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ECRL back on track and eight things that happened yesterday

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

1. The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will resume at a significantly cheaper price tag. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will reveal more on Monday.

2. Daim Zainuddin, the chief Malaysian negotiator for the new deal, said the track will be slightly shorter and its west-coast alignment will be altered.

3. Law Minister Liew Vui Keong revealed the list of MPs who voted for the bill to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution, which, surprisingly, showed that four opposition MPs from Sabah voted in favour.

4. Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran decided to pull out the race card when campaigning for the Rantau by-election, drawing ire of Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin.

5. While some pundits believe that it should be smooth sailing for BN in Rantau, Malaysiakini has found that a sizeable portion of BN component party members had already switched camps. Read the analysis here.

6. PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has joined BN's campaign for Rantau. He referred to BN candidate Mohamad Hasan as someone capable of dealing with "Pak Pandir" running the government.

7. Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku Rakyat Sabah (Star) is the second party after PAS to express interest in fielding a candidate for the upcoming Sandakan by-election.

8. Police are investigating allegations that 50,000 ballot slips meant for the Indonesian presidential elections next Wednesday were uncovered in several locations in Selangor.

9. Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retires today after serving 27 years in the judiciary.

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