Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Equanimity can't stay in Indonesia; Dr M's poster not allowed in GE14

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

Equanimity can't stay in Indonesia

1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy explained businessperson Low Taek Jho's link with the state investment fund, company, but stressed that he was never directly involved in 1MDB's affairs.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang accused Arul Kanda of peddling "fake news".

US courts rejected a bid for the superyacht Equanimity to be kept in Indonesia.

The Dewan Negara approves the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018, taking it a step closer to becoming law.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang defended his party's support for the bill.

Amanah Youth deputy chief Faiz Fadzil accused PAS of being in cahoots with Umno by supporting the bill.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim thanked PAS for voting with BN on the Anti-Fake News Bill.

Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad promised that the opposition coalition would repeal the law if it comes into power.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Razali Ibrahim said the MACC did not find any elements of corruption in Felda's Jalan Semarak land deal.

Dr M's poster not allowed in GE14

Harapan complained the Election Commission had banned posters of Mahathir in the 14th general election.

DAP’s candidate for Paloh, Sheikh Omar Ali dismissed claims that he was the opposition’s candidate for Johor menteri besar, accusing opponents of fearmongering.

Gabungan Sabah, one of the three opposition coalitions in Sabah, is seeking to compel Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to table the redelineation report for the state.

Bersih claimed the lopsided redelineation exercise could theoretically see the election being won with just 16.5 percent of the popular vote.

'Crispy' rendang mania

It was a rare moment of consensus for Najib and Mahathir, as they both criticised a UK Masterchef judge’s suggestion that chicken rendang skin ought to be crispy.

The culinary outcry even courted a reaction from the UK High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell, who corrected the erring judges.

Bersatu policy and strategy bureau deputy chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan claimed diabetes patients are at risk after Putrajaya slashed the budget for tests related to the disease.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno's general election preparation would be affected after a division leader was arrested for drug use.

A China Press report said MCA believes it stands a better chance of contesting in Bandar Tun Razak, following the arrest of the Umno leader, who had been touted as a candidate for the constituency.

Other Kinibites

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim said he was keeping his options open amid a lobby for his return as Perlis menteri besar.

Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the prime minister had left it to her to decide whether she wanted to contest in GE14, and where.

Zahid cited “language accessibility” as the reason why workers from China were being used for the construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

The prime minister said it was "crazy and insane" for the opposition to want to call off cooperation with China for development projects.

Mahathir, noting that Najib had dubbed himself a "Bugis warrior," questioned if the latter would dare to debate him.

Looking ahead

Parliament enters its second last day of sitting before the GE14.

Bandar Tun Razak Umno will convene a press conference to address the issue of one of its leaders being arrested for drugs.

Najib will present a special address to civil servants in Putrajaya.

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