Kini Roundup

Najib's son and quinoa; Harapan's blitz in Malacca; army vets, civil servants warned

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

Najib's son and quinoa

The debate over Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's quinoa diet has brought the spotlight on his son Ashman's directorship in a quinoa company.

Former New Straits Times group editor Mustapha Kamil Mohd Janor questioned Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's sudden commitment to abolish tolls, pointing out that he had not expressed such a stance when the concessions were signed.

BN strategic communications deputy director Eric See-To claimed Dr Mahathir Mohamad had awarded concessions behind the cabinet's back when he was prime minister.

Najib reiterated that the BR1M cash handout is not a case of vote-buying.

Harapan's blitz in Malacca

During a visit to Malacca, Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad conceded that the coalition's component parties may need to contest under their respective logos due to the Registrar of Societies' refusal to accept a common logo.

At the same ceramah in Alor Gajah, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke took pains to explain his party's decision to surrender the traditional parliamentary seat to Bersatu.

Lembah Pantai Umno chief Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said he was confident BN can unseat PKR in the Lembah Pantai parliamentary constitunecy, where Nurul Izzah Anwar is the incumbent.

PKR-linked advocacy group Invoke said it aims to train 20,000 polling and counting agents to aid Pakatan Harapan in the forthcoming general election.

Former finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, who previously had a fallout with the prime minister, said he was ready to re-contest in the Tambun parliamentary constituency if he gets Najib's nod.

Himpunan Hijau activist Wong Tack, who under DAP's banner came close to unseating MCA president Liow Tiong Lai in the last general election, may not get a second shot as he is facing a rioting charge.

Army vets, civil servants warned

Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man criticised army veterans who go against the government.

Public Service Department director-general Zainal Rahim Seman said civil servants should remain loyal to the government.

Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji said it was impossible for the government to trace the ballot papers of military men amid concerns of retribution against those who vote against BN.

Other Kinibites

Brothers left a 72-year-old woman bloodied in a snatch theft attack.

The 17-year-old girl who was allegedly gang-raped by nine army men is pregnant.

International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed accused the opposition of criticising the government's dealings with China but also doing business with China themselves.

PAS announced it will contest all state seats in Negeri Sembilan and will be fielding 11 non-Muslims.

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai expressed confidence that Chinese voters will return to his party.

Looking ahead

PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad will present himself at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters over the 'Turun' protest on New Year's Eve 2017.

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur will hear Bersatu deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir's defamation suit against Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, the prime minister's press secretary.

The MACC will host its Chinese New Year open house at its Putrajaya headquarters.