Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

PM admits difficulties in delivering promises; court says 'no' to wages for undocumented workers

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

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admitted to government lawmakers that the government is having a tough time delivering on its promises that had been made without expectation of winning the 14th general election, but must now do its best to perform.

The prime minister also said - according to sources - that internal bickering and lack of discipline could cause the Pakatan Harapan government to collapse.

Meanwhile, MCA demanded that Works Minister Baru Bian explains how his ministry arrived at the “overstated amount” of RM400 billion to abolish tolls, saying that Damansara MP Tony Pua had, back in 2009, put the figure at RM25 billion.

Najib, in a Facebook post, suggested that the government puts Pua in charge of delivering Pakatan Harapan’s promise of abolishing tolls.

Court: Undocumented workers have no right to unpaid wages

The Labour Court in Port Klang dismissed an undocumented worker’s claim for five years’ of unpaid wages, saying that she had no right to file such claims to the court.

In response, Klang MP Charles Santiago said the judgment amounts to sanctioning the modern-day slave trade and called for labour law and immigration law to be separated.

Other Kinibites

Singapore police confirmed that they have the jet that is allegedly linked to the financier Low Taek Jho, but have yet to receive Malaysia’s request to transfer custody of the aircraft.

The claims by Jho Low’s lawyers that Malaysia had hijacked proceedings in foreign courts by taking over custody of the superyacht Equanimity, which is also linked to the fugitive businessperson, were dismissed by de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating an aide to Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, after he allegedly received more than RM800,000 from various parties to bail him out of bankruptcy.

Looking ahead

Human rights NGO Suaram will be releasing its report card on Pakatan Harapan’s first 100 days in power.

Mahathir will be attending a town hall session with the government’s administrative and diplomatic staff.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang will be announcing the party’s candidate for the Seri Setia by-election.

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