Ceasefire urged between Dr M and Johor palace, and 9 things that happened yesterday

Kini Roundup

Modified 7 May 2019, 8:59 am

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

1. Johor PKR chief Hassan Abdul Karim has urged Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Johor palace to refrain from open confrontation after Mahathir called the Johor crown prince “stupid” in an interview.

2. Mahathir admitted that his administration is caught in a Catch-22 situation when it comes to issues of race and religion.

3. Former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng was extradited to the United States last week to face 1MDB-related charges, after which he will return to Malaysia to face more charges.

4. The cost of maintaining the superyacht Equanimity until it was sold had come up to RM15.5 million, of which RM12.7 million was for keeping the ship in good condition.

5. At yesterday’s SRC International hearing, the court was told that former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak had signed the federal government’s guarantee for an RM2 billion loan from Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) to SRC International.

6. Newly sworn-in Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat is known for her dissenting judgments - and she dismissed suggestions that this was a factor in her promotion.

7. The Parliamentary Special Select Committee on Public Appointments said it would review the recent appointments of Chief Justice Maimun and Abdul Hamid Bador’s appointment as inspector-general of police.

8. The father of the murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, Shaariibuu Setev, lost his cool with the respondent lawyer’s line of questioning about a photograph and briefly refused to answer further questions.

9. Norway’s Telenor and Malaysia’s Axiata Group - the latter being the operator of Digi and Celcom networks - are in talks of a merger that could form the largest telecommunications company in Asia.

10. A landmark study by an intergovernmental panel has found that a million animal and plant species are facing imminent risk of extinction due to human activities.

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