Muhyiddin admits Chinese not happy with Harapan, and 8 other news from yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dismissed calls from the opposition to sack Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, saying he wished he could fire some opposition MPs instead.
2. Malaysia released Cambodian opposition figure Mu Sochua and two others after detaining them at KLIA yesterday. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah had earlier said that Malaysia wished to interview them, while Mahathir said Malaysia was looking to deport them to a third country.
3. Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (photo, above) admitted that there is unhappiness among Chinese voters towards the Pakatan Harapan government. However, he said, they should give the coalition more time to fix legacy problems, especially those involving the economy, adding that he had at least one solution in mind.
4. Johor Menteri Besar Sahrudin Jamal defended the state government's move to give fishermen an RM1,000 special aid, starting next week, saying, "If it doesn't break the law, I will give it next week."
5. DAP lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh urged Attorney-General Tommy Thomas or Johor Bahru magistrate Siti Hajar Ali to initiate contempt proceedings against Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his remarks concerning Siti Hajar's decision to acquit a woman over a reckless driving charge, which caused the death of eight teenage cyclists in Johor Bahru in 2017.
6. Unhappy over the arrests of 12 individuals under charges of purported links to defunct terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a group of nearly 100 Tamils staged a demonstration outside the Malaysian High Commission in London on Wednesday.
7. Malaysia is planning to impose a cash transaction limit of RM25,000 starting next year to further strengthen the country’s financial integrity, said Bank Negara Malaysia deputy governor Rasheed Ghaffour, who also chairs the National Coordination Committee to Counter Money-Laundering.
8. Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman hit out at critics who attacked him for his stand on "wanting to guide and not punish" juvenile riders of modified bicycles.
9. Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said he is ready to cooperate with the police over the probe into his speech in Tanjung Piai, which was alleged to have contained racist elements, after he warned of the threat posed by the Umno-PAS alliance.