Charges are 'a test from God', says Zahid

Umno president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi gestures as he leaves the Kuala Lumpur High Court Complex after his court hearing

Ahmad Zahidi was also accused of misusing funds from his family-run charity foundation.

It added that he faces several charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam revealed the arrest at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday in a Facebook post: "Datuk Seri Zahid informed me that he was arrested upon his arrival at MACC headquarters".

Dr Ahmad Zahid's wife, Hamidah Khamis and daughter Nurul Hidayah were among those present.

Najib, who local media reported was at court on Friday to give "moral support" to his former deputy, has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to 32 criminal charges involving more than 2.3 billion ringgit ($553m) allegedly siphoned from the fund. Rosmah has pleaded not guilty to 17 money-laundering offences.

Postal union issues strike notices, could start rotating job action Monday
Canada Post said it is committed to arriving at a negotiated settlement that is best for its customers, its employees, and its path forward with CUPW.

Taylor: Thibodeau's job not in jeopardy as T-Wolves seek Butler trade
Two, he does not want to lose leverage in trade talks by making it seem like they're desperate to let him go. Thibodeau has three years remaining on a five-year, $40-million contract he signed in 2016.

Congo's Ebola outbreak to worsen without stepped-up response - World Health Organization committee
Robert Steffen said Wednesday in Geneva. "We considered things like which country is likely to see a case". However, that outbreak was not taking place in a war zone.

The anti-graft agency said Zahid was detained at its office shortly after he was summoned as part of its probe into abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering at a welfare group.

Coincidentally, Najib also made a return to MACC - the second time this week - said to answer questions on 1MDB's dealings with Abu Dhabi's state-owned International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC).

Some UMNO leaders urged party members to rally behind Zahid.

The UMNO quickly came to the defense of Ahmad Zahid, who was elected as party chief after May's polls, and said the arrest was politically motived.

Graft investigators have had four questioning sessions with Dr Ahmad Zahid, the first on July 3, followed by three interviews last week on Oct 10, 11 and 12, with each lasting more than eight hours. "Please pray for him", she said.



Latest news

Greek foreign minister resigns, prime minister takes over
Tzanakopoulos said Tuesday's cabinet meeting involved "an open political discussion" on Kammenos' disagreement with the name deal. But the support is crucial for Tsipras.

Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury
Its creators are hoping those final orbits around Mercury will help solve some of the many questions about the perplexing planet. The European Space Agency says the 1.3 billion-euro ($1.5 billion) mission is one of the most challenging in its history.

Israel steps up armored deployment near Gaza
The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza claimed 130 Palestinians were wounded in the disturbances. "The situation is delicate. Hamas even pledged to undertake a full investigation into the incident, in an apparent bid to calm new fears of war.

Assange prepares to sue Ecuador government for 'violating his freedoms'
WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon told a press conference in Ecuador on Thursday that Assange's conditions were "inhuman". He was given a set of house rules by the London embassy this week, including taking better care of his cat.

Drug-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken in 29 states — CDC
Small children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at risk of severe illness after exposure to salmonella. People shouldn't stop eating properly cooked chicken and retailers shouldn't stop selling raw chicken products, the CDC says.

National Football League trade rumors: Browns sending Carlos Hyde to Jaguars
Update: per Tom Pelissero and Sirius XM NFL Radio, the Browns will receive a fifth-round pick in 2019 from Jacksonville. The Jaguars built their offence around Fournette, a bruising runner and the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Royal tour: Harry and Meghan brighten up Bondi Beach
Thousands turned out to greet Harry and Meghan with an array of colourful placards as Melbourne was overwhelmed with "MegMania". Meghan , 37, and Harry , 34, took the tram to the beach to meet lifeguards and volunteers that help keep the beach clean.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray talks about the Nana Patekar controversy
She also stated that Nana had sent out goons to vandalise her auto thanks to his connections with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party.

Wimbledon to introduce final set tie-breaks from 2019
When asked about the decision, Isner said: "I am in favour of the new fifth-set tie-break rule Wimbledon introduced today". The rule applies to men's, women's and doubles matches, and will differentiate Wimbledon from the other three grand slams.

Eagles' radio broadcaster Mike Quick not concerned about Redskins, Cowboys
They'll face Dallas for the first time on November 11th and Washington for the first time on December 3rd. He averages almost 30 fewer rushing yards per game and has just one touchdown, compared to three at home.

Vettel labels red flag rules 'wrong' after penalty
Sebastian Vettel will serve a three-place grid penalty at the United States Grand Prix, having been found guilty of speeding under red flags in FP1.

Mexico vows to meet migrant 'challenge' as caravan hits border
But let's not dismiss this claim on its face just because other similar accusations about Soros have proved baseless . On the Mexico side, the border post is guarded by a heavy security force and tall metal gates.

US Treasury sends China warning shot regarding currency
And there are signs that the currency may fall further to 7 yuan per dollar -- a level not seen since the 2008 financial crisis. China's foreign ministry welcomed the report and said it reflected "common sense and the consensus of the global community".

‘Sarkar’ teaser: Vijay is a vigilante who wants to clean up politics
The film marks Vijay's third collaboration with Murugadoss after the hits Thupakki (2012) and Kaththi (2014). The mass dialogues and the thumping score by AR Rahman enhances the trailer to the next level.

Julian Assange in Embassy's Doghouse Over His Cat
The cat that Assange gave his children, often looks out the window of the Embassy to watch the journalists who gather outside. In particular, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, was asked to monitor the "well-being, nutrition and hygiene" cat.

Other news