Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Anti-Fake News Bill passed; Dr M seeks Malay tsunami

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

Anti-Fake News Bill passed

The controversial Anti-Fake New Bill was passed in the Dewan Rakyat, with BN MPs voting along partisan lines and backed by 11 PAS MPs and independent MP Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

PAS, after supporting the bill, declared that the anti-fake news law will be implemented justly if it comes to power.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said, who was asked if her colleague Abdul Rahman Dahlan's confirmation that "Malaysian Oficial 1" is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was a form of fake news, said it would be up to the courts to decide.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said a South China Morning Post report against international leaders snubbing Najib was a "prime example" of fake news.

Dr M seeks Malay tsunami

Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the opposition coalition needed a "Malay tsunami" and a turnout of no less than 85 percent in the next general election to win.

Two PAS doctors, who are assemblypersons in Muar, gave differing prognoses of their party's looming fate in Johor in the 14th general election.

Ahead of the GE14, Malaysiakini spoke to traders at Jonker Walk who were threatened with closure for not supporting the ruling coalition shortly after the last general election.

The latest edition of CalonKini follows Michelle Ng, a potential election candidate for the DAP.

Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal confirmed that his party had formed an electoral pact with the DAP and PKR in Sabah.

MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong mocked DAP leaders for not showing up at a public debate organised by his party on the Penang undersea tunnel.

Much ado over Bugis warrior

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is of Bugis descent, warned opponents against courting the wrath of Bugis warriors.

Former minister Rafidah Aziz said Najib should not tarnish the Bugis race, adding that her husband was also of Bugis descent but was like "heaven and earth" compared to the prime minister.

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin said playing as a Bugis warrior will not get Najib off the hook with regard to the various allegations against him.

Najib boasted about the success of Felda, a brainchild of his father Abdul Razak Hussein.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri claimed Mahathir had once considered privatising Felda.

Other Kinibites

An Umno division chief, who was touted as a potential election candidate, was arrested by police after testing positive for drugs.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) was told that police did not pursue the angle that there may be disgruntled people at Amri Che Mat's Syiah acivities that potentially led to his disappearance.

Police grilled Bersih and Suaram activitists in relation to a protest organised outside Parliament last week against the electoral constituency redelineation report.

Najib's packed schedule points to a dissolution of Parliament on Friday.

Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar proposed that a Chinese consulate office be opened in Johor.

Looking ahead

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur for his defamation case against TV3.

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

Bersih to hold a press conference on the redelineation report.

Parliament sitting continues.

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