Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Parliament could be dissolved this week; Dr M vows to 'squeeze' Jho Low and Najib

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

Parliament could be dissolved this week

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Parliament could be dissolved as soon as this week.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also BN deputy chairperson, told party members not selected as BN candidates in the general election to accept their fate.

He also implored Kedahans not to surrender the state to the opposition.

Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who is also Umno supreme council member, said he does not believe that any coalition can capture a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak criticised Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad for making a "U-turn" on the coalition's manifesto just 17 days after it was launched.

Mahathir said he was merely expressing misgivings on abolishing tolls when the manifesto was drafted but is confident that the document as a whole can be implemented.

Dr M vows to 'squeeze' Jho Low and Najib

Mahathir also promised to "squeeze" allegedly misappropriated funds from businessperson Jho Low and Najib, both of whom have denied wrongdoing.

Mahathir also addressed claims that he was not different from the current BN leadership, imploring youths to believe that they can make a change.

Former minister Rafidah Aziz panned Nazri for gutter politics against her, stressing that she was raising issues about public funds being misappropriated.

Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who trained as an Askar Wataniah, said loyalty inculcated in them was to the king and country, not the prime minister.

Zahid announces an increase of allowance from RM6 to RM8 per hour for Rela volunteers.

Kit Siang warns against safe seat mentality

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang reminded his party leaders that there were no "safe zones" in the contest for the 14th general election.

Despite an expected announcement about DAP's Kulai candidate, the party chose to reserve its announcement.

DAP sources also told Malaysiakini that the party was facing seat distribution issue in Labis, which former Johor DAP chief Boo Cheng Hau has refused to move to, which could possibly see him dropped in the next general election.

DAP's Zaid Ibrahim lamented on not being offered a seat to contest in.

Police questioned Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for leading children to sing an anti-GST song.

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin joined protesters on the streets of Kuala Lumpur in the rally against the GST.

Police claimed a notice was not provided for the protest and will summon the organisers for questioning.

Other Kinibites

Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj lamented that Harapan had marginalised PSM.

Marang Umno claimed it is capable of wresting the Marang parliamentary seat from PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.

The prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor said she kept her husband happy so that he can serve Malaysia well.

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said he was prepared to debate Umno Youth on housing if the issues were based on facts and not emotions.

Former New Straits Times group editor Mustapha Kamil ridiculed the prime minister's complaint about not being served lunch and had to resort to chocolates, likening them to inspirational quotes by world leaders such as Winston Churchill and John F Kennedy.

Looking ahead

Parliament enters its last week of sitting where, barring Putrajaya changing its mind, will see the Anti-Fake News Bill being passed today.

Bersih leaders will present themselves at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters for questioning on last week's protest outside Parliament.

Suhakam's inquiry into the disappearance of Amri Che Mat continues.

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