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Hudud or not hudud, Good Star letter war, PAS, BN unveil candidates

Here are the key headlines from yesterday you may have missed, in brief.

Hudud or not hudud?

Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak claimed the media confused the public by describing PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's Private Member's Bill as a hudud bill.

Meanwhile, MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon said claims that Hadi's bill is not about hudud is based on a technicality, but the Bill will ultimately lead to the implementation of the Islamic penal code.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang said the Umno-dominated government's support for the tabling of Hadi's bill without consulting its BN partners sets a dangerous precedent.

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong vowed to resign if Hadi's bill is passed in Parliament.

Analysts Wong Chin Huat weighed into what exactly is Hadi's bill.

The forbidden Jho Low letter

Public accounts committee (PAC) chairperson Hasan Arifin denied The Wall Street Journal's report that Good Star Limited is owned by billionaire Jho Low, on grounds that the Bank Negara letter that the information is based on is "intelligence grade" and not meant for public consumption.

However, DAP's PAC member Tony Pua called for Hasan's head to roll for not revealing the letter to PAC members and trying to hide this information.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang also criticised Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for being more concerned that the letter is protected under the Official Secrets Act 1972 instead of the truth behind the owner of Good Star Limited.

The ownership of Good Star Limited is significant as US$1.03 billion of 1MDB's funds was diverted to the company's accounts at RBS Coutts in Zurich.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal said it stands by its report even though Bank Negara lodged a police report against the publication for leaking the letter.

PAS, BN unveil twin by-elections candidates

It's state assemblyperson versus state assemblyperson in the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election as PAS names its Meru representative Abdul Rani Osman as candidate, while BN named its Sungai Panjang representative Budiman Mohd Zohdi.

In the Kuala Kangsar by-election, both BN and PAS named women candidates with the seat's late incumbent's wife Mastura Mohd Yazid representing BN and PAS naming doctor Najihatussalehah Ahmad.

Pakatan Harapan is expected to only announce its candidates for both by-elections on June 1.

Other Kini bites

Kedah deputy speaker Azmi Che Husain denied assaulting a youth in a road rage incident.

Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah asked for state executive councillor Leong Yong Kong, who was upset with BN allowing the Hudud Bill, to reconsider his resignation from MCA.

PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail commented on the latest Selangor scandal saying she is confident Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali will act if wrongdoing in the state government is proven.

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