KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Malaysia and Singapore are to take several key steps towards resolving their differences during a retreat of the heads of the two governments today. Both countries have suspended overlapping port limit claims and are working on a supplementary agreement for the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS) project.
2. A group of student activists who leaked a purported paper that helped sway the Conference of Rulers against the Rome Statute has launched an online petition urging the government to reconsider withdrawing from acceding to the statute, citing the need to seek justice for the victims of the MH17 shooting.
3. Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah told Parliament that a sales agent who brought in a pink diamond and other jewellery for the wife of a VVIP had declared the valuables to the Royal Customs Department, but no purchase was ultimately made.
4. Sources claimed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has submitted to the deputy public prosecutor the findings of its investigation into the allegation that PAS received RM90 million from Umno.
5. A group of activists marched to Parliament to demand the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), citing four high profile cases of police misconduct as a crucial need for this.
6. Businessperson G Gnanaraja has been slapped with 68 counts of money laundering, totalling RM11.4 million, just a week after he was charged with deceiving the managing director of the firm given the contract for the Penang undersea tunnel project.
7. Rare earth miner Lynas is considering new processing facilities near its mine in Australia amid increasing regulatory pressure from Malaysia.
8. Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the minister’s son who had tested positive for drug abuse would soon be charged in court. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said he will leave his son’s case to take its course in court.
9. The government has tabled a new bill to impose a departure levy on any person leaving Malaysia.
10. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said Lembaga Tabung Haji is looking for ways to shorten the waiting time for hajj pilgrimages, where some may have to wait 100 years for their chance to perform a pilgrimage.