Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

BN backs reopening 1MDB probe; PM appeals for more time on 100-day pledges

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

BN backs reopening 1MDB probe

The Dewan Rakyat approved a motion to have the Auditor-General's Department and Public Accounts Committee reopen the 1MDB investigation, with even BN MPs, who had previously stifled debates on the issue, backing the call.

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil urged the government to not call auditor-general Madinah Mohamad into the probe as she herself may need to be investigated in matters related to 1MDB.

Hasan Arifin, the former PAC chief, told Parliament that he had deleted a few lines of the committee's report on 1MDB namely about ownership of the Good Star Limited (GSL) after receiving a letter from Bank Negara that it was classified intelligence.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government will have to establish that the jet owned by fugitive financier Jho Low was bought using money stolen from Malaysia before staking a claim on it from Singapore where the jet currently is.

PM appeals for more time on 100-day pledges

Mahathir asked for more time to implement Pakatan Harapan's election pledges as they were drafted based on information available at the time but the state of the federal government was "much worse" than initially thought.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the Harapan government has been trying its best to deliver the 10 promises within 100 days of coming to power and there is no need to apologise for any shortcomings.

On another matter, Mahathir said he still needs the services of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) to solve problems in the government and the council will not be disbanded as yet.

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali denied that the possible extension of CEP's term is due to the inefficiency of the cabinet.

Other Kinibites

The Dewan Rakyat approved a bill to repeal the controversial Anti-Fake News Act introduced during the administration of former premier Najib Abdul Razak.

Najib dared Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to lodge a police report on the latter's claim that RM19 billion in GST refunds have gone "missing" during BN-rule instead of "hiding" behind parliamentary immunity and making such claims in the Dewan Rakyat.

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man gave the Harapan administration a score of “27 to 30” out of 100 marks in assessing the coalition’s performance during its first 100 days in power.

DAP's Tony Pua, who is the finance minister's special officer, said the government is mulling the implementation of new taxes, including a soda tax, to generate revenue for the government and to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Looking ahead

PM Mahathir will officiate a function at the Dewan Taklimat ICU in the Prime Minister's Department.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke will make an important announcement at his ministry in Putrajaya.

Perkasa's Ibrahim Ali announces setting up a new party at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, in Kampung Baru.

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