Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

MCMC seizes M'kini computers; Dr M in Parliament; no notice from Bersih

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

MCMC raids Malaysiakini office

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission raided the Malaysiakini office and confiscated two computers yesterday afternoon, to facilitate its investigations on two videos uploaded by KiniTV in July.

This comes as the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Centre for Independent Journalism urged the government to stop harassing the news portal.

In a related matter, a journalist with The Wall Street Journal was kicked out of a 1MDB information session in Sydney, believed to have been organised by Special Affairs Department (Jasa) to explain matters concerning the fund to Malaysian students.

Dr M in Parliament

For the first time in his protracted political career, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad set foot in Parliament House as chairperson of an opposition party, as he attended a special meeting on parliamentary privileges and immunity.

Leaving the venue later, Mahathir expressed sadness over what he described as the loss of lustre of the august House. "It looks very (nice). It is a fantastic building, but I don't feel happy. I feel sad. The building is okay, but the content is not," he said.

BN parliamentarian Azalina Othman Said described Mahathir’s presence in the Parliament complex this morning as the "gimmick" of a desperate opposition.

While Umno information chief Annuar Musa brushed off former Mahathir's presence at the meeting as akin to bringing an antique car in an F1 race. "It's nice to look at, but not relevant for racing," Annuar quipped.

No notice from Bersih

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar insisted that Bersih failed to comply with regulations under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for its planned Nov 19 rally, as it has failed to give due notice to police, most recently on its change of venue from Dataran Merdeka, to the perimeter of the iconic square.

In a twist, the red-shirts have offered security and crowd control services for the Bersih 5 rally if the electoral watchdog is ready to change the location of the rally to an indoor stadium.

Counter-demonstrations, such as those planned by the red-shirts, cannot claim protection under the right to peaceful assembly if these are to "intimidate" others from assembling, the National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) said.

More Kinibites

The flourish in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country has proven that the 1MDB fiasco is a thing of the past, says Umno minister Noh Omar. "(1MDB) is no longer an issue," he added.

Malaysia's "astute, thoughtful" leader was among the eight reasons China Railway Engineering Corp (M) Sdn Bhd said it wanted to set up its US$2 billion (RM8.4 billion) regional headquarters in Bandar Malaysia, which is partially owned by 1MDB.

Parti Amanah Negara's (Amanah) Mahasiswa arm criticised Malaysia's generosity in sponsoring 10 million pounds sterling (RM52 million) for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) building in the United Kingdom, while at the same time slashing funds for local universities.

A lawyer for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak made a surprise appearance at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur in former minister Zaid Ibrahim's ex-parte application against Ambank Islamic Bhd to disclose the sources of funds in five accounts, believed to be owned by the prime minister.

Looking ahead

Today the High Court in Kuala Lumpur will hear the legal challenge filed by the Selangor government and MB Azmin Ali against the Election Commission on its proposed constituency redelineations.

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