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Details of targeted fuel subsidies announced, and 9 news from yesterday

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

1. The government announced that existing subsidies for RON95 petrol would be gradually removed next year, in favour of quarterly payments to Bantuan Sara Hidup recipients who own cars or motorcycles.

2. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government is not planning to restore the goods and services tax (GST), and he only said this after reporters asked him about its reinstatement.

3. In his opening statement at the corruption trial against former Felda chairperson Mohd Isa Samad, deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz said the prosecution would prove that Isa had received kickbacks for Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd's acquisition of a hotel.

4. Former 1MDB chief executive Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi testified in court that the fugitive businessperson, Low Taek Jho, had kept a low profile because Umno members were jealous of his proximity to then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

5. The MACC issued compound notices to 80 individuals and entities in a bid to recover RM420 million of 1MDB funds, including to former CIMB chairperson Nazir Razak, several Umno politicians and the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books.

6. A police report has been made accusing Malay Dignity Congress chief executive secretary Zainal Kling of inciting racial tension.

7. Opposition MPs objected to 24 new amendments to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill, which will be sent to the special select committee for consideration of bills after the debates.

8. The government has re-tabled a bill to abolish the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, which the Senate had rejected last year.

9. Police will question Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming today for supposedly insulting the Selangor sultan.

10. Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the government will act if Malaysian companies are found to have resorted to the open burning in Indonesia that had contributed to transboundary haze.

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