Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Jho Low loses superyacht; Nazri launches friendly fire; BN dishes cash to counter Dr M

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

Jho Low loses superyacht

Indonesian authorities and the US Federal Bureau of Investigations seized 1MDB-linked businessperson Low Taek Jho's superyacht The Equanimity in Bali.

Indonesian police said they had been monitoring the vessel, suspected of being acquired using misappropriated 1MDB funds, for eight days.

Low, however, was not on board the yacht when authorities boarded the vessel.

Low, through his spokesperson, decried the US Department of Justice " overreach" in seizing his yacht.

Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the coalition would seek to retrieve from Swiss authorities RM400 million of allegedly misappropriated funds if it comes to power.

PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli questioned Putrajaya's decision to buy back a controlling stake in a Tun Razak Exchange project after it had initially sold off the land.

Nazri snipes BN ally

Umno supreme council member Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz challenged MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon to defeat his "good friend" DAP's Anthony Loke before demanding the minister apologise for attacking tycoon Robert Kuok.

This was after Chong asked Nazri to be a "real man" and apologise for insulting Kuok, which he likened to an insult to the Chinese community.

Nazri also said MCA did not represent the Chinese due to its poor electoral performance, stating that it was the DAP that represented the community.

Nazri Razak, the brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, hailed Kuok as a true "patriot".

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai assured that BN would not face a "Chinese Tsunami" where the majority of the Chinese community votes against the ruling coalition.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng asked MCA to prove this by having its top leaders contest in Chinese majority seats instead of staying in areas with significant Malay majorities.

Cash and karaoke blunt Dr M's Pekan offensive

Mahathir campaigned in Najib's stronghold of Pekan, urging voters to ditch the prime minister.

However, BN held its own concurrent events, luring Mahathir's audience away with cash handout and karaoke.

The MACC seized the assets of a ‘datuk seri’ who had allegedly received RM19 million, purportedly to stop investigations into the Penang tunnel project.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng questioned why Baling MP Abdul Azeez Rahim, who faced similar allegations, was not arrested together with the 'datuk seri'.

Other Kinibites

The price of RON95 petrol increased by three sen to RM2.20 while RON97 increased by four sen to RM2.47.

PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah would make a suitable election candidate in Selangor or Kuala Lumpur.

Former Umno MP Mohamed Tawfik Ismai, who is challenging the constitutionality of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's private member's bill, said it would be sub judice for Parliament to proceed with the motion.

PKR launched its 100-day countdown to its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's release.

PAS Selangor leaders complained they had to fork out around RM700,000 of their own funds due to the PKR-led Selangor government depriving them of funding.

Looking ahead

DAP leaders will lodge a complaint with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) over fake news.

The Election Commission enters its last day of inquiry for Selangor's updated redelineation proposal.

Academic Wan Saiful Wan Jan will formally join Bersatu.