KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed, in brief.
1. The government will impose a ban on inter-district travel in Sabah beginning tomorrow to curb the spread of Covid-19, while Sarawak will prohibit travellers from Sabah and Labuan from entering the state, from Sunday onwards.
2. Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has defended the current procedure for screening travellers returning from Sabah as more clusters crop up around the country involving travellers from the state.
3. Orang Asli children are failing to attend classes due to challenges ranging from the lack of Internet connectivity to the unaffordable cost of face masks.
4. Matriculation students decried double standards as they have not been allowed to travel home in two months, but the rule does not apply to students at polytechnics and universities.
5. Umno has postponed its wing and division meetings to avoid the Covid-19 contagion. Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor confirmed a member of his cabinet has tested positive for the disease, while Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin has been ordered to undergo quarantine.
6. Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said PKR president Anwar Ibrahim did not support him, despite Mahathir himself arranging for Anwar’s royal pardon and release from prison.
7. The hearing into former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s appeal against his conviction and sentence for the SRC International trial has been set to begin on Feb 15 next year.
8. The newly minted Sabah government has formed a Covid-19 Disaster Management Committee following Chief Minister Hajiji Mohd Noor’s first cabinet meeting. However, the state health minister post remains vacant.
9. Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there will be a “comprehensive post-mortem” of the events following the Sabah election after his deputy Mohamad Hasan lamented that Umno has become an “isolated political player” despite having the most seats in Sabah.
10. FGV Holdings Bhd denied the claim of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that it was using forced labour, while Human Resources Minister M Saravanan revealed that another major palm oil producer in Malaysia is also in the CBP’s crosshairs.