Asia Briefs: Anti-corruption body 'not after Najib'

Anti-corruption body 'not after Najib'

PETALING JAYA • The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has refuted a news portal report alleging it has submitted 37 recommendations to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Razak in relation to its investigation into SRC International.

SRC International is a former subsidiary of troubled state investment vehicle 1MDB, and is being probed for an alleged misappropriation of funds worth RM4 billion (S$1.3 billion).

Datuk Seri Najib chairs 1MDB's advisory board and is also Malaysia's finance minister.

"We wish to clarify that the report saying 37 recommendations for prosecution have been made by the MACC against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is untrue," the MACC said in a statement yesterday.


'Intimidating' warnings over disputed islands

MANILA • Philippine officials said yesterday they received two intimidating radio warnings identified as being from the Chinese navy when they flew a Cessna plane close to a Chinese-constructed island in the South China Sea, the Associated Press reported.

Mr Eric Apolonio said the incident took place on Jan 7 when he and others from the Civil Aviation Authority flew to the Philippine-occupied Thitu island for a survey to install a satellite-based system for civilian flights.

The Philippines plans to set up the system this year to track commercial flights over the disputed waterway, after China landed its first test flights this month on a reef it built in the Spratly islands.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe