KINI ROUNDUP | Here are the key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
Speculation rife on Anwar’s seat pick
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said the party’s president-elect Anwar Ibrahim is choosing between two parliamentary seats through which he would make his comeback in Parliament. The official announcement would be made after he returns to Malaysia on Wednesday.
Though Saifuddin said the seat would not be from one of the northern states, speculation is circulating that Nibong Tebal MP Mansor Othman would vacate his seat for Anwar and be appointed as Penang governor. Mansor has denied this.
Meanwhile, PAS has directed its party machinery in Pandan to prepare for a by-election, which it deems to be the most likely pick for Anwar to make his entrance into Parliament. The current Pandan MP is Anwar’s wife and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Singapore to return 1MDB-linked funds
A Singapore court has approved the return of S$15.3 million (RM46.075 million) that had been missing from 1MDB and its former subsidiary SRC International.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng welcomed the move, but said it is merely the tip of the iceberg and expressed hope that the money is just the beginning of more to come.
DAP rep regrets calling for use of sedition law
Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh has expressed regret for urging authorities to investigate former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar for sedition, saying that it was a mistake.
This comes after Ramkarpal had been criticised for making the call, and his own brother and DAP deputy chairperson Gobind Singh Deo said the Sedition Act 1948 should not be used against Hanif.
In a separate development, an independent inquiry body has recommended that the Ministry of Health suspend the head of a department at a hospital in Klang Valley for alleged sexual misconduct, to pave way for further action against him.
Today is Awal Muharram, when Muslims celebrate the Islamic New Year. Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos is expected to air a video address for the occasion.
Former Council of Eminent Persons chairperson Daim Zainuddin and Rural and Regional Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun will be holding a meet-and-greet event at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kuala Lumpur.