KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed, in brief.
1 Opponents to Perikatan Nasional in Umno continues to move against Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin. The party has laid out its list of demands to Muhyiddin, while Umno supreme council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman argued Umno representatives should be appointed to the deputy premiership and other key cabinet posts.
2. Langkawi MP Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it is risky for Umno to support PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to become prime minister. The police, meanwhile, have demanded the list of MPs purportedly supporting Anwar and is investigating him for alleged sodomy yet again.
3. As the parliament and its members gear up for its upcoming sitting, several MPs have filed no-confidence motions against Muhyiddin. Parliamentary administrators, meanwhile, are severely limiting media presence at the sitting due to Covid-19 concerns, and Sabah MPs are beginning their quarantine in Kuala Lumpur.
4. As the Covid-19 situation in Sabah worsens and resources become stretched, the Health Ministry is calling for volunteers to come forward for “low risk” work at quarantine centres and has reopened a special bank account for receiving public donations.
5. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has repeated his call to not plunge the country into another round of political uncertainty amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
6. The conditional movement control order has been announced for Kampung Padang Che Mas, Baling, after Covid-19 cases have been detected in five families, while the 1 Utama shopping complex is allowed to reopen today.
7. Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak supreme council member Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the current spike in Covid-19 cases and the impending rainy season are among reasons affecting the timing of the Sarawak state election, while the Umno supreme council will meet in Pahang instead of Kuala Lumpur to circumvent conditional MCO restrictions.
8. A study on fogging in Kota Damansara did not find any dead mosquitoes, which may have either developed resistance or have learned to fly away. Instead, the insecticide killed thousands of other insects.
9. Public health expert Dr Lokman Hakim Abdullah said vaccine hesitancy will not be a major factor in the fight against Covid-19, despite a survey finding signs of high levels of vaccine hesitancy in Malaysia just weeks earlier.
10. Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said swift testing has led to Covid-19 patients being detected earlier in the course of their disease, at a phase where they are still highly infectious compared to patients detected in earlier waves of the outbreak in Malaysia.