Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

CM explains barring PKR rep from flood aid; Deputy minister says atheism unlawful

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

Guan Eng explains barring PKR rep from handling flood aid

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Kebun Bunga assemblyperson Cheah Kah Peng was barred from handling financial aid for flood victims due to an "internal procedure change".

In response, Cheah said the move was akin to punishing his constituents, and vowed he will continue to serve them.

On another matter, Guan Eng also labelled Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob's fist-fight dare to DAP lawmaker Tengku Zulpuri Shah yesterday as 'immature'.

The board of governors of SJKT Mak Mandin said the Penang Education Dept had unfairly transferred the principal for allowing Guan Eng to visit the school.

Merdeka Centre said Malaysians are more pragmatic than nationalistic in what they want from education, amid a backlash over calls for the return of English-medium schools.

Rompin MP Hasan Arifin claimed that countries that adopt the English medium in schools are not successful.

UPSR results were released and the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) urged schools to respect the emotions and feelings of pupils.

Deputy minister says atheism is unconstitutional

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki told Parliament that atheism is unconstitutional and an offence under Sedition Act 1948.

In response, the International Humanist and Ethical Union called for the government to immediately cease their hostility against atheists in the country.

Police have detained a third suspect in connection with a molotov cocktail hurled into the compound of a surau in Damansara Damai on Sunday morning.

S'gor exco Ahmad Yunus Hairi called the attempted firebombing an attempt to cause unrest and urged all quarters to exercise restraint.

Tourism Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz said the ministry has received only one complaint so far regarding the headscarf ban at hotels.

The National Union of Flight Attendants (Nufam) said Nazri's suggestion yesterday for MAS flight attendants to wear headscarves needs further discussions with stakeholders.

Villagers in Kampung Tanjung Minyak, previously staunch supporters of Umno, are slowly warming up to Bersatu.

Other Kinibites

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes took to social media to thank three ministers for flying with the airline, in a veiled jab at Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin who recently complained about expensive airfares imposed by the airline.

The government tabled the first reading to an amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which seeks to do away with the mandatory death penalty for all drug traffickers.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the government will not stop Bandar Malaysia and TRX projects, amid the Cabinet's moratorium on luxury developments.

Housing Minister Noh Omar admitted that houses priced above RM250k are hardly sold, and urged developers to work with the government to build affordable housing.

Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat told the Suhakam inquiry that the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh was similar in style to a police operation.

Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo submitted a motion to review the bloc vote count for Budget 2018, which happened earlier this week.

Twelve wagons of a goods train derailed early today in KL, disrupting train services on the line for three days.

Looking ahead

There will be a "Simposium Siti Hasmah: Wanita Pencorak Masa Depan Negara" at the Dewan D'Lavender in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng will lodge a complaint with MACC about the alleged misappropriation of 12-acres of parkland in Taman Rimba Kiara at the MACC office in Jalan Cochrane, KL.

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