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Harapan unveils manifesto; PAS man moots polygamy on Women's Day

Kini Roundup  |  Published:  |  Modified:

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

Harapan unveils manifesto

Pakatan Harapan unveiled its 138-page manifesto ahead of the 14th general election, which among others, aims to tackle the rising cost of living, by abolishing GST and tolls.

The coalition also promises to rein in the prime minister's powers by not giving him any portfolio and slashing the staff count and allocation to the Prime Minister's Department by more than half.

The agenda of the Malay race, as well the long-standing demands of the Chinese and Indian communities, were also listed in the document.

The issue of monopolies was also addressed, with the coalition pledging to halt monopolies of rice, satellite television and medicine among others.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein earlier told Parliament that he is confident that Johoreans will not fall for Harapan's promises in the manifesto, which includes free water, as it can't even assure constant water supply in Selangor, which it holds.

PAS man moots polygamy on Women's Day

Perak PAS information chief Wan Tarmizi Abd Aziz suggested that women should mark the International Women's Day by consenting to polygamy.

To mark International Women’s Day, female journalists across Southeast Asia documented their personal experiences fighting for press freedom while also struggling against patriarchy.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said the government is looking to formulate laws on sexual harassment.

PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said the opposition will find a federal seat for former Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah to contest in the 14th general election, once the Election Commission concluded its redelineation exercise.

Zuraida also said that Pakatan Harapan is still unable to resolve overlapping claims for six state seats in Selangor.

Other Kinibites

Alex Turnbull, the banker son of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told The Australian that he was sidelined from his executive position at Goldman Sachs in Singapore four years ago after he blew the whistle on troubled Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hamzah Zainuddin said Malaysians should be proud because the prices of goods in Singapore are 70 percent higher compared to Malaysia.

On the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak says the government remains committed to finding the plane and discovering the fate of those on board.

1MDB chairperson Irwan Serigar Abdullah dismissed any tie between the firm and seized superyacht Equanimity, but dodged questions on the settlement between Red Granite and the US Department of Justice.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang claimed his party practices mature and peaceful politics, unlike its shallow opposition counterparts.

Looking ahead

C4 and Bersih will be holding a joint press conference regarding the recovery of frozen funds amounting to approximately RM430 million in relation to 1MDB in Switzerland.

DAP's Anthony Loke will lodge a complaint with the Registrar of Societies in Putrajaya.

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