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Bersih 5 seeks to attract Malays; Muhyiddin set to register splinter party

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

Bersih seeks to address Malay and rural factor

Bersih acknowledged it needs to mobilise Malays and rural folks for its upcoming Bersih 5 rally to protest against the 1MDB scandal, but said every Malaysians must do their part.

This was similarly echoed by Parti Sosialis Malaysia, which said it would lend support if Bersih could mobilise a broad and diverse crowd.

The Bersih 4 rally last year was dominated by urban and Chinese participants, largely attributed to the non-mobilisation by PAS.

PAS said it had yet to decide on whether it would mobilise its party supporters for Bersih 5.

Team Dr M inches closer to forming new party

Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin is set to lead an Umno splinter party, with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad acting as chairperson, if its registration is approved by the government.

Meanwhile, Bendang Baru Umno branch Youth chief Akhramsyah Sanusi, who is the son of former Kedah Menteri Besar Sanusi Junid, said he may quit Umno if the new party materialises as he is its pro-tem committee member.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said he welcomed political competition and did not think the application to register the new party would encounter problems if everything is in order.

Still no closure for MH370 and MH17

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai dismissed suggestions that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately crashed the aircraft based on a flight path into the Indian Ocean plotted in his home simulator, pointing out there were thousands of routes on the device.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said Malaysia and Ukraine remained committed to bringing those who shot down MAS Flight MH17 to justice.

Other Kini bites

Screenwriters were up in arms after Tamil and Chinese films ‘Jagat’ and ‘Ola Bola’ were disqualified as best film contenders in the Festival Filem Malaysia 2016 due to the creation of a "non-Bahasa Melayu" category.

Putrajaya is seeking a review of 22-year-old Ahmad Syukri Yusuf's case after he avoided prison for rape after marrying his 14-year-old victim.

Perak DAP claimed the Election Commission transferred 30,173 voters to different voting centres in the state without their knowledge.

Looking ahead

Muhyiddin will be submitting his application to form a new party to the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

Kuala Lumpur MPs, of whom eight out of 11 representatives are from Pakatan Harapan, are holding a protest against the parking fee hike at the City Hall headquarters.

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