KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed, in brief.
1. After a long supreme council meeting that dragged on past midnight, Umno said it would remain with the Perikatan Nasional government for now but wants a general election to be held after the Covid-19 pandemic is brought back under control.
2. Twitter has removed a tweet by Langkawi MP Dr Mahathir Mohamad that allegedly glorified violence – a move rarely taken against election officials even when its community standards are violated. A similar Facebook was also deleted, though the original writing remains on his blog.
3. Several individuals have claimed to be victims of unclear SOPs and abuse of power by the police after being slapped with RM1,000 fines over alleged non-compliance.
4. Mahathir has supposedly met several leaders at his residence this week over the proposal to form a unity government.
5. PAC chief Wong Kah Woh has pleaded for Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun to appoint new Public Accounts Committee members when parliament reconvenes on Monday after the committee was left paralysed with numerous vacancies since the last change in government.
6. Malaysia has recorded 649 cases of Covid-19 yesterday. No deaths were recorded for the first time since Oct 7, while active cases drop for the first time in nearly a month.
7. However, Malaysia may not be out of danger yet as a Universiti Sains Malaysia team predicted as many as 15,000 active Covid-19 cases by Nov 8 under current control measures.
8. Participants of a press conference hosted by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow have been advised to limit their movements after a videographer at the event has been identified as a close contact of a Covid-19 patient.
9. In conjunction with celebrations of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia has urged Muslims not to act beyond the boundaries of law and religion in response to the publication of caricatures depicting Prophet Muhammad.
10. A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” has beheaded a woman and killed two others in an attack against a church in the French city of Nice. The man has been arrested.