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EPF building on fire; Guan Eng calls Kamalanathan 'cruel'

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

EPF's PJ building on fire

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Petaling Jaya headquarters suspended operations after 40 percent of its building was damaged in a blaze.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department attributed the fire to polyfoam used in the building's cladding.

EPF said the damage was largely restricted to the building's exterior.

It also gave its assurance that neither its members' data nor savings were compromised as a result of the fire.

Guan Eng calls Kamalanathan cruel

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng slammed Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan for revealing the medical history of a girl who committed suicide after being accused of stealing a teacher's mobile phone.

The girl's family denied she had a history of self-harm, and demanded New Straits Times and Berita Harian apologise over reports claiming that she stole the mobile phone, which police later denied.

On the anniversary of her husband's kidnapping, Susanna Liew said she hopes to have Pastor Raymond Koh back for Chinese New Year.

Koh's children also vowed that they would not let the memory of their father fade from public consiousness.

Veteran lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah defended his roadshow on PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's Sodomy II case, claiming that he was defending the judiciary.

Israeli diplomats reportedly made their pioneering visit to Malaysia, despite the countries not having diplomatic relations.

Liow rubbishes Jamal's proposal

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai described Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos' proposal for him to contest in the Sekinchan state seat as "rubbish".

A businessperson’s suit against Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim for allegedly failing to pay for 60,000 rice cookers with BN logos will go to trial.

Kelantan Pakatan Harapan will seek help from the coalition’s central leadership after failing to resolve disputes over one third of the seats in the state.

Amanah denied DAP's claim that a final decision has been made for DAP to contest the Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat using its own logo.

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Media Freedom Committee Malaysia is mulling the introduction of a press ombudsperson for media industry players.

Selangor Harapan and Bersih submitted some 30,000 signatures objecting to the Election Commission's updated redelineation proposals for the state.

Other Kinibites

National shuttler Lee Chong Wei denied he was featured in a sex video circulated on social media.

In a separate development, a Malaysian shuttler is reportedly under investigation for match fixing.

Malay daily Sinar Harian's controversial checklist on how to identify gays gained the attention of the international press.

International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed said he will meet with Proton dealers and vendors, after the Association of Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders claimed its members were being put under pressure by Geely's leadership.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said said the proposed new law against fake news will be presented to the cabinet after Chinese New Year.

Looking ahead

Bersih and Bersih Global will be hosting a joint press conference in Petaling Jaya.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan will hold a press conference in Cyberjaya on the Penang tunnel project.

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