KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Opposition MPs have quit the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) en masse to demand that the government fulfils its promise to reserve the position of PAC chairperson for the opposition. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad dismissed the mass resignation as “their own business”.
2. Those applying for aid from the Social Welfare Department would no longer need letters of support from their elected representatives to support their applications, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh.
3. Two Malaysiakini interns share their first-person accounts of the fracas outside Universiti Malaya last week, and stressed that they were merely doing their jobs and were not part of the protest that took place.
4. Two directors and their used tyre processing company were slapped with 15 additional charges yesterday over the pollution of Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor, earlier this month.
5. The lawyer for the family of the deceased firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s family said they will not be asking for a person claiming to be a nurse to testify at the inquest on Adib’s death. The purported nurse’s post disputing expert testimony at the inquest had gone viral on social media platforms before being retracted.
6. Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said he has instructed a law firm to initiate legal proceedings against Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming over his claim that Umno and PAS rule would result in Malaysia becoming a ‘Taliban state’.
7. The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court postponed the filing of charges against former Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) director Sundra Rajoo pending a judicial review today on his immunity from prosecution.
8. The Kedah government has apologised for using the word ‘wira’ (heroes) on the signboard of a recently opened monument to three Japanese soldiers. Meanwhile, Kedah MCA Youth gave the memorial a ‘makeover’ to dedicate it to those who fought the Japanese.
9. Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun said he will resign as the Seremban International Golf Club president following the decision of its members to lift a ban on serving alcoholic beverages at the club.
10. A deaf and mute six-year-old boy in Lombok has been hailed as a hero after rescuing a group of Malaysian tourists caught in a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that recently jolted the area.