Probe into M’sia’s Uber investment; MAS not paying for new Boeings

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

Probe into Malaysia’s Uber investment

Uber is reportedly conducting an internal probe into whether its corporate donations to the Malaysian Global Initiative and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) had anything to do with the Retirement Fund Incorporated’s (KWAP) investments in Uber.

Inspector-general of police Mohamed Fuzi Harun said cops have concluded their investigation into 1MDB and there have been no new developments.

The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that a money-laundering case involving a company linked to Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud in Canada will be heard in public.

The Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia, set up to provide necessities at affordable prices, have temporarily closed down pending the search for a new supplier.

MAS not financing new Boeings

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will reportedly not finance and own the 16 new Boeing aircraft as leasing firms will purchase them and lease the planes back to MAS.

Sabah opposition leader Lajim Ukin risks losing his Klias state seat over a bankruptcy notice.

Former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) vice president Hamidah Osman said she quit the party due to, amongst others, attacks by Bersatu Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said there was no reason for a political coup so near to the general election amidst claims of defections in Selangor.

However, Abdul Rahman criticised Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali’s call for Umno to respect democracy over claims that state assemblypersons will be defecting to BN, pointing out that Azmin was also involved in the failed attempt to get BN MPs to defect in 2008.

National Human Rights Association (Hakam) president Ambiga Sreenevasan was denied leave by the Federal Court to challenge her Sabah travel ban.

MCA accepts DBKL’s call on beer festival

MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said he accepted the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) decision not to allow the Better Beer Festival 2017 to proceed after learning that it was due to security reasons.

MCA central committee member Jason Teoh blamed DAP for “empowering” PAS, which had first complained about the beer festival, for the event’s cancellation.

A survey by Merdeka Centre highlighted the opposition’s inability to capitalise on widespread discontent amongst youths towards the government.

Responding to the survey, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang urged Pakatan Harapan Youth to brainstorm to encourage greater youth participation and leadership in affecting political change.

Selangor Menteri Besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib described the opposition as “syok sendiri” for mocking his reentry into Umno.

Other Kini bites

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim was granted special privilege to travel directly to Pyongyang from Johor following a meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yu Song.

The price of RON95 and RON97 petrol fell by two and three sen respectively to RM2.19 and RM2.49 per litre, the first reduction in three months.

Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (Rehda) advised developers not to construct affordable housing in places where there is low demand.

PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said her husband Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PKR de facto leader, is in stable condition after being admitted to hospital.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng lashed out at government-linked media, accusing them of unfair coverage over flooding in the state.

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