Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Daim reveals Jho Low's request for help; Dr M comes to Maszlee's defence

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

Daim reveals Jho Low's request for help

The Attorney-General Chamber's submitted " new information" on former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak paying RM9.5 million to lawyer Shafee Abdullah, who had acted as special prosecutor against Najib's political rival Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial.

Council of Eminent Persons chairperson Daim Zainuddin Daim revealed that he previously decided to become a lawyer again so as to gain access to Anwar when he was still in prison.

Daim also revealed that businessperson Low Taek Jho, who is wanted for the 1MDB graft case, had tried to contact him several times but was turned down.

Najib questioned why the government had not taken action against him over two other allegations of misappropriation.

Former minister Rafidah Aziz, who had accused Najib of wrongdoing before, said there was a cabinet paper to prove her claim.

Mahathir comes to Maszlee's defence

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohaamd defended Education Minister Maszlee Malik's appointment as the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) president, stressing that the cabinet will keep watch over him in that role.

PKR's Deputy Rural Development Minister R Sivarasa urged Maszlee to reconsider the appointment amid concerns of conflict of interest.

Anwar revealed that he was previously also offered the IIUM presidency but turned it down.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, who is also the Muar MP, said he is against the forceful removal of Chinese language signage in Muar.

Johor exco Tan Hong Pin said the local council was only enforcing an old guideline by the previous BN government and the new state government is in the midst of drafting new guidelines.

Seri Setia by-election takes an emotional turn

Pakatan Harapan's Seri Setia by-election candidate Halimey Abu Bakar shed tears when responding to his PAS rival Halimah Ali who downplayed his background as a "local boy".

Selangor Umno and PAS held a joint press conference ahead of voters going to the polls for the Seri Setia by-election, expressing solidarity for each other.

The MTUC criticised the government's revision of the minimum wage to RM1,050, which it said was too little and a betrayal of poor workers.

Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah asked for more time before the government eventually increases the minimum wage to RM1,500 a month.

Manufacturers welcomed the new minimum wage, calling it " reasonable".

Other Kinibites

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman was questioned by the MACC for two hours.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the government is looking into reducing foreign ownership in the Forest City project.

Putrajaya criticised the public caning of a lesbian couple in Putrajaya.

The government is also reportedly looking at capping the ownership of media outlets by political parties to a maximum of 10 percent.

The Selangor state assembly passed a bill the raise the minimum marriage age for Muslims to 18.

Looking ahead

The contenders in the Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections are set to hold their finale rallies tonight.

Umno Youth exco Lokman Adam will be organising a "funeral" protest over the Attorney-General Chamber's decision to drop a graft case against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

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