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Rosmah, ex-aide and Ku Nan charged; poverty not a solution to child marriage, says DPM

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15 11月 2018, 10:08 晚上

Updated 2 years ago

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

Rosmah, ex-aide and Ku Nan charged

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, was charged with bagging RM6.5 million after soliciting RM187.5 million from a company in exchange for her assistance to the company in securing an RM1.25 billion government contract.

Her former aide Rizal Mansor was also slapped with charges of soliciting bribes for Rosmah, as well as for himself, from the company owner.

Meanwhile, former Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was charged with taking RM3 million in bribe from two property developers during his term as minister.

The Malacca State Legislative Assembly booted out state opposition leader Idris Haron out after ignoring the speaker's directive to stop objecting to his decision on a debate on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).

Poverty not a solution to child marriage, says DPM

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told the Dewan Rakyat that the perception of underage marriage being a way out of poverty and social problems must be changed.

In a tweet later, Wan Azizah, who is also the minister of women, family, and community development, thanked Umno MP Khairy Jamaluddin for practising "mature politics" by defending her over a misleading newspaper headline on her remark.

On an unrelated matter, Wan Azizah said government statistics that revealed 64,632 Malaysians aged between 18 and 44 went bankrupt in the last five years showed the importance of financial literacy in family institutions.

Her husband Anwar Ibrahim, who is also Port Dickson MP, said the government has agreed to give additional allocation to fishermen, farmers and livestock breeders to help alleviate their financial burden.

Other Kinibites

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin vowed to take action against immigration system providers who are found to practise lax security.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said Christian missionaries should hold dialogues with Muslim clerics, instead of handing Bibles to schools, as reported to have happened recently.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said superyacht Equanimity is now docked in Langkawi, to preserve the vessel.

The government will not protect local airlines amid competition from foreign airlines opting to operate in Malaysia, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said, in order to encourage healthy competition.

Looking ahead

The Election Court in Seremban will decide on the Rantau election petition.

PKR Youth and Wanita wings will hold their annual national congress in Shah Alam

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