Political tumult in Sabah and 9 news you may have missed

Kini Roundup


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

1. Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal (above) and Sungai Sibuga assemblyperson Musa Aman both claim to command the majority support in the state legislature. Shafie is expected to address the matter today, amid speculation of a snap election being called for the state.

2. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced targeted measures that will take effect after Sept 30, when a blanket deferment on loan repayment expires.

3. PAS reaffirmed its cooperation with Umno following former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s graft conviction, while Perikatan Nasional Backbencher’s Club chairperson Shahidan Kassim dismissed allegations that Umno plans to leave the PN coalition.

4. Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said he found “many problems” with Najib’s testimony in the SRC International trial, and the claim he honestly believed that the fund remitted to his account was a donation from Saudi Arabia is implausible.

5. Bukit Aman is investigating, under the Sedition Act 1948, social media postings alleging that judge Nazlan has family ties with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

6. The government has dropped Pakatan Harapan-era plans to introduce a targeted fuel subsidy scheme.

7. Bersatu’s Sipitang MP Yamani Hafez Musa has been appointed chairperson of the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority, meaning that all 32 Bersatu MPs now have secondary appointments as ministers, deputy ministers, in government agencies or in government-linked companies.

8. Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said fugitive businessperson Low Taek Jho is hiding in Macau, but the China Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said Chinese authorities have followed every lead provided by Bukit Aman and were unable to find him.

9. Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the mandatory masking rule will be rolled out in stages that will be announced soon.

10. Police will call organisers of a pro-Najib gathering outside the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex on Tuesday for questioning on alleged breaches of the recovery movement control order. A disappointed Noor Hisham said his ministry is monitoring the supporters for signs of Covid-19 outbreaks.

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