Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Dr M chides MB on Forest City; twin by-election campaigns end

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

Dr M chides MB on Forest City

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed unhappiness over Johor Menteri Besar Osman Sapian's defence of the Forest City project and maintained that he doesn't want Chinese nationals to occupy the newly-created artificial islands.

The prime minister said the authorities plan to lay "many charges" against his predecessor Najib Abdul Razak.

He warned that Malaysia would lose its competitive edge if minimum wage was raised too quickly.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik's appointment as president of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) will be reviewed, said the prime minister.

Mahathir said a survey by Berkshire Media had concluded that most Malaysian are happy with his administration so far, although some promises have yet to be fulfilled.

By-election campaigns make last lap

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed that his party leaders will attend PAS' annual delegates meeting next week.

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai was confident of his party's prospects with Malay and Indian voters for the Balakong by-election.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said MCA was being used by Umno and PAS to form an "unholy alliance".

Port Dickson MCA leader Lim Chin Fui said working with PAS would result in MCA losing the one thing it has left - its dignity.

For the last-minute campaign message by all parties participating in the by-elections, read our LIVE coverage here. Voters at Seri Setia and Balakong state seats will be voting today.

Other KiniBites

Malaysiakini maps out PKR and PAS campaign stops over the past 21 days in an attempt to examine their campaign strategies.

Attempts to scuttle the Rantau election petition to challenge former Negri Sembilan menteri besar Mohamad Hassan's victory in the state seat, has failed. The matter will be heard next week.

The Federal Court has written a letter seeking clarification from the Malaysian Bar which had filed a case challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of the nation's two former top judges.

Looking ahead

The Seri Setia and Balakong by-election takes place today. Check in this evening to follow Malaysiakini's LIVE coverage of the results.

Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown will launch her book in Sheraton Petaling Jaya at 4pm.

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