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Dr M's regrets about Anwar; leading magazine features 1MDB 'cover-up'

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

Dr M's regrets about Anwar

Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the opposition coalition needed a "Malay party" to capture the rural heartland.

Mahathir, in an interview, admitted that he should not have dismissed his once protege Anwar Ibrahim as deputy prime minister.

Mahathir also recounted how police had tried to hide the fact that they had beaten up Anwar and given him a "black eye" shortly after his dismissal.

Anwar failed in his bid to overturn his Sodomy II conviction.

Anwar said his hopes for one "courageous" judge were dashed and that he would not look towards the 14th general election.

The Home Ministry said Anwar could be freed by June 8 - but that this could be delayed, based on his behaviour.

Prominent academician Maszlee Malik formally joined Bersatu and expressed confidence the party can trigger a "Malay tsunami".

Leading magazine features 1MDB 'cover-up'

Tempo, a leading current affairs magazine in Indonesia, featured the 1MDB scandal, which it said was being covered up.

Goldman Sachs denied Alex Turnbull, son of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Tunbull, was sidelined after blowing the whistle on questionable 1MDB bond deals.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak claimed that the water disruption in Selangor was more critical than the 1MDB scandal.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang accused inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun of suffering from a "denial complex" in relation to the 1MDB matter.

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin panned the government for branding reports about 1MDB as "fake news".

Global Witness, an international watchdog, pressured UK authorities to take tougher action in the 1MDB matter.

Manifesto battle

Bersatu strategy and policy chief Rais Hussin challenged BN to debate on the election manifestos of Pakatan Harapan and the ruling coalition.

Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming scoffed at BN's criticism of Harapan's manifesto to delay loan repayment for PTPTN loans, pointing out the government had given such delayed repayments to well-connected companies.

PAS will unveil its own manifesto for the 14th general election on Sunday.

Umno's Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin, upset at being criticised for suggesting that obesity was a sign of economic prosperity, challenged Bersatu strategy and policy deputy chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan to contest against him in the general election.

Wan Saiful, pointing out that Bersatu will not be contesting in East Malaysia, instead challenged Bung to a duel on live television.

Other Kinibites

Putrajaya has yet to decide on how it will extradite convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar despite the former elite police personnel having fled to Australia three years ago.

Both MCA and DAP are set to hold major gatherings in Johor over the weekend.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Razali Ibrahim said the Felda chairperson and general manager at that time in 2015 signed away the power of attorney, which allowed a private company to take over Felda's land through dubious means.

Baling MP Abdul Azeez Rahim commenced legal action against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for accusing him of corruption and refusing to apologise.

Harapan Youth leaders were questioned by police on their submission of a memo to the Registrar of Societies in Putrajaya.

Looking ahead

Parliament resumes sitting.

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali will visit a bridge project in Kajang.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will hold a luncheon talk with senior editors from the media industry.

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