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Featured on the English dailies today are the possibility of the increment in EPF rate to more than 6 percent, the jail sentence handed down on PKR’s vice-president Rafizi Ramli, and the revoking of two opposition leaders datukship titles.

EPF To Give More Than 6pc? – According to New Straits Times, market observers say the Employees’ Provident Fund could potentially set the rate at more than 6.0 percent, based on strong performances by the Malaysian and international equity markets.

Rafizi Gets 30 Months – PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli was sentenced to 30 months jail by the Sessions Court yesterday for exposing banking details related to National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) and its chairman, MalayMail reports. The Election Commission said he will remain as MP until his case is disposed.

Datukship Revoked – The Kelantan palace withdrew the ‘Datuk Paduka’ titles of two Parti Amanah Negara leaders, Husam Musa and Wan Abd Rahim Wan Abdullah, according to theSun. Both of them received informed of the revocation in a letter from the Kelantan state secretary.

Royal Dent In MB Hopes – The Star reported the revocation of the Datukships has disrupted Pakatan Harapan’s aim of naming the opposition leaders as Menteri Besar if they win Kelantan in the next General Election.

The Malay dailies covered on the brazen torching of JPJ vehicles, protest by former Pemuda Bersatu leaders, Perak government’s assurance of the safety of turtles’ nesting grounds and the arrest of actor Sofi Jikan.

Angkara Sindiket (Syndicate’s Crime) – Investigating on yesterday’s arson case, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) is not denying the possibility that the burning of its cars is an act by a car-cloning syndicate, Utusan Malaysia reports.

Ugut Demo Depan ROS (Threats of Demonstrating In Front of ROS) – Former leaders of the Permuda Bersatu party is giving the Registrar of Societies (ROS) two weeks to take action regarding the reports of violation of the party’s constitution that were made since last year, Sinar Harian reports.

Jaminan Perak Habitat Penyu Tidak Terancam (Perak’s Assurance Of Turtle Habitat’s Preservation) – Perak exco guarantees that the sand mining project in Sungai Puyu will only be conducted outside of egg-laying season for the turtles, according to Kosmo! The turtles often lay their eggs from April to August, hence December to March is the most suitable period for the mining.

Rafizi Kena 30 Bulan Penjara (Rafizi To Be Jailed For 30 Months) – Berita Harian highlighted on Pandan assemblyman Rafizi Ramli receiving a jail sentence for exposing documents related to NFC on 2012. Also receiving the same sentence is bank clerk Johari Mohamad for being an accomplice of Rafizi.

Tersengat Diri (Troubling Himself) – Popular Malay actor Sofi Jikan was remanded for three days after his urine tested positive for ganja, according to Harian Metro. He was reported to the authorities by fellow actor Datuk Farid Kamil on 31 January.

Meanwhile, the Chinese vernacular dailies also reported on the sentencing of Rafizi Ramli, as well as the process of postal voting for overseas voters.

Disclose Secret Guilty, Jail 30 Month – Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli has been sentenced by a sessions court to a 30-month jail term for exposing confidential banking details relating to the NFC scandal, China Press reports.

Overseas Voters Can Self-Send Vote As Postal Voters – The Election Commission made the decision to gazette nine more job categories as being eligible for postal voting, according to Sin Chew Daily. They expect that the number of postal voting and civil servants who vote early to increase significantly. Overseas postal vote papers will also no longer managed by the Foreign Ministry but Pos Malaysia Berhad.

-- mD