Authorities here have denied receiving any information that activist and Swedish asylum seeker Ali Abd Jalil has been "picked up by Interpol" and was en route back to Malaysia, as he claimed on social media on Friday.

A representative from Wisma Putra said the Foreign Ministry was still trying to verify Ali's claim with its consulate in Stockholm, saying officials there were not notified by Swedish authorities of the 29-year-old's supposed arrest.

Bukit Aman Interpol's National Centre and the Home Ministry also denied receiving reports from their Swedish counterparts over the arrest.

About 10 million pesos (RM780,000) is believed to have been delivered to the Abu Sayyaf group who released Kunak fish breeder Chan Sai Chuin on Tuesday.

Philippines sources in Jolo island, where Chan was held for 177 days, said the negotiators deliver­ed the money to an Abu Say­yaf sub-group, which is controlled by the Sa­­wadjan brothers and led by Al-Habsi Misaya.

They said the ransom of 30 million pesos (RM2.34mil) demanded initially had been reduced.

Pihak pentadbiran Universiti Malaya (UM) seperti tidak memahami bahawa Ketua Pembangkang merupakan sebahagian sistem parlimen negara, melayakkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim memberi pandangan dan berucap.

Setiausaha Politik Ketua Parlimen DAP Dyana Sofya berkata, UM sebagai universiti ulung di negara ini harus menunjukkan contoh baik dan tidak menghina pelajarnya seolah-olah tidak tahu membuat penilaian dengan akal.

“Datuk Seri Anwar merupakan pemimpin yang dipilih rakyat dan bukan seorang penjenayah. Malah, beliau seorang bekas pelajar UM sendiri.

Mahkamah Rayuan di sini hari ini menganugerahkan ganti rugi berjumlah lebih RM4.55 juta termasuk faedah kepada lima bekas tahanan ISA (Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri) kerana ditahan secara tidak sah pada 2001 di bawah akta itu yang kini dimansuhkan.

Mereka ialah anggota Parlimen Batu Tian Chua, aktivis Hishamuddin Rais, anggota dewan negeri Hulu Klang Saari Sungib, Badaruddin Ismail dan bekas anggota Majlis Tertinggi PKR Badrulamin Baharom.

Panel tiga anggota dipengerusikan Hakim Abdul Wahab Patail, dalam keputusan sebulat suara, mengekalkan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang memihak kepada lima orang itu tetapi membenarkan sebahagian rayuan bekas Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Norian Mai, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan Kerajaan berhubung ganti rugi itu.

Amending the Sedition Act to include questioning the status of Islam, the Royal Malay Regiment and Malay Reserve Land as an offence is ultra vires the Constitution, a former Court of Appeal judge said.

Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah, one of the nation’s leading constitutional expert, said including such amendments to the Act based on the notion that they form part of Malay supremacy rights would be unconstitutional.

“There were proposals made during the recent Umno General Assembly that the rak­yat cannot question the status of Rulers and also Islam, Malay Reserve Land and the Royal Malay Regiment as they are part of Malay supremacy rights.

“In my opinion, such amendments would be ultra vires (beyond the scope of the Constitution) and cannot be done,” he said when addressing a roundtable gathering organised by Gagasan Generasi Progresif (GGP) to “Champion the Urbanisation of Malays” here yesterday