Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Singapore vs M'sia encroachment debate rages on; Guan Eng slams Hadi over Icerd rally remark

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

Singapore vs M'sia encroachment debate rages on

Malaysia can measure the Johor Bahru port limits to find out if the country's authorities have encroached into Singapore's territorial waters, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

Singapore then reiterated that the purported extension of the Johor Bahru port does encroach into its waters around Tuas.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke also disputed Singapore’s claim, saying the altered port limits are well within Malaysia’s territorial sea border.

On another matter, Loke said Malaysia will not take a confrontational approach in handling the encroachment into the Pasir Gudang airspace by the new Instrument Landing System (ILS) used by Singapore’s Seletar Airport.

Meanwhile, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said both Singapore and Malaysia should continue to discuss both airspace and maritime encroachment issues constructively.

Guan Eng slams Hadi over Icerd rally remark

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng slammed PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for saying that the gathering against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) was necessary because non-Muslim MPs outnumbered Muslim MPs in Parliament.

The gathering’s programme director Kamaruzaman Mohamad said it is not aimed at other races, instead, at “traitors” of the country who attempt to defile the Federal Constitution.

Kamaruzaman confirmed that former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak will be attending the rally on Saturday, and invited Mahathir and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to follow suit.

The PAS-controlled Kelantan government has declared Dec 9 as “cuti peristiwa” (occasional holiday) for the state in view of the anti-Icerd gathering to be held in Kuala Lumpur the day before.

Another rally is scheduled to be held on Saturday, in Petaling Jaya – the Human Rights Commission’s (Suhakam) Human Rights Day 2018 event, to be launched by Mahathir.

Other Kinibites

Former 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy is expected to be hauled to court over the alleged tampering of the National Audit Department's audit report on 1MDB, MACC sources told Malaysiakini.

BN chairperson Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the ejection of Cameron Highlands MP C Sivarraajh from the Dewan Rakyat earlier today, due to the court ruling declaring the seat vacant, went against the Federal Constitution.

The de-gazetting of Pulau Kukup’s national park status was done in a Johor assembly meeting March 7, 2018, when BN was still the state government, a document cited by Malaysiakini shows.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the wedding of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who was injured in a riot last week, will be held at the end of the month, as planned, as he recuperating well.

Superyacht Equanimity will be sold at a nine-figure US dollar price, said a media statement issued by 1MDB and the federal government's legal team.

Looking ahead

The Kuala Lumpur police chief will hold a press conference.

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah will be attending a function at the International Islamic University.

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