Azmin says Dr M is 'best option'; CJ explains bar on Bar

Kini Roundup

Modified 13 Jan 2018, 9:33 am

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

Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has described Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Pakatan Harapan's "best option" for prime ministership following protests by some PKR supporters against the opposition coalition’s decision to name Mahathir as its PM-designate.

Azmin, who is Selangor PKR head, said his party was not consulted by three other Selangor Harapan counterparts who issued a joint statement to endorse the decisions made by the coalition's national convention on Sunday.

PKR supreme council member Latheefa Koya said Azmin was facing undue criticism and stressed that the latter was the architect behind the unprecedented meeting between Mahathir and Anwar on Sept 5, 2016.

Azmin dismissed suggestions to force snap elections for the Selangor legislative assembly because it was too close to impending parliamentary elections.

CJ explains bar on Bar

Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif said the Malaysian Bar was not invited to deliver an opening address at the "Opening of the Legal Year" event because the latter wanted to speak on the controversial tenure extension and appointments involving him and Court of Appeal President Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.

The "Opening of the Legal Year" event was renamed and called the "Opening of the Judicial Year". This year event was boycotted by the Malaysian Bar.

Law Minister Azalina Othman Said said the boycott was unprofessional and showed that the Bar does not respect the judiciary.

Other KiniBites

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed warned that the length of Anwar Ibrahim's jail sentence might be affected if it was proven that he had been issuing statements from behind bars.

Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin has called for calm following the demolition of a Hindu temple in Masai, Johor on Thursday while promising to help resolve the land dispute soon.

Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar told Malaysiakini in an interview that he was still mulling on which political party to join following his departure from PAS.

Malaysiakini has reached out to the public to help raise RM350,000 to pay for damages and costs to a gold mine company after the appellate court reversed a lower court judgment.

Looking ahead

Mahathir will be discussing Vision 2020 in Cyberjaya this afternoon.