PM gripes about EC rules, and 9 things that happened yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad complained about the Election Commission's restrictions on the use of government assets, saying he had to rent a helicopter and use his personal vehicle in by-election campaigns.
2. At the same press conference, Mahathir denied political interference in the duties of civil servants, despite the Congress of Unions of Employees in Public and Civil Services claiming otherwise.
3. The High Court in Kuala Lumpur fixed 48 days, beginning on Jan 6 next year, for the trial of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and former Treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, who are together facing six counts of criminal breach of trust involving RM6.6 billion.
4. As part of Malaysiakini’s series of special reports on the May 13 riots, two friends share the story of their reunion after witnessing its horrors. Another report explores how the secrecy surrounding the tragedy aggravates the psychological trauma of the victims.
5. Bloomberg reported that global funds are favouring other investment destinations as they lose patience waiting for promised reforms of the Pakatan Harapan government, although International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking said many investors are still flocking to Malaysia.
6. In the wake of the ‘dedak cartel’ allegations, PAS issued a gag order against discussing party matters openly. Zaharudin Muhammad, who first made the allegations, welcomed the move but warned against sweeping the matter under the carpet.
7. Both the Sabah Chief Minister’s Office and Warisan vice-president Junz Wong clarified that there is no order barring Special Branch officers from attending the party's events. Wong also said the police must identify themselves and not pose as journalists.
8. The international NGO Human Rights Watch condemned Malaysia for sending asylum seeker Praphan Pipithnamporn back to Thailand, saying that she could face prosecution for her anti-monarchy views.
9. The Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Wang Kelian incident was told that more than half of the 106km Malaysia-Thai border is still unfenced, but that these areas are classified as difficult to penetrate.
10. An Indonesian national was caught hiding in a cargo plane’s landing gear section in hopes of catching a free ride to his hometown of Medan.