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Kini Roundup: CM, MB ordered out of S’wak soon, PMO on the attack

Here are the key headlines you may have missed yesterday.

CM, MB not spared from S'wak ban

Sarawak has stepped up its immigration ban on the opposition, now imposing time limits on leaders who were previously not barred from the state.

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali was ordered to leave the state on May 2 while Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng must leave on May 5.

Meanwhile, PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will write to Adenan Satem to overturn the ban on her entering the state after the Sarawak chief minister said he would review the decision if asked "politely".

However, state-level leaders continue to be turned away, with DAP’s Sekinchan state assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim being the latest to be deported.

PMO on the attack

Istana Negara denied that the Agong had to sign the appointment of the new Bank Negara governor twice, stating that it only got one name for approval - Bank Negara deputy governor Muhammad Ibrahim.

Treasury secretary-general Irwan Serigar Abdullah also denied that he was the first candidate signed off by the Agong.

Despite this claim being made by Sarawak Report, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's aide has lumped The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) together with the whistleblower portal, accusing both of sullying the monarch's name.

WSJ had previously reported that based on its sources, PM’s key ally Irwan was likely to be picked as the new governor.

Cops ordered to act in child custody tussle

The Federal Court has ordered the arrest of Mohd Ridhuan Abdullah who refused to present his daughter Prasana Diksa before the courts in an inter-religious custody tussle with ex-wife Indira Gandhi.

The court also ruled that inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar, who had previously refused to carry out a similar order by the Ipoh High Court, cannot defy the order to carry out the arrest.

Following this, Khalid said he would comply with the court ruling.

Other Kini bites

The Penang Sessions Court ruled that a DAP state assemblyperson calling Umno “celaka” was not seditious.

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan dangles a Chinese deputy chief minister carrot if voters vote for SUPP.

The man who vandalised idols at a Hindu temple was charged for defiling a house of worship.

Looking ahead

Politicians on the hustings in Sarawak will ramp up their campaign on the ‘super weekend’ of the May 7 state polls.

Tomorrow is the deadline for the ransom of four hostages kidnapped off the coast of Semporna early this month.

It’s the end of the month and new retail prices for petrol and diesel are expected to be announced later today. Pump prices are expected to go up.

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