Party leaders summoned to Istana Negara and other news you may have missed

Kini Roundup

Modified 14 Oct 2020, 3:09 am

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

1. After meeting PKR president Anwar Ibrahim on his claim of having the parliamentary majority to be prime minister, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah summoned various party leaders to Istana Negara, including those of DAP, MIC, and Umno. Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah also turned up at Istana Negara yesterday.

2. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said he was having a video conference with the National Security Council on the Covid-19 situation in the country while Anwar was at the palace.

3. Umno’s political bureau has resolved that the party should consider withdrawing its support for Perikatan Nasional (PN) and seek new, written conditions for continuing its cooperation with the PN government.

4. Muhyiddin has conceded that there were delays in containing the Covid-19 outbreak in Sabah due to the state election, while the Health Ministry revealed that more than half of Covid-19 cases linked to travel in the state involved people who had travelled before the restrictions were tightened on Sept 27.

5. The Election Commission, which is legally-bound to hold the Batu Sapi by-election, has set Dec 5 as the polling day and said it will draft new procedures to mitigate the Covid-19 risk. It also urged the Sarawak government to put off the Sarawak state election due to the pandemic.

6. The government now says dine-in service is allowed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya under conditional movement control order (MCO) rules, but limited to two people per table. Keep up with the latest standard operating procedures with our handy KiniGuide - updated when the government makes new announcements.

7. The Penang Remand Prison is the latest to come under enhanced MCO, while a Covid-19 cluster has emerged at another Penang prison. All new inmates in Selangor, meanwhile, will have to undergo quarantine before being placed in prison.

8. A study shows that the welfare of Malaysian households have generally improved over the past three decades, up to 2019, while unemployment data for August showed that the unemployment rate is stable but still higher than last year.

9. The Human Resources Ministry is beginning to enforce a new law that imposes minimum standards on employers for worker accommodation.

10. Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer has filed a suit against the Judges' Ethics Committee over its investigation into his affidavit on alleged abuses and fraud in the judiciary.

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