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1. Former attorney-general Tommy Thomas revealed in his memoir how he proposed offering a bounty on the fugitive Jho Low, and how the United Arab Emirates lobbied for a case against the International Petroleum Investment Company to be dropped. The book’s publisher is threatening to sue anyone who circulates pirated copies of the book.
2. Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said Thomas is bound by "lawyer-client privilege" not to divulge any legal advice he had given the government, but former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram said the rule does not apply to the former attorney-general.
3. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob gave his assurance that the government will not impose a total lockdown as poor and small businesses would not survive, while Fitch Solutions said Malaysia’s economy is worsening.
5. Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching urged the government to take a more proactive stance to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic as the emergency declaration is proving pointless, while former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak urged the government to incorporate the Google/Apple Exposure Notification System into the MySejahtera app.
6. The Consumers' Association of Penang (CAP) told off Ismail Sabri for blaming foreigners over the spread of Covid-19, saying the minister’s statement could lead to xenophobic violence.
7. The Muslim Youth Movement has called on Putrajaya to issue a blanket moratorium on all logging activities as part of its proposed long-term solution for major issues, including massive annual floods.
8. Human rights lawyer Honey Tan Lay Ean said the court has the discretion to waive security for cost in a civil action involving a foreigner rape survivor against her alleged attacker.
9. The spouse of a Bersatu politician has been charged with trafficking and cultivating cannabis at her plush home in Ampang, Selangor.