Dr M says Bersatu will not become another Umno; Zahid won’t budge

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

Dr M: Bersatu will not become another Umno

Prime Minister and Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad vowed that his party will not allow his party to be taken over by defectors from Umno.

Mahathir also said he “advised” Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to dissolve Umno because the party was no longer faithful to its original mission.

The third national car project may see participation from Chinese, Korean or Japanese firms.

Mahathir paid tribute to the contributions of Malaysia’s Chinese community.

Jeweller Poh Kong clarified that the gift of a gold plaque with Mahathir’s photo on it was meant for the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim said former finance minister Daim Zainuddin and his “billionaire friends” were running the government.

Zahid will not budge

Umno president Zahid said no party leader told him to go on leave pending trial when the party’s supreme council met yesterday.

However, sources from Johor Umno said Zahid should expect to receive an earful from party grassroots when he visits the state today.

The MACC said the Attorney-General’s Chambers had in 2012 decided not to charge then Sabah chief minister Musa Aman because the policy at the time was not to prosecute cases involving political donations.

PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim received an award from the World Chinese Economic Forum yesterday and shared it with Malaysians because he believed that they had fought for a New Malaysia when he was in jail.

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Other KiniBites

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution told Malaysiakini the claim that 11,000 Julau PKR members were sharing 11 “addresses” was invalid.

Special officer to the Finance Minister Tony Pua assured that Petronas will be able to afford the RM30 billion special dividend sought by Putrajaya to meet its budget shortfall.

Pua conceded that Putrajaya’s new home financing scheme was risky but the government had to innovate to help people own homes.

After a long controversy, Education Minister Maszlee Malik has agreed to step down as International Islamic University president.

Looking ahead

Nominations for the Gerakan leadership election will take place today.

Sarawak PKR will begin the first of its two-day election process as the month-long polls come to an end.


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