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Penang snap polls scrapped; mass exit from Sabah Umno

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

Penang snap polls scrapped

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said DAP has decided to abandon plans to hold a snap state election in Penang because it could not convince PKR of its proposal.

Lim said PKR had, during the negotiations, proposed that DAP give up seats to PKR to contest if a snap election proceeds, and that this was not feasible.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali lauded DAP for making the "difficult decision" and praised Lim for showing much needed leadership and prioritising Pakatan Harapan cooperation.

However, Gerakan says this shows that DAP is afraid of PKR, while Penang Umno says it will now gear up for the 14th general election.

Mass exit from Umno in Sabah

About 1,500 members from Tenom, Sabah, announced their resignation from Umno, witnessed by former Umno vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Shafie says it is not impossible to change the leadership in Sabah, and vote Umno out.

Meanwhile, sacked Umno number two Muhyiddin Yassin said Umno is like a run down car that is beyond repair and should be scrapped.

Other Kinibites

The government said only 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy and Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani are authorised to speak on 1MDB. They will go on a nationwide roadshow.

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said he is willing to go to jail for speaking out against crime.

Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy commissioner Mustafar Ali says he is still an MACC officer and is only temporarily seconded to the Immigration Department.

New Suhakam chief Razali Ismail said Bersih should find a more "sophisticated" way to seek accountability, instead of demonstrating to prove a point, like in Bersih 4.

Looking ahead

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua will give a statement to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which is investigating him for Facebook postings on the individual referred to as 'Malaysian Official 1' in the United States Department of Justice court filings.

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