Migrant workers' woes at Forest City; Bandar M'sia flop affecting Johor

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

Undocumented migrant workers at Forest City

Chinese national construction workers at the controversial Forest City development complained of being duped into working in Malaysia on social visit passes, after emptying their savings to pay agents to secure them jobs on promises of lucrative wages.

Those who opted out of employment after learning they will be undocumented workers are stranded at the Senai Airport or on the streets.

There are 100 workers' hostel blocks and more under construction, making it difficult to estimate the total number of workers at the site. There are also some workers from Sri Lanka, India and Nepal.

Bandar M'sia deal flop affecting Johor

Johor government-linked company Kumpulan Prasana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd (KPRJSB) has shouldered RM178 millon of the RM781 million deposit paid to the Iskandar Waterfront Holdings-China Railway Engineering Corporation consortium, thanks to its 14.4 percent stake in the project, said Skudai assemblyperson Dr Boo Cheng Hau, who urged the state to renegotiate on the project.

Meanwhile, property developer Malton Bhd, whose head Desmond Lim is close to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's family, denied discussing with the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and China's Dailan Wanda group to bid for the Bandar Malaysia project.

In a related matter, 1MDB president Arul Kanda said it was the Finance Ministry's prerogative to remove him from the board of Bandar Malaysia owner TRX City Sdn Bhd as TRX City now belongs to the ministry, and not to 1MDB.

Other Kinibites

Malaysian Islamic State militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was killed in an attack in Raqqa, Syria, police confirmed.

China has second thoughts about Malaysia's port projects it earlier wanted to be part of, Singapore's The Straits Times reported.

The G25 group raised concerns that Indian national Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik is influencing local preachers.

Looking ahead

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar will be complaining to the Selangor Election Commission on the alleged dropping of names on the electoral roll.

Pakatan Harapan will hold a press conference while new Selangor PAS commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi is holding his first meeting in the role.

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