Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Dr M wants 'Great Wall of China' to come down; Najib wants RCI on ECRL, SSER

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

Dr M wants 'Great Wall of China' to come down

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in an interview with Malaysiakini, said he wants to see the walls surrounding the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) to come down – both literally and figuratively.

Mahathir also said that whether other China-financed megaprojects will be cancelled, deferred or resolved by other means has yet to be established.

MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong questioned if the government called off the construction of one such project – the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) – to “punish” East Coast states that did not vote for Pakatan Harapan in the 14th general election.

Wanita MCA vice-chairperson Ong Chong Swen said that the cost of cancelling the ECRL, High-Speed Rail (HSR), and two gas pipeline projects could add up to over RM36.8 billion.

Najib wants RCI on ECRL, SSER

Former premier Najib Abdul Razak called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into three China-linked projects approved during his administration – the ECRL and the two gas pipeline projects.

Najib also said that it wasn’t the 'Malay tsunami' that sunk BN in GE14, but the fact that Malays were divided.

Upko acting president Wilfred Madius Tangau said his party would support any move by the auditor-general and Public Accounts Committee to reinvestigate 1MDB – despite him serving in the cabinet of the previous administration.

1MDB is seeking a court order for the urgent sale of superyacht Equanimity, which US investigators say was purchased with funds misappropriated from the investment firm.

Other Kinibites

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman was today arrested at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, with police denying that he will be given special treatment.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court dismissed a petition to challenge the GE14 results for the Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat, which was won by Wee.

Sangeet Kaur Deo, daughter of late DAP leader Karpal Singh, filed a police report over claims that a senior judge interfered with the outcome of her father's sedition appeal in 2016.

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said RM6 billion worth of projects in Perak approved by the previous BN government will be subject to a review.

Looking ahead

The Transport Ministry will hold a press conference on the ‘Malaysia’ series number plates.

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