Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Shahrizat back in limelight; Azwan damns Sheila Majid to ‘hell'

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

Shahrizat back in the limelight

Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil told the Umno general assembly that voters would have to choose between Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and "maharaja" (emperor) Lim Kit Siang in the 14th general election.

Wanita and Puteri Umno delegates surveyed by Malaysiakini said Shahrizat should contest in GE14, but that she owes the people an explanation over her role in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal.

Shahrizat credited Wanita Umno for her political comeback after her “five years of misery.”

The former minister also claimed that Nurul Izzah Anwar, who unseated her in the Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat in 2008, is " afraid" to defend her seat.

The Umno Youth and Puteri wings called for no contest for the president and deputy president positions in the party, currently held by Najib and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the opposition's sweet promises would only result in higher taxes or the country going bust.

Khairy also said that under former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's “ iron fisted” rule, there was no room for dissent, citing the closure of newspapers, politically motivated arrests and Ops Lalang.

Azwan damns Sheila Majid to ‘hell'

Eccentric TV personality Azwan Ali told songstress Sheila Majid to " go to hell," following the latter taking to Twitter to criticise the government.

Azwan also threatened to expose the secrets of his brother Azmin Ali, the Selangor menteri besar, whom he had earlier vowed to "destroy."

Rizal Mansor, the aide to the prime minister’s wife, asked how tickets to Shiela's upcoming concert, which cost up to RM888, were sold out if the economy was in as bad a shape as she described.

Umno information chief Annuar Musa also said the veteran singer should not talk about the state of the economy, since it is not her “forte".

Amanah MP Hanipa Maidin, however, came to Sheila's defence, saying vocal celebrities are "nobler" than those who back “MO1,” referring to the prime minister.

Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos set fire to a cardboard cutout of former minister Zaid Ibrahim, who had commented on the Selangor sultan's rebuke of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Zaid responded by saying that burning his image would only scorch Umno, which is also planning a gathering this Sunday, as a show of loyalty to the Selangor royalty.

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Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said the prime minister should act against US attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who yesterday called the 1MDB scandal kleptocracy at its worst.

PAS mouthpiece Harakah Daily has retracted a report that said that cases of khalwat (close proximity) regularly occurred at past Umno AGMs.

Many Johoreans have called for a probe into the graft allegations involving state Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin.

Mahathir said that there are only two ways to catch Jho Low, either by luring him with pretty girls, or by toppling and then arresting Najib.

Harimau Malaya coach Nelo Vingada has quit his position just seven months into the job, following a spate of losses by the national football team.

Inspector-general of police Mohamed Fuzi Harun said the police are working "day and night" on the probe into the foreign exchange losses Bank Negara sustained in the 1990s.

Jelebu MP Zainudin Ismail passed away due to complications from a brain tumour, aged 57.

Looking ahead

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur will decide on the Selangor government's challenge against the Election Commission's redelineation process.

DAP will hand in the party's election report to the Registrar of Societies.

An Orang Asli group will send a memorandum to Suhakam over the land mapping process.

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