Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

More unreturned tax refunds revealed; MCA schooled on being the opposition

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

More unreturned tax refunds revealed

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng revealed that the previous BN government had not repaid RM16 billion in income tax and real property gains tax refunds over the last six years.

Former second finance minister Johari Abdul Ghani urged the government to lodge a police report on these unreturned tax refunds to determine if criminal breach of trust was involved.

PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dismissed speculation of a plot to prevent party president elect Anwar Ibrahim from succeeding Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.

DAP schools MCA on being the opposition

MCA vice-president Chew Mei Fun questioned why DAP feared her party providing check and balance to the government.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang said MCA must first condemn the 1MDB scandal and former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak before it can be regarded as credible opposition.

Former Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said he was confident of PKR retaining the Selangor seat in the coming by-election.

Seri Setia Umno grassroots members declared that they would back the PAS candidate for the by-election, Dr Halimah Ali.

New rules in PKR polls

PKR imposed new rules for its party polls, including limiting campaign crowds to 100, and banning group photos in campaign materials.

Wan Azizah denied the new rules were aimed at PKR deputy president hopeful Rafizi Ramli, who is campaigning as part of a team and speaking to large crowds.

Nik Nazmi said the crowd size limit was impractical, as candidates have to campaign for the support of some 800,000 PKR members who are eligible to vote.

Other Kinibites

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu reprimanded state exco Abdul Aziz Bari, who is from DAP, over differing stances on the proposal to grant a 999-year land titles to Chinese new villages.

Police said a probe against former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman for alleged criminal intimidation will commence once his health improves.

The Human Rights Commission's (Suhakam) inquiry into the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh will restart on Aug 27.

Malaysia Rail Link, the project owner of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), was reportedly " shocked" at the cancellation of the project.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke promised that existing railway infrastructure in the East Coast will be improved.

Looking ahead

Candidates continue to hit the campaign trail in the Balakong and Sri Setia by-elections.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng promised further revelations on land banks linked to the previous BN government.

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