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PKR engineers 'PD move'; Dewan Negara rejects AFN repeal

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

PKR engineers 'PD move'

PKR announced that its Port Dickson MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah will make way for party president-elect Anwar Ibrahim to contest the seat and facilitate his return to Parliament.

The party’s Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin urged Anwar to explain his stand on the move, as she claimed the decision was not arrived at through the “proper channels.”

Anwar explained that he settled on Port Dickson as Danyal was “ serious” about stepping aside to assist him in the constituency.

Both PAS and BN said they will hold meetings soon to decide whether to field candidates against the prime minister-in-waiting.

Deputy president hopeful Rafizi Ramli said PKR will take into account the trend of low voter turnout in the three by-elections since GE14, but insisted that it is no reason to put off the Port Dickson polls.

Dewan Negara rejects AFN repeal bill

The Dewan Negara rejected the Anti-Fake News (Abolition) Bill 2018, with 28 senators against the repeal, 21 for and three abstaining.

BN senator Khairul Azwan Harun said that this was because the contentious law should be improved instead of being abolished outright.

De facto law minister Liew Vui Keong accused BN senators, who dominate the Dewan Negara, of rejecting the repeal bill to suit their own political agenda.

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak questioned why the ringgit was still falling four months after his ouster despite the uptick in global oil prices.

Najib was also told by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng called to stop “ pretending” to be unaware of food items in restaurants being subject to a six percent sales and service tax.

Other Kinibites

Student activists gave Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik seven days to resign as president of the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the Mercedes-Benz E250 recently purchased by the state government was out of necessity, not luxury.

The Shah Alam High Court freed the two teenage stepsons of the late Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan after revising their seven-day remand order.

Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah said Putrajaya has no plan to reduce the price of petroleum to RM1.50 per litre unless the global oil price drops to that level.

Forest City master developer Country Garden Pacificview insisted that the unnamed official who said the project was “ too expensive” for Malaysians is not the company’s spokesperson.

Looking ahead

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad will hold a press conference on the allegedly dubious sale of 64 plots of land by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is scheduled to visit Orphancare Petaling Jaya.

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