Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Felda gets back Jln Semarak land; PM reminds police retirees of loyalty pledge

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

Felda gets back Jalan Semarak land

Felda got back its Jalan Semarak land, which was transferred to a company in an allegedly dubious deal in 2015.

Felda chairperson Shahrir Samad said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had no role in the transfer and revealed it was the PM who called for action to be initiated on the matter.

Umno Youth vice-chief Senator Khairul Azwan Harun said Najib's administration puts "people first", unlike his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad's time, where "family and cronies were prioritised".

However, Muhyiddin Yassin, the president of Bersatu, which Mahathir chairs, said that the former PM will face an uphill task to undo the "damage" done by Najib to Malaysia's economy and institutions.

Pakatan Harapan, which Mahathir also chairs, has agreed to limit the PM's post to two terms, Bersatu deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir said.

PM reminds police retirees of loyalty pledge

Najib reminded police retirees of their life-long pledge to remain loyal to the country, religion and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The prime minister also took a swipe at Mahathir with an "old is gold" joke, jabbing at the latter's refusal to "retire" even at the age of 93.

Najib further said that Saudi Arabians do not complain about the rising cost of petrol in their country, as much as Malaysians do here.

Dewan Rakyat secretary Roosme Hamzah said in a statement that the first sitting of the 2018 session of Parliament will be from March 5 to April 5.

The Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal's death sentence on nine Filipinos involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013.

Other Kinibites

Several female Malaysian journalists related their experiences of sexual harassment by male politicians to Asian Correspondent.

Malaysiakini's legal defence fund donation drive surpassed the RM110,000 mark, just four days after its launching.

Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah told the High Court in Kuala Lumpur that Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos had painted her in a bad light by saying that Bersih 5 had been infiltrated by the Islamic State militant group.

Former PAS MP Mahfuz Omar defended his comparison of Mahathir and Pahang ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah, saying he was praising the ruler for being able to lead the state at an old age.

The committee of the Hindu temple in Masai, Johor, which was demolished on Jan 11, said they were not offered any land by the state government, contrary to the state menteri besar's statement saying so.

Looking ahead

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will launch the Intellectual Discussion Programme and Integriti's book ceremony at Integriti Auditorium in Bukit Tunku.

The family of custodial death victim G Ganeshwaran will lodge a police report at the Petaling Jaya police station.

Suhakam's inquiry into the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh and others continues.

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