Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Anwar debuts at Bersatu gig; Mat Sabu recounts Equanimity luxury; Sosma strike

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

Anwar debuts at Bersatu gig

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim made his first appearance at a Bersatu event, declaring it as the beginning of closer cooperation within Pakatan Harapan.

On a separate matter, Anwar said he is not seeking for the punishment of the judges who sent him to prison but wants the allegation that his Sodomy II case prosecutor Muhammad Shafee Abdullah received RM9.5 million from former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, to be addressed.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang claimed that Pakatan Harapan came to power, based in part, with the support of young voters in Kuala Lumpur who "did not know about the developments in the country".

Mat Sabu recounts Equanimity luxury

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu recounted the "unimaginable" luxury on board the Equanimity, a vessel suspected of being acquired using misappropriated 1MDB funds by businessperson Low Taek Jho.

Hadi said PAS was open to Najib campaigning for the party amid calls within Umno to keep its distance from the former prime minister due to his involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

The bad press and Putrajaya's urgency in wanting to sell off the seized Equanimity could cause its sale price to fall, he said.

Sosma hunger strike

More than 100 detainees under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 went on strike but subsequently ended the protest after Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Hanipa Maidin promised to address their conditions in detention.

Anwar noted that there had been complaints that the treatment of Sosma detainees was worse than under the now- defunct Internal Security Act, and he urged for remedial action.

The Home Ministry said it is taking the issues raised by Sosma detainees seriously.

Lawyer N Rajesh came forward with another case of police employing repeated remands in an attempt at "backdoor" detention without trial.

Other Kinibites

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department P Waythamoorthy said the government is looking at a new action plan to promote unity in the country.

Wee Ka Siong, the sole MP from MCA to survive in the 14th general election, announced that he will be contesting for the position of party president.

Former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he was prepared to be probed after it was revealed he continued to use special forces escorts even though he is no longer in the government.

Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali said the BR1M cash handout should be phased out as it contained "corruption" elements, and he promised a substitute mechanism.

Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad called for reforms to BR1M, instead of a complete abolition.

Looking ahead

The Dewan Negara resumes sitting, with new senators expected to be sworn in as well.

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) is expected to restart the inquiry into the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh.

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