Umno wants explanation from ‘dancing pair’; Najib croons about his innocence

Kini Roundup

Modified 23 Jan 2019, 10:32 pm

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

Umno wants explanation from ‘dancing pair’

Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki told attorney-general Tommy Thomas and chief justice Richard Malanjum to explain their dance onstage together, as it paints the judiciary in a bad light.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang earlier said that resignations would have been tendered if top legal officials in the West were seen doing the same.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang claimed that he never said PAS nominated Hadi as its pick for prime minister-designate in the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Earlier, Hadi said he could not recall ever being nominated for the prime minister's post prior to the 13th general election.

Meanwhile, a group of MCA activists were embroiled in a confrontation in Cameron Highlands after attempting to approach Lim regarding the abolition of the death penalty.

 Najib croons about his innocence

Ahead of his SRC International trial, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak got behind the microphone to sing about his alleged persecution by the Pakatan Harapan government to the tune of 1970s hit “Hati Ku Luka Lagi.”

In Cameron Highlands, Najib poked fun at Harapan over its apparent failure to deliver on several of its election promises nine months after the coalition's historic polls win.

Altantuya Shaariibuu's cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg testified that she saw a photograph of the slain Mongolian national in Paris together with her then-lover Abdul Razak Baginda and a deputy prime minister named 'Razak'.

She also said that the purpose of Altantuya's final visit to Malaysia was to seek money from Razak Baginda for unpaid work.

Najib Abdul Razak, who is presumed to be the former deputy prime minister referred to by Burmaa, said that her claims were lies, and reiterated that he had never met Altantuya.

Other Kinibites

Three candidates in the Cameron Highlands by-election – M Manogaran, Wong Seng Yee, and Sallehuddin Ab Talib – presented their respective plans for the constituency in a televised debate.

Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the lack of incoming petroleum royalties is among the reasons why the state has to resort to logging.

Khadem al-Qubaisi – who allegedly played a key role in the misappropriation of 1MDB funds – claimed that he is being made a scapegoat in the scandal and that Abu Dhabi is forcing him to turn over his personal assets.

Three ministers said they are in the dark about the alleged termination of the China Communications and Construction Company (CCCC) as the contractor for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

Putrajaya has cancelled the Telom Dam project in Cameron Highlands, according to Energy Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

Looking ahead

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng will attend the launch of the B40 insurance scheme at Dewan Utama, Putrajaya.

Proceedings for the civil suit filed by Altantuya's family over her death continues at the Shah Alam High Court.