What happens when you ‘kena bantah’?

What is ‘Bantahan’? As a check against phantom voters, ordinary citizens may submit an objection or ‘bantahan‘ against a suspicious application to become a voter, such as 70 people living at one address. This is provided for under regulation 15 of the Elections (Registration of Electors) Act. How do you know your application has been ‘dibantah’? When you check here, your status is marked as ‘dibantah’ (objected). What do I do if I kena bantah? Contact SPR’s office to check on the date and time of your inquiry. Find a representative (friend…

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PMO calls latest DoJ suits ‘unproven allegations’

THE unnecessary and gratuitous naming of certain matters and individuals by the US Justice Department (DoJ) will only open the door to domestic political manipulation and interference, said the Prime Minister’s Office today. In a statement issued early today, the Prime Minister’s Office noted its concern that there was a motivation that went beyond the objective of seizing assets in the DoJ’s latest filing. “We note the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) latest civil lawsuits brought against various assets. The Malaysian government will fully cooperate with any lawful investigation…

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Hearing of Challenges to the Election Commission Should be Fair to All Parties

The Malaysian Bar is concerned about recent news reports stating that the Chief Justice of Malaysia has ordered that the hearing of two legal challenges against the Election Commission (“EC”) in relation to the ongoing electoral redelineation exercise be expedited to 20 June 2017. In the first of these two cases, involving the State of Selangor and the EC, case management had been set for 6 July 2017.  This relates to appeals by both parties with respect to the decision of the High Court.  The Registrar of the Court of…

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Najib Dished Out Over Half A Billion From 1MDB Slush Fund For BN Election Expenses (Sarawak Report)

Sarawak Report now has comprehensive figures, showing exactly how Prime Minister Najib Razak distributed the money he stole from the 1MDB Development Fund during the period of the last 2013 election. Apart from tens of millions spent on luxury goods, jewellery shops, motor-car retailers and the odd handout to family members, associates and consultants, the majority of the spending went on UMNO and its political allies. The handouts total over RM600 million, which Najib himself dished over in a series of more than 130 cheques signed out of the accounts…

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U.S. Seeks to Recover Approximately $540 Million Obtained From Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund (DOJ)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 The Justice Department announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of approximately $540 million in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Combined with civil forfeiture complaints filed in July 2016, seeking more than $1 billion, and civil forfeiture complaints filed last week seeking approximately $100 million in assets, this case represents the largest action brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. Assets now subject to forfeiture in this case total…

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