Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Polemics continue over LGBTs; Dr M wants proof of anti-Anwar plot

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

Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin has expressed concern that men would pretend to be transwomen to access female bathrooms, while de facto Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa clarified that he never gave ‘permission’ for transwomen to use female bathrooms.

Mujahid’s deputy Fuziah Salleh suggested that transgender people could use toilets for persons with disabilities as a short-term measure, prompting disability rights activist Anthony Thanasayan to slam her for insulting both transgender persons and people with disabilities.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman defended the right of a doctor to air her views critical against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals (LGBTs), but PKR supreme council member Latheefa Koya insisted that action must be taken against her.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye has told PAS to stop assuming that LGBTs are mentally ill, while the Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman said there should no discussion or compromise with LGBTs because they are “cursed by God”.

Dr M: Very nice allegation, prove it

Kapar MP Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid has insisted that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali is colluding with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Mahathir’s advisor Daim Zainuddin to prevent Anwar Ibrahim from becoming prime minister.

This prompted Bersatu supreme council Wan Saiful Wan Jan to caution PKR against spreading its “disease” to other Pakatan Harapan parties.

Mahathir has asked for proof for what he described as a “very nice allegation”, while Syed Saddiq expressed confidence that the bond between Mahathir and Anwar will hold.

Other Kinibites

Activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi has been summoned for questioning under the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, prompting calls for Pakatan Harapan to explain the law’s continued use.

The National Civics Bureau and National Service programmes have been abolished, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports will take charge of drafting substitute programmes.

A source told Malaysiakini that DAP has dropped former broadcast journalist Yunna Tan for the forthcoming Balakong by-election and has picked of Subang Jaya councillor Wong Siew Ki, due to opposition from the grassroots.

Looking ahead

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will take his oath as the Pagoh MP in Parliament today, after being delayed by his cancer treatment.

A labour court in Port Klang is slated to rule whether an undocumented migrant worker is entitled to five years of unpaid wages.

Attorney-general Tommy Thomas and Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah will be attending the opening of the International Malaysia Law Conference.

Both DAP and MCA are expected to make formal announcements on their candidates for the Balakong by-election, ahead of the Aug 18 nomination day.

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