KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed, in brief.
1. The MACC has arrested several Shah Alam City Council officers for allegedly receiving bribes from business owners after a video accusing the council of double standards had gone viral.
2. Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng and businessperson Phang Li Koon have claimed trial to graft charges, while Lim's wife Betty Chew has pleaded not guilty to money laundering.
3. Human rights group Suaram said the government’s plans to replace the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) with the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) is “absurd and unacceptable”, since IPCC would be placed under the Home Ministry’s jurisdiction.
4. Pakatan Harapan leaders said they are committed to supporting the Bersatu Blackout candidate in the Slim by-election, but they conceded it would be an uphill battle. The MACC, meanwhile, has opened three operations rooms to monitor the election.
5. A witness from the law firm Messrs Lewis & Co, which has been mentioned several times in the corruption trial against former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, denied that the firm is a trustee in a charity foundation controlled by Zahid.
6. Former MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull said he never takes orders from any minister or the prime minister, amid accusations of political interference in a bid to unfreeze accounts belonging to property tycoon Lim Soon Peng, who has been linked to the 1MDB scandal.
7. Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide told the government to improve its fiscal discipline while debating a bill for an RM7 billion supplementary budget in the Dewan Rakyat.
8. Former Perak menteri besar Zambry Abd Kadir has been appointed as non-independent, non-executive chairperson of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, while Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said the appointment is to help provide the “check and balance” of government-linked companies.
9. Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa has downplayed a photograph showing government MPs supposedly enjoying a lavish meal, believed to cost over RM6,000, saying that the photograph showed “ordinary dishes”.
10. Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the party remains intact, despite a wave of defections by Mahathir loyalists.