BOTH Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian presentedextensive write-ups and pictorial essays in the run-up to the retirement of Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Utusan Malaysia also reported that another key post would be changing hands next week.
A front-page report of the paper said Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Omar would assume the post of Inspector-General of Police following the mandatory retirement of Tan Sri Norian Mai on Tuesday.
Quoting sources, the paper said the new IGP would take his oath of office at a ceremony at the Police Training Centre in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, the same day.
The replacement for the Deputy IGP’s post is expected to be announced later but so far, the paper said, three names had been short-listed – CID director Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Som, management director Datuk Kamaruddin Md Ali and Anti-Corruption Agency director-general Datuk Zulkipli Mat Nor.
Norian has been at the helm of the force since Jan 8, 1999.
A letter from a non-governmental organisation, Persatuan Warga Warisan Melayu Muda Malaysia (Wawasan), was highlighted in Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian over its call to the International Islamic University of Malaysia to make a comprehensive study of the Jewish community.
Wawasan said the research could be done by the university’s Institute of Muslim Unity and should take into account the growth of the Jewish community from their early days to the time of the signing of the Balfour Treaty in 1917, which paved the way for them to set up their own country.
The call was made following protests from Israeli and Western leaders over Dr Mahathir's remarks at the Organisation of Islamic Conference Summit in Putrajaya that “Jews rule the world by proxy.”
Berita Harian reported that prospective haj pilgrims who cancelled their confirmed reservations would be fined RM1,000.
They also must pay back the full cost of their flight and 50% of their accommodation cost if they did not have valid reasons for the cancellation.