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Najib set to debate Kit Siang, and 9 things that happened yesterday

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

1. Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang have agreed to a debate, though the details are still to be discussed and Lim is crowdsourcing for ideas.

2. Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan said it is not appropriate for the party grassroots to either pressure party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to take leave or resign, and urged that the status quo remains in place.

3. Malaysia has agreed to pay Singapore RM2 million to postpone the Rapid Transit System for six months in order to explore cheaper means to resolve the congestion problem at the border, including privatisation.

4. The government’s challenge against the US$5.78 billion settlement with the International Petroleum Investment Company in a London court has been put on hold, pending arbitration.

5. While Bersih said it has recorded fewer election offences in Sandakan, compared with the previous by-elections, de facto Deputy Law Minister Hanipa Maidin said the police are still investigating election offences in the seven earlier by-elections that have taken place since the 14th general election.

6. A mining company has accused Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar of lying about the status of a state GLC to the media.

7. The Islamic Economic Development Foundation has suspended its director-general Abibullah Samsudin pending an investigation the allegations that he warned employees that he would check their ballot papers “one by one”.

8. Reformasi activist S Jayathas, 52, has passed away following a battle with kidney-related disease.

9. France has dropped some graft charges against Najib’s former advisor Abdul Razak Baginda, although other charges of graft and misappropriation still remain.

10. Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been declared the winner of the presidential election held last month, with an improvment in his previous election majority against his rival Prabowo Subianto.

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