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M’sia withdraws from Rome Statute, and 9 other things that happened yesterday

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KINI ROUNDUP | Key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.

1. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that Malaysia would withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, while several ministers claimed that disinformation surrounding the international convention is aimed at unseating the premier.

2. Former Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights chairperson Edmund Bon said it would take Malaysia a year to withdraw from the international treaty, although Mahathir had said Malaysia would be able to withdraw by June this year.

3. Lembaga Tabung Haji has announced its lowest-ever hibah (dividend) payment of 1.25 percent, which Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa blamed on BN-era mismanagement. A report claims that RM10 billion in losses had been kept off the books.

4. Mahathir said there would be a new investigation in the disappearances of pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat, but this will only take place after Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun’s retirement next month.

5. The Lynas rare earth refinery would be allowed to continue its operations in Gebeng, but it must remove radioactive waste from the country and find ways to reduce the radioactivity of raw materials brought into the country.

6. In an interview, Bersatu supreme council member Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen revealed that capturing Sabah support could be a game-changer in Malaysian politics, but Mahathir initially was not in favour of the idea of expanding Bersatu to the state.

7. Ahead of a retreat next week between Malaysian and Singapore leaders to discuss “unresolved issues”, Singapore said it was not informed of a ship-to-ship transfer hub project taking shape in the Straits of Johor.

8. Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s trial for 1MDB-related charges would begin on May 14. Meanwhile, the Federal Court will decide on his appeals related to the SRC International Sdn Bhd case next Wednesday.

9. A survey found that as of December 2018, more respondents polled in favour of BN over Pakatan Harapan when asked to score their satisfaction towards the two coalitions.

10. A Malaysian fisherman, Jari Abdullah, 34, who was held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants is in critical condition after being shot while attempting to escape his captors.

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