Legitimate Expectation

UMNO should go ahead and sue the sixteen MPs, for the basis of ‘legitimate expectation’.

The Malay Mail story:

Umno to sue 30 lawmakers who quit party

Published 6 hours ago on 19 March 2019

By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Thirty MPs and assemblymen nationwide who were formerly from Umno will be taken to court for leaving the party after Election 2018, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today.

The Umno secretary-general refuted news reports that the party will not proceed with the lawsuit, saying he will be writing in to a renowned law firm to initiate the filing.

“This was agreed by the party top leadership, treasury, and a lawyer that is handling the case.

“Another large law firm has been appointed and I will write in a letter to them tomorrow and provide a full list of all the MPs and state assemblymen that has left the party,” he told reporters at Parliament.

Annuar had dismissed a report which stated the party would withdraw the lawsuit due to the high cost.

The Ketereh MP said the MPs and state assemblymen who will be sued include those from Sabah, Johor, Perak, and Kedah.

“I can confirm today that all Adun and MPs that have left the party — they will get the summons respectively no exception,” he said, adding that he could not disclose the cost of the proceeding.

Some of the defections from Umno since GE14 include Jeli MP Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Masjid Tanah MP Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Larut MP Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and Beaufort MP Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee.

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UMNO Secretary General Tan Sri Annuar Musa responded to the media after news portal The Malaysian Insight reported a story about UMNO not going on with the decision to take the elected representatives at 14GE who had abandoned the party.

TMI story:

Kos tinggi, Umno tak jadi saman wakil rakyat keluar parti


SM Amin

Umno tidak teruskan saman terhadap bekas wakil rakyatnya kerana kos yang tinggi dan hanya mahu tumukan kepada penstrukturan dalaman parti.– Gambar fail The Malaysian Insight, 18 Mac, 2019

UMNO tidak meneruskan saman terhadap bekas wakil rakyatnya yang kini menyertai Pakatan Harapan (PH) untuk mengelak menanggung kos tinggi, kata sumber parti.

Sumber memberitahu The Malaysian Insight, Timbalan Presiden Umno Mohamad Hasan enggan meneruskan tindakan tersebut dan sebaliknya mahu fokus kepada penstrukturan dalaman parti, kata sumber.

“Tok Mat berpendapat adalah lebih penting pada waktu ini Umno fokus dengan mengukuhkan parti itu sendiri.

“Selain daripada itu, faktor kos juga menjadi pertimbangan utama,” kata sumber yang terlibat dalam proses perundangan ini.

Saman itu dimulakan sebelum Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sudahpun memutuskan untuk bercuti dan sebelum tugas presiden parti itu disandang oleh Mohamad.

Ahmad Zahid mengumumkan bahawa Umno menghantar writ saman ke atas wakil rakyat terbabit sewaktu menyampaikan ucapan dasar presiden sempena perhimpunan agung parti September lalu.

Pada waktu itu, Zahid berkata walaupun sukar untuk menyekat mereka daripada keluar parti, tindakan tersebut terpaksa diambil bagi menghormati kehendak ahli Umno yang berasa dikhianati.

Dalam writ saman itu, Umno menuntut bayaran balik kos dan mengosongkan semula kerusi yang dimenangi atas tiket Umno dan Barisan Nasional.

Setiausaha agung Umno Annuar Musa turut mengumumkan saman dikemukakan dua ahli Parlimen, Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (Masjid Tanah) dan Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (Bagan Serai).

Kedua-duanya yang kini menyertai Bersatu merupakan antara yang terawal keluar parti – Dr Azmi pada 24 Jun dan Ermieyati pada 1 Julai.

Pada Disember, sembilan Adun dan lima ahli Parlimen Umno keluar parti kerana hilang keyakinan terhadap kepemimpinan parti.

Pada Februari, Annuar mengumumkan parti itu akan mengemukakan saman ke atas semua wakil rakyat tersebut, dan akan tetap diteruskan walaupun jika mereka mahu kembali menyertai Umno.

Bagaimanapun, setakat ini hanya Mas Ermieyati dan Noor Azmi yang menerima saman.

Umno yang menang 54 kerusi Parlimen dalam PRU14 lalu kini hanya tinggal 37 kerusi selepas 17 ahli parlimen parti itu bertindak keluar parti. – 18 Mac, 2019

The said elected candidates agreed by their own conscience to represent the BN party in the 14GE and received the warrant from UMNO to qualify them for Election Commission’s purpose to stand on BN’s candidacy for the 14GE.

And they were elected as BN elected representatives on 14GE and has the duty to serve in the respective Legislature.

Hence, UMNO has the ‘Legitimate Expectation’ doctrine as a basis to take the said elected representatives.

The doctrine of legitimate expectationbelongs to the domain of public law and is intended to give relief to the people when they are not able to justify their claims on the basis of law in the strict sense of the term though they had suffered a civil consequence because their legitimate expectation had been violated.

UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced exactly three months ago that UMNO had issued the writ to take the elected representatives who had abandoned the party.

FMT story:

Umno sues lawmakers who defected from party

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has filed a writ of summons against MPs who defected from the party, its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this evening.

Zahid said the suit was filed by the Umno headquarters on Nov 14.

“We intend to claim back a large sum from the lawmakers.

“We will sue all of them and will use not just the Election Offences Act 1954, but all laws.

“They must repay the goodwill of Umno and its machinery, and know that they did not win their seats on their own accord,” he said during a discourse with party members here this evening.

Zahid said the defecting lawmakers must be grateful to Umno, and not just hop over to other parties.

Umno is now left with 37 MPs after an exodus of its leaders from the party. It had secured 54 parliamentary seats in the May 9 general election.

During the discourse, Zahid also admitted that Umno was now split five ways, with the first group being members who want Umno to stand alone and not merge with any other parties.

“The second group wants Umno to merge with one of the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH). The third group wants to join forces with a party in PH that has collaborated with DAP.

“The fourth group wants Umno to work together with PAS as an opposition, while the fifth wants the party to move in a grand opposition bloc,” he said.

The Bagan Datuk MP said while he respected the views within the party, the factions needed to respect the views of party grassroots who want to go into the 15th general election and win it without collaborating with any parties.

“We must move as an opposition force, and rebuild our strength and unity.

“I also wish to state that, as the party president, and head of the Barisan Nasional, we have no intention to cooperate politically with DAP.

“That is clear. Period,” he added.

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If cost is the issue, let the sixteen MPs worry about their cost they have to bear at their end.

Let them pay for their barristers.

PPBM or any of the ruling parties would not step and stand up for the said UMNO MPs who deserted their party.

The Chairman of UMNO Management Committee is Deputy President Dato’ Seri Mohamad Hj Hasan, who is currently assuming the duties of the UMNO President.

Published in: on March 18, 2019 at 18:00  Leave a Comment  

Rumblings in the Interior

Leaders of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s own ruling coalition parties oppose on the acceptance of PAC Chairman Ronald Kiandee, originally from UMNO, into his own party yesterday.

Malaysiakini story:

Bersih questions Dr M’s commitment to reforms amid PAC ‘U-turn’

 (Updated )

Bersih has questioned Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s commitment to institutional reforms after the latter remarked that newly-minted Bersatu member Ronald Kiandee would continueto chair the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

When announcing Kiandee’s entry into the Pakatan Harapan component party yesterday, Mahathir had said that the coalition’s promise of an opposition-led PAC was a mere “policy” and not “institutionalised or part of the constitution”.

He later said that Harapan had fulfilled its promise but did not expect the former Umno lawmaker to defect.

Today, Bersih questioned if the prime minister would similarly renege on his other promises of institutional reforms because they, too, had not been “institutionalised”.

“For the prime minister to say that because this promise was not institutionalised and, therefore, can be overridden raises more serious concerns about his commitment to structural institutional reforms. 

‘Soon after taking power last year, the prime minister administratively released key institutions like the MACC, the Election Commission, Suhakam and the National Audit Department from the control of the Prime Minister’s Department.

“Will he or future prime ministers reverse this move because their independence were not ‘institutionalised’?” it asked in a statement.

The role of the PAC is to hold the government accountable by reviewing all public accounts as well as the auditor-general’s reports. It has the power to call ministers, heads of government and top civil servants to testify before it. 

Harapan had promised in its pre-election manifesto that PAC would helmed by an opposition MP as part of its commitment to parliamentary reform.

Bersih criticised Mahathir for “unilaterally” deciding on a “U-turn” and urged other politicians to reprimand him for undermining the PAC.

“Backbench and opposition MPs should strongly condemn this move to undermine their role as a check and balance to the cabinet. 

“[…] If the prime minister does not reverse his decision to retain Kiandee as PAC chair, then not only is the credibility of the Harapan government at stake but the dignity of Parliament as well,” it said.

‘Amend laws’

In light of this, the electoral reform NGO urged Harapan to amend laws to set in place the institutional reforms it promised. 

“Bersih calls on the prime minister and the Harapan government to honour all their manifesto promises and immediately amend legislations in order to institutionalise the independence of these key public institutions.

“(By so doing it) they can effectively guard against abuses by the executive and protect public interests,” it said.

Harapan MPs Hannah Yeoh and Nurul Izzah Anwar made similar callsyesterday. 

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Yeoh urged Parliament to amend the Standing Order to make it compulsory for the PAC to be led by an opposition MP.

Nurul Izzah, a PAC member herself, said she would remind Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof to institutionalise reforms for the PAC.

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This is clearly in breach of the principles laid out for Pakatan Harapan.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister gave a lame excuse “Dia nak masuk parti kita? Apa kita nak buat? Tak kan kita nak halang….”

It is abundantly clear that he in the exercise of increasing the number of MPs of his own party with the ‘reverse take over’ (RTO).

Originally his own party PPBM was the coalition partner with the least number of MPs in the Pakatan Harapan upon successfully establishing the Federal Government after the 14GE on 9 May 2019.

The media if not the public, should remind Gerontocracy Prime Minister on what he said ten months ago of not accepting leaders crossing over from BN.

Published in: on March 16, 2019 at 17:30  Leave a Comment  

The Hesseltine Gambit

PKR MPs should have the nerve to demand the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat to ‘test’ amongst the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs whether Gerontocracy Prime Minister still enjoy the majority support within the coalition of four parties plus Warisan.

The Federal Government by PH already completed ten months of administration.

So far, they have failed to deliver the ‘PH Manifesto’ election promises, which include with tolls highways and roads and PTPTN loan burdens abolished.

There is no significant reduction of retail petrol prices and thus, no clear proof of the goods and services would be reduced despite the Good Services Tax has been abolished.

Instead, there is a ban on smoking at eateries and restaurant, which brought forth a lot of anguish.

The business and commercial community, which is controlled by Malaysian Chinese is predominantly displeased with the sluggish economy.

So are the retail and institutional investors, where the KLCI dropped by almost 200 points since the ‘Malaysia Baru’.

Soon the Malays would join the displeasure bee-line when Tabung Haji declare much lower Hibah (earnings) for the 9.3 million depositors.

In the Westminster-styled democracy, there is already a precedence on MPs deciding on the Leader of the Government, by testing the support within the Parliament.

Defence Secretary Michael Hesseltine ran against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in November 1990, upon her own Cabinet colleagues doubted her leadership.

It is the reduced confidence of the British public against Thatcher grew from the systematic job losses from her policy of privatisation of corporations and reduction of subsidies, including the coal and steel industries.

Of course, the heavy poll tax imposed on each household brought the British public uproar.

The resignation of Foreign Minister Geoffrey Howe triggered the motion of her own Cabinet colleagues, whipping the support from her own party MPs.

It is a true test of democracy, especially when the PH Presidential Council at this point of time is unable to provide the transition time table for a proper Prime Minister, to ensure the market confidence on how and where the nation is going.

The public had the impression that Gerontocracy Prime Minister is an interim Leader of the PH ruling Government, in lieu of their victory to form the Federal Government post 9 May 2018 and the time, the defacto Leader Anwar Ibrahim was still serving his jail sentence for sodomy.

Presently, domestic and international investors and business community are voicing the same notion and tune:

1. Lack of political stability, without a proper Leadership transition plan and timetable

2. Gross lack of clarity of policies, process decision making and direction

3. The consistency of the roll out of decision made, implementation and the ever so often Cabinet colleagues negate amongst themselves in the open and through media

This is not withstanding how the PH ruling Government been mocked across the board and the confusion created.

PH already lost two by-elections on a row.

On the geo-political front with global partners and regional common border neighbours, Malaysia’s position and standing have been perceived to be lowered than what it was before after PH ruling party leaders assumed the different strategic Ministries.

As such the Ministries of Finance, International Trade and Industry, Economic Affairs, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Primary Industries and Housing, Rural Development and Urban Development, are in the basket on Ministers who are seen unable to provide leadership and get the programs rolled out, for the betterment of the people.

Hence, it is time the ruling PH MPs put the confidence and support on the Prime Minister to the test.

It is also a good opportunity to test how Sabah and Sarawak MPs have their confidence and support on the Gerontocracy Prime Minister, especially in issues such as persistently growing demands on the Malaysian Agreement 1963 and slack of security able to defend the Sabah borders from undesirable persons and threatening the peace and security of warga Sabah, especially on the East Coast.

It is a test of wit. It is a test wisdom. It is. Test of confidence and support. It is the real test of playing Parker Bros board game of ‘Risk’.

Then again, in Shakespeare’s own opening act, “Beware of the Ides of March”.

However, the end of thr day this is real test by MPs against the ruling PH Govt.

Published in: on March 15, 2019 at 03:38  Leave a Comment  

Beware of the Ides of March

Gerontocracy Prime Minister and the Aspiring Prime Minister should be mindful of Shakespeare’s classic about ambitious Roman Dictator Julius Caesar forewarned by a soothsayer, in the first act of the tragedy play.

It is a simile, adapted from the 1599 play to dramatise the assassination of Roman much loved charismatic military leader with ambitious madness of power and prostituting the derivatives of the democracy and the mandate obtained, for own personal interpretations and aspirations.

It is contrary against any agreement between the unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows.

On the Ides of March of 44 BC, a day used by the Romans as a deadline for settling debts, the conspirators staged a game of gladiatorial sport at the Theatre of Pompey.

The gladiators were provided by Decimus Brutus in case their services were needed. They waited in the great hall of the theatre’s quadriportico.

Caesar, however, was late, having received several warnings in the previous days. Therefore, Decimus Brutus was sent to fetch him, and managed to persuade Caesar to attend so as not to disappoint the Senate. 

Mark Antony, having vaguely learned of the plot the night before from a terrified Liberator named Servilius Casca, and fearing the worst, went to head Caesar off.

The plotters, however, had anticipated this and, fearing that Antony would come to Caesar’s aid, had arranged for Trebonius to intercept him just as he approached the portico of the Theatre of Pompey, where the session was to be held, and detain him outside (Plutarch, however, assigns this action to delay Antony to Decimus Brutus).

When he heard the commotion from the Senate chamber, Antony fled.

According to Plutarch, as Caesar arrived at the Senate, Lucius Tillius Cimber presented him with a petition to recall his exiled brother. The other conspirators crowded round to offer their support.

Both Plutarch and Suetonius say that Caesar waved him away, but Cimber grabbed Caesar’s shoulders and pulled down Caesar’s toga. Caesar then cried to Metellus Cimber, “Why, this is violence!” (“Ista quidem vis est!“).

 At the same time, Casca produced his dagger and made a glancing thrust at the dictator’s neck. Caesar turned around quickly and caught Casca by the arm. According to Plutarch, he said in Latin, “Casca, you villain, what are you doing?”.

Casca, frightened, shouted “Help, brother!” in Greek (“ἄδελφε, βοηθεῖ“, “adelphe, boethei“).

Within moments, the entire group, including Brutus, were stabbing the dictator.

Caesar attempted to get away, but, blinded by blood in his eyes, he tripped and fell; the men continued stabbing him as he lay defenseless on the lower steps of the portico. According to Eutropius, sixty or more men participated in the assassination. Caesar was stabbed 23 times.

 Suetonius relates that a physician who performed an autopsy on Caesar established that only one wound had been fatal.

The dictator’s last words are a contested subject among scholars and historians. Suetonius himself says he said nothing, nevertheless, he mentions that others have written that Caesar’s last words were the Greek phrase “καὶ σύ, τέκνον;“(transliterated as “Kai su, teknon?” (You too, child?).

Et tu, Brute?” (“You too, Brutus?”); this derives from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (1599), where it actually forms the first half of a macaronic line: “Et tu, Brute?Then fall, Caesar.”

According to Plutarch, after the assassination, Brutus stepped forward as if to say something to his fellow senators not involved in the plot; they, however, fled the building.

Brutus and his companions then marched to the Capitol while crying out to their beloved city: “People of Rome, we are once again free!”.

They were met with silence, as the citizens of Rome had locked themselves inside their houses as soon as the rumour of what had taken place had begun to spread.

According to Suetonius, all the conspirators made off, and he (Caesar) lay there lifeless for some time, and finally three common slaves put him on a litter and carried him home, with one arm hanging down.

A wax statue of Caesar was erected in the Forum displaying the 23 stab wounds. A crowd who had amassed there started a fire, which badly damaged neighboring buildings.[citation needed] In the ensuing years, the Liberators’ civil war resulted in the end of the Republic and the rise of Imperial Rome.

Let us be reminded that this is not the first time the aspirant Prime Minister conspired to topple Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

On Monday, it is the first Dewan Rakyat session post Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s party admission of the nine defected Parliamentarians, in contradiction against his own proclamation as per obtaining the democratic mandate ten months ago.

It is also with the expressed displeasure of the two largest partner parties in the ruling coalition.

It was rumoured that a major political power play is brewing amidst a lot of gossips amongst punters.

The various versions are so hot that they have not missed in radar of mainstream media.

The Star story:

Dr M: We’ll see if there’s a vote of no-confidence


  • NATION

  • Thursday, 21 Feb 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad has decided to take the wait-and-see approach on the allegations by PAS that “something is brewing” within the Pakatan Harapan coalition. 

“I will wait and see if there is a vote of no-confidence. 

“I will see if PAS will support me or not, ” said Dr Mahathir after visiting the Ministry of Defence on Thursday.

He said this in response to statements by the Islamist party pledging support for him in the event of a betrayal from within Pakatan.

Takiyuddin said the party had an “inkling” that something was brewing within Pakatan, and this prompted PAS leadership to discuss the matter with Dr Mahathir during a meeting last week.

The discussion, said Takiyuddin, resulted in a draft letter in which PAS pledged that its 18 MPs would support Dr Mahathir should a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister take place in the Dewan Rakyat.

Earlier, a blogger had also alleged that a plot was being hatched from within Pakatan against Dr Mahathir via a vote of no-confidence. 

Mujahidin Zulkiffli claimed he first heard about the plot to oust Dr Mahathir a few weeks ago from “his sources”.

However, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia said it was confident that its Pakatan allies still backed Dr Mahathir, despite claims he had lost support from PKR and DAP.

Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there was a firm commitment from all four parties in Pakatan – PKR, DAP, Bersatu and Parti Amanah Negara – on this, adding that he was not aware of any party losing confidence in Dr Mahathir.

For a vote of confidence to succeed in the Dewan Rakyat, it must have the support of at least 112 out of 222 MPs.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/02/21/dr-m-well-see-if-theres-a-vote-of-no-confidence/#ggyJecUjJu1i3QG3.99

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Of course the gossip and ‘market talk’ was refuted by senior ruling coalition partnership leaders.

Bernama story:

Gobind: Pakatan govt stable, no vote of no confidence

SEMENYIH, Feb 23 ― The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is in a very stable state and the public is advised not to be influenced by the allegations that say otherwise.

DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo also denied speculation that there was a plot to move a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“The PH government in Putrajaya is very stable. The issue of the vote of no confidence is not true, PAS is playing this issue during the Semenyih state by-election because it has no issue.

“There is no issue between the parties in PH…not at all. People do not have to worry about this,” he said when campaigning for the by-election here last night.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was previously reported to have said that a vote of no confidence would be tabled during the coming Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Gobind Singh, who is also Communications and Multimedia Minister, said the people should give time to PH government to deliver all manifesto promised during the 14th general election in May last year.

“PH has been given the mandate to administer the country for five years before the next general election, so give us time to deliver all our promises,” he said.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Gobind Singh, when commenting the issue of toll collection on expressways, said that any announcement pertaining to the matter should be done by the relevant minister.

“This toll issue has been brought up since 2008. If it can’t be abolished then we must reduce the rate for the welfare of the people. Even the Barisan Nasional (BN) government that administered the country for 61 years failed to do it, so we (PH) need to show that we are different from them,” he said.

Yesterday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president said that toll-related announcement would be made soon by the relevant ministry.

The Semenyih state by-election on March 2 will witness a four-cornered fight between Pakatan Harapan candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali and BN candidate Zakaria Hanafi, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)’s Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent Kuan Chee Heng. ― Bernama

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The gossips and rumours are centred in between Gerontocracy Prime Minister, aspirant Prime Minister and favourite third Dark Horse in the whole equation, the Minister who harbours his own aspiration to be the succession plan in the heir of the Prime Minister post Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

The fact that this Cabinet member was conferred more authority than the other Cabinet Minister, who is the party leader of the second largest and most strategic partner of the ruling coalition party warrants the stature of prominence in the books of the Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

In the recent appointment of the National Economic Action Council with the exclusion of the aspirant Prime Minister’s participation despite his own track record in the Cabinet and helm of the Ministry of Finance for seven years, sends a strong message of political power play distrust at the top.

Then, there is also the more premier political aspirant in line also for the Prime Ministership, who is the President of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s own party.

Metaphorically, Gerontocracy Prime Minister is Julius Caesar, the President of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s own party is Brutus, the aspirant Prime Minister is Cassius and the third Dark Horse is Octavian.

As the history recorded, assassination or sudden demise of the Dictator saw the Civil War, which paved the way for Octavian to eventually assume the role of Caesar (Emperor).

What is also interesting in this metaphor, the soothsayer is the President of the party of the ruling State Government of the East Coast.

The damning line of Shakespeare’s play by Brutus upon the asasination of Caesar, to justify the treachery of the elite Senators,

“Be patient till the last. Romans, countrymen, and lovers! Hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear. Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor that you may believe. Censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.

This begets the further erosion on the lack of confidence for domestic and foreign investors and businesses a like, as the issues of political stability, grave slack of consistency and clarity of policies.

“Naturally, it would affect the operational roll out and translation of the said policies and strategic decisions made”, opined a technology corporation executive Wan Azrain Adnan, who originally came from Bank Negara.

“It is their obligation as the Government to ensure there is ‘Stability, Consistency and Clarity’, over their politics”.

Needless to say, the ‘Ides of March’ as once written by Joceline Tan on her Sunday The Star political analysis column based on the ‘vision of a Thai psychic’ adds colour to the gossips and speculations, based on so many permutation.

Published in: on March 10, 2019 at 02:14  Leave a Comment  

Dialing the right number

Sabahans should be more concerned whether or not the pot of gold could still be in the hands of Malaysia vis-a-vis ‘Nine-Dash-Line’ problem could be resolved first before being aggressive against the process of getting through their demands as per the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63).

FMT story:

What’s there to negotiate, just implement MA63, says Jeffrey

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STAR president Jeffrey Kitingan says the federal government should implement MA63 or dissolve it.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan today said the federal government should start implementing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Sabah’s rights under the Federal Constitution.

Jeffrey described as “unacceptable” the statement by Chief Minister Shafie Apdal yesterday that the state government was still negotiating with the federal government to realise MA63.

“The Special Cabinet Committee (Steering Committee) to Review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 should focus on implementing what is in the Federal Constitution, including Articles 112c/112d.

“What is there to negotiate? MA63 was concluded and signed in 1963. After more than half a century, it has remained unimplemented and not complied with,” he told reporters.

Articles 112c/112d deal with special grants and assignments of revenue to the two states.

Jeffrey, who is also the Keningau MP and Tambunan assemblyman, said the federal government had two options — implement MA63 or dissolve it.

He said non-compliance by the federal government had made the agreement “illegal”, and called for a new agreement to ” better reflect the needs of the current situation and the expectations and aspirations of the people”.

“Fifty-five years of non-compliance is long enough for an unimplemented agreement to become null and void.

“Sabah and Sarawak have suffered long and hard enough by being treated like colonies, with our sovereignties being usurped by Kuala Lumpur and Malayan political parties.

“During that long period of time, we have also lost most of our revenues and our most-valued resources of oil and gas.

“If this situation remains, what will our future be?” he said.

Jeffrey also said the problem had been compounded by the selfishness of past leaders of Sabah and Sarawak.

Yesterday, Shafie said he was confident Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad would take steps towards the realisation of MA63 but admitted that both sides were still locked in negotiation.

Previously, while still in the opposition, Warisan, which is led by Shafie, had called on the then-Barisan Nasional state government to do away with negotiations with the federal government and insisted that the federal government implement MA63 immediately.

Earlier today in Putrajaya, Mahathir held a meeting for almost two hours on the review of MA63 and said there was little disagreement between the federal government and the two governments.

He said several working papers were tabled at the Steering Committee meeting and almost all of them would be referred to the Technical Committee for an in-depth study before further discussion.

The meeting was attended by Shafie, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg and several ministers.

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The fact is that China has never soften its claim on the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’.

In fact, they have grown more aggressive, be it on the diplomatic front or military might. This include the Peoples’ Liberation Army Naval Forces projecting its power and flexing its muscle in the disputed areas.

Not to mention the expansion of their military bases in the South China Sea.

If and when Malaysia loses to China’s arm-twisting tactics for the latter’s strategic interest on the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’, it would be just academic to stake a claim on the probably failed implementation on the MA63.

It is not just about portion on the revenue on the hydrocarbon extracted from the said areas but also include maritime right of passage and even fisheries.

At national level, correcting a wrong and having the separation of power and ownership and access to the purse especially on the revenue and the legal right to collect and ownership do take time to resolve.

It is a matter of legality and bureaucracy, not withstanding on the complexity of the interpretation of the various revenue laws and of course, the MA63 itself.

FMT story:

Little disagreement between federal govt and Sabah, Sarawak on MA63, says PM

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the meeting on the review of the Malaysia Agreement 1963. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today held a meeting for almost two hours on the review of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and said there is little disagreement between the federal government and Sabah and Sarawak governments on the matter.

He said several working papers on the various government functions were tabled at the Special Cabinet Committee (Steering Committee) to Review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and almost all of them would be referred to the Technical Committee for an in-depth study before they are discussed at the next meeting.

“Those points which we have a little difficulty solving and we could not resolve have been referred to the Technical Committee. They will look into it.

“For example, the stamp duty. This requires an in-depth study,” he told reporters after chairing the meeting at Perdana Putra here.

The meeting was also attended by Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

Others who attended the meeting were Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng; Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Liew Vui Keong; Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo; Works Minister Baru Bian, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah; Chief Secretary to the Government Ismail Bakar and Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.

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Then again, Sabahans should also be mindful that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has demonstrated his tendency to be very sticky on the demands and claims on oil royalties.

His track record the past three decades on Kelantan and Terengganu is a matter profoundly worrying.

No amount of any of the MA63 provisions could be in the interwar of Sabahans and Sarawakians if the nation’s sovereignty and right on the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is inhibited by a Super Power despite there is UNCLOS.

They should be insistent that Wisma Putra follow through the Code of Conduct on the Document of Conduct inked by South East Asian countries in 2002.

It is pointless to dial the wrong number in the quest getting positive outcome of their call.

Published in: on March 6, 2019 at 03:03  Leave a Comment  

Waterloo in the Lowlands

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad saw another Waterloo defeat in agony and humiliation, with bigger losses in Semenyih last night five weeks right after the last one where his own party candidate’s poorly gaining on the shift of 10,000 votes since the last one.

PKR President and defacto Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim conceded that the sentiments of the rakyat is reflected by-election result.

CNA story:

Semenyih by-election result reflects feelings of the people: Anwar

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FILE PHOTO: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim speaks during the Singapore Summit in Singapore

File photo of Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim. (Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

BN and PAS have finally found solid similarities

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Barisan Nasional and Pas flags seen along the paddy field in Sungai Limau area during the run up of the Sungai Limau by-election, November 1, 2013. — Picture by KE Ooi

Barisan Nasional and Pas flags seen along the paddy field in Sungai Limau area during the run up of the Sungai Limau by-election, November 1, 2013. — Picture by KE Ooi

PETALING JAYA, March 3 — Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS’s success in the Semenyih by-election is a referendum that the Malays are not with the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) government as they feel it is DAP-dominated.

The two Malay-based parties had made their battle line clear before the by-election even began on February 16, the nomination day.

The political rivalry has been bitter and the Semenyih battle ground was rough where defending PH was put in a defensive position before the battle even started — unfulfilled May 9 general election promises and ridding the general perception that new Cabinet is DAP-dominated.

BN’ success was easy to read — with help and support from Islamist PAS whose members are loyal, combined election machinery which tentacles reached even the most remote houses in deep villages, a clear battle slogan which was to register to the ruling coalition that the new government is not protecting Malays and Islam.

In addition, the opposition fielded a popular man, Zakaria Hanafi, 58-year old administrative officer who has been helping out the community in mosques and suraus from wedding functions to funeral rites.

PH which fielded Malay-based Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) candidate, a 30-year old engineer Mohammad Aiman Zainali was a newbie who has had problem in blending with the Malay community in the constituency.

With issues laid down and most importantly the rising cost of living that is the basic bread and butter issue, PH in particular PPBM’s Aiman found himself pushed in a corner.

Aiman’s party PPBM had no election machinery which made him dependent and at the mercy of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which members had difficulties in penetrating the Malay hearts and minds.

Malay voters were the target of both rival parties as PH had the Chinese and Indian voters based on GE14 results last May, but with the perception that Malays are marginalised and Islam fundamentals being chipped off bit-by-bit, PPBM is seen as just a stool of the DAP.

On the side of the campaign trail which got PH losing focus of the real issue was the Bosku Datuk Seri Naiib Razak’s appearance that local Malays or rather hardcore voters waited patiently for.

Najib, whose appearance was not in the main campaign programme list had haunted PH leaders during the campaign trail to the extent PH forgot the main issues raised, but focused on Najib’s scandals.

Even Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made Najib the main gist of his speech rather than addressing the real issues raised and explaining the delay in fulfilling the coalition’s pledges.

The effect of PH lost in Semenyih is far reaching which PH leaders may brush aside — the coalition has widen the racial segregation and in turn increased the resentment of Malays towards the new Malaysia concept.

At the same time, PPBM is seen as a mosquito party in the coalition and it does not deserve to be treated on par with even Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), which is considered the weakest link in the coalition.

For BN and PAS, the Semenyih victory is proof that both parties have reached an understanding and solid platform upon which they can move forward and create a new political equation in the country’s political landscape and scenario.

 

The co-operation will now be moved further to Rantau state seat by-election in Negri Sembilan after proven success in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih. 

Published in: on March 3, 2019 at 19:44  Leave a Comment  

Pakatan Islam-Kafir

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is moving an inch closer into irrational thinking and lower level of his ‘strategy of hatred’ in the obsession to remain in power and growing threat of UMNO-PAS closer ties using utterly unacceptable name-calling.

Utusan Online story:

PH bersedia lawan gabungan UMNO dan Pas

Dr. Mahathir dakwa kerjasama parti Islam dan parti kafir

LANGKAWI 24 Feb. – Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan (PH), Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad tidak gentar dan bersedia berlawan dengan gabungan UMNO dan Pas dalam mana-mana pilihan raya.

Sambil menyifatkan Pas sebagai parti Islam dan UMNO sebagai parti kafir, Dr. Mahathir menegaskan, keutamaan kedua-dua parti tersebut khususnya Pas bukan kerana Islam sebaliknya hanya hendak menang pilihan raya semata-mata.

Dalam masa sama, beliau juga kesal dengan tindakan kepemimpinan tertinggi Pas yang sebelum ini berjanji tidak akan membantu kempen Barisan Nasional (BN) di Semenyih namun apa yang berlaku sekarang adalah sebaliknya.

“Saya juga tidak faham Pas ini, baru-baru ini, Hadi (Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang), Setiausaha Agung Pas, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan ada datang bertemu saya dan membuat perjanjian itu.

“Tetapi semasa penamaan calon dan kempen, kita lihat Pas ada bersama. Jelas mereka sedang bekerjasama dengan UMNO. Susah hendak terima apa yang dibawa oleh Pas ini, sekejap begini, sekejap begitu.

“Tidak mengapa, Pas parti Islam dan UMNO parti kafir, biar mereka bersatu lawan PH. Kita sanggup hadapi pakatan Islam dan kafir ini,” katanya ketika ditemui selepas melancarkan Kampungku Sihat Peringkat Kebangsaan dan perjumpaan rakyat di Pusat Khidmat Ahli Parlimen Langkawi di sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian bagi mengulas langkah Pemuda UMNO dan Pas yang bersepakat supaya tiada lagi pertembungan di antara dua parti itu yang akan menyebabkan berlakunya persaingan tiga penjuru dalam mana-mana pilihan raya selepas ini.

Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki dilaporkan berkata, satu jawatankuasa akan dibentuk di antara UMNO dan Pas selepas ini dan menuju Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-15 kedua-dua parti tersebut akan membina blok pembangkang kuat yang akan menumbangkan PH. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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This is a new record low for the ninety four year old statesman, who came back into mainstream politics assumed the Prime Ministership after fifteen years of retirement.

His strategy of ‘sowing hatred’ against UMNO has been heightened after he tried to get UMNO to get rid of then President UMNO VII Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak slightly over three years ago failed.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir has waged the war against PAS using the same strategy ever since he was defeated by PAS candidate Hj Yusof Rawa in the 3GE May 1969, half a century ago.

The desperation against UMNO-PAS co-operation is more prevalent despite Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s growth of 75% in power ‘market share’ within Pakatan Harapan with the admission to the nine defected UMNO MPs the past six months.

The ‘Cameron Highlands formula’ really hit PPBM really hard, on top of seemingly lame Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s leadership, especially for the Malay interests.

UMNO President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi pronounced sixteen days ago the UMNO-PAS co-operation is for real and on the Ummah unity platform and not a political gimmick.

NST story:

Zahid: Umno-Pas cooperation not a political gimmick

FEBRUARY 8, 2019 @ 10:31AM 

BY BERNAMA

It is obvious of Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s desperation on the UMNO-PAS cooperation when he lied to proclaim that PAS would not support UMNO for the ongoing Semenyih by-election, two days after he met PAS President Dato Seri Haji Hadi Awang in the former’s office.

The Star story:

PAS will not support Umno, says PM


 

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has formally stated it will not support Umno in the Semenyih by-election, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

“We talked politics, all sorts of poli­tics, including PAS in the Semen­yih by-election which they will not be supporting Umno,” he told re­­porters after launching Demo­cracy Fest 2019 here yesterday.

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Dr Mahathir met PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for 45 minutes at Yayasan Albukhary here on Friday.

Asked to explain his remarks that PAS would not support Umno in the by-election, Dr Mahathir said: “They (PAS) will not support Umno and this is what he (Abdul Hadi) in­form­ed me. There is an admission of this in writing which was signed.” 

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PAS had helped Umno during the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election and has also decided to sit out the Semenyih state by-election.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/02/17/pas-will-not-support-umno-says-pm/#PkgtvA38bGBmSlar.9

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It is the best position between the two Malay parties, ever since PAS was formed sixty seven years ago after some leaders of then the UMNO religious faction left to form the Islamist party.

Of course Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir would get himself out of the fix of this outrageous name-calling by stating

“Bukan saya yang kata ‘UMNO kafir”

Needless to say, this is by far his record low of over sixty years of politics.

Published in: on February 24, 2019 at 22:38  Leave a Comment  

The ‘Peril of Democracy’

It is time Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to put his act together and no longer pander to the fragile ‘Marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’, as the ‘Peril of Democracy’ already demonstrating its vicious spiral towards digression and eventual doom for the nation.

The Edge Daily story:

Dr Mahathir says Malaysians losing patience over election promises

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Malaysians are losing patience and are starting to criticize the current government over its unfulfilled election promises, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in Kuala Lumpur Saturday (Feb 16).

While the people wanted to see immediate changes, the present administration is unable to implement quick reforms because of the legacy left behind by the previous government, he said in a keynote address at Democracy Fest 2019. “But like it or not, they have to bear with us and bear with the present government because it takes time to correct all the wrongs that have been done by the previous government,” he said.

Dr Mahathir’s government, which toppled the United Malays National Organization-led coalition in a shock election victory in May, has also been a target of the previous premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Najib posted a video of a car making a swift turn to criticize flip flops by the present administration and shared the phone numbers of two government offices to encourage ministers to speak to one another.

“Phones have existed since 1876,” Najib wrote in a Facebook post, after the finance minister expressed shock at an announcement made by the economic affairs minister. “At least call each other up once in a while.”

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Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir already demonstrating his restlessness, in just one week of events.

The Adviser of Parti Pengkitar-semulaan Buangan Melayu already grew 70% of his party’s market share within six months by last week’s unilateral admission of six UMNO MPs, against the will of PH coalition partners.

He also announced the Semenanjung Malay party which is actually an UMNO mirror and dissent into Sabah and lied about his meeting with PAS President Ustaz Dato’ Seri Haji Hadi Awang last Friday.

Political analyst Joceline Tan’s column in The Star:

Rumblings on the Malay ground 


A strange wind is blowing through Semenyih. 

That is the feeling on the ground even though the campaign has only just begun.

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In the run-up to the general election, one of the most powerful terms of attack used by the opposition against the then government was “rasuah” or corruption.

But now in Semenyih, the opposition’s most effective attack word is “tipu” (cheat or lie), a reference to Pakatan Harapan’s inability to deliver on its election promises.

The “tipu” rallying cry has resonated especially among the Malays, posing a dilemma for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia which is struggling to hold on to the seat.

But the start of the campaign has been dominated by a fascinating sideshow starring Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Dr Mahathir caused confusion among the main political players when he claimed that PAS had agreed not to support Umno in Semenyih. This came a day after a photo of the Prime Minister and Hadi exchanging a warm handshake went viral.

PAS leaders have since clarified that their cooperation with Umno in Semenyih still stands. 

At the same time, they admitted to supporting Dr Mahathir’s Malay and Islamic agenda.

To those unfamiliar with Malay politics, it looked like a love triangle – PAS is dating Umno while holding hands with Dr Mahathir.

But political insiders claimed that PAS’ support for Dr Mahathir has less to do with Semenyih than with what is known as the “grand design” aimed at preventing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from becoming the next prime minister.

The Prime Minister is aware of gossip of a vote of no confidence at the next sitting of Parliament and he wants as many MPs on his side as possible. 

All 18 MPs from PAS have also apparently signed statutory declarations to that effect.

In short, a Malay-Muslim configuration is in the process of forming behind the leadership of Dr Mahathir.

As for Dr Mahathir’s claim that PAS has ditched Umno in Semenyih, well, that is vintage Dr Mahathir for you. 

It has happened to many other people – they meet Dr Mahathir to talk about one thing and he emerges to say something else to his advantage. 

He did not live to become the world’s oldest prime minister by walking the straight and narrow path.

Nevertheless, Dr Mahathir has played PAS like a violin. He has cast doubts in the minds of PAS supporters, some of whom may now choose to support Bersatu candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali.

“People can say what they like, we are still working together on the ground,” said Selangor PAS election director Roslan Shahir of the joint PAS-Umno campaign.

Dr Mahathir should also check on the enemy within. The by-election is taking place at a time when ties between Pakatan partners are being tested.

The Bersatu chairman’s ongoing push to recruit ex-Umno leaders has embarrassed and ruffled feathers among his Pakatan partners.

They want him to stop but do not know how to tell him off. 

Even Parti Warisan Sabah chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, the king of the hill in Sabah, has caved in, saying that he has no power to stop Bersatu from setting up base in his state.

As such, there have been whispers of internal sabotage against the Bersatu candidate in Semenyih.

Bersatu is depending on PKR to run the show in Semenyih. But everyone has noticed that it is the faction aligned to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali that is going all out for Bersatu.

The PKR deputy president, widely seen as Dr Mahathir’s blue-eyed boy, has thrown his all into the campaign.

However, the sideshow involving Dr Mahathir and Hadi has had limited impact on the ordinary folk in Semenyih.

The buzzword in Semenyih has been “Bossku” a.k.a Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“We thought he was joking when he said he intends to steal the hearts of the people here but it is not a joke after all. He is going to be a central figure in the campaign,” said photo journalist Minaq Jinggo.

Najib’s popularity on the Malay ground has ballooned.

A large part of it has to do with the perception that the economy was better under him. 

There is also the sympathy factor – he has come across as the victim of a witch hunt with the overkill of court charges against him.

“He has positioned himself as the questioning voice of the opposition. His social media presence is very relatable and he has tapped into the people’s unhappiness over the economy,” said political commentator Amir Fareed Rahim.

He has ventured twice into Semenyih and the reception has been overwhelming.

On Sunday night, as he finished speaking at a ceramah at a low-cost housing enclave, the emcee urged the crowd to be orderly and not to mob Najib. 

But everyone ignored the emcee and surged forward to greet and take wefies with him, almost ignoring Umno candidate Zakaria Hanafi.

“No one in Pakatan was connecting with the Malay ground and Najib stepped into that role,” said Amir.

Anwar, given his personal charisma, should be playing that role but he has chosen to spend his time travelling and meeting foreign leaders.

The wind that blew Najib out of power may now blow Bersatu out of Semenyih.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/02/19/rumblings-on-the-malay-ground-be-prepared-for-surprises-in-the-semenyih-byelection-given-the-uncerta/#tcMYUfztuKRPpWw2.99

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It is also believed that the requested PH Presidential Council yesterday was cancelled.

The Pakatan Harapan coalition partner, has started to sound out for Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to leave.

FMT story:

Perlekeh manifesto: Pemimpin DAP desak Dr M berundur

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Ahli Jawatankuasa DAP Johor, Boo Cheng Hau. (Gambar Facebook)

PETALING JAYA: Pemimpin DAP Johor, Dr Boo Cheng Hau, hari ini mendesak Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meletak jawatan kerana memperlekeh manifesto Pakatan Harapan (PH) pilihan raya umum ke-14.

Boo, yang juga ahli jawatankuasa DAP negeri berkata, dakwaan Dr Mahathir bahawa manifesto itu hanya “panduan dan bukan kitab” menunjukkan beliau tidak berkeyakinan terhadap diri dan manifesto itu sendiri.

“Tindakan beberapa pemimpin PH mendakwa perubahan kerajaan tidak mungkin berlaku tanpa kepimpinan Dr Mahathir hanya mencerminkan kemerosotan diri mereka,” katanya.

Malah, katanya, mereka yang melontar pandangan sedemikian sudah mengaku ketidakcekapan diri dan juga harus meletak jawatan.

Boo turut menyelar tindakan PPBM menerima bekas ahli Parlimen Umno dan menggesa pimpinan PH mengambil pendirian bersama membantah amalan sedemikian.

“Malaysia memerlukan persaingan sihat dalam sistem 2 parti untuk memastikan pembaharuan institusi dilaksanakan secara berkesan,” katanya.

Sebaliknya, katanya, negara akan “ke belakang” jika wakil rakyat digalakkan untuk melompat parti.

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Even Parti Pengkitar-semulaan Buangan Melayu Presiden Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin is struggling to convince the Malays, that they are there to look after interest of the majority of Malaysians.

Case in point is the recent so called financial fiasco of Tabung Haji (TH) by the previous Government and management of ‘Illegal Hibah’ distributed and this provided the Minister-in-charge Mujahid Yusof to make the announcement ten weeks ago.

Hence, it warranted TH to be structured and the RM19.9billion worth of assets and investments deemed ‘problematic and bad’, be treated through the Classic Gerontocracy Dr Mahathir solution: Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

What is worrying the Malays is that not only the subsidy for Hajj Pilgrims would be rationalised, the SPV, Urus Jemaah Sdn. Bhd., is manned by TH staff but under the absolute control of the Minister of Finance.

DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng is the Minister and DAP Chief Strategist Tony Pua, is the Minister’s Political Secretary and head honcho of all exercise by the Minister.

Democracy, provided everyone the right for them to voice themselves out loud, be it appropriate or otherwise.

Never mind the fact that the Media Adviser to the Prime Minister, who happened to be an award winning journo and one time a media baron, openly using his blog to shell of the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Royal Institution.

Now, even a serving Court of Appeal Judge is freely voicing allegations that the Judiciary is being tampered by the Executive.

The Edge Daily story:

MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over allegations in his affidavit

PUTRAJAYA (Feb 18): The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

The meeting, aimed at gathering information related to the affidavit, took place at Hamid Sultan’s chambers at the Palace of Justice here.

“During the meeting, no recording of the conversation was carried out by the MACC,” the commission said in a statement.

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The MACC said it would study the information from the affidavit and continue investigations if there was ground concerning issues related to corruption and abuse of power in accordance with the provisions of the law stipulated in the MACC Act 2009.

The MACC also urged the public with information related to the matters set out in the affidavit to report directly to the nearest MACC office.

“Every informant will be protected under the Whistleblower Act 2010,” the MACC said.

The affidavit revealed, among others, explosive and detailed information in relation to numerous incidences of alleged judicial interference within the Malaysian judiciary, including alleged judicial interference in Karpal Singh’s sedition appeal decision at the Court of Appeal.

Hamid Sultan, in a meeting today, suggested the setting up of a special task force aimed at initiating the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI), the MACC said.

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The over politicking of the ‘Blame Game’ now is intertwines with geo-Political relations and high level corporate game.

They say, ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’. The simple case in point is the cancellation of the ECRL project from Port Klang through Pahang, East Coast of Terengganu and eventual terminal at Tumpat, Kelantan.

The mumbo-jumbo adverse statements and announcements between key Cabinet members back and forth is really leaving the nation baffled, and the nation into a laughing stock.

What is even damning is that the project involved a major foreign trade and geo-political super power and the cancellation/uncertainty is also about state owned corporations.

This is not withstanding the mockery of the democracy demonstrated by ruling Government leaders, in their greed and manifestation for the new found power and the mess they are creating disputing in public amongst themselves.

They say, desperate time seeks desperate measure.

Perhaps it is time to do away with this over politicking and get the reins of the nation and put it back on track for recovery.

The ‘democratic solution’, where too many people saying too many things on chaotic three-dimensional matter on just the same problem or issue, is simply impractical and not at all provide the avenue of getting things sorted out.

This is the ‘Peril of Democracy’. Like how the Brits decided on Brexit, mainly on playing the falsehood of sentiments against the reality of the future.

Now, they are suffering for the uncertainty and inability to get the democracy to agree on a plan, to move on and forward and mitigate everything downside about of the haste political decision, made by the majority.

The Brits should sought Prime Minister Churchill’s wartime ‘War Cabinet’ as a solution.

Probably, temporarily suspend Parliament and just get the experts to sort it out.

Malaysia did see this once. Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman declared Emergency on 15 May 1969 and National Operation Council under Director Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein, then Deputy Prime Minister, took over the reins of the nation.

The Parliament was suspended.

Of course, it was not at all democratic. Everything was sorted out by the NOC, which included roles played by the Parliament.

In less then two years, when NOC got the nation sorted out and everything was stabilised, it became better. That provided the stability, for the economic engine growth.

New Economic Policy, Rukun Negara and even a tighter all parties (PAS, Sabah and Sarawak parties with the exception of Chinese Chauvinists DAP) co-operation coalition came onboard and contributed to propel the nation forward.

One of the important economic policy that came out from this was taking Malaysia from a primary-industries based economy and moved towards industrialisation, which propelled under industries.

It is time for Gerontocracy Prime Minister to consider the best option, to move the nation forward in the neck of the confusion and inconsistency of the incompetency traits the current ruling Government is abundantly demonstrating, day to day.

Published in: on February 19, 2019 at 15:00  Leave a Comment  

Gerontocracy half century of grasp

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s disregard for anything but the grip for power and determination to grasp without any consideration for anything as anyone guised as ‘Preserving Democracy, Not Practicing Democracy’.

Malaysiakini story:

Mahathir’s shifting stand shows he can’t be trusted

P Gunasegaram
14 Feb 2019, 7:14 am (Updated 14 Feb 2019, 2:32 pm)

“We are mobile, we are not fixed.” – Dr Mahathir Mohamad when asked about party-hopping.

COMMENT | It’s rare that a newly elected leader (only for an interim period), elected by the rakyat because of promises made by the coalition he heads, breaks key promises in a short space of time, and says with a straight face that re-assessment has to be made in the face of changing developments.

This man, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who came to power as a result of a mass uprising against the kleptocratic Umno/BN government and who promised that he would not take defecting Umno/BN MPs, just two days ago handed out membership cards to seven such people with not so much as an apology for his action. Two others had defected earlier, making nine in all.

They were Jeli MP Mustapa Mohamed (a former minister) who crossed over in October, Bagan Serai MP Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali who joined a month later, Masjid Tanah MP Mas Ermieyati Samsudin who crossed over in December, Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin (who is also a former minister), Mersing MP Abdul Latif Ahmad, Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya, Sabak Bernam MP Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh, Hulu Terengganu MP Rosol Wahid and Tanah Merah MP Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz.

He justified this acceptance of the Umno MPs into the fold with his trademark twisted logic. Examples, as reported in theSun:

“I am now sitting on the same side as leaders I once attacked and mocked, but politicians are sometimes forced to jump ship according to circumstances.

“If you are tied to only one leader or party and stay with them even if they rob the people, then you are not a politician, but one who only cares for yourself.

“I was previously in Umno, and I left to join DAP, PKR and Amanah. But if they are no longer loyal to the country, I will also move to other parties. We are mobile, we are not fixed,” he added.

In his replies (you can watch the full press conference here), he ignored the fact that he is prime minister by virtue of other parties supporting him, for his own Bersatu had only 13 seats compared to PKR’s 47 and DAP’s 42 at the end of the last polls. What he is doing now, by accepting Umno MPs into the fold now, is a tacit support of those who, by omission, clearly supported the previous kleptocratic government.

Not just that, it has been reported that all Umno divisions received money from former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s personal account which, it was quite clear at the time and well before the elections of May 9 last year, received money which came from 1MDB.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported in July 2015 that some US$700 million had come into Najib’s accounts from 1MDB funds. This was confirmed later by the US Department of Justice which gave in detail the money trail. These people did not oppose Najib at all, but supported his kleptocratic acts by not voicing their concern and accepting to stand in the elections. They are, therefore, irrevocably tainted.

Bolstering his own position

Mahathir does not care if they are corrupt or immoral. The only reason that Mahathir is accepting these tainted people into Bersatu is to bolster his own position within the coalition from the paltry 13 MPs he had at the end of the election to 22 now, making it bigger than PAS with 18 MPs.

That is purely as a result of nine defections. The defections are legal partly because Mahathir, during his previous rule, refused to make it illegal to jump parties. However, they remain ethically and morally extremely repugnant and go against the grain of reform promised by Harapan.

Mahathir acquiescing to defections despite earlier opposition, opens the door very wide for Bersatu to accept virtually all of the other Umno MPs – some 40 odd, if you exclude those who are clearly unacceptable like Najib. In addition to some 16 others in Sarawak and perhaps four independents in Sabah, there are some 60 more. This could swell Bersatu’s combined support to some 82 MPs.

The implications of this are enormous. If DAP and Amanah throw in their lot with Mahathir, a total of 53 seats, Mahathir’s numbers increase to 135, enough to command a handsome majority in the 222-member house, even if PKR were to leave the coalition. Another 13, not forgetting possible defections from PKR’s 50 odd members, will give him a two-thirds majority.

If PKR, DAP and Amanah stuck it out and stayed together, then they will have some 103 seats. Include Warisan’s eight, and it takes the tally to 111, which comes to exactly 50 percent of the seats in Parliament. This puts PAS in a very strong position with their 18 seats, as kingmaker.

Things, of course, may not pan this way. Any number of things can happen in the interim. But it is very clear that the situation has become very fluid and uncertain because Mahathir has changed the rules of the game to suit himself and Bersatu, something he has done throughout his 22 years at the top between 1981 and 2003.

All this means that the political situation in this country has turned rather unstable because of Mahathir and because he has been constantly shifting his position and openly in defiance of coalition politics. He wants to be in total control all the time. Hopefully, he won’t have it his way this time around.

There were many who had misgivings about Mahathir joining the Harapan coalition, including this writer, given his past record as a dictator and an autocrat who used his party’s two-thirds majority in Parliament to introduce authoritarian laws and to control government institutions which should have remained independent.

A dangerous weapon

This is what I wrote in an article titled “Can Mahathir be trusted?” in April 2017, when there were moves to get Mahathir into the Harapan coalition: “If any one takes the trouble to remember what this man did and stood for, he would be mad to think that Mahathir is the solution – he was, and is, the problem. Without him and his 22 years of misrule, Malaysia would not have descended to what it is today.

“Mahathir was accountable to no one. Not the people, not the party, not the judges. He could do almost anything he pleased and get away with it using the apparatus and machinery of control he had put in place.

“He made opaque many decisions of government, putting anything marked secret by the government as secret under the law by removing the power of judges to judge even if the secret posed no danger to the country, but only embarrassed the government and exposed its corrupt ways.

“That was the legacy he left behind – and a leader who followed him used it to do nasty things, some worse than that by Mahathir. Now we expect Mahathir – the source of all this – to save us Malaysians from Najib!

“Is that why Mahathir is sticking his neck out? For the good of the country? But remember he had his chance – 22 years of it. He bungled – all he did was to stay in power and do the greatest damage to the country ever by any one, prime minister or not.

“His goal now is not to get into power, but to ensure that whoever comes into power does not destroy him. As far as Mahathir is concerned, it is always about him – not Malaysia, not Malaysians, not even the Malays.”

Now there are those who argue that he needs to get Umno members to obtain a two-thirds majority to change the constitution in order to reform. How stupid! Much of the reform that is needed can be done by just amending and scrapping laws which only needs a simple majority in Parliament.

To give Mahathir a two-thirds majority is to put into his hands a mega-weapon which he will not hesitate to use against anyone who opposes him. It is a dangerous weapon to put in the hands of a man who can not be trusted and who alters his promises to suit his ulterior motives.

Mahathir is not the person to reform this country, simply because he was ultimately responsible for most of its ills. His actions show he does not believe in reform or fair play. Mahathir blithely talks of loyalty to the nation for his shifting stand. Let’s not let him betray the rakyat who are what makes the nation.

P GUNASEGARAM says a leopard likes its spots too much to change them. E-mail: t.p.guna@gmail.com.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.
— Read on m.malaysiakini.com/columns/463894

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This analysis is the concise of what Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, frame of mind and attitude is all about.

His consistent strategy to ‘Divide and Rule’ is the mark of ability to manage and gets his agenda through, despite the opposition to his ideas and plans within and of course, outside the Government.

Published in: on February 18, 2019 at 01:05  Comments (1)  

Divide and Rule

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is again up to his old tricks with the same ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy, in his typical play of hoodwinking for power through ‘Preserving democracy, not practicing democracy’.

Joceline Tan’s Sunday Political column in The Star:

Ties between Warisan and Pakatan to be tested


TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad is starting to flex his muscles.

Those who thought that he was senile and had lost the plot are starting to realise that they have underestimated him.

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The world’s oldest prime minister may not have the physical stamina but he is still on top of the game when it comes to out-manoeuvring his opponents.

His claim yesterday that PAS had agreed not to work with Umno in Semenyih has dealt a devastating blow to the Umno-PAS campaign in the by-election.

He claimed that this came about during his meeting with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and several PAS leaders.

The PAS side was completely blindsided. As far as they were concerned, the meeting with Dr Mahathir was about oil royalties during which the Prime Minister had complained about his DAP partner.

Two different accounts from each side – so who is telling the truth?

The truth will emerge eventually but what is clear for now is that Hadi has been outplayed by the Bersatu chairman. 

“Two overhauls to his engine but he can still scheme and outplay these people,” said a Bersatu politician, alluding to the heart bypasses that Dr Mahathir has had.

Dr Mahathir has been in a combative mood the past one week.

He took in seven ex-Umno MPs last week knowing that his partners in Pakatan Harapan were against it.

Dr Mahathir hails from an era where gentlemen do not use bad words but what he did was akin to showing the middle finger to his partners.

He also gave Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal the proverbial slap in the face when he announced on Friday that his party would be going into Sabah.

The move goes against the wishes of the Warisan president. Shafie is said to be deeply upset and sees it as a stab in the back.

Pakatan, which won only 113 seats in the general election, would be teetering on the edge of a cliff without back-up from Warisan.

Shafie is the big boss in Sabah and his thinking is that there can only be one tiger on the hill. But now he has to share the hilltop with a bigger tiger.

“I don’t think Shafie will rock the boat. Sabah needs federal support and he cannot afford to play hardball,” said PKR politician Lee Chin Cheh.

Besides, said Lee, Warisan has three ministers in Putrajaya as well as several deputy ministers.

But ties between Warisan and Pakatan will be severely tested.

Why is Dr Mahathir so adamant about setting up base in Sabah?

Bersatu is seen as another Umno in Sabah while Dr Mahathir is known as “Bapa Projek IC”, a scandalous conspiracy to grant citizenship to Muslim illegal immigrants.

Well, size matters in politics and Dr Mahathir wants to absorb the ex-Umno leaders, especially those who are MPs, into Bersatu.

He needs them to build up his party’s profile ahead of a Cabinet reshuffle expected in May, after the government’s first anniversary in power.

The party now has 22 MPs and there are five more MPs from Umno in Sabah waiting to come on board.

There has been so much talk of multiracial parties being the way ahead for Malaysia but the reality is that many Muslims want to join a Malay-Muslim party.

They are not drawn to Warisan or PKR whose multi-ethnic structure is not their cup of tea.

This is the market that Dr Mahathir is planning to tap into.

According to a political insider, Dr Mahathir has been frustrated by his party’s inability to make inroads into Umno areas in the peninsula.

He thinks that it may be easier in Sabah. The value system in Sabah is different, they have no political ideologies and people there have no fixed political loyalties. 

The political history of Sabah shows that its people are not afraid to go for change and to try out new parties.

The additional numbers will give Dr Mahathir greater clout in the ruling coalition and lend some credence to his dream of replacing Umno among the Malays.

Of course, many think that accepting crossovers from an enemy party does not equate to clout or strength. 

The Chinese have a saying for this sort of borrowed strength – it is known as taking someone else’s backside to put on your face.

According to the political insider, Dr Mahathir has also been somewhat obsessed with controlling Sabah and Sarawak. He sees these states as a sort of final frontier.

Moreover, said the insider, Dr Mahathir has never governed without a two-thirds majority.

“I think he will only feel comfortable with a two-thirds majority. I sense he feels quite helpless surrounded by strange bedfellows,” said the insider.

All these political moves are perceived as part of Dr Mahathir’s grand design as the mid-point of his tenure approaches.

He is due to make way for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by May next year.

Anwar in an interview with CNN implied that he is tired of being constantly asked about the succession and he wants to give Dr Mahathir the space to govern.

Anwar has only soft and friendly words for Dr Mahathir and prefers to spend his time looking after his Port Dickson constituency, giving talks and globe-trotting.

But in politics, calm waters can be quite dangerous.

There has been so much speculation that Dr Mahathir is grooming someone else to succeed him. 

Too many people have come away from private meetings with Dr Mahathir claiming that he does not intend to pass the baton to Anwar. The Anwar circle, on the other hand, suggests that they have the numbers to make a move but they are playing it cool, waiting for Dr Mahathir to blink first.

There is also talk that “something” may happen at the next session of Parliament which starts in March and ends in April. But who will blink first?



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/02/17/ties-between-warisan-and-pakatan-to-be-tested/#3kw2Mgiv0Kxv6STw.99

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This is on top of outright lie about “PAS promise not to support UMNO” after his meeting with PAS President Dato’ Seri Haji Hadi Awang.

https://youtu.be/sdTf8KCvdBM

Also mainstream media coverage

Utusan Malaysia Online story:

Pas tidak akan sokong UMNO di Semenyih – Dr. Mahathir

Pas tidak akan sokong UMNO di Semenyih – Dr. Mahathir

TUN Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

TUN Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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The fact is that the pudding is in the eating. PAS representative is the promoter for the BN candidate for the DUN Semenyih by-election at the nomination less than 24 hours later.

Obviously, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir tried to hoodwink the Malaysian public, in his usual strategic game of ‘Divide and Rule’, to put the mistrust of UMNO against PAS.

He has been very consistent about this since being humiliated for losing the Kota Setar Selatan 3GE in May 1969 to PAS Ulama’ Hj Yusof Rawa.

The vindication still remain, after half a century.

The desperation of Gerontology Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir is becoming more apparent as Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar “Mat King Leather” is heightening his manuevres.

The popularity of the former is said to be waning, especially when many of the ‘Big Ticket Items’ of the PH promises for the 14GE has not been the very least on the road to be introduced, let alone deliver.

It is abundantly clear that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir is unable to control his Cabinet, let alone provide strong, effective and productive leadership. The recent cock-ups on the handling of Major Federal Government projects, namely ECRL and HSR is very embarrassing.

It is also spiralling grievously on foreign policies and matters that are linked to bi-lateral and multilateral trade with partners such as China, Singapore, Indonesia.

For a matter of fact, in the final analysis majority of the Malaysian populous already feeling the pinch of an economy on the decline, despite 4Q Bank Negara Malaysia economic report presented the economic growth slowed down by only 1% compared Year-on-Year previous position.

Goods and services already on the rise across the board the Ringgit has shrunken. Worst hit is those in primary industries, where commodity prices are at a record low which is heading towards impoverishing the small holders, farmers and the eco-system that is going along with it.

Anwar’s is said to be riding on this as his prominence within PH is getting stronger.

Punters already making permutation on Anwar’s ability to garner support, from the MPs.

It said that DAP is strongly behind Anwar, where as in his own party 80% would be with him, instead of Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, at most with Azmin’s 10MPs at the most.

It would be more likely that Sarawak Chief Minister Dato’ Pattinggi Abang Johari Abang Hj Openg’s Sarawak Alliance GBS 19MPs would be for Anwar and so will eight of PAN’s MPs.

That is 40 + 42 + 19 + 8 = 109.

If Anwar could get a just a handful of BN’s MPs, then Gerontology Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s days are really numbered.

This is despite the latter’s ability to grow his ‘market share’ by 41% from thirteen to twenty two in less than six months.

The warning on the PH Government will eventually crumble and fall due to inability to deliver, is a very clear message that he is not in control and the Federal Government by PH is out of control.

Astro Awani story:

Kotakan janji atau kerajaan akan tumbang – Dr Mahathir

Kotakan janji atau kerajaan akan tumbang - Dr Mahathir

Dr Mahathir ketika membuat lawatan ke pameran sempena Festival Demokrasi Kuala Lumpur FORSEA di Black Box Publika, Kuala Lumpur, 16 Feb, 2019. –fotoBERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata, mana-mana kerajaan akan tumbang jika gagal mengotakan janji yang dibuat kepada rakyat.

Beliau berkata keadaan ini juga akan berlaku kepada kerajaan pimpinan Pakatan Harapan (PH) selepas mengambil alih pemerintahan negara daripada Barisan Nasional (BN) berikutan kemenangan gabungan pembangkang pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14).

“Rakyat telah memutuskan bahawa sekarang adalah masa untuk pembangkang mengambil alih kuasa dan pembangkang telah membuat banyak janji. Jadi sekarang negara sedang memerhatikan kerajaan pembangkang ini melaksanakan janji-janji itu.

“Tetapi malangnya mereka (PH) mendapati diri mereka tidak dapat melaksanakan banyak janji mereka. Jadi, kini bermula pusingan seterusnya untuk memperlekehkan kerajaan,” katanya ketika menyampaikan ucaptama pada perasmikan Festival Demokrasi Kuala Lumpur 2019 di sini pada Sabtu.

Festival lima hari itu dianjurkan oleh Gerakan Pembaharuan Untuk Asia Tenggara (FORSEA).

Turut hadir, Menteri Pertahanan, Mohamad Sabu dan Menteri Besar Selangor, Amirudin Shari.

Dr Mahathir menegaskan bahawa usaha untuk menunaikan semua janji itu tidak mudah kerana sebahagiannya daripada situasi yang ditinggalkan oleh kerajaan sebelum ini amat buruk di mana langkah-langkah pembetulan dan pemulihan amat sukar.

“Tetapi rakyat ingin melihat perubahan sekarang. Sama ada mereka suka atau tidak, mereka perlu sabar dengan kerajaan sekarang kerana ia memakan masa untuk membetulkan segala salah laku oleh kerajaan terdahulu,” katanya.

Perdana Menteri menegaskan bahawa sistem yang sesuai dan terbaik untuk menukar sesebuah kerajaan adalah melalui demokrasi sedangkan sistem lain tidak dapat membawa perubahan secara damai.

“Ia memerlukan kemahuan minda atau budaya kecuali perubahan yang berlaku hanya dengan sokongan rakyat. Di masa lalu, apabila ada kerajaan autoritarian, perubahan hanya berlaku menerusi revolusi, revolusi yang ganas, perang saudara yang boleh memusnahkan negara.

“Tetapi dalam proses demokrasi, sokongan kerjasama rakyat boleh membawa kepada perubahan kerajaan. Oleh itu, walaupun  ketidaksempurnaannya namun ia masih menjadi sistem urus tadbir yang terbaik,” katanya.

Dr Mahathir, yang juga pengerusi PH, berkata Malaysia telah berjaya menerapkan sistem demokrasi dalam pilihan raya umum yang lalu apabila rakyat mengundi untuk perubahan dalam kerajaan buat pertama kali sejak 61 tahun tanpa sebarang keganasan dan proses peralihan kerajaan berjalan dengan lancar.

“Kita menyaksikan perubahan kerajaan berlaku akibat proses demokrasi dalam pilihan raya. Biasanya, mereka yang berkuasa akan cuba mengekalkan kedudukan mereka walaupun berdepan dengan semua bantahan.

“Mereka akan melakukan semua perkara yang salah tetapi malangnya mereka tidak berjaya.

“Justeru, peralihan kuasa daripada kerajaan berusia 61 tahun kepada kerajaan baharu ini telah dicapai tanpa keganasan. Tiada pergaduhan, kemusnahan dalam negara, tiada peperangan saudara atau apa-apa jua, sebaliknya sokongan padu kepada pembangkang.

“Kerajaan yang sekian lama memerintah terpaksa menerima hakikat bahawa mereka telah hilang kuasa,” katanya.

Dr Mahathir memberi peringatan bahawa sistem demokrasi ini tidak boleh diambil ringan kerana ia bukan sistem yang sempurna dan mempunyai banyak kelemahan yang boleh dieksploitasi.

Beliau menjelaskan apabila rakyat menukar kerajaan, kebersamaan dalam kerajaan baharu untuk memerintah amat penting dan jika tidak akan wujud kekacauan serta tidak membawa manfaat kepada peralihan demokrasi.

— BERNAMA

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Hence, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s game to extend his precarious position is continue the ‘Divide and Rule Strategy’.

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More reports on the Friday meeting between Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and PAS President Hj Hadi

The Malay Mail Online story:

PAS says backing for Dr M only on Islamic agenda, not Semenyih by-election

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 ― PAS has denied that it signed a letter agreeing not to support Umno in the Semenyih by-election, according to a report by Sinar Harian Online

This follows after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had revealed that PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had stated, in writing, not to support Umno in the ongoing by-election.

PAS Election Director Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said this is merely a form of psychological warfare from Dr Mahathir to try and influence the by-election.

Ahmad Samsuri further explained that PAS had signed only signed a letter supporting Dr Mahathir in strengthening the Islamic, Malay and the people’s agenda as a whole.

“So PAS stands behind the prime minister in that agenda and it has got nothing to do with the Semenyih by-election.

“It is also the same (support) we gave before, in supporting the prime minister’s view on not ratifying the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” he said.

Following Dr Mahathir’s revelations, Abdul Hadi had clarified that he had met with the prime minister to discuss administrative ties between the federal government and the Terengganu state government.

It was reported that Ahmad Samsuri, who is also Terengganu Mentri Besar and PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan was also present at the meeting.

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What is interesting is the statement that PAS issued on the said meeting:

*Updated midnight

PAS would work with Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir if and when PPBM has been betrayed by PH component partners.

Astro Awani story:

Pas akan sokong Tun M jika berlaku pengkhianatan dalam PH – Takiyuddin

MARANG: Pas akan berdiri teguh menyokong kepimpinan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad jika berlaku pengkhianatan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Setiausaha Agungnya, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan berkata Pas komited dalam mempertahankan agama, negara dan bangsa dari sebarang bentuk ancaman.

Menurut Takiyuddin, bagi tujuan itu, Pas mengemukakan surat perakuan bertulis kepada Dr Mahathir selaku Pengerusi Bersatu dalam pertemuan yang berlangsung Di Yayasan Al-Bukhary, Kuala Lumpur, Jumaat lalu.

“Yang berhormat Tok Guru presiden kita dan juga Pas sendiri, seolah-olah kita menghidu sesuatu yang mungkin (terjadi) dalam kerajaan kita ni sehingga Tun sendiri mengeluarkan kenyataa jika ada parti komponen PH melakukan pengkhiatan kepada negara, beliau akan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya.

“Jadi kami melihat ini sesuatu yang merbahaya kepada negara. Oleh sebab itulah kita menyatakan sokongan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Harian Pas Pusat yang dipengerusikan presiden parti Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang di pejabat Kesatuan Ulama Islam Sedunia (KUIS) di Marang, petang Ahad.

Menurut Takiyuddin, perakuan bertulis itu adalah tanda sokongan Pas terhadap kepimpinan Dr Mahathir atas dasar menjaga kepentingan agama, negara dan bangsa sehingga Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 (PRU15).

Tun mahathir sebelum ini membuat kenyataan bahawa akan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya terhadap mana-mana parti komponen PH yang melakukan pengkhianatan kepada negara.

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This manifested the precarious position that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is facing with his PH coalition partners and the fragile co-operation is crumbling.

Published in: on February 17, 2019 at 10:15  Comments (2)