Najib wants 'strong' opposition; Opcom will still bid for gov't projects

Kini Roundup

Modified 4 Aug 2018, 12:08 am

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

Najib wants 'strong' opposition

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak urged Sungai Kandis voters to back BN in order to have a strong opposition in the Selangor legislative assembly.

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali called on Sungai Kandis voters not to vote for BN, likening the coalition to "thieves".

PAS members and supporters in Sungai Kandis are in two minds over who they should back for the by-election today, although the party has told them to vote anyone but PKR.

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Rahman has urged voters to not support a "Christian-led” Pakatan Harapan government on the of the Sungai Kandis by-election.

BN candidate Lokman Noor Adam claimed he has secured the support of 280 Gerakan supporters in Sungai Kandis. Meanwhile, retired police corporal Mohd Ismawi Ismail walked 30km as a show of support for Lokman.

BN has decided to stay out of the upcoming Seti Setia by-election to make way for PAS.

Opcom will still bid for gov't projects

Fiber optics manufacturer Opcom Group, which is chaired by the current prime minister's son, believes there would be no conflict of interest if it bids for projects from government-linked companies.

A think-tank has urged Putrajaya to learn from the 1MDB episode and not allow politicians to helm GLCs such as Khazanah Nasional.

Gerakan legal and human rights bureau head Baljit Singh the public would not begrudge Pakatan Harapan if it decided to stick with GST.

Ahmad Hilmy and Lim Mah Hui examined why Penang's LRT project must be reviewed.

Other KiniBites

Former Astro AEC current affairs talk show host Yunna Tan is widely tipped to be DAP's candidate for the Balakong by-election.

In an interview with Malaysiakini, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said there was more freedom of speech now, but people are abusing it to undermine Islam.

Beluran MP Ronald Kiandee looks set to make history as the nation's first opposition MP to helm Parliament's powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Looking ahead

The Sungai Kandis by-election will take place today after a two-week long campaign. Malaysiakini will provide live coverage of the results this evening.

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