Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Jong-nam's 'assassin' arrested; DAP blames Umno 'black ops'; Ahok leads in Jakarta polls

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

Jong-nam's 'assassin' arrested

One of the two women who allegedly assassinated Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was arrested by police yesterday. She is said to be holding a Vietnamese passport.

The murder of Jong-nam at the low-cost terminal of KL International Airport on Monday has led to many theories on the method that was employed, with poison pen and killer spray among the favourites.

South Korea's spy agency suspects two female North Korean agents assassinated Jong-nam as Malaysian medical authorities sought a cause of death.

DAP blames Umno 'black ops'

Party supremo Lim Kit Siang has accused Umno and BN leaders, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, of initiating the most ambitious "black ops" to date in order to destroy DAP.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has dismissed claims by a former party member that two more legislators would be following in the footsteps of the ‘Gang of Four’ in Malacca, who quit the party on Sunday.

Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron denied that BN was involved in the resignation of the four DAP elected representatives.

Ahok leads Jakarta elections

The race for governor of Indonesia's capital was neck and neck and heads for a second round to be held in April with incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popular known as Ahok, in the lead.

Ahok appeared upbeat as he urged his supporters and volunteers to continue working to ensure his and his running mate Djarot Saiful Hidayat’s final victory.

This was after a hotly contested election which kicked off at 8am yesterday with all eyes on the Indonesian capital city and its 7.1 million voters as they decide who would become the city’s next governor - a key post sometimes jokingly referred to as the “third presidency”.

More Kinibites

The government has agreed to set up a task force to look into the foreign exchange (forex) losses incurred by Bank Negara Malaysia in the 1990s. This was decided at a cabinet meeting yesterday evening.

The courts cannot compel the attorney-general to institute any criminal proceedings against an individual, ruled High Court judge Hanipah Farikullah in her 41-page written judgment on a judicial review application involving 1MDB, which was made available to reporters yesterday.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not need to kiss the feet of PAS leaders but must respect the party's stand if he wants to establish cooperation, said PAS syura council member Khairuddin Aman Razali.

Looking ahead

The suspect in the murder of Jong-nam is expected to be brought to court for remand hearing today.

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