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KUALA LUMPUR: The issue of RM2.6 billion donation deposited into prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's account is not related to investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), said Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin today.

The PAC chairman stressed that the public must be clearly informed of the difference, he said.

"You must understand that 1MDB and RM2.6 billion are entirely different subjects. 1MDB has nothing to do with the RM2.6 billion...let the public know..both are separate issues," he said.

Hasan was speaking to reporters after chairing a joint meeting with a number of parties related to the aquaculture project in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) and East Coast Expressway 2 (LPPT 2) at Parliament, here today.

He said the PAC's view was based on an interim report by the Auditor-General on 1MDB.

Hasan added that the PAC would not call Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the 1MDB issue since it was not necessary.

"Not necessary anymore," he told reporters when pressed by reporters who wanted to know if Najib would be required to appear before the PAC because the PAC's previous chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan

PUTRAJAYA - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today instructed the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to take action against individuals who insult the religion, even though they are abroad.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said freedom of speech or a world without borders cannot be used as the basis of innovation, to the extent of tearing up pages of the Quran and using them as toilet paper.

"This is a total insult and very unbecoming

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat today passed the Supply Bill 2016 in principle with a large number of votes.

The Bill was passed for the second reading after a total of 128 members of Parliament (MPs) voted in support of it versus the 74 who opposed.

The bloc division voting was conducted by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia following several members of Parliament from the opposition parties who wanted the vote conducted.

Meanwhile, six PAS members of parliament abstained

LANGKAWI - ASEAN must have a clear direction, collective actions and a firm position in addressing drug problems, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said here Thursday.

He said liberation of trade in the region would not only bring prosperity, but could also emerge as an opportunity for international drug and transnational criminal syndicates to widen their operations.

"We need to be aware of the impact of regional economic integration to the drug situation in the region, the

MANILA - The ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which represents 40 per cent of the world's Gross Domestic Product, is gaining more momentum with at least five more countries keen to join the United States-led pact.

Ever since the completion and publication of the trade pact's text the "noise" over it has died down quiet a bit, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

"More people have better understanding of the trade pact now, including in Malaysia

JOHOR BAHARU: Two hundred and twenty-two flood victims from 51 households in villages around Simpang Renggam near Kluang are currently staying at six relief centres.

Kluang district officer Mohd Fuad Radzuan said the number has increased from 190 comprising 40 families.

"The centres are Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sri Kencana, Dewan Kampung Paya Palembang, Dewan Kampung Kolam Air, SK Sungai Linau, Balairaya Kampung Seri Maju Jaya and Dewan Orang Ramai Kampung Ithnin Maarof," he said when

KUALA LUMPUR: A member of parliament from Selangor on Wednesday suggested the government to find new mechanisms to improve the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M).

Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim (BN-Kuala Selangor) said the giving of the aid could be improved by categorising the recipients into two categories, namely the urban and rural recipients.

"Through this mechanism, the use of BR1M for both categories should be limited for purchase of basic needs only and through selected shops and outlets only,"

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