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Teratai cluster records 1k Covid-19 cases in a day and other news you may have missed

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

1. The Teratai cluster centred around Top Glove factory workers in Meru recorded 1,067 Covid-19 cases in a single day, making it the second-largest Covid-19 cluster ever recorded in Malaysia. The government has moved to shut the factories.

2. BN said its MPs would consistently support the Budget 2021 proposal only if its two demands are met.

3. Need help putting all that vaccine excitement in the Malaysian context? The latest KiniGuide lays out the frontrunners in the Covid-19 vaccine race and how Malaysia plans to get them.

4. The government is considering the need to extend the conditional movement control order until the end of the year if there is a persistent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

5. Klang MP Charles Santiago has urged the government to help Malaysians rendered homeless in Singapore, while Defence Minister Ismail Sabri said the government is still considering allowing Malaysians working in Singapore to commute daily.

6. Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah appears to be drumming up sentiment against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin by circulating his protest letter to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun and to fellow MPs.

7. Disagreements over how to approach former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is causing a rift among Amanah members.

8. Tech companies including Microsoft, Google and Facebook have urged for the prime minister’s intervention over Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong’s decision to revoke an exemption that they say will hamper Malaysia’s internet infrastructure.

9. The Finance Ministry has set up a committee to study the possibility of reintroducing the Goods and Services Tax, according to Maybank Investment Bank Research.

10. A total of 204 tourism-related businesses such as hotels, homestays, and travel agencies have closed between March and October due to the Covid-19 pandemic and efforts to curb its spread.

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