KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Bersatu has sent out letters informing the party chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad and four others that their memberships have been terminated for not siding with Perikatan Nasional during the May 18 parliamentary sitting.
2. The five Bersatu leaders have disputed the validity of their termination. The secretary-general recognised by the pro-Mahathir faction sacked the party’s organising secretary for sending the letters and said he has no power to do so.
3. PKR lawmakers say they are aware of plans for an upcoming transition of power and said any such transition should take place in a manner “that has been promised” before.
4. An aide to Mahathir has denied rumours that the former premier had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to form a new government.
5. Senior Minister (Economic Cluster) Azmin Ali said the country should not be dragged into another round of political crisis “just because someone is power crazy and wants to be prime minister”.
6. A man with a history of psychiatric problems has been arrested for cybercrimes again, this time for harassing Bandar Utama assemblyperson Jamaliah Jamaluddin.
7. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow will table a motion to urge two Bersatu assemblypersons to vacate their seats, in line with a State Constitution provision that requires lawmakers to do so upon defecting.
8. The daily reports of Covid-19 cases have hit a new low since the implementation of the movement control order. Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said schools could be reopened if such low numbers persist. Data from Denmark and Finland show that the reopening schools did not increase infections.
9. The government will roll out a new feature for the MySejahtera app on June 1 that would allow users to use QR codes to ‘check-in’ at public places, instead of writing down their details.
10. Singapore has followed suit with a time-based discharge criterion for Covid-19 patients, but it will be discharging patients who are clinically well by Day 21 of the onset of their symptoms, instead of Malaysia’s Day 14 discharge period.