maintained that the RM 2.6 billion was a donation from the Saudi Arabian government, but local and US investigators say that the money is from 1MDB.
According to a tax expert, it doesn’t matter if the money was a gift or donation. It is still considered taxable and will be an offence for Najib to not declare it as income.
Wednesday, April 3
The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) concluded that both Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh are victims of “enforced disappearance by state agents.”
Amri, the founder of NGO Hope Perlis had left his home in his SUV. His car was found the next day, with him nowhere in sight.
CCTV footage shows that Pastor Koh was abducted by 15 men and 3 SUV’s in what is dubbed to be a “professional” abduction. His car is yet to be found.
Prime Minister Datuk Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad said that investigations will be re-opened after a new Inspector-General of Police is appointed.
Thursday, April 4
Permatang Pauh MP, Nurul Izzah has decided to re-join the Public Accounts Committee after stepping down last month.
Nurul quit PAC on March 22, after PAC retained Ronal Kiandee as its chairperson despite his jump from UMNO to Bersatu. In its election manifesto, Pakatan Harapan pledged to elect an opposition lawmaker to head the committee.
According to Nurul, it is important for an opposition member to chair PAC as that will help to maintain check and balance of all executives.
Friday, April 5
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife, Rosmah Mansor did not face her day in court. Rosmah faces charges for money laundering, graft and corruption. She is alleged to have received RM1.5 million worth of bribes with regards to solar hybrid projects for rural schools in Sarawak.
The judge wanted to see proof of illness. Therefore, the proceedings were postponed. Proceedings continued after three hours, and Rosmah’s lawyer, Jagjit Singh, presented the certificate of illness to the judge.
Written by Loshni Nair