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Premature end to EC tribunal and 9 things that happened yesterday

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

1. A tribunal against four former Election Commission (EC) members has ended in a split decision, with three out of five panel members deciding that the tribunal should not proceed since the matter was academic.

2. Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said the decision was disappointing because time and energy was spent preparing the case while former Bersih leader Maria Chin Abdullah warned that the decision may send the wrong signal to the public.

3. Najib Abdul Razak continued to mock Lim Kit Siang for backing out of their televised debate plan. Najib said Lim had played the "racial tensions" card as an excuse.

4. PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, however, said Lim did the right thing by withdrawing after listening to the advice of supporters.

5. Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir has apologised for not shaking hands with the Johor ruler when they were paying their last respects to Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah in Kuantan two days ago.

6. The police are aware of the whereabouts of former SRC International Sdn Bhd director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil. Nik Faisal is a key witness in the trial against Najib, who is accused of receiving RM42 million in relations to a RM4 billion loan extended to the former 1MDB subsidiary.

7. The High Court has ordered Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor to comply with the request by the authorities to declare her assets. This is in connection to a money-laundering trial.

8. A Lebanese jewellery firm, which filed an RM60 million suit against former prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor over 44 pieces of jewellery, claimed that not all the pieces were in the custody of the authorities.

9. A Singaporean cabinet minister has come under fire from Malaysian lawyers for suggesting that the death penalty was an "effective deterrent" against drug offences.

10. Putrajaya has yet to decide on whether to accept China's offer for Panda bonds, first offered in February.

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