Fri07202018

LAST_UPDATEFri, 20 Jul 2018 8pm

What Are Today's Headlines?

The English dailies put a spotlight on former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's interview with Reuters where he denies his involvement in the 1MDB scandal, the reopening of Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder case and investigations into Teoh Beng Hock's death, and the impending end to the Tun-phoria.

Not My Fault: Najib - theSun front paged Reuters' interview with former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who denied any wrongdoing in 1MDB and instead blamed his advisers, the management and board of the investment arm for keeping the alleged embezzlement of funds a secret from him.

'I Want To Clear My Name' - Najib's interview with Reuters also made the front page of New Straits Times, who highlighted Najib's explanation that the luxury goods seized from his house were not bought from 1MDB funds, insisting that the RM2.6 million in his personal account came from Saudi Arabia, while denying that he asked Jho Low to act for him in 1MDB deals and assuring he has no plans to leave the country to become a fugitive.

In From The Cold - The families of Teoh Beng Hock and Altantuya Shaariibuu may finally get closure as The Star reports that the government has given the nod to reopen Altantuya's murder case and investigations into Teoh's death.

'Tun-phoria Won't Last' - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir said that he will not always be popular given the decisions he might have to make as prime minister and as such, Pakatan Harapan must prepare for the time when his popularity that he currently enjoys starts to wane, Malay Mail reports.

The Malay dailies meanwhile focussed on the candidates for the UMNO presidency, MACC's source of information, the sentencing handed to a former Forestry Director for bribery and the revelation that clubs across the country serve beverages laced with drugs.

Misi Calon Presiden (Presidential Candidates' Mission) Utusan Malaysia spotlights on Umno president candidates, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Khairy Jamaluddin and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and their mission statements should they become president of the party.

KJ Terima Cabaran Ku Li (KJ Accepts Ku Li's Challenge) - UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar accepted Tengku Razaleigh's challenge to debate leading up to the election for UMNO President at the end of this month, Berita Harian reports.

Orang Dalam Beri Maklumat (Insider Information) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) admits that they have received many reports of scandals and embezzlement within government departments and GLCs. Sinar Harian quotes MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull saying that civil servants have been bolder in stepping forward as they are no longer afraid of being threatened.

Bekas Pengarah Perhutanan Terengganu Dihukum Penjara (Former Terengganu Forestry Director Sentenced To Jail) - Former Terengganu Forestry Director Datuk Azmi Nordin was sentenced to 36 months jail and fined RM30,000 by the Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court for accepting bribes amounting to RM60,000 from a timber company five years ago, Kosmo! reports.

Kordial Lalok (Spiked Concoctions) Harian Metro headlined the police force’s revelation that 80 per cent of clubs across the country are selling beverages that have been laced with drugs at prices ranging from RM300 to RM3,000.

-mD