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First female CJ appointed, and 9 things that happened yesterday

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

1. The Prime Minister's Office announced that Federal Court judge Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat has been appointed the new chief justice of Malaysia, becoming the first woman in the country's history to hold the position.

2. In explaining the country's reliance on foreign labour, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that some Malaysians are choosy about their jobs - to the extent of not wanting to work under the hot sun - and he joked that working hours could perhaps be shifted to night time.

3. On another matter, Mahathir said he is willing to meet any party, including Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun, after Fuzi voiced concerns about the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

4. Ahead of a rally 'to defend Islam' by Gerakan Pembela Ummah (Ummah) this Saturday, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin warned that police will take stern action against those who insult any religion.

5. Abdul Hamid Bador has been signed on for a two-year post-retirement contract as inspector-general of police effective Saturday, Muhyiddin said in a statement.

6. Putrajaya honoured an RM1 million golden handshake for former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak as required by law, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur was told.

7. Speaking at a seminar, Bersatu member and former minister Syed Hamid Albar said Najib himself did not fulfil the majority of promises made in the 13th general election (GE13) manifesto.

8. Economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram said state fund 1MDB and the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) were 'tools' created by BN to finance the last two general elections following the 2008 election, purportedly due to the lack of election funds.

9. Jomo also warned of the dangers of ethno-populism, as exemplified by the cooperation between Umno and PAS.

10. Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin lodged a police report after receiving a Facebook message threatening him with physical harm.

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