'Blurry' sex tapes again thwart facial ID bid, and 9 news from yesterday

Kini Roundup

Modified 10 Jan 2020, 11:41 pm

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

1. There will be no prosecution to follow on the sex tapes that implicated Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali, said Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, as forensics experts have again failed to identify the individuals featured in the video.

2. Azmin said he felt vindicated by Thomas’ announcement, while former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak “advised” that it would not be difficult to establish the identities of those involved.

3. The Centre for Independent Journalism expressed concern over the use of surveillance following MACC’s release of Najib’s tapped phone calls, while the Malaysian Bar said the release was improper but those implicated must be investigated.

4. Malaysiakini has produced a timeline of the events surrounding Najib’s phone calls, as well as more transcripts of what was said during the calls following the US Department of Justice’s 1MDB bombshell in 2016, and the lead-up to then attorney-general Apandi Ali’s announcement clearing Najib of wrongdoing.

5. PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said Pakatan Harapan may be forced to impose a timeline for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to transfer power to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim if this is not done by early next year, as the people are losing patience on the issue.

6. The Public Service Department has suspended its plan to terminate the “critical service incentive payment” allowance to doctors, nurses, engineers and other professionals in the civil service.

7. Medical associations criticised Housing and Local Government Ministry’s decision to allocate funds for the construction of designated smoking areas, as smoking-related diseases take a heavy toll on the country’s subsidised healthcare system.

8. Glovemaker WRP Asia has paid the salaries due to more than 1,000 of its workers, but their fate remains unknown amid a tussle between the management and shareholders.

9. The government is to spend more than RM1 billion this year to compensate highway concessionaires, in exchange for putting a toll rate increase on hold.

10. Chinese educationist groups Dong Zong and Jiao Zong said they did not attend the meeting hosted by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy on the Jawi issue as they were initially unaware of the nature of the meeting.

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