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Zahid refuses to quit; party-hopping debate continues

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

Zahid refuses to quit

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has refused to step down as Umno president, saying he can only be ousted at a general assembly.

His rival in the June Umno elections, Khairy Jamaluddin, pressed him to step aside, as did several party veterans.

Malaysiakini explored the processes involved should Umno choose to sack its president.

Party-hopping debate continues

Bersatu supreme council member Muhammad Faiz Na'aman said Pakatan Harapan taking in former Umno MPs would help the coalition achieve a two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

Veteran activist Ambiga Sreenevasan said, however, that a two-thirds majority to push for reforms should be achieved through bipartisanship, not defections.

PKR vice-president Xavier Jayakumar said defectors must also pledge loyalty to prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim, besides to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said that his party’s doors are open to Umno defectors.

Other Kinibites

Malaysia was defeated by Vietnam in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final.

Former premier Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor intend to sue Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng for RM100 million for defamation.

At the Amanah convention in Ipoh, a party delegate called for a limit to Malay special privileges.

The Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya was urged to return the RM1.5 million compensation and a one-acre relocation site as it is set to retain the land on which it currently sits.

Looking ahead

A former Malacca chief minister is rumoured to be resigning from Umno today.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is set to officiate at the Dr Siti Hasmah 2018 Awards in Kuala Lumpur tonight.

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