KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has deleted its social media posts and apologised after its advice to housewives and working mothers drew criticism for its focus on appearances and tone of voice.
2. Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa said Ramadan bazaars will continue to be set up, but with better management to avoid overcrowding. Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this can be done if the guidelines for preventing Covid-19 infection are followed.
3. Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the move to disinfect roads was done out of an abundance of caution, but she has no issues engaging with the Health Ministry again on the proper manner this should be done.
4. Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin has warned that stern action would be taken against those who hide individuals linked to Covid-19 infection clusters.
5. The management of a Kuala Lumpur condominium under lockdown over Covid-19 said it is unfair to blame this on the condominium’s high concentration of foreigners.
6. As Parliament prepares safeguards to allow a May 18 sitting to proceed, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim pledged not to use it as an opportunity to challenge Perikatan Nasional's majority but he urged for a debate on the government’s economic stimulus package.
7. Pakatan Harapan said the government needs to double its wage subsidy to prevent retrenchments.
8. Transparency International-Malaysia said the government’s RM250 billion economic stimulus package lacks clarity and urged Putrajaya to explain how the distribution of funds will be transparently monitored.
9. Pharmaceutical societies have criticised the government’s move to reduce the ceiling price for three-ply surgical masks, saying that the lack of engagement have left community pharmacists, importers, wholesalers and manufacturers in a lurch.
10. The MACC is investigating an ‘ex-minister’ for possessing a ‘suspicious’ amount of cash, while former youth and sports minister Syed Sadiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the bulk of the RM250,000 stolen from his house was intended for renovation works.