GST refunds diverted but not lost, and 9 news from yesterday

Kini Roundup

Modified 16 Jul 2019, 1:35 am

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

1. The Public Accounts Committee said the previous administration had broken the law by channelling RM19.4 billion earmarked for GST refunds into another account, but no money had gone missing.

2. In light of the PAC's finding, opposition MPs moved to refer Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to the Rights and Privileges Committee for allegedly misleading the Dewan Rakyat by claiming that the money intended for the refunds had been "robbed."

3. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the federal government would invalidate the Johor government's decision to retain the age limit for youths at 40 if the Johor palace is found to have interfered in the decision.

4. Former Bersatu vice-president Hamidah Osman claimed that she saw DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang pitch the idea of setting up Bersatu to Mahathir. Mahathir's response? "Go to Tanjung Rambutan."

5. The High Court in Kuala Lumpur allowed former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to attend the debate on the Undi 18 initiative in the Dewan Rakyat. This means that his trial in relation to the SRC International criminal charged today will only go on for two hours instead of a full day.

6. Khazanah Nasional Bhd said its divestment of Saudi water and power assets has allowed it to exit with a healthy profit.

7. Former Santubong PKR Youth leader Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz and five others have been remanded for six days to facilitate police investigations into a sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

8. Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob described the expulsion of non-Malay reporters and photographers from an Umno event that he was present as a "technical error", and that the request for the media to leave had been unsuitably worded.

9. The population of Malaysia is estimated to have hit 32.6 million, of which 29.4 million are Malaysian citizens and 3.2 million are non-citizens.

10. In wake of the death of the PhD student Orhions Ewansiha Thomas, other members of the Nigerian diaspora in Malaysia told Malaysiakini of their own experiences of abuse at the hands of authorities.

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