Showing posts from March, 2020

Ex-Youth and Sports Ministry officer's money laundering trial ongoing

I've been receiving calls and messages asking me what has happened to the case involving a former Youth and Sports Ministry official, Otman Arshad. The trial is ongoing. A quick check online revealed the last article pertaining this trial was published in April 2019 . Bernama reported that Otman failed in his bid to prevent Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi from hearing his case on grounds of possible bias. However, it is understood that the Court of Appeal agreed with the defence team and that the case was transferred to another judge. The prosecution has called over 60 witnesses with a handful more remaining. The trial is scheduled to resume next month. In April 2016 , Otman, who once served as the ministry's finance division under-secretary, and three company directors were charged in three separate Sessions Courts with 191 counts of money laundering involving some RM16.6 million. Otman, Abdul Ghafar Abdurahiman, his wife Siti Rohana Hussien, and Halmi Khalid

Remove political appointees from Youth & Sports Ministry

1. Much has been said about the political uncertainty in the country over the past week. And the drama is expected to continue in days and weeks to come. 2. As Tan Sri Muhyiddin has been named the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia. At the same time, The Youth and Sports Ministry has lost its minister which is aligned to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 3. So what will happen to the political appointees, who were given key roles, within the Youth and Sports Ministry? I had, last year, highlighted the number of politicians who serve the ministry in an article published on news portal Twentytwo13 . 4. Those who have links to the former minister should no longer play a part in the ministry. Moving forward, it is hoped that the ministry equips itself with those who understand 'youth' and 'sports' and appreciate its respective dynamics. 5. Also needs to be removed from Wisma KBS is the arrogant "I know it all" attitude. It must be stressed