Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Pressure mounts on gov’t over Jho Low; Umno man demands RM98m from Aussie

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

Pressure mounts on gov’t over Jho Low

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who was the adviser to 1MDB, should lodge a report against tycoon Low Taek Jho or file a diplomatic protest against the US if its claim that Low acquired a superyacht using stolen funds from 1MDB was false.

Veteran Umno politician Rais Yatim slammed Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak for defending Low, better known as Jho Low.

Speaking through his lawyer, Rolf Sieboldt-Berry, the captain of Low's superyacht Equanimity, denied trying to hide the vessel from authorities, claiming that he was merely evading pirates.

DAP's Puchong MP Gobind Deo Singh, who is a lawyer, said the seizure of the superyacht in Indonesia was sufficient evidence for attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali to reopen the 1MDB case.

US prosecutors want the stay on the civil forfeiture suit relating to the “Wolf of Wall Street” film, which was allegedly financed using misappropriated 1MDB funds, to be lifted in order to strike a settlement.

Umno man wants RM98.3m for influencing gov't

The Australian newspaper reported that an Umno leader is seeking RM98.3 million from a former Australian government servant for helping to secure an endorsement letter from the government for an investment scheme.

Amanah president Mohamed Sabu said Malaysia had become a " corruption outcast" and that he would be puzzled if people still decide to keep the current government.

PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail urged Penangites to pull off another political surprise by helping the opposition capture Putrajaya.

MCA turns the heat up against Nazri

MCA Youth organised a protest against Umno supreme council member Nazri Abdul Aziz, demanding that he apologise for being "rude".

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai accused Nazri of colluding with the opposition.

Liow also panned DAP for its close relationship with Nazri and for not coming out with a strong rebuke against the Tourism and Culture Minister who had attacked tycoon Robert Kuok.

Despite the opposition accusing Najib Abdul Razak of buying votes, the prime minister's constituents say he has brought much-needed development to the constituency.

MIC Youth said it was confident that party president S Subramaniam can retain the parliamentary seat of Segamat in the next general election.

Other Kinibites

The prime minister said BN was a coalition that provided solutions, in contrast to the opposition which causes hoo-ha.

The Sarawak government is seeking to amend its syariah ordinance to resolve apostasy cases without going through court battles.

The Kelana Jaya LRT station was closed after its roof was blown away in strong winds.

The new search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is expected to be concluded by mid-June.

Looking ahead

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will officiate a Taekwondo tournament in Putrajaya.

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