KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Two PKR assemblypersons in Kedah have resigned from their party, paving the way for Perikatan Nasional to seize power after months of ambiguity. PAS’ Jenari assemblyperson Muhamad Sanusi Md Nor is said to be the front-runner to be the new menteri besar.
2. Kedah PKR said it would seek RM10 million as compensation from each of the two assemblypersons, Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee (on right in photo above) and Azman Nasrudin (on left), as per an agreement they signed prior to being fielded as election candidates.
3. A leaked audio recording from a Bersatu supreme council meeting on Feb 23 purportedly reveals that Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin had told the council to entrust chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad with the decision whether the party should leave Pakatan Harapan or not.
4. Six Bersatu leaders and members have urged the party’s disciplinary board to act against those who called for an abortive supreme council meeting to be held on May 11, in the absence of its chairperson Mahathir and deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir.
5. Perak State Assembly Speaker Ngeh Khoo Ham has stepped down following Perikatan Nasional’s takeover, but only after delivering a long speech amid pressure vacate his post immediately.
6. As the courts resume normal operations from today, dates have been set for hearings against Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin tomorrow, May 14, and Pekan MP Najib Abdul Razak’s 1MDB trial on May 19. A date will be decided next week for Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s corruption trial.
7. Health Minister Dr Adham Baba has demanded RM30 million in damages and an apology from the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) for allegedly defaming him.
8. Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said house-call barber services are prohibited during the movement control order period, following media reports of VIPs engaging in such services, with offers of up to RM1,000 for a haircut.
9. Malaysia recorded only 16 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, which is the lowest in two months despite increased testing. The Health Ministry is encouraging companies to test their employees, even though it is not compulsory.
10. The World Health Organisation said it has seen ‘potentially positive data’ on some of the potential treatments for Covid-19 that are being tested.