THE police are confident they have crippled the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant group here, with 106 JI members and leaders now behind bars, reported Utusan Malaysia.
Quoting Federal Special Branch director Comm Datuk Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahaman, the front-page report said Malaysia would continue to be on its toes as the group was still active in other countries, particularly in Indonesia.
We are co-operating with the Indonesian police to capture the rest of the members, which include Malaysians Dr Azahari Hussein and Noordin Mat Top, who are believed to be hiding in West Java, he said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The two had escaped a police dragnet at a house believed to have been rented by them in Bandung, Indonesia, on Oct 29.
Indonesian police believed both Dr Azahari and Noordin had escaped to East or Central Jawa with 5kg of explosives, the paper said.
In another front-page news, the paper reported that former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin is now a business partner in Singapore-based investment agency Temasek Holdings, which is part of a consortium that is close to taking over Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII).
Extracting the news from Bernama, the paper quoted a spokesman of Sorak Financial Holdings speculated to have an equity in the BII as telling Business Times that the investment holding company International Commercial Bank, which is wholly owned by Daim, is one of the partners in the consortium.
It was speculated that Sorak would be given an equity in BII. Other members of Sorak are Kookmin Bank of South Korea and Barclays Capital, the investment wing of Barclays Bank.
Sorak was reported to have offered US$225mil (RM855mil) for equity in BII. If Daims holding size is 10%, he would have to fork out US$22.5mil (RM85.5mil) for the banks bid.
On the political front, Berita Harian reported that Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) has replied to a show-cause letter issued by the Registrar of Societies regarding the status of the partys 29 disputed branch representatives.
The 650-page reply was handed over to Registrar Datuk Dahari Ibrahim by PBDS president Datuk Daniel Tajem at the registrar office on Tuesday.
PBDS deputy president Datuk Joseph Salang said the letter contained a detailed explanation on the status of the branch representatives involved in the dispute, and included the validity of their attendance according to party constitution, Berita Harian reported.
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