Warning for anti-kleptocracy rally; news of sexual assault in KL hits Estonia

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

Warning for anti-kleptocracy rally

Deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim warned that action will be taken if Pakatan Harapan presses ahead with the anti-kleptocracy rally at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya.

He also advised Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos against gate-crashing the rally this Saturday.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said approval had been granted for the rally venue, adding that the council's decision does not depend on police consent under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

Mohd Azizi added that Jamal's plan to sell fish at the rally would require a permit, failing which it would result in eviction.

DAP's Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua denied that singer Siti Nurhaliza will attend the rally after a fake poster was circulated on social media.

Sexual assault at M'sia party causes firestorm in Estonia

Former Estonian prime minister Taavi Roivas apologised following claims of sexual assault by his delegation at a party in Kuala Lumpur last month.

The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) confirmed controversial preacher Zamihan Mat Zin, who had criticised the Johor sultan's stance against Muslims-only laundrette and called Chinese "unclean", is under its employment and had been seconded to the Home Ministry.

MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie urged the government to sack Zamihan from all positions.

Police have remanded Zamihan for two days to facilitate investigations over his comments.

In a rare moment of consensus, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang concurred with Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak on combating fake news.

Salleh thanked Lim for the support, adding that their differences have been purely political and not personal.

Duo denies MACC homewrecker claim

A divorced couple denied the contents of a viral video on social media that a senior MACC officer had wrecked their marriage.

MACC chief commission Dzulkifli Ahmad said the commission had questioned 45 people in relation to the alleged misappropriation of at least RM1.5 billion in development funds for Sabah.

Umno information chief Annuar Musa said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had been given the green light to negotiate an alliance with PAS and was confident that it will materialise.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan dismissed the speculation, stressing that he was "very certain" there would be no such deal.

Other Kini bites

The Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to file their defence in response to a suit claiming that they had violated their oaths of office by allegedly trying to mislead the public about the origin of RM2.6 billion in the prime minister's personal bank accounts.

Human Resource Minister Richard Riot Jaem said a new minimum wage will be announced next year.

An Iranian citizen facing death row in Malaysia has applied to stay his execution in light of the government expressing intent to abolish the death penalty for drug-related offences.

A National Union of Journalists' (NUJ) branch chief was sacked by Chinese daily Kwong Wah Yit Poh for alleged insubordination and demeaning comments against his superior.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said events such as Prince Charles' visit to Penang and beer festivals in Kuala Lumpur should not be affected by terror threats and should be allowed to proceed.

Looking ahead

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the forex scandal will submit its report to the Agong.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) founder Anina Saadudin, who had since quit the party, is calling for a press conference.

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