Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Najib reiterates denial of CIA letter; Khazanah board members quit

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

Najib reiterates denial of CIA letter

Former premier Najib Abdul Razak reiterated that he does not know of the letter to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) penned by a division under the Prime Minister's Department, saying the letter neither bore the PMD's letterhead or his signature.

Earlier, Najib told reporters in Parliament that the confidential letter, which had sought US' support in the event BN won the May 9 general election with a narrow margin, should have remained a secret.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng questioned if other letters similar to the one written to CIA were sent to other nations ahead of the 14th general election.

On another matter, in his maiden speech as part of the opposition in the Dewan Rakyat, Najib questioned what had happened to Pakatan Harapan's promise to abolish the debts of Felda settlers within 100 days of forming the federal government.

Commenting on the mass resignation of the board of Khazanah Nasional, Najib said the entity was formerly meant to enrich the country and not just the bumiputera.

Khazanah board members quit

Sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional said its board of directors has offered to quit en masse from their posts, in order to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition under the new government.

Lim Guan Eng said the resignation offers were a "smart move", one which would allow Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to make his appointments of choice for the new board.

Opposition leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, however, urged the government to prioritise corporate interests and keep politics out when appointing new directors to Khazanah's board.

A similar fate has reportedly hit national public transport firm Prasarana Malaysia Bhd with its chairperson Khalid Abu Bakar, who is the former inspector-general of police, confirming that he quit the firm and is now "jobless."

Prasarana, meanwhile, denied that the tenure of its president and group chief executive officer Masnizam Hisham is expected to be shortened or that she has tendered her resignation, as had been reported earlier.

Other Kinibites

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli confirmed with Malaysiakini that he will contesting the PKR deputy president's post in the August party elections, squaring off against incumbent Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Former law minister Azalina Othman Said urged the Harapan government to use existing provisions in the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 to deal with child marriage cases.

Prime Minister Mahathir told an interview with CNN that he has to trust PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim "whether I like it or not."

Mahathir will next month lead a delegation to China to meet President Xi Jinping, according to government sources.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said he plans to hold a series of closed-door meetings with junior doctors and house officers to discuss the issue of bullying at their workplaces.

Looking ahead

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will attend the National Land Day celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Putrajaya.

Umno will hold its supreme council meeting.

NGO Pembela Ummah will hold a rally in afternoon against the purported threat to Malays and Muslims after GE14.

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