KINI ROUNDUP | Key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.
1. Malaysia’s Covid-19 tally has reached over 100,000 cases, with a record-high of 19,860 cases still active. Among the casualties yesterday include a 15-year-old girl who was brought in dead at Lahad Datu Hospital despite not having a history of chronic disease.
2. Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii argued that money is not the only factor in how Singapore obtained Covid-19 vaccines sooner than Malaysia, but the country was also more proactive in its planning.
3. A video depicting motorcyclists speeding past a traffic police officer at a red traffic light raised netizens’ eyebrows, but police claimed the scene showed plainclothes police in pursuit of a suspected motorcycle thief.
4. Umno advisory board chairperson Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah downplayed the party’s ‘No DAP, no Anwar’ stance as merely sentiment, and revealed he was ashamed that party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had taken up the post as Perikatan National presidential council member.
5. A rubber glove factory in Klang denied it had undertaken last-minute cleaning of its workers’ dormitories after being tipped off regarding an impending enforcement raid, while Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob threatened to haul employers to court if they fail to screen their migrant workers for Covid-19.
6. Pakatan Harapan Sarawak chairperson Chong Chieng Jen told Malaysiakini an interview that Sarawakians blame Harapan for the Sheraton Move in February, but still look forward to a change of government in the coming state election.
7. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told that a contractor was given two opportunities to complete a project in Perlis had strong “connections”.
8. Former Universiti Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) leader Liew Liang Hong was questioned for two hours by the police on allegations of sedition.
9. Penang Second Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy insinuated that Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor is playing politics to seek federal funding, but the Kedah menteri besar claimed it has basis in the Water Services Industry Act 2006 to charge for water.
10. Brazilian Covid-19 vaccine trial participants explained their motivations behind volunteering to be among tens of thousands who rolled up their sleeves to try out experimental drugs.