KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Five Umno leaders loyal to former Umno president Najib Abdul Razak and his successor Ahmad Zahid Hamidi have been appointed to the Umno supreme council in one of Zahid’s opening moves upon returning from his garden leave to head the party.
2. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin vowed to take legal action against those who allegedly slandered her by linking her to IOI Group’s chemical plants in Pasir Gudang.
3. Environmental activist Pua Lay Peng’s home and her sister were splashed with red paint in what is believed to be retaliation against Lay Peng for speaking out against illegal plastic dumping. She said that she will not back down on the matter.
4. The hearing into Najib’s SRC International criminal charges by the High Court in Kuala Lumpur was told how a witness had changed his statement to the MACC three times.
5. Transport Minister Anthony Loke dodged questions on the vehicle licence plates used by members of the Johor royal household, while Labis MP Pang Hock Liong, who asked the question, expressed regret that Umno had turned it into a racial issue.
6. Bukit Aman's former legal unit chief Mokhtar Mohd Noor has withdrawn from the special task force set up to investigate the disappearances of pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat after his impartiality was called into question.
7. Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has urged the government to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Bank Negara’s foreign currency dealings. However, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla argued that the government is right to reject it.
8. PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man denied exploiting religion to justify his party’s refusal to have its MPs declare their assets, after PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution pointed out that Tuan Ibrahim had once backed a call for Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor to declare their assets.
9. The government said it would revive its bid to review the decision of the International Court of Justice on the Pulau Batu Puteh dispute, whereas the Singaporean presence on Pulau Pisang is allowed due to a prior agreement between Singapore and a previous Johor sultan.
10. A study found that Malaysia’s financial services industry spends RM3.68 billion to comply with anti-money laundering regulations.