PM presses on with new Bandar M'sia plan; lecturer playing up 'Christian agenda'


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

PM presses on with new Bandar M'sia plan

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said there was no turning back in the government's decision to retain 100 percent ownership of Bandar Malaysia land, and added that the search for a new master developer is on.

Treasurer-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, who was appointed as Bandar Malaysia chairperson, said aspiring developers have until June 30 to submit their offers.

This follows the controversial cancellation of the deal with Iskandar Waterfront Holdings (IWH) and China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC), where 60 percent stake of Bandar Malaysia was sold to the consortium for RM7.41 billion.

Lecturer playing up 'Christian agenda'

Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Kamarul Zaman Yusoff lodged a police report against Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh for making Christian references in her book - ‘Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey’ - accusing her of proselytising.

PAS strategist Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki also jumped onto the bandwagon, demanding DAP leaders to explain a book by a New Zealand author on Christianisation that mentioned DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Hannah Yeoh.

Yeoh defended her book, stating that she was not ashamed about talking how her faith had helped her in her work.

Penang Chief Minister Lim also came to her defence, arguing that it was not wrong for non-Muslims to talk about their faith.

Likewise, Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said Islam acknowledges other religions and Malaysians should judge Yeoh by her performance as an assemblyperson.

PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan warned that the "enemies of Islam" were uniting to wrest power in the country.

Harapan wants to give MACC more bite

Pakatan Harapan said its manifesto will include granting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecution powers so that the Attorney-General's Chambers will not have sole monopoly.

Parti Amanah Negara hailed PKR's decision to quit all government-related posts in PAS-led Kelantan, stating that it was a sign of the party's integrity.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia is mulling to contest up to 20 parliamentary and state seats in the 14th general election but stays open to discussions with Pakatan Harapan.

MCA fired Perkasa for raising questions about the former's ties with the Communist Party of China (CPC), pointing out that Umno too has had similar agreements with the CPC.

Ex-Election Commission (EC) chief Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman warned current EC chief Mohd Hashim Abdullah not to let the commission to be a BN lackey.

Other Kinibites

MACC arrested two out of three district police chiefs in Malacca for allegedly protecting illegal gambling dens and massage parlours in exchange for bribes.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall is studying to ban vehicle parking bays in buildings to reduce traffic in the city centre.

The retail price of RON95 and RO97 petrol increased by seven sen per litre while diesel increased by four sen per litre.

Malaysia's inflation for April stood at 4.4 percent.

The Asian Football Confederation postponed the June 8 North Korea-Malaysia Asian Cup qualifier in Pyongyang, citing geopolitical tension on the Korean peninsula.

Police summoned activists for questioning after they claimed the series of recent kidnappings were a case of "enforced disappearances".

Looking ahead

Pertubuhan Pembela Nasib Melayu Malaysia will lodge a police report against film director David Teo for allegedly being rude to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli's trial under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (Bafia) continues.

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur will decide on Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah's travel ban.

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