Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Zahid elected new Umno chief; Najib admits 1MDB report error

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

Zahid new Umno president

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was crowned the new Umno president, beating out Khairy Jamaluddin and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Khairy, in conceding defeat, urged the new Umno leadership to take the party in a new direction.

Tengku Razaleigh claimed there were rumours of money politics influencing the polls.

Former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Mohamad Hasan beat Annuar Musa to become Umno deputy president.

Former ministers Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Mahdzir Khalid secured Umno vice-president posts, with the third to be announced today.

Najib admits 1MDB report error

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak admits that in hindsight, the 1MDB audit report should not have been placed under the Official Secrets Act 1972.

He said his interview with Reuters last month was “intentionally misinterpreted” by others to give the impression he was in the dark about 1MDB-related transactions.

The former BN chairperson also accepted "moral responsibility" for the coalition’s first ever defeat in the 14th general election.

In a Facebook post, Najib stated that his prediction that Malays would be 'bastardised' should Umno lose the election has come to pass, but did not explicitly say how.

Other Kinibites

Najib’s brother, CIMB chairperson Nazir Abdul Razak, said he has not made a decision on whether to extend his tenure, but is willing to step down if asked.

Umno leaders said they were unaware of 1MDB funds being channelled into party accounts.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that any Umno funds originating from 1MDB must be returned.

Najib, the former Umno president, urged authorities probing the state investment firm to freeze the accounts of persons on interest, instead of those linked to the party.

The MACC plans to question a former Umno minister over alleged misappropriation of funds from a foundation.

Looking ahead

Some 100 disabled activists will be gathering in Petaling Jaya to demand reforms.

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