Harapan registration held up; eye on Najib's US visit; PAS and beers

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

Harapan registration held up

Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the coalition will write to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on why its registration as a formal coalition was being held up.

Harapan also announced the appointment of two new vice-presidents, namely DAP's M Kualasegaran and PKR's Christina Liew.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) sources told Malaysiakini there are "strong proposals" within the party for Mahathir to be fielded in the next general election.

Mahathir said a vote for PAS was tantamount to a vote for BN and called on PAS leaders and members to "repent."

Mahathir, who is also Harapan chairperson, said deals with foreign firms would be reviewed if the coalition comes to power.

Eye on Najib's US visit

Harapan unveiled its demands for its anti-kleptocracy rally ahead of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's visit to the US.

Najib will reportedly focus on trade and arms during his meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Reuters reported that Najib will seek to put the 1MDB scandal, which is being investigated by US authorities, behind him during his visit to the country.

Former Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan lodged a police report against Umno supreme council leader Mohd Puad Zarkashi for accusing a witness in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the forex scandal of trying to cover for Mahathir.

PAS fumes over beers

PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor warned that there could be reprisals from extremists over the Better Beer Festival 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.

The Federal Court is set to decide on the terms for granting citizenship to stateless children.

Parti Warisan Sabah criticised the Sabah government's delay in producing a report detailing solutions to the state's illegal immigration problems.

Other Kinibites

The Sultan of Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah passed away at the age of 89.

Amanah staged anti-fuel hike protests in several states but gatherings in Kuala Lumpur and Penang were aborted.

DAP's Sungkai assemblyperson A Sivanesan retracted his defamatory statement against PSM's Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.

Prominent German firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) said it will no longer sell its products to countries that are considered corrupt or undemocratic, including Malaysia, which is ranked as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index.

Penang Education Department director Shaari Osman said chief ministers and menteri besars must obtain consent from the Education Ministry before visiting schools. He said this in response to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's complaint for not being allowed to enter a Chinese school in Bukit Mertajam.

Looking ahead

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will arrive in the US for a three-day visit, which includes a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council will present a certificate of appreciation to its enforcer who was verbally abused by a woman with a steering lock.

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