Azmin's tough talk; Dr M's contradictions; Pujut by-election is on

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

Azmin's tough talk

PKR president Azmin Ali said his party will not be held to ransom by any individual or political party, but declined to provide specifics on who he was alluding to.

He was also coy on PAS' fate in the Selangor government, stating that he needs to first consult the PKR politburo on the matter.

Pakatan Harapan representatives have privately expressed the hope that Azmin could provide clarity on the matter soon.

PKR de facto leader Anwar said Azmin should continue engaging in further discussions before deciding on PAS' fate in the Selangor government.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said BN should exploit the uncertainties in Selangor to restore confidence in the coalition.

Dr M's contradictions

Former Mahathir Mohamad, referring to an incident where a boisterous participant asked Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak a question during a TN50 dialogue was slapped by a supporter, said such things did not happen when he was prime minister.

Mahathir also lamented the political apathy of Generation Y, stating that not voting is no different than voting for Najib.

Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak found it amusing that Mahathir was now complaining about the lack of room to dissent when he was described as a dictator when he was in power.

Malaysiakini ran a poll on whether Mahathir should be named the opposition’s prime minister candidate.

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli requested that the government hold a TN50 dialogue with opposition members, promising that there will not be any slapping incident.

Pujut by-election is on

The Election Commission (EC) announced the Pujut by-election will take place on July 4 after its DAP representative Ting Tiong Choon was disqualified for allegedly having an Australian citizenship.

BN senator Fahariyah Nordin questioned if there were any more elected representatives in the opposition who possess dual citizenship.

EC chief Mohd Hashim Abdullah said he was not slighted by former EC chief-turned-politician Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman's criticism as it was political talk.

Perak DAP paid the EC in 20,000 coins in its objection of dubious voters as a form of protest of the commission's refusal to provide political parties with the supplementary electoral roll.

Other Kinibites

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching rapped Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for suggesting that women who are harassed by men should dress more shabbily.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak attributed Malaysia's first quarter gross domestic product growth of 5.6 percent to the country's strong economic fundamentals.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the DAP-led state government had conducted RM35 billion worth of open-tender projects but insisted that some exceptions was required for foreign direct investment, such as the Island Hospital project.

Opposition MPs questioned why the final documentation of the RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link said it will be a single-track railway even though previous promotional material said it is with double track.

One of the two men who was allegedly involved in a robbery-and-rape incident in Puchong plunged to his death from the 12th floor while trying to flee from police who successfully tracked him down based on a tip-off.

Looking ahead

The PKR Congress for its youth and women's wings takes place today. The party’s main body will meet on Sunday.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is to launch a contest for design the TN50 logo.

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