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Jasa disputes cash-strapped M'sians claim; Hadi panned over 'Christian caste'

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

Jasa disputes cash-strapped M'sians claim

The government’s propaganda arm, the Special Affairs Department, dismissed hypermarket chain owner Ameer Ali Mydin's statement on the declining purchasing power of consumers, pointing out at Malaysians spending on cars and holidays.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced measures to liberalise the stock market, including allowing short selling, as well as setting up a link with the Singaporean market.

Malaysia was not spared in the global sell-off pummelling stock markets, with Bursa Malaysia shares falling as much as 3.1 percent.

Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) Sarawak chapter president Alex Ting said it was disappointing that Putrajaya had not emulated Singapore's successful Housing Development Board (HDB) model.

A survey released by MIEA shows that the planned railway megaprojects are set to boost the country’s sluggish property market.

Najib presented keys to more than 1,500 civil servants for their new affordable homes in Bukit Jalil, under the 1Malaysia Public Housing Project.

Hadi panned over 'Christian caste'

The Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) criticised PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's claim that Christians practised a caste system.

Hadi claimed he was misunderstood after he was reported as saying that he wanted to set up a dual cabinet system, one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.

The Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) stressed the need for togetherness, respect and harmony, going into the Year of the Dog.

Dr M wary of 1MDB scandal censorship

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed concern that Putrajaya's proposed new law against fake news is a ruse to censor news on the 1MDB scandal.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said confirmed the proposed law will be tabled to the cabinet soon.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua questioned whether Bank Negara's RM2 billion market price purchase of land from Putrajaya helped 1MDB settle its payment to the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

Other Kinibites

Nestlé clarified its Milo drink only contained six percent of sugar, following claims that the beverage is too sweet.

Mahathir claimed efforts were being made by those in government to ensure that Pakatan Harapan will not be able to register as a formal coalition.

The Registrar of Societies has formally recognised DAP's central executive committee - after two re-elections.

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there have been 47 complaints against Bersatu for allegedly breaching its own constitution.

The Education Ministry is mulling introducing e-sports in schools as part of the curriculum.

Looking ahead

The Federal Court will hear a challenge against the Court of Appeal decision to disallow Muslim children born out of wedlock to carry the “bin Abdullah” name.

The High Court in Shah Alam will decide on the fate of PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli for allegedly violating the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989.

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