KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed, in brief.
1. The popular hiking trail at Broga Hill (photo, above) in Semenyih, Selangor, will be closed indefinitely from June 27 onwards due to visitors’ failure to observe social distancing guidelines intended to curb the spread of Covid-19.
2. The National Security Council has released SOPs for non-Muslim wedding ceremonies after assistant registrars of marriages complained of being unable to register these marriages, despite purportedly having been given the greenlight to do so.
3. Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad listed his reasons for being unable to work with prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, prompting former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to poke fun at the long list of leaders Mahathir couldn’t work with.
4. Malaysiakini has filed an application to set aside a Federal Court ruling granting leave for Attorney-General Idrus Harun to commence contempt proceeding against the news portal.
5. A TNB customer is enraged after his electricity bill jumped from RM500 a month to RM1,898 in June, despite working from home for years and not having changed his routines when the movement control order was implemented.
6. The Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption has endorsed its previous decisions made under the Pakatan Harapan administration, including the requirement for all members of the administration to declare their assets within three months of being sworn into office.
7. Discussions on reopening the Malaysia-Singapore border are going on well, Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced.
8. The World Bank predicted that the Malaysian economy will contract by 3.1 percent this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and then rebound by 6.9 percent once the outbreak eases next year. More money needs to be spent on social welfare and economic stimulus, it said.
9. Employees Provident Fund chief strategy officer Nurhisham Hussein said Malaysians will need to explore a new social contract for their future financial security, while the World Bank mooted a state-funded social pension.
10. Clues from the clinic and the laboratory are leading researchers to suspect that Covid-19 could cause Type 1 diabetes in some patients, although the available evidence is not yet conclusive.