Bersatu’s dilemma with Dr M, and 9 news from yesterday

Kini Roundup

Modified 26 Apr 2020, 2:27 pm

KINI ROUNDUP | Key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.

1. Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad would sit with the opposition bench when parliament reconvenes, but party insiders say it would be difficult for the party to take action against his “rebellion”.

2. Elected representatives must limit their public activities during the movement control order (MCO) and are not allowed to upload photographs to social media that could cause “public unease”, according to new guidelines issued by the National Security Council (NSC).

3. The Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market has reopened with only 30 percent of its vegetable stalls in operation, while others are still rushing to get its paperwork in order to comply with new regulations.

 4. Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said food parcels worth RM35 that were distributed in Rasah, Negeri Sembilan, were contributions from NGOs, not the federal government.

5. A retired civil servant was unable to post bail after being accused of violating the movement control order, because all banks had been closed early in compliance with the order.

6. In coinciding with World Immunisation Week, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin joins world leaders in calling for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines. Malaysia is considering allowing late-stage clinical trials for such a vaccine.

7. Twenty-five people have been sworn in at a simple ceremony as political secretaries to cabinet ministers.

8. Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia spokesperson Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani said he had received death threats after misinformation purporting that he was calling for Rohingya refugees to be granted Malaysian citizenship had been circulated.

9. Buildings reopening after a prolonged lockdown risk spreading Legionnaires’ disease unless its plumbing system is properly flushed, experts warn.

10. Traffic lights at bathrooms and social distancing alarms are part of the ‘new normal’ at some workplaces in Italy and Belgium.

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