Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Mainstream media steers clear of Jho Low's yacht; postponed Umno polls 'breaks rules'

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

Mainstream media steers clear of Equanimity

Mainstream English and Malay newspapers did not report on the seizure of businessperson Low Taek Jho's luxury yacht Equanimity, despite the news being splashed over many media channels worldwide.

Former senior editor of Utusan Malaysia, Ku Seman Ku Hussain, slammed the blackout in a Facebook post, asking why so many people seemed eager to "protect" Jho Low.

Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali said the government would not claim the US$250 million luxury yacht as it "does not belong to them".

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin said that the yacht's seizure proves that action can be taken against those involved in 1MDB even if they are not in the country.

Indonesian police have claimed that the captain of the vessel had turned off the vessel's automated identification system (AIS) to avoid detection by the US authorities, who say the yacht was bought with money siphoned from 1MDB.

Bersatu slams postponed Umno polls

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin claimed that Umno was going against its own constitution by postponing party elections for more than 18 months of the supposed date.

Former Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) chief executive officer Wan Saiful Wan Jan officially joined Bersatu as a life member and was appointed as the deputy chief of policy and strategy bureau.

Umno's Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to act against "racist" MCA, which defended tycoon Robert Kuok, who is alleged to have funded DAP to oust Umno.

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang filed a report with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) over an article on a BN-linked website which accused him of receiving funds from Kuok, and urged Najib to openly apologise over the attacks against the billionaire.

Kit Siang also urged MCA president Liow Tiong Lai and fellow party leaders to stand up against the 1MDB scandal, in the spirit of Liow's "Citizen" video last year, in which he had stressed the importance of not giving up hope for the country.

Other Kinibites

Unemployed Shahrul Anuar Abdul Aziz, 25, who was charged with stealing a mobile phone in Low Yat Plaza in 2015, triggering a riot outside the mall, was acquitted by the Court of Appeal on technical grounds.

Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said her consideration to join politics was the culmination of her desire to combine all the different strategies she had applied over her years in activism.

Runner Evelyn Ang Gek Suan, 44, died at the Sungai Buloh Hospital after three months of being comatose, after she was mowed down by a car in the 2017 Klang City International Marathon.

The proposed shutting down of 1MDB after its debts are paid off should not be turned into a laughing matter, said Umno information chief Annuar Musa.

Looking ahead

The Malaysian Bar will apply for an enlarged bench of retired judges in the case against Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif.

PSM will submit a memorandum against the "reincarnation" of TPPA at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in Jalan Duta.

An alleged victim of police brutality will lodge a report with Suhakam.