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Covid-19 cases reappear in green states and 9 news from yesterday

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

1. Covid-19 cases have cropped up in Kedah and Kelantan, which have previously been declared green zones. An investigation into the source of the infections is underway.

2. Political economy professor Edmund Terence Gomez said the government is abusing the political appointment process to serve the personal vested interests of politicians.

3. In an analysis, Malaysiakini finds two-thirds of Umno MPs have a second paycheque as a minister, a deputy minister or with a political appointment; compared to nine-in-ten for Bersatu MPs. Several Perikatan Nasional parties join the ‘100 percent club’ where all MPs have been given such appointments.

4. The 1MDB trial judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah sarcastically suggested holding the trial at the Selayang market after lawyers from both sides urged the judge to relax social distancing guidelines in the courtroom.

5. Authorities conducted immigration raids in the Petaling Jaya Old Town area where around 200 undocumented migrants are expected to be arrested. This came shortly before authorities announced that the enhanced movement control order in the area will be lifted at the stroke of midnight.

6. Rohingya activist Sharifah Shakirah said it is unfair to blame the entire Rohingya refugee community for the offences of a few bad apples, saying that the community is generally grateful to and appreciative of the help provided by Malaysians.

7. Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged the Registrar of Societies’ position on his chairpersonship in Bersatu, and promised there would be “very big trouble” coming for PN.

8. Police are investigating former water, land and natural resources minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar over a video clip in which he is heard saying that the recent Dewan Rakyat sitting would be "worthless" and "rubbish".

9. The government is expected to announce SOPs today that would allow the partial reopening of non-Muslim places of worship, the Malaysian Hindu Sangam announced.

10. Malaysians returning from abroad would have to bear half the cost of their quarantine beginning June 1, prompting calls for the government to reconsider this decision.

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