PKR won't push PAS out; IWH-CREC gets 2nd go at Bandar M'sia?

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

PKR won't push PAS out of Selangor exco

The PKR political bureau in its meeting today is unlikely to push its deputy president and Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to sack the three PAS representatives from the state executive council, despite PAS' decision to cut ties with PKR, in order to maintain stablity in the state.

Meanwhile, state exco member and DAP assemblyperson V Ganabatirao wanted his PAS colleague Sallehen Mukhyi to spell out what DAP "mischief" warranted PAS remaining in government to keep DAP in check.

Separately, PAS' Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar said the party should not hide behind the palace, by claiming it was waiting for the Selangor sultan to consent to the resignation of its three representatives on the exco.

IWH-CREC getting second go at Bandar Malaysia?

The Iskandar Waterfront Holdings and China Rail Engineering Corp (IWH-CREC) consortium might be brought back to the Bandar Malaysia project, following Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's visit to Beijing where Chinese PM Li Keqiang reportedly told Najib he hopes the Bandar Malaysia deal remains unchanged.

Meanwhile, Najib said the Bandar Malaysia project will now be overseen by Treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Siregar, while Arul Kanda remains as 1MDB CEO.

Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the botched Bandar Malaysia deal is a loss for the state but not in financial terms because the state's Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd (KPRJ) did not inject funds into it. KPRJ has a stake in IWH.

On a related matter, chief secretary Ali Hamsa was urged to explain why Najib's son Norashman Najib and his stepbrother Riza Aziz were part of the government's entourage in the PM's Beijing trip.

Other Kinibites

Perkasa declared war against the MIC, by telling Muslims it is forbidden to vote for the party, after MIC treasurer S Vell Paari urged investigations into preacher Zakir Naik's links to militants to be launched based on India's judicial tribunal findings.

Selangor speaker Hannah Yeoh lodged a police report against Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusoff and websites that published allegedly defamatory statements against her and the DAP in relation to their purported Christianisation agenda.

Electoral watchdog Bersih's chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah was quizzed on a forum she spoke at last year, while three other Bersih committee members were questioned on the candlelight vigils held in 2016, in what appears to be renewed police interest in the group's activities.

Looking ahead

The criminal defamation trial against PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli for his remarks against Tabung Haji will be heard at a magistrate's court in Kuala Lumpur.

Bersih will launch its "Make Your Vote Count" campaign by sending a memorandum on electoral reforms to the Election Commission today.


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