Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Putrajaya to reform bumi policies; Umno leaders drum up Malay fears

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

Putrajaya seeks reforms to bumi policies

At the Future of the Bumiputera and Nation Congress, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Putrajaya was not seeking to threaten bumiputera interest but wanted to curb bad practices that had held them back.

He lamented that the bumiputera community had in the past failed to seize opportunities provided under the New Economic Policy.

He also warned that they may not be able to compete if Putrajaya went ahead with the previous BN government's policy of allowing an influx of Chinese nationals.

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, who was also present at the congress, said Putrajaya was reviewing the Forest City project in Johor due to an offering of free condominium units there in exchange for investments in China, which does not benefit Malaysia.

He also announced a plan to outlaw the practice of bumiputera contractors selling off their contracts to non-bumiputera firms for a quick profit.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who delivered the closing speech, said the Malay and non-Malay communities need to be understanding of each other's fears.

Umno leaders drum up Malay fears

Umno's Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman drummed up Malay fears at a Malay rights rally, claiming that Malays had lost power and that the government was controlled by non-Malays.

Umno Youth exco member Lokman Adam, who was also present, called Mahathir a " mamak" and a "demon".

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said PAS may send a representative to the Umno general assembly if it was invited.

Najib claims late ex-minister was already rich

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak claimed the late former minister Jamaluddin Jarjis was already rich after a legal battle over his multi-billion ringgit estate came under the public spotlight.

Singapore and Malaysia have reportedly come to a compromise over the High Speed Rail project, which will see a deferment of two years and Putrajaya being spared a RM500 million penalty.

Wisma MCA, the MCA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, is set to be demolished and redeveloped into a 70-storey tower.

Other Kinibites

China's Alliance Steel insisted that the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial wall (MCKIP) should be maintained to protect its assets, after Mahathir said he wanted to see it removed.

PAS said it may contest against Anwar if a by-election is triggered for him to contest.

PAS' Seri Setia by-election candidate said the goodies she gave out were sponsored by her party compared to her PKR opponent which is claimed was backed by the Selangor government.

Subang Jaya assemblyperson Michelle Ng appealed to the new Prasarana chief to reduce ticket prices for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the list of goods subjected to the Sales and Services Tax will be reviewed by year end.

Looking ahead

Campaigning for the Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections enters its third and final week.

The MACC is expected to seek a remand extension for former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) chief Hasanah Abdul Hamid

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