Bersatu claims Umno rep to defect; Dr M's family targeted

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

Bersatu claims Umno rep to defect

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) claims another Umno state assemblyperson in Johor is about to defect to the Umno splinter party.

Kelantan PAS denied that it was withholding allocations from PKR political appointees in the PAS-led Kelantan government.

Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected Opposition Leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's motion to debate the chief justice's controversial extension of tenure.

Former minister Zaid Ibrahim filed a review for his case challenging the attorney-general's refusal to prosecute the prime minister, asking that the case be reheard without Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif.

Supporters of jailed Anwar Ibrahim gave him a birthday surprise at the Kuala Lumpur court complex as he was there to testify in his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar's defamation case.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad also recorded a birthday video for his former nemesis.

Mahathir, who is also Bersatu chairperson, complained the Registrar of Societies delay in registering Pakatan Harapan is causing delays for the coalition's 14th general election preparation.

More of Dr M's children face raids

Apart from Mokzhani Mahathir, two other children of Mahathir, namely Mukhriz and Mirzan, also faced alleged harassment from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB)

Mukhriz, who is also Bersatu deputy president, said the raids did not come as a surprise and expected more harassment to follow.

Responding to the raids on his children, Mahathir said the IRB should go after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, his wife and children.

Mahathir also trained his guns on Umno vice president Hishammuddin Hussein for defending acting Umno deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who the former prime minister alleged had RM230 million.

Lawyers acting for Mahathir and Anwar are seeking the list of witnesses who will be testifying in the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the forex scandal in order to prepare for cross-examination.

Pahang Umno denies 'Chinese' ECRL

Pahang Umno denied that the East Coast Rail Link launch by the prime minister was "too Chinese".

Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob said he wants the ECRL project, spearheaded by China, to include local contractors and materials.

Environmental groups called for a moratorium on the project pending further evaluation on the viability of the project.

The father who allegedly sodomised his daughter routinely was slapped with another 444 charges of sexual assault.

The prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor said she was thankful for the special criminal court for sexual crimes against children in light of the case.

Other Kini bites

Debate on PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's private member's bill motion was again postponed in the Dewan Rakyat.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman urged Muslim convert fathers not to hide behind syariah judges.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Malaysians should not be too sensitive over Singapore Olympics champion swimmer Joseph Schooling's statement that he wanted to "teach them (us) a thing or two" during the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.

The National Registration Department (NRD) asked Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik to furnish evidence over his claim that Penang-born businessperson possessed dual citizenship.

The Edge Media Group publisher Ho Kay Tat said its financial daily's win against the government for suspending the daily at the Federal Court was a victory for press freedom.

Looking ahead

PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar's defamation trial against inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar and Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob enters its third day.

PAS-led coalition Gagasan Sejahtera will submit a memorandum to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to express support for its battle against corruption.

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