Renewed calls to deport Zakir Naik, and 9 news from yesterday

Kini Roundup

Modified 15 Aug 2019, 8:46 am

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

1. Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik is facing renewed calls for his deportation after describing Chinese Malaysians as “old guests” who should leave the country before he does.

2. Zakir made the controversial remarks at the same event where he was recently reported to have questioned the loyalty of Hindu Malaysians, on which he claims to have been misquoted.

3. Kelantan PAS denied attempting to seek political mileage in hosting Zakir's series of talks in Kota Bharu during which the remarks were made.

4. The Education Ministry said the introduction of Jawi calligraphy for vernacular schools next year would proceed, but would be subject to the approval of parent-teacher associations, parents, and pupils. It would also be described as 'Jawi lessons' rather than 'khat'.

5. Amid controversy over the Jawi calligraphy lessons, Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof reportedly said Malays had compromised too much with ‘racists’ and should rise up.

6. PKR lawmaker Hassan Abdul Karim urged Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down as prime minister for supposedly failing to address issues involving race, religion, and royalty.

7. Gamuda founder Koon Yew Yin apologised for his remarks that were deemed disrespectful to members of the armed forces.

8. Umno reportedly sued three of its former MPs who defected to Bersatu after the 14th general election for alleged breach of trust.

9. The National Water Services Commission is studying the possibility of setting up a federal authority to govern all rivers in the country, as the lack of integration between separate agencies has hampered management efforts.

10. The Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the government to pay an additional RM500,000 in damages to The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd over the 2015 suspension of its publications in 2015, bringing the total damages to RM11.7 million.

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