Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Dr M decries dictatorship; Annuar hints Umno-PAS announcement soon

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

Dr M decries dictatorship

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said only a dictatorship would make schoolchildren wave party flags, in reference to a primary school event at SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1) where pupils chanted “Hidup Umno” and sang the party anthem.

Federal Territories BN Youth chief Mohd Razlan Rafii defended the event, stating that it was only a school presentation of the history of independence in which Umno was involved.

Meanwhile, Putrajaya Umno Youth leader Ahmad Faisal Abdul Karim also stressed the event was not political in nature.

However, DAP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng slammed the school event as an abuse of power.

The Kuala Lumpur branch of the Malaysian Historical Society, which was consulted for the event, said it should be looked at in its "proper context". 

Annuar hints Umno-PAS announcement soon

Umno information chief Annuar Musa said "wait and see" regarding an announcement by the PAS and Umno leadership that "will make Muslims and Malays very happy."

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang will initiate legal action against claims that he received RM1 billion from Mahathir.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman claimed he was being blackmailed with "sensitive photos."

Bersatu founding member Kamarul Zaman Habibur Rahman, who had quit the party, lodged a police report against Syed Saddiq for allegedly claiming his exit was due to being offered payment.

Nine Parti Sosialis Malaysia activists were arrested for protesting against the demolition of three houses and two shops located near the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang. The demolition was ordered by the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB).

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said the evicted families will be offered rent-free homes following the demolition.

Drug case dropped due to lying cop

A South Korean student who had languished in prison for a year for drug possession was discharged and acquitted after a police witness admitted to lying.

Inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said cops received information that there were plans to sabotage the aborted Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur.

Police also wrote a letter to the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council voicing disapproval for a similar event in Selangor, citing security risks.

The Oktoberfest will proceed in Penang with non-alcoholic beer.

Cartoonist Zunar will file a legal challenge after his latest comic compilation was banned by the government.

Other Kini bites

Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and Bersih secretariat officer Mandeep Singh were charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2017 for the second time over their involvement in the Kita Lawan rally in 2015 despite having been granted a discharge not amounting to acquittal in August.

Former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner, who is linked to the 1MDB scandal, has been banned from the US securities industry.

The price of RON95 and RON97 petrol increased by three sen to RM2.19 and RM2.49 per litre respectively while the price of diesel went up five sen to RM2.17 per litre.

Tengku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim claimed there was a conspiracy to oust him as the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the formation of a task force after a national diving coach was arrested for alleged rape.

Looking ahead

The Kuala Lumpur High Court will hear jailed PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's application for judicial review in his Sodomy II case over claims that the prosecutor of the case, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, received RM9.5 million from the prime minister.

MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad will deliver a keynote speech at the International Conference on Financial Crime and Terrorism Financing.

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