Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Dr M soothes Chinese investors' concerns; Najib told to give up info on Jho Low

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

Dr M soothes Chinese investors' concerns

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad moved to soothe worried China investors, assuring them that Putrajaya's decision to review certain mega projects was not a case of targetting China but due to unsustainable agreements entered by the previous BN government.

Mahathir also assured Chinese investors that there will be transparency, claimingthat the previous BN government had demanded a 30 percent stake as a bribe from foreign investors for certain projects.

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak questioned if Mahathir was implying that Chinese state-owned company had conspired with BN in bribery.

Najib told to give up info on Jho Low

Umno vice-president Khaled Nordin urged Najib to give up information on businessperson Low Taek Jho, a central figure in the 1MDB scandal, if he had any.

Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who had acted for Mahathir before, accused Low of "spinning" and said no US authorities have made official protests over the handover of the superyacht Equanimity to Malaysian authorities

Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki hailed the Seri Setia by-election as the start of stronger relations between Umno and PAS.

PAS veteran Mustafa Ali said a remaking of political coalitions, including parties within Pakatan Harapan, was possible.

MCA denies rift with Umno

MCA Youth denied any rift with Umno after the latter did not turn up when MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong was nominated for the Balakong by-election. MCA had ditched the BN logo for its own for the by-election.

MCA vice-president Chew Mei Fun, while campaigning for the Balakong by-election, challenged Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to cancel the upcoming Bumiputera congress which will be attended by Mahathir.

Deputy minister Ong Kian Ming responded by questioning if MCA wanted to abolish bumiputera privileges in the economy.

Other Kinibites

The latest edition of Malaysianskini features Max Foundation's Ong Mei Ching and her effort to help those suffering from cancer.

PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail promised that her party will take note of Bersih's claim of election offences in the Sungai Kandis by-election and will not repeat them in the Seri Setia by-election.

Umno senator Khairul Azwan Harun said the party must abandon its echo chamber as the views of its members alone is no longer king.

Malaysian marine police rescued seven people from pirates near Pulau Langgun but four Malaysians were taken across the Thai border.

DAP said it was horrified by the assault on a transgender person after a visit at the hospital.

Looking ahead

The Dewan Negara will convene to debate key bills from the Dewan Rakyat, including those related to the abolition of the GST.

The Council of Eminent Persons is expected to hold a press conference in conjunction with its 100th day after being set up.

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