Darurat untuk politik?

Khabar-bicara gembar-gembur sangat aktif antara individu, sosmed dan berasaskan tulisan-tulisan portal memberikan tanda bahawa Kerajaan bawah Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin akan mengadap DYMM SPB YDP Agong XVI dan memohon perkenan perishtiharan darurat, akibat keadaan Covid-19 yang semakin teruk.

The Vibes:

For sure, the last thing we need is an emergency – P Gunasegaram

If an emergency is declared, Malaysia would be first country in the world to do so in light of Covid-19 – even though Health Ministry is doing a fine job

Updated 1 second ago · Published on 23 Oct 2020 4:38PM · 0 Comments

FOR sure, Covid-19 and preventing or restricting its spread is not cause for imposing the emergency. The movement control orders of the past and the targeted enhanced movement control orders did wonders to bring down the rate of spread of the infection.

For sure, even if there is a vote of confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s backdoor government, there is no reason to impose an emergency – it means the democratic process is working. It would simply mean Muhyiddin submits his resignation.

For sure, then the King decides whether to appoint a new PM who enjoys the confidence of the house or to have fresh elections. With the speaker putting all motions of no confidence on the back-burner, that won’t happen.

For sure, even if the forthcoming budget to be tabled on November 6 is not passed, it again means democracy is working as it is meant to be. It merely indicates that Muhyiddin does not enjoy the confidence of the house and should resign.

For sure, the King, in his wisdom and after he marshals all the facts, decides whether to appoint a new PM who enjoys the confidence of the house or to call for fresh elections.

For sure, the calling of fresh elections does not in itself lead to a situation which calls for the declaration of an emergency. There are sixty days before elections, which is a long enough time for the Health Ministry to impose measures that would result in elections which are safe.

For sure, you can have social distancing, or perhaps even Internet or electronic polls. If we can make millions of money transactions a day on the Internet safely surely a failsafe method for Internet polls can be implemented.

For sure, we can bar physical rallies – there is the Internet, Facebook, live streaming, YouTube, et cetera for campaigning which can be continuous but socially distanced. This may even reduce the potential for vote-buying. Covid-19 can be kept at bay even if there are elections.

For sure, the King ultimately decides on the proclamation of an emergency even though he may be advised by the PM, but he has an obligation to exercise that rationally. The two sections giving him the powers under the Constitution are:

150. (1) If the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is satisfied that a grave emergency exists whereby the security, or the economic life, or public order in the Federation or any part thereof is threatened, he may issue a Proclamation of Emergency making therein a declaration to that effect.

(2) A Proclamation of Emergency under Clause (1) may be issued before the actual occurrence of the event which threatens the security, or the economic life, or public order in the Federation or any part thereof if the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is satisfied that there is imminent danger of the occurrence of such event.

For sure, despite the clauses above, it will be highly irresponsible if the PM advises the King to declare emergency as a means to continue to stay in power to prevent the legitimate transition to power if and when he has lost the confidence of the majority in Parliament.

For sure, if an emergency is declared, we will gain recognition of the wrong kind – the first country in the world to declare an emergency because, ostensibly, it could not deal with the Covid-19 threat without it. That would be a patent lie because the Health Ministry was a doing fine job, except for that anomaly in the Sabah election due to political reasons.

For sure, the uncertainty that an emergency will cause will result in the evaporation of investor confidence, both locally and internationally, and a huge drop in confidence of the populace in the current government and the country. That will be disastrous.

Right now there seems to be only one reason to impose an emergency – to keep the backdoor government in power. That’s absolutely the wrong reason for imposing emergency.

The last thing we need right now is an emergency, especially one that is created by the political masters.

P Gunasegaram says that backdoor governments are bad – and dangerous. He is an editorial consultant for The Vibes.

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Perkembangan pandemik Covid-19 di Malaysia belum tahap meruncing. Walaupun kes kes positif harian lebih 800, namun jumlah keseluruhan kes positif ialah pada 8,200.

Setakat ini 65% kes positif jangkitan Covid-19 pulih dan jumlah kematian ialah 0.86%. Maknanya, setiap 10,000 mereka yang dijangkit, hanya 86 sahaja yang berakhir dengan kematian.

Keadaan politik sepatutnya lebih berpihak kepada Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin, terutama selepas pengumuman Presiden UMNO Dato Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi dimana ‘gencatan politik’ unilateral akan diambil oleh UMNO.

Ini juga ditambah apabila Presiden Zahid sebagai Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa ahli Kabinet Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin iaitu Menteri Luar Negara Dato Sri Hishammuddin Hussein dilantik sebagai Bendahari BN.

Perkembangan ini semua membantu meringankan tekanan politik ke atas Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin agar boleh terus tumpuan mentadbir dan menguruskan Kerajaan.

Apakah Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin tiada ikhtiar lain untuk terus memegang tampuk kuasa dan mentadbir dan mengurus Kerajaan dan Negara, tanpa menggunakan Darurat?

Published in: on October 23, 2020 at 17:59  Leave a Comment  

Strategic Ceasefire

A handful of UMNO Leaders and grassroot members are unhappy with President Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s unilateral announcement of ‘Ceasefire’ on 21 October 2020 being seen as weak and pandering further into being ‘bullied’ by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin.

However it is quite the opposite as the ‘Ceasefire’ provided more room and opportunity for President Zahid to manoeuvre and move his lot around, which would make Prime Minister Muhyiddin and PPBM subservient to UMNO.

The Vibes story:

Is ‘Abah’ afraid of a budget defeat?

Analysts argue that chances of cancelling the 2021 federal allocation bill are very slim

Updated 2 hours ago · Published on 23 Oct 2020 6:51AM · 0 CommentsFacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppWeChatPrint

Measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to be the main topic of discussion during the special cabinet meeting that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called for today. – Facebook filepic, October 23, 2020

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Emmanuel Samarathisa

KUALA LUMPUR – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s call for a special cabinet meeting today comes at a time when the scuttlebutt is rife with talk of political change and intrigue.

People familiar with the matter, however, say that the prime minister is expected to discuss a litany of issues with regard to support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, and with measures related to the coronavirus pandemic being high up on the agenda.

This is because Muhyiddin – who refers to himself as “Abah” or father in Malay – is expected to face a serious test of leadership when the Dewan Rakyat tables Budget 2021 on November 6, a source said.

Unlike previous prime ministers, Muhyiddin leads by a razor-thin majority in Parliament (112 to 114 of 222 seats – although Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim now claims to command a 121-seat majority).

Failing to get his budget approved is tantamount to a no-confidence vote, and therefore a collapse in government.

Malaysia watcher James Chin believes Umno will be the basis of Muhyiddin’s ability to get next year’s federal allocation passed. If the Barisan Nasional (BN) keystone backs the prime minister, “the chances of having his budget defeated are very slim”, he said.

Also, such defeat has “never happened before in Malaysia”, added Chin, director of the Asia Institute, University of Tasmania.

“What a lot of people don’t realise is that you can still make very last-minute changes to the budget within the first and third readings. So if Muhyiddin thinks he is going to lose, he is going to add in a few items to please Umno. So chances of him being defeated are very, very slim.”

Successive governments have come close to having allocations cancelled albeit at the ministry-level.

BN was almost defeated by one vote after it debated the 2018 allocation for the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, while Pakatan Harapan (PH) was only able to push through this year’s allocation for the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry by four votes.

Political observers are not the only ones who believe Muhyiddin has a fighting chance. Capital market participants also argue that they have not priced in such a defeat.

“Investors assume Umno will back the budget bill,” said a fund manager. Should Muhyiddin lose in the august house, the fund manager added, “Malaysia can expect another degree of uncertainty.”

Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Azmil Mohd Tayeb said: “The implication is clear if the budget bill is defeated.”

Muhyiddin’s government, the political scientist added, no longer commanded the majority. 

“He should step down and let the Yang di-Pertuan Agong appoint the one who has the majority as per the constitutional convention.” – The Vibes, October 23, 2020

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On 14 October 2020 after the UMNO Political Bureau meeting, Presiden Zahid announced they “might consider to pull out from the Perikatan Nasional Government and would put forth a set of new terms”, which is the flimsy platform that put Prime Minister Muhyiddin in power.

That shook the ground, already swelling for the UMNO grassroots unhappy feelings of PPBM ‘bullying’ UMNO around after the latter lends the biggest chunk of power when enabled PPBM President Muhyiddin to be sworn in as Prime Minister VIII on 29 Feb 2020.

In reciprocity, PPBM Secretary General and Home Minister Dato’ Sri Hamzah Zainuddin arrogantly asked UMNO to submit in writing their grievances and demands.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin has exactly two weeks left to get his party Whip cracking and consolidate the support towards him or otherwise the Bill for Budget 2021expected to be tabled on 6 November 2020 would not be passed by the Dewan Rakyat.

This is the worst scenario of the ongoing political impasse this Pakatan Harapan has been trying to get Prime Minister VII Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to retire and handover to then heir-apparent Dato’ Sri Anwar Ibrahim, since December 2019.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir summarily resigned on 24 Feb 2020 and the void created an impasse where UMNO enbloc decided to nominate PPBM President Muhyiddin as the Prime Minister.

It was a proposal accepted by His Majesty SPB YDP Agong XVI and Muhyiddin was sworn in as the Prime Minister VIII on 29 Feb 2020.

If the Bajet 2021 Bill is not passed by Dewan Rakyat, it would lead to the shutdown of the Federal Government comes 1 Jan 2021, amidst the the growing global Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

The Ceasefire announces by President Zahid is allow more room and opportunity for UMNO to play a more strategic and probably a senior part role in the current Federal Government, until the people goes back to the polls.

Published in: on October 23, 2020 at 11:00  Leave a Comment  

Haram membawa kepada Haram-Jadah

Punca permasalahan isu air diseluruh sistem air diproses Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur ialah berat menyendeng kepada segelintir para industrialis dan pekebun yang tamak dan tidak bertanggung jawab, secara terbuka dan sengaja.

Samada berlesen atau haram, meraka melalukan aktiviti menyalurkan sisa industri atau kebun mereka yang tidak terawat itu, masuk kapada punca Isu pembakalan air yang diproses kepada enam juta isirumah sekitar Selangor, Kuala Lumpur dan Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya bukanlah terletak kepada kegagalan sistem infrastruktur pembekal utiliti.

Setakat tahun 2020 ini saja telah menyaksikan penutupan Loji Memproses Air berlaku tiga kali dan enam juta pengguna dari kalangan isi rumah dan masyarakat berniaga merasakan kesan, sehingga empat dan lima hard berturut turut.

Fenomena keujudan industri haram (yang beroperasi tidak mengikut piawaian sebagaimana yang digariskan pihak berkuasa, termasuk merawat hasil buangan dan bi-produk) meningkat dengan begitu banyak timbul di Selangor setelah Kerajaan BN jatuh pada PRU XII.

Pihak berkuasa telah memulakan siasatan berkenaan isu industri dan kebab haram yang rancak sekitar Selangor itu. Ketika itu, Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang bertanggungjawab pada portfolio industri ialah Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Dalam episod siasatan itu, Pegawai Khas Tuan Ean Teoh Beng Hock telah didapati mati setlah jatuh dari Ibu Pejabat SPRM pada 1 Julai 2009.

Punca dan penyebab kematian secara mengejut Teoh masih lagi misteri walaupun sebuah Suruhan Siasatan DiRaja telah dibuat.

Apa yang menarik apakah siasatan SPRM kepada Exco dan Pegawai Khas DAP itu ada pertalian dengan rasuah, dimana pihak industrialis dan pekebun haram dan tidak mematuhi garispandgan ketat beroperasi dan merawat sisa buangan yang mash berterusan sehinggga hari ini.

Semenjak 2009, Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dimana Exco yang bertanggungjawab mengenai pembangunan industri telah terlibat dalam siri proses ‘menghalalkan’ industrialis dan pekebun yang beroperasi secara haram tau tidak mengikut garispanduan, terutama merawat sisa dan bahan buangan terutama berkenaan alam sekitar.

Laporan Malay Mail Online:

Last chance for illegal factories in Selangor to get legalised, says MB

Wednesday, 09 Sep 2020 09:08 PM MYT

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/09/09/last-chance-for-illegal-factories-in-selangor-to-get-legalised-says-mb/1901732

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Persoalannya mengapa selesaian untuk ‘menghalalkan’ operasi industrialis dan pekebun yang beroperasi secara haram atau tidak menepati garispanduan oleh golongan minoriti ini, yang jelas menjadi punca pencemaran sistem air terawat di Selangor, masih lagi dicari?

Ini termasuk episod pembelian drone dengan harga yang tidak munsabah.

The Vibes:

Selangor exco skirts questions on RM2 mil drone deal

Hee Loy Sian tight-lipped when asked whether company chosen via open tender or direct negotiations

Updated 19 hours ago · Published on 20 Oct 2020 7:28PM · 0 Comments

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/3455/selangor-exco-skirts-questions-on-rm2-mil-drone-deal?fbclid=IwAR3ka6GSPeyMy-UlmaqDs_9u6YDo6mE3XMUwLg7Sea2HIZ5rcLtSIXmIBhY

KUALA LUMPUR – The Selangor environment exco has sidestepped questions on the state government’s decision to fork out RM2 million to lease four drones to monitor rivers in a bid to combat pollution.

Hee Loy Sian told The Vibes today that the matter is being handled by the state’s water management body.

“Sorry, I can’t reveal further. Everything is proposed by the Selangor Water Management Authority,” he said when asked about the company providing the drones and whether it was selected via open tender or direct negotiations.

The drones’ price tag has triggered outrage among netizens, among them Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The former prime minister, in a Facebook post, said: “The Selangor government is buying four drones to monitor rivers. The total cost is RM2 million. One is RM500,000.”

Checks by The Vibes found that the DJI Matrice 300 model ranges between US$6,500 and US$10,000 (RM27,000 and RM41,500), while the older Matrice 200 model is available for RM28,000 on online shopping platform Lazada.

Hee said RM2 million is not just for leasing the drones and having them operate for a period of one year.

“It’s also to cover the salaries of a number of workers, including engineers tasked with monitoring, 24-hour testing of water samples, maintenance, computers, and licensing for the necessary software.”

Water supply disruption due to river pollution is a long-running problem in Selangor, which saw the latest such incident just yesterday. – The Vibes, October 20, 2020

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Mengapa Kerajaan Negeri Selangor tidak bertindak tegas dan terus menghalang daripada minoriti ini terus beroperasi, agar tiada lagi musibat kepada enam juta pengguna sekitar Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur.

Hakikatnya, akibat tamak mencari keuntungan segelintir industrialis dan pekebun yang yang tidak bertanggungjawab ini berterusan membawakan kesusahan dan menyeksa enam juta isi rumah dan masyarakat peniaga yang lain

Published in: on October 21, 2020 at 11:50  Leave a Comment  

Kuasa Tanpa Lompat

Sebarang perakan penguasaan Dewan Rakyat bermaksud pihak yang layak untuk diangkat sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia mendapat securing kurangnya majoriti mudah dikalangan Ahli Parlimen juga menimbulkan maksud ada Ahli Parlimen yang ‘Melompat’ dan beralih arah sokongan yang diberikan kepada Perdana Menteri VIII Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin.

Pada 23 Feb 2020 di Kuala Lumpur, tiga Hari sebelum PRN Negeri Sabah, Ketua Pembangkang dan Presiden PKR Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengumumkan bahawa beliau “Cukup sokongan yang padu dan kredibel daripada majoriti Ahli Parlimen” dan akan mempersembahkanya kebawah DYMM SPB YDP Agong XVI.

“Kerajaan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin telah jatuh!”

Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin menafikan ini dan meneruskan tugas, dyngan memgumumkan peruntukan Khas tambahan bagi program untuk membantu rakyat terutama yang terkesan akibat gejala pandemik Covid-19.

Namun selepas berlaku beberapa siri ‘drama kecil’, maka pada 13 Oktober 2020 Ketua Pembangkang Anwar telah mengadap SPB YDP Agong XVI di Istana Negara pada 1100pagi.

Meringkaskan episod, Ketua Pembangkang Anwar gagal membuktikan bahawa sekelian MP menyokong beliau untuk menguasai Dewan Rakyat dan layak dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri IX.

Namun dalam apa keadaan sekalipun, peralihan kuasa daripada Kerajaan kepada Ketua Pembangkang sebelum diadakan PRU, memerlukan Ahli-Ahli Parlimen berubah kedudukan mereka dan ‘melompat’ untuk menyokong sebelah lagi satu.

Mengekang fenomena ‘Lompat’ ini belum dimuktamadkan kerana sebarang Rang Undang-Undang Anti Lompat belum pernah dikemukakan kepada Dewan Rakyat oleh mana-mana Kerajaan, juga belum dibahaskan dan diluluskan.

Apa yang menarik ialah pemimpin kanan PKR (parti Ketua Pembangkang Anwar) sendiri tidak bersetuju dengan fenomena ‘Lompat’ ini. Naib Presiden PKR Dato’ Dr Xavier Jayakumar memberi tahu perkara ini dalam sebum temuramah dengan The Vibes pada 22 September 2020.

Ini merupakan susulan komen yang diberikan Mantan Presiden UMNO Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib “Bossku” Tun Razak yang mengutarakan pendapat beliau kepada The Vibes mengenai wakil rakyat yang ‘melompat’.

Sekarang merupakan masa yang tepat bagi PKR sebagai parti yang berpotensi untuk meneraju Kerajaan untuk menyatakan dengan jelas ketetapan mereka mengenai ‘Lompat Parti’.

Sistem demokrasi Raja Berperlembagaan ala Westminster yang diamalkan Malaysia perlu diutuhkan agar Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Negeri ditentukan oleh rakyat semasa PRU atar PRN melalui proses undi dan bukan separuh jalan ‘bertukar pengurusan’ akibat wakil-wakil rakyat yang ‘Melompat Parti’ atau ‘Berubah Blok Sokongan’.

Published in: on October 19, 2020 at 12:18  Leave a Comment  

Belacan kena kera

Berita palsu mengenai surat kunun-kunun ditulis dan ditangani borsama oleh Presiden UMNO Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi dan Mantan Presiden UMNO Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak yang tular 24 jam lalu, telah disahkan palsu oleh Ibu Pejabat UMNO beberapa jam kemudian.

Sinar Harian

Surat tular Zahid Hamidi sokong Anwar disahkan palsu

17 Oct 2020

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SHAH ALAM – Surat yang tular kononnya Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi memberi sokongan dan kepercayaan tidak berbelah bahagi serta setia kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai Perdana Menteri baharu disahkan palsu.

Surat bertarikh 11 Oktober 2020 itu yang memaparkan logo UMNO tersebar di media sosial sejak tengah hari tadi.https://9389d4562b89ae037562af98a36e95b6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0

Surat yang didakwa dihantar sendiri oleh Ahmad Zahid kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah itu turut memaparkan tandatangan beliau sebagai pengutus surat.

Ia turut ditandatangani Penasihat Barisan Nasional (BN), Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sebagai saksi dan penyokong.

Dalam surat tiga halaman itu, Ahmad Zahid berkata, sokongan tersebut turut didokong Ahli-ahli Parlimen UMNO.

“Tujuan mengemukakan warkah ini untuk seikhlasnya mengesahkan bahawa patik bersama YB Dato’ Seri Najib Bin Razak selaku Ahli Parlimen Pekan (P085) dan sejumlah Ahli Dewan Rakyat UMNO telah menarik balik sokongan dan kepercayaan kami kepada Presiden Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin Bin Hj Mohd Yassin, Ahli Parlimen Pagoh (P143).

“…dan memberi sokongan dan kepercayaan kami yang tidak berbelah bahagi dan setia kepada YB. Dato’ Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim, Ahli Parlimen Port Dickson (P132) untuk dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia kesembilan,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun, pegawai media Ahmad Zahid, Datuk Dr Ibrahim Yahaya mengesahkan bahawa surat itu palsu.

“Ini kerja fitnah yang berterusan,” katanya menerusi hantaran di Facebook beliau sebentar tadi.

Dalam surat itu, Ahmad Zahid turut didakwa berkata, mereka membuat pendirian seperti yang dinyatakan sehingga tamatnya Sidang Parlimen Ke-14, untuk mengelakkan pilihan raya umum sewaktu penyebaran koronavirus (Covid-19) dan kegawatan ekonomi.

Katanya, pendirian berkenaan juga diambil berikutan keresahan dan kekecewaan UMNO dengan Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), dan keperluan nyata untuk membuat perubahan kepada kepimpinan negara, dan demi kepentingan rakyat dan negara.

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Rata-rata pemimpin dan ahli UMNO tidak gempar dengan paparan surat ini kecuali beberapa Menteri yang mewakili UMNO dalam Kerajaan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, yang pantas memberikan reaksi melalui akaun sosmed mereka.

Satu yang menarik ialah posting akaun sosmed yang dipercayai milik Setiausaha Akhbar Perdana Menteri.

Beliau dipercayai membuat posting mengenainya sebagaimana yang keluar dalam akaun sosmed media arus perdana dan tidak berapa lama kemudian, memadamkannya.

Posting itu telah dirakam (screenshot).

Sebagai seorang penjawat dalam lingkungan ketat teratas, beliau sewajarnya mengesahkan dulu posting surat yang diviralkan sebelum berkongsi diplatform awam, walaupun disiarkan oleh akaun sosmed media arus perdana.

Sekarang, timbul tanda tanya:

1. Samada posting surat palsu diakaun sosmed orang berkenaan adalah kecuaian walaupun sebagai seorang professyenal

Atau

2. Agenda tersurat politik pihak tertentu

Sebagaimana yang dimaklumkan, Presiden UMNO Zahid berkali kali menegaskan UMNO tidak akan menyertai Perikatan Nasional (PN) tetapi sebaliknya fokus untuk mengukuhkan Muafakat Nasional (MN).

Penyertaan parti Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin PPBM dalam MN yang dimeterai oleh UMNO dan PAS ada 14 Sept 2019 belum disahkan ataupun dilaporkan sebagai ‘dalam proses’ (work in progress).

Untuk rekod, surat palsu ini tular beberapa hari sebelum mesyuarat MN, yang dijangkapada Hari Isnin 19 Okt 2020.

Sehari sebelum itu, foto menunjukkan Presiden UMNO Zahid bertemu Presiden PAS Dato Seri Haji Hadi Awang dalam suasana yang begitu mesra.

Kepentingan dan pengaruh parti Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin, PPBM akan tercalar dan terkesan daripada pengukuhan MN. Lebih-lebih majoriti daripada MP yang membuat PPBM sekarang berkuasa merupakan MP-MP UMNO yang ‘lompat parti’.

Until rekod, penasihat PPBM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad diundang oleh SPB YDP Agong XV menubuhkan Kerajaan Persekutuan dan menjadi Perdana Menteri VII selepas keputusan PRUXIV bukanlah atas kekuatan parti itu memenangi kerusi terbanyak dikalangan parti-parti Pakatan Harapan.

A Cabinet Minister from UMNO’s posting via his socmed account

Begitu juga setelah Dr Mahathir melepaskan jawatan Perdana Menteri VII pada 24 Feb 2020. UMNO dan BN, yang mempunyai 42 kerusi dalam Dewan Rakyat bersetuju memberi ehsan until menyokong Tan Sri Muhyiddin sebagai Perdana Menteri VIII, yang telah dipersembahkan kepada SPB YDP Agong VIII.

Muhyiddin mengangkat sumpah sebagai Perdana Menteri VIII pada 29 Feb 2020.

Bagi dikalangan pemimpin tertinggi, samada Kabinet, parti atau mereka yang dalam lingkungan ketat Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin, reaksi mereka dalam episod ini adalah umpama ‘Belacan kena Kera’.

Published in: on October 18, 2020 at 16:30  Leave a Comment  

Berapa kali terhantuk?

The Malays have a saying “Dah terhantuk Baru nak tergadah”, which is ‘Once bitten twice shy’. However in the case of the Prolific Most (PM) Gerontocracy Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, this is way beneath him.

FMT story:

Mahathir’s party nominates him to be PM again

FMT Reporters – October 17, 2020 11:19 PM

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The pro-tem committee of Pejuang is reported to have unanimously nominated Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be prime minister again.

PETALING JAYA: New political party Pejuang has nominated its co-founder Dr Mahathir Mohamad for a third stint as prime minister, “to save the country” until the next general election.

The decision comes days after Mahathir had denied backing anyone or any particular individual as a candidate to replace Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister.

Mahathir’s political secretary Abu Bakar Yahya said the decision was made by Pejuang’s pro-tem committee.

“The committee members have unanimously decided that Mahathir is our candidate for prime minister to replace the current prime minister pending the next general election if the country wants to be saved,” Abu Bakar said in a Facebook post.null

Mahathir was Malaysia’s 4th prime minister, serving from 1981 to 2003, and 7th prime minister, from 2018 to February 2020.

Pejuang is an off-shoot of PPBM, and was co-founded by Mahathir and his supporters after he left PPBM in March in a dispute over the composition of the federal government.

The announcement comes a day after Mahathir submitted a fresh no-confidence motion against Muhyiddin. An earlier attempt in May did not succeed for lack of time at the Dewan Rakyat.

Several other MPs have proposed similar motions, including Mahathir’s son Mukhriz who is pro-tem Pejuang president.https://2f983bbdcc8a8b4d819b531c53bf46f6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Parliament is due to convene for its year-end session on Nov 2.

News of the no-confidence motion comes in the wake of an announcement by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is PKR president, that he had “formidable” support to form a new government.

However, Mahathir had said he doubted whether Anwar had the numbers in Parliament to take over as prime minister and even if he did, the country would remain in political deadlock.

On Tuesday, Mahathir denied he was backing any particular person as a candidate for prime minister.

“I was informed that I am backing one of the candidates aspiring to be the prime minister, I would like to state that I have never supported anyone as a candidate to become prime minister,” he said in a Facebook posting.

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This proposition cannot at all be taken seriously, especially after the peril that Dr Mahathir’s administration as eighth prime minister brought forth to the nation.

It is obvious the Malaysian economy and status of quality of life deteriorated after Dr Mahathir established the PH Government upon winning the 14GE.

His Finance Minister and DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng cancelled the GST system, which is the most progressive tax system the nation ever had and lost RM43b annual revenue into His Majesty’s coffer.

Almost all the Cabinet Ministers under Dr Mahathir’s watch cocked up in their portfolio.

They were a bunch of incompetents with witch hunting high on the agenda instead of making it right for the nation and people.

The Government’s coffer was poorly managed that during Dr Mahathir’s stewardship, RM80b was paid by Petronas in royalties, taxes, dividends and special dividends.

Race and inter faith relations was at its lowest ebb since the formation of the nation. A perfect example is the inflammation by DAP leaders on the Sri Mahariaman Temple in USJ which resulted in a riot on 26 Nov 2018 and a fireman Muhamad Adib Adam was killed whilst on duty.

Currently, the general feeling of Malaysians are sick of over-politicking and they are just interested to have a life and continuity of livelihood, more so in the challenging global economy trying to weather through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bring back Dr Mahathir to run the nation is the last thing Malaysians should do.

Published in: on October 18, 2020 at 11:58  Leave a Comment  

“Dua ploh (per)sen”

Dalam dunia yang mencabar hari ini, ada terdapat insan yang berjiwa besar dan hati mulia membantu orang lain, termasuk golongan susah, luar bandar dan masyarakat bandar berbanding dengan mereka yang lari keluar apabila dicabar dalam Mahkamah.

Seorang blogger yang pernah mendokong perjuangan Ketua Pembangkang Dato Sri Anwar Ibrahim bermula zaman ‘Reformasi’ (semasa Anwar dipecat dari Kabinet pada 2 Sept 1998 dan UMNO 3 Sept 1998), membuat posting mengenai keujudan sebuah portal berita, yang sebahagian daripada Kumpulan Petra.

Kumpulan Petra ialah milik Dato (Dr) Vinod B Sekhar, yang dikatakan amat akrab dengan Anwar.

Hakikatnya, RPK sebagai ‘saudara blog’ membedil portal yang diterajui Datuk Rocky, yang satu masa dahulu mengumpul penulis-penulis blog pelbagai penyokong politik untuk bersatu memberikan sokongan apabila pemilik Malaysia Today itu mengalami masalah dengan pihak berkuasa, termasuk Polis.

Mana mungkin RPK tidak melayari portal The Vibes and meneliti bahan yang dipaparkan, termasuk berita sukan, ekonomi, gaya hidup dan kebudayaan dan kisah kemanusiaan?

Masyarakat di Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Foto yang dipaparkan membawa kisah kehidupan sebenar, dalam keadaan realiti .

Portal The Vibes digambarkan RPK sebagai ‘senjata politik Anwar Ibrahim’.

Hakikatnya, sebagai portal yang dikuasai dan uruskan penuh oleh wartawan professional dan berpengelaman luas seperti Datuk Rocky dan Terence Fernandez, ianya bukan senjata atau alat politik mana-mana pihak seperti digambarkan.

Perlu diperbetulkan bahawa Dato’ Vinod, seorang pesakit yang jantungnya hanya berfungsi 20% (berbanding tahap minima 55%), lebih bermurah hati untuk membiayai sebuah portal yang setakat ini memberi peluang pekerjaan kepada lebih 35 wartawan (antara mereka ada yang diberhentikan oleh syarikat lain) dalam keadaan industri media menguncup.

Team wartawan dan pengarang The Vibes di Kota Kinabalu semasa portal itu dilancarkan pada 19 Sept 2020

Personaliti politik pertama yang dipaparkan ialah Mantan Perdana Menteri dan Presiden UMNO Dato Seri Mohd Najib “Bossku” Tun Razak dan sehari kemudian Presiden UMNO dan Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Dato Sri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Mereka mengenakan baju Barisan Nasional (BN) semasa ditemuramah dan memberi ulasan dan pendapat politik.

Satu maklumat yang dipalsukan RPK ialah memaparkan Dato’ Vinod, yang selama tiga puluh tahun berkecimpung sebagai usahawan, sebagai seorang muflis.

Sebagai wartawan, Datuk Rocky, Terence dan semua warga kerja editorial The Vibes dibayar dengan gaji, sebagaimana portal seperti Malaysiakini dan FMT oleh syarikat milik Kumpulan Petra.

Namun, teka teki sekarang ialah siapa membayar RPK untuk tergamak melanyak ‘saudara blog’ dikalangan warga editorial The Vibes.

Tidak perlu dinyatakan berapa rendah martabat RPK sebagai blogger apabila menulis membedil Dato’ Vinod, dipaparkan juga foto anak-anak beliau.

Mungkin fungsi Dato’ Vinod berfungsi dua puluh peratus sahaja tetapi nilai RPK dikalangan warga kewartawanan, samada media tradisional atau digital ialah “Dua ploh sen”.

Published in: on October 5, 2020 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Khazanah Baru

Program melupuskan asset/pelaburan kumpulan Khazanah Nasional Berhad masih berterusan, walaupun tampuk pemerintahan bukan lagi Pakatan Harapan dimasa kuasa strategik kewangan dan pelaburan Kerajaan dibawah penguasaan pemimpin DAP.

Jalan mudah diambil untuk menyelesaikan kemelut kewangan dan ‘memurnikan buku imbangan’ Kumpulan seperti firma-firma termasuk yang berperanan strategik yang dikatakan ‘sakit’, dilupuskan.

Kini, pembikin wafer ekektronik Silterra M Sdn Bhd merupakan dalam proses dilupuskan.

Apa yang lebih malang lagi, pembida pelupusan pelaburan strategik Kerajaan Malaysia ini adalah firma antarabangsa.

The Star:

The Star Exclusive – Bargaining chip for Silterra


StarBizWeek had, on Saturday, reported that an intense bidding war for local semiconductor wafer foundry is ongoing following Khazanah Nasional’s divestment process that began in February this year. (File pic – Silterra Sdn Bhd plant.)

PETALING JAYA: The jostling for ownership of electronic wafer-maker Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd may hinge on which bidder can add value to the development of the semiconductor industry in Malaysia.

With bids coming from local and international parties, analysts expect the winner to be decided by what it can do to further the important semiconductor value chain in the country.

StarBizWeek had, on Saturday, reported that an intense bidding war for local semiconductor wafer foundry is ongoing following Khazanah Nasional’s divestment process that began in February this year.null

According to sources, the new parties jumping into the bid for Silterra are semiconductor giants Foxconn from Taiwan and X-FAB from Germany.

Foxconn is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturer best known for its work for Apple Inc while X-FAB is a German-based foundry group manufacturing silicon wafers which also has operations in Malaysia.

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It was also reported that the local consortiums interested are from Green Packet Bhd and Dagang Nexchange Bhd (DNeX), which have partnered with Chinese parties to acquire Silterra.

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Hakikatnya, Kerajaan Malaysia melalui Kumpulan Khazanah menyusun semula semula pegangan dan pelaburan strategik hampir dua dekad lampau untuk menentukan kepentingan jangka panjang negara, seperti kebergantungan sektor strategik kepada firma-firma MNC antarabangsa boleh dikurangkan.

Sekiranya imbuhan baru diperlukan, termasuk kepakaran pengurusan dan teknologi, maka firma tempatan wajar didahulukan berbanding tawaran firma MNC dari luar negara.

Program mengumpul modal kewangan dan insan daripada firma-firma tempatan, walaupun yang ada perkongsian pelaburan dan strategik, wajar didahulukan berbanding melupuskan keseluruhannya kepada firma antarabangsa.

Malaysia tidak wajar dijadikan tapak untuk menyediakan industri sebagaimana tahun 1970an dan 80an dimana pelabur dan pemain industri MNC antarabangsa membuka kilang mereka, untuk memaksimakan kos pengeluaran yang murah.

‘Memurnikan imbangan buku’ merupakan tindakan jangkapendek yang mungkin menunjukkan nilai bersih asset dan pelaburan yang positif, tetapi tidak memberikan keuntungan strategik.

Hakikatnya, ada firma tempatan yang boleh memberikan tawaran kepada Khazanah dimana modal pusingan berjumlah RM200juta merupakan sebahagian imbuhan adalah bukti jelas bahawa Khazanag perlu menimbangkan tawaran untuk menyelsaikan kemelut kewangan Silterra ini.

Published in: on September 25, 2020 at 16:30  Leave a Comment  

Dangerous deception

Published in: on August 8, 2020 at 16:04  Leave a Comment  

The half century bondage as a defensive solution

Some opined that Malaysia should exert her partnership in the Five Power Defence Agreement, which is a half century of Defence brotherhood and alliance as a short term solution to ‘flex some muscle’, in the heightening of seemingly military threats and brewing geo-political issues in South China Sea.

The past twelve years China PLA-Navy has been incrementally aggressive in the unsubstantiated claims of the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’, which include the construction of nine naval stations for the use of PLA-Navy with facilities for nuclear submarine operations.

It is understood that not Malaysia’s policy to be directly aggressive as a reciprocity and escalate and perpetuate the tension in the area.

However, to invoke FDPA exercises regularly as a show of force, where Malaysia’s military alliance with Singapore, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand remain strong and effective.

The Daily Mail Online story:

Big Lizzie will confront China: £3bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth ‘will be deployed to the Far East to take part in military drills with US and Japan’

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth expected to visit the Far East during grand maiden voyage
  • The £3billion aircraft carrier will reportedly carry out joint military exercises
  • It comes amid growing political tension between the government and Beijing
  • Ministry of Defence says no decision has yet been taken on carrier’s deployment

One of Britain’s new £3billion aircraft carriers could be sent to the Far East under new plans drawn up by military chiefs, reports today suggest.

The class leading HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to visit the region during its maiden grand voyage next year.

The aircraft carrier is set to be involved in joint military exercises with allies such as the United States and Japan during the visit, according to the Times today.

The move is likely to be seen as a counter to China‘s increasingly assertive attitude in the region and beyond.

And the reports of the voyage comes amid growing tension between London and Beijing, as well as the government’s row over whether to include Chinese tech firm Huawei over security fears and growing pressure from America to exclude them from the process.

This map shows China’s territorial claim in the South China Sea (in red), which the US yesterday described as ‘unlawful’. Marked in blue are US bases in Okinawa off Japan and in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, and Sembawang wharf in Singapore where Britain’s Royal Navy maintains a presence. The diagram on the right shows the carrier strike group of HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will reportedly be deployed to the region in 2021

On its Far East voyage The Queen Elizabeth is to be accompanied by other warships, including two Type 45 destroyers and two frigates, while it will also have two squadrons of F-35B Lightning II jets.

It is likely one of those squadrons will be from the RAF while the other could be from the US Marine Corps, the Times reports. 

As well as taking part in military exercises, the carrier, which along with its sister ship HMS Prince of Wales is the largest ever built by the British Navy, will also provide a platform for trade talks, the Times, quoting an unnamed defence source, reports.

The HMS Prince of Wales, which also cost £3billion, is said to be around 18 months behind its sister ship in terms of deployment.

Once completed, defence chiefs hope to base one of the carriers in the Indo-Pacific region.

A source told the Times: ‘One carrier will support Nato in the North Atlantic.

The HMS Prince of Wales (pictured) is said to be around 18 months behind its sister ship in terms of deployment.
It is likely one of those squadrons of F-35B fighter jets (pictured) will be from the RAF while the other could be from the US Marine Corps, the Times reports

‘Where else are you going to put the other? On the main trade routes and to counter the emerging threat of China.’ 

Meanwhile the Ministry of Defence last night said ‘no decision’ had been taken on the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s deployment.

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There has been some uneasiness of Malaysia’s seemingly nonchalant attitude in the current heightening issues in South China Sea.

South China Morning Post story:

US-China tensions: why is Malaysia so quiet about the South China Sea?

  • Malaysia and Brunei have been less vocal than Vietnam and the Philippines in questioning China’s maritime claims, even after Mike Pompeo’s statement
  • The Malaysian foreign minister has come under fire for claiming Chinese ships have not intruded into the country’s waters for the past 100 days

Topic |  South China Sea

Amy Chew

Amy Chew

Published: 7:00am, 18 Jul, 2020

Updated: 7:40am, 18 Jul, 2020

Malaysia’s South China Sea policy has come under the spotlight after a public rebuke of its foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein by one of his predecessors Anifah Aman, and as Washington hardens its position against Beijing over the disputed waterway.

Anifah, who was foreign minister for nine years until the downfall of ex-leader Najib Razak’s government in the May 2018 election, admonished Hishammuddin on Thursday for saying Chinese ships had not intruded into Malaysian waters for the past 100 days.

Satellite images and sightings clearly indicated otherwise, said Anifah and analysts.

“I am appalled by the [Foreign] Minister’s statement. He is either in denial or ignorant of the fact. Worse, he is playing politics with Malaysia’s maritime and strategic interests,” said Anifah, a serving parliamentarian from Hishammuddin’s party.

Hishammuddin took on his portfolio in March when the Perikatan Nasional coalition came to power following a political scandal that tore apart the Pakatan Harapan administration that won the May 2018 polls. He was previously the defence minister in Najib’s government.

He said on Wednesday that in his first 100 days in office, “Chinese vessels have not been seen in our waters”.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0

“So how did we manage this? This is between us and the Chinese leadership … my stand is very clear, we will not compromise on our sovereignty,” national news agency Bernama quoted him as telling a media conference in parliament.

It comes as ministers fear China could unleash a devastating online attack on Britain – dubbed a ‘cyber-9/11’ – amid increasing tensions between London and Beijing.

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It is not clear if Wisma Putra is working this up, as part of the short-mid term plan to resolve the heightening tension in South East Asia and it is complementary or not to the US Navy Seventh Fleet operations in the area.

Perhaps getting help from friends is necessary to ward off the bully.

This is something Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should do, quietly without media attention.

Published in: on July 19, 2020 at 11:52  Leave a Comment