Love and hate for CM; three-day remand over 'WhatsApp insult'

(Updated )

Here are the key headlines from yesterday you may have missed, in brief.

Supporters march with CM as he comes under attack

About 3,000 people clad in multi-coloured T-shirts marched in solidarity with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who last week claimed trial to corruption charges.

However, Penang Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman said by doing so, Lim was dragging the people into his corruption case.



PAS spiritual leader Haron Din says Lim should be a gentleman and take leave pending the outcome of the trial but former Umno stalwart Khairuddin Abu Hassan asks why PAS did not urge the same of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

International groups condemn the charge against Lim as a political ploy while DAP Youth slams critics who question DAP's move to seek public donation to recoup the RM1 million it paid to bail out the party secretary-general.

Senior citizen remanded over 'WhatsApp insult to PM'

A 76-year-old author was remanded for three days, until the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, after he was arrested for uploading a picture deemed insulting to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in a WhatsApp group chat.



However, lawyer Syahredzan Johan questioned how Najib could feel insulted since he was not a member of the chat group.

The author is held under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act which, among others, criminalises misuse of networks to send messages with intention to annoy.

Vaccination won't be compulsory, gov't says

The government will not make it compulsory for parents to vaccinate their children, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam says, but efforts to encourage vaccination will be ramped up.

This is after Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahya said the government is planning to make vaccination mandatory, following the deaths of five children from diphtheria.



The ministry also said that cases of measles are on the rise as more parents opt out of vaccinating their children.

Other KiniBites

Umno-friendly NGO Jaringan Melayu Muda distributes copies of the statutory declaration on former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin's alleged an extra-marital affair at an event promoted as a talk by Muhyiddin.

Former Finance Minister II Husni Hanadzlah said he quit because he did not want to be transferred to take over another ministry.

Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali says the proposal to include two government representative on the Bar Council is not to control the council but to encourage better relations between the law practitioners and the state.

Umno Youth wants Singaporean comedian Fakkah Fuzz barred from entering the country, despite his apology for likening the Malaysian prime minister to a thief.



Looking ahead

Anti-crime NGO S Sanjeevan is expected to be charged in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, after he was arrested for alleged extortion.

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem will meet with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to discuss devolution of power and the Malaysia Agreement 1963.


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