Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Rafizi jailed 30 months; poor sales don't reflect on economy, claims minister

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

Rafizi jailed 30 months

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli and former Public Bank clerk Johari Mohamad were each sentenced to 30 months' jail for leaking data from the National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd's bank accounts.

Rafizi took the sentencing in his stride, saying it would allow him to campaign for others in the 14th general election.

Rafizi, who is also PKR vice-president, said he does not regret exposing the NFC 'for a second' and urged Malaysians to keep fighting the good fight.

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said he will sue the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission over the 2014 data leak of personal information of more than 46.2 million telecommunications users.

Hypermarket sales not reflective of economy, says minister

Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan, in responding to Mydin boss Ameer Ali Mydin's comment relating the country's GDP to the people's spending power, said hypermarket sales are not reflective of the economy.

Ameer Ali Mydin earlier 'thanked' the Special Affairs Department's (Jasa) strategic communications director Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz for his 'superb' analysis of Mydin's losses, but said the people know better.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the country's GDP growth is meaningless if the rakyat are poor.

Mahathir said he only stepped in as finance minister during his 22-year-stint as PM because he "needed time to find a good candidate" for the post.

Other Kinibites

Petrol prices went up, while diesel went down, from midnight.

The Sultan of Kelantan stripped Salor assemblyperson Husam Musa and former Kota Bharu MP Wan Abd Rahim Wan Abdullah of their datukship, effective yesterday.

Transgender voters told Malaysiakini about the dreaded moments they have faced and fear facing - voting in a general election.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession urged the Education Ministry to clarify remarks that teachers cannot bring mobile phones into classrooms.

Looking ahead

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will attend the Home Ministry's monthly assembly in Putrajaya.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Abang Openg will officiate the Yayasan Sarawak building in Kuala Lumpur.

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