Brother to testify against Baling MP and other news you may have missed

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

1. The corruption charges against Abdul Latif Abdul Rahim were dropped in exchange for testifying against his own brother - Umno's Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

2. Health Minister Dr Adham Baba issued an order to reduce the quarantine period for his fellow ministers from 10 days to three if they are returning from an official overseas trip.

Health minister issues order which essentially reduces ministers’ quarantine time from 10 days to three. Tgram:

Posted by Malaysiakini on Monday, 8 February 2021

3. Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein visited Abu Dhabi on an official trip amid the unresolved multi-billion ringgit dispute between 1MDB and the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

4. The US Department of Justice is seeking to seize RM1.34 billion in alleged 1MDB-linked funds from a UK law firm.

5. Meanwhile, Tan Kim Loong, an associate of businessperson Low Taek Jho who is a key figure in the 1MDB scandal, was slapped with an RM67.9 million tax suit.

6. While most court cases are on hold during the movement control order, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's 1MDB case is still proceeding as it is considered public interest. During the trial, former 1MDB CEO Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman testified that Low was running the show.

7. Activist Ramesh Rao will be charged for falsely alleging that the judge who convicted Najib in the SRC International case was the grandnephew of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

8. A Unicef report found the unemployment rate among the urban poor had doubled between September and December.

9. The student laptop scheme announced under Budget 2021 won't be given out for free but instead, be on a loan-basis.

Muar MP asks why the fact that it's a loan was not presented in Parliament during Budget 2021. Tgram:

Posted by Malaysiakini on Monday, 8 February 2021

10. Meanwhile, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim Chee Keong, who has been working on providing free laptops to needy students for online classes, urged the government to look into the skyrocketing laptop prices as demand rises during the MCO.

11. Daily Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia hit a new record high of 24 yesterday. This was also amid more Covid-19 patients dying at home.

12. Electoral reform group Bersih called for the functions of the Election Commission to be split into three entities.

13. Former attorney-general Tommy Thomas said he will cooperate with various investigations into his controversial memoir.

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