Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Daim: CEP members back at their jobs; Anwar’s MP seat to be named today

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

CEP members back to own jobs

Members of the Council of Eminent Persons have gone back to their own jobs, said its chairperson Daim Zainuddin, despite Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s insistence that the council is still in existence.

On a lighter-hearted note, Daim suggested that the Bandar Malaysia project should be turned into a recreational park, and joked that the park also has a museum featuring the handbags of the former prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Anwar’s seat announcement today; speculation rife

Speculation continues on which parliamentary seat would soon be vacated for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim to return to the Dewan Rakyat, and this time it is said to be Port Dickson.

However, Negeri Sembilan PKR chief said he has no knowledge of such a development, while PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution ruled out the Pandan seat held by Anwar’s wife. Saifuddin urged people to wait for his announcement later today.

Sabotage? Top civil servant says it’s correcting BN-era mistakes

A report by The Malaysian Insight quoted sources claiming that the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Public Service Department are going against Mahathir’s orders by “sabotaging” the appointments of new officers.

However, government chief secretary Ismail Bakar said the PSC was only ridding itself of BN-era practices, where procedures for appointing such officers were not complied with.

Other Kinibites

Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor has mooted that PAS joins forces with Umno, MCA and MIC to form a new party, while PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said cooperation with Umno will continue if it brought more good for Islam and Malays.

Elaborating on his earlier allegations, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim claimed that his personal phones, emails and private communications are being monitored by the government, and it’s his duty to speak up on wrongdoings.

Two members of a fishing boat had been kidnapped by armed men in the waters off Pulau Gaya, Semporna, police said.

An eight-year-old girl is missing in Tawau and is feared drowned or attacked by crocodiles. Separately, the Wildlife Department has set up crocodile traps to catch a crocodile that had bitten a teenager in Sandakan.

Looking ahead

PKR is due to announce the MP seat that is to be vacated for Anwar to contest.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik will be meeting the student activists who have been protesting against his appointment as president of the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

The Dewan Negara is slated to resume debates on the Anti-Fake News (Repeal) Bill 2018.

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