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Perak exco denies graft allegation, and 9 news from yesterday

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

1. A former aide to Perak exco Abdul Yunus Jamhari has accused him of graft, but Abdul Yunus denied this and accused the ex-aide, Beh Yong Kean, of trying to exact revenge on him for not backing him on a land matter.

2. Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali claimed that Khazanah Nasional’s sale of Saudi assets is part of a pivot towards focusing on domestic investment, but an unconvinced former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak points to Khazanah’s move to expand its US exposure just last week.

3. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said his ministry is conducting an internal inquiry after allegations that Orang Asli women are being forced to accept birth control sparked outrage.

4. The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) said it is taking immediate action after reports surfaced that foreigners are marrying Orang Asli women to exploit government benefits targeted at Orang Asli communities, despite such marriages being illegal.

5. Klang MP Charles Santiago called for reforms to be made to the Immigration Department’s Standard Operating Procedures, ranging from deaths in custody to abuses and corruption.

6. The government is considering reforms to replace life imprisonment with up to 30 years jail, as part of reforms to abolish the mandatory death penalty.

7. Penang fisherfolk have appealed for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s help over the state’s Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.

8. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution said a cabinet paper on the implantation of targeted fuel subsidies will be tabled by the end of the month.

9. Some prisoners at Sungai Buloh Prison have gone on a hunger strike in protest of supposed racial discrimination in a water dispute.

10. MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya confirmed that the commission is investigating high-profile personalities in Sarawak, but declined to reveal details.

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