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Confusion over fate of ECRL; PM diagnoses Harapan's problem

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

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak pointed to a letter, purportedly penned by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, to back his claim that the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, which Najib initiated, has been cancelled.

However, China's Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kong Xuanyou, suggested that negotiations on the ECRL are still going on.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged Malaysians to be patient and wait for Lim to make the necessary announcements on ECRL.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has denied suggestions that the feasibility study on the proposed Penang undersea tunnel - another mega project - had been completed.

The Malaysia-Singapore Working Group on the ongoing maritime dispute between the two countries met yesterday and both sides said they held "constructive discussions".

PM diagnoses Harapan's problem

Mahathir assessed that cost-of-living issues were among the reasons why Pakatan Harapan could not win the Cameron Highlands by-election and wants the coalition to resolve the issue.

DAP's Ong Kian Ming in his assessment of the by-election said the result proved that the notion, that certain communities would be more inclined to support the government of the day, was false.

The Election Commission has lodged a police report against the Harapan candidate M Manogaran for donning the coalition's symbol inside a voting centre on Saturday.

Lawyers told a tribunal that the case against six former EC members is academic, since they had all resigned as commissioners and that proceeding with the tribunal would be a waste of time.

Other Kinibites

Najib had three more charges on money laundering read out in court against him, in relation to 1MDB's subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Malaysia can host other events, said Mahathir, if international organisations no longer want the country to host major events.

Malacca Bersatu claimed that the no-confidence vote challenge against its chairperson, Mohd Redzuan Yusof, was not carried out according to the procedure, and as such should not be accepted.

Looking ahead

Mahathir will launch the National Anti-Corruption Plan in the morning.

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