Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Jho Low on the run; Najib cries 'draconian' on account freeze

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

Jho Low on the run

Businessman Low Taek Jho, who is better known as Jho Low, has fled from Macau, inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun confirmed today.

The Macau security secretariat also confirmed that the Penang-born Low, who is a central figure in the 1MDB scandal, had left the region.

The South China Morning Post reported that Low is now in China, having fled from Macau by either a car or private jet.

According to Bloomberg, Hong Kong authorities turned down the Singaporean police's request to arrest Low, back in 2016, for money laundering and dealing in stolen property.

Meanwhile, former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali denied the claim that he had refused to cooperate with the Swiss AG in 1MDB investigations in 2016.

Najib cries 'draconian' on account freeze

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak complained that a cheque issued on his personal account for his eldest daughter's medical bill, bounced due to the "draconian" freeze of the account by 1MDB investigators.

The Penang Front Party lodged a police report over a viralised mugshot image of Najib affixed to a tombstone, in a Chinese tomb-sweeping day setting.

Meanwhile, Umno has assembled a legal team to claim approximately RM11.67 million in funds seized by the police from Najib's property, as it claims the money belongs to the party.

Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos was slapped with an RM400 fine by the Shah Alam Magistrate's Court over the beer bottle smashing stunt outside the Selangor State Secretariat building in October last year.

Umno vice-president Mahdzir Khalid said that the Unified Examination Certificate should be recognised if holders of the qualification obtain SPM credits in BM and History

Other Kinibites

Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum was sworn in as the chief justice, replacing outgoing CJ Md Raus Sharif.

Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin rebuked discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Activist lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, who is under police probe for questioning the monarchy, said that no institution is immune from criticism in a democracy.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said he has received offers to halve the cost of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project.

Controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik thanked the Malaysian government for allowing him to stay in the country, amid calls for him to be deported to India to face extremism charges.

Looking ahead

Education Minister Maszlee Malik will attend Hari Raya open house at Dewan Perdana, Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

Lawyers for Liberty will hold a press conference on the death of a Navy cadet.

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