1MDB-funded haj questioned; MPK's botched fireworks do

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

Legitimacy of 1MDB-sponsored haj in question

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad is criticised for saying that haj sponsored by the 1MDB Foundation will not be accepted by God, due to alleged irregularities in 1MDB's funds.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said Mahathir is "playing God", while Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman said the source of funding for haj is not a requirement for divine acceptance.

However, Amanah's Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said Mahathir's question is legitimate considering that 1MDB had investments in Cayman Islands, where funds from less-than-legal operations are parked.

14 hurt in Klang Council's botched, unlicensed fireworks do

The Klang Municipal Council is under investigation after 10 adults and four children were hurt in a botched fireworks display at a New Year's Eve event.

Authorities said the council did not apply for a permit for the display and the fireworks operator hired was unlicensed.

The council apologised for the incident and is footing the medical bills for the victims, all of whom are receiving out-patient treatment.

Other Kinibites

PKR and BN continue to butt heads over MRT 1 costing as opposed to the Seoul Line 9 rail project, rebutting each others' methods of calculating the South Korean project's cost per kilometre.

McDonald's said its policy to only allow halal-certified cakes at its premises is not discriminatory, but to comply with Islamic Development Department (Jakim)'s halal certification requirement issued to the fast food chain.

Two elephants, including a rare sabre-tusked elephant, were found dead in Sabah, believed to have been killed by poachers.

Civil servants, especially those in top management, should stop playing golf overseas, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Dzulkifli Ahmad.

Floods in Kelantan and Terengganu worsen, with 11 schools closed.

Looking ahead

Malaysians enjoy the long weekend today, as New Year's Day yesterday fell on a Sunday.



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