“You are not alone in telling the truth”

 

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin praised Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for his consistency and perseverance in standing up and telling the truth, from the days as an ordinary UMNO member and young doctor till present day, which include against the West and champion the efforts to criminalise war.

Astro Awani story:

‘You’re not alone in telling the truth, Dr M’, says Muhyiddin

Astro Awani | Updated: April 19, 2015
(First published on: April 19, 2015 17:11 MYT)
KUALA LUMPUR: Any clues of extremism among Malaysians must be immediately blocked and addressed before it poses serious threat to the stability and peace in the country, deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Strong measures, he said must be put in place to keep such threats in check and address its root causes.

“Malaysia has done so by introducing tough laws to deal with such threats, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) which has been passed by the Parliament recently,” he said when delivering his keynote address at the International Forum ‘Engaging The Young To Criminalise War and Energise Peace’ at Putra Word Trade Centre (PWTC) here.

Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister during delivering the keynote address to the 300-odd participants, also commended Dr Mahathir on his role as a proponent of war movements with the establishment of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War — the foundation which Dr Mahathir founded and sits as chairman.

Muhyiddin lauded Dr Mahathir for speaking his mind and expressing his views and advocacy against war.

“Tun has been very vocal in voicing out the brutal truth about war and the misery he causes to the mankind. and therefore calls for war to be made a crime. I must praise you, Sir for your bravery, perseverance in stating the brutal truth about and your guts to stand against a powerful nation,” said Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin said the theme for this international conference was most appropriate as it had clear and precise message to the young, as they assumed an important role in the shaping of the future.

“The organisers have also scheduled the young members of the pioneering CWC to share their world views of what their movement is all about, their hopes and aspirations,” said Muhyiddin.

He added the young generation must understand and appreciate that this country had been blessed in many ways, and that there was no armed conflict or massive loss of life like in other places.

“I remind you of this to highlight to our young audience here of what peace and goodwill can bring to all of us, not just in our own homes and backyards, but also at the international level. And because we have given our children the best in education, health care and welfare, most Malaysians enjoy a high standard of living.

“Many are able to seek jobs internationally, all because of a solid background in primary and secondary education,” he said.

Muhyiddin also advised the young that they must appreciate the time and Dr Hasmah’s effort on her involvement to the projects under CWC.

Also present were Founder/Chairman of The Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Founder/Chairperson of The Criminalise War Club (CWC) Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/youre-not-alone-telling-truth-dr-m-says-muhyiddin-58192?cp

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There would be some who would prefer to read what Muhyiddin said today and construe it as a subliminal message in support of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s call for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to quit.

However, it is also important to relate what the UMNO Deputy President said in Jakarta, when the Fourth Prime Minister called for the current Prime Minister to go.

Astro Awani story:

Sebagai ahli UMNO, Dr Mahathir berhak bersuara – Muhyiddin

Astro Awani | Kemas kini: April 09, 2015
(Diterbitkan pada: April 09, 2015 16:29 MYT)
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Sebagai ahli UMNO, Dr Mahathir berhak bersuara – Muhyiddin
Muhyiddin minta Tun Mahathir beri Najib peluang tadbir dengan cara sendiri
JAKARTA: Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menegaskan sebagai ahli UMNO, Tun DR Mahathir berhak untuk bersuara dan menulis sesuatu, lapor Bernama.

Muhyiddin juga dilaporkan berkata beliau tidak merasakan Dr Mahathir mempunyai niat tidak baik apabila mempersoalkan tentang dana pelaburan negara 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“Saya tidak fikir Tun (Dr Mahathir) berniat tidak baik sebab dia kata dia ahli UMNO dan sebagai ahli UMNO dia berhak untuk bersuara dan kita tidak menyekat beliau bersuara, menulis sesuatu.

“Kita hadapi masa mencabar, kita nak UMNO dan BN (Barisan Nasional) kuat,tak apalah pembangkang kuat tak kuat itu soal dia tetapi yang penting diperingkat UMNO kita mesti bersatu sebab kita akan hadapi rakyat dalam pilihan raya akan datang,” Muhyiddin dipetik sebagai berkata oleh Bernama.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berada di Jakarta sempena lawatan kerja tiga hari yang berakhir hari ini.

Menyentuh kritikan Dr Mahathir terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Muhyiddin berkata beliau menghormati kedua-dua pemimpin dan tidak mahu membuat kenyataan yang berat sebelah kerana apa yang lebih penting ialah rakyat mahukan kebenaran dan parti akan menghadapi pilihan raya.

“Kita kena berlaku adil kepada rakyat,untuk berlaku adil kepada rakyat ialah dengan memberitahu perkara sebenar. Apa yang rakyat mahu ialah kebenaran,apa yang rakyat mahu ialah cerita yang benar.

Kalau mereka mendengar daripada pihak lain, (akan timbul) pelbagai cerita,tetapi tidak dapat disahkan (sama ada) benar (atau) tak benar, jadi (akan) timbul banyak tanda soal dalam kepala dan benak rakyat dan pasti itu tidak baik untuk kita,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kabinet pernah berbincang mengenai perkara itu dan berpendapat bahawa dalam hal seperti itu terutama yang menyentuh peribadi perdana menteri atau keluarganya dan 1MDB, Perdana Menteri lebih tahu daripada orang lain.

Muhyiddin berkata, satu perkara yang perlu diberi perhatian ialah bekas perdana menteri itu diketahui umum sebagai seorang tokoh dan pemimpin sebelum ini dan beliau masih mempunyai pandangan, berpengaruh dan ada pengikutnya.

“Sebab itu, apabila beliau mencetuskan beberapa perkara dalam penulisan beliau, saya sendiri secara peribadi tidak memandang ringan. Ia ada impak dan kesannya. Kalau dia (Dr Mahathir) menyentuh mengenai urusan kerajaan, yang mana patut kita jelaskan, kita patut jelaskan,” kata Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin berkata, dalam isu tertentu yang menyentuh soal seperti 1MDB dan hal yang ada kaitan dengan perdana menteri sendiri, Najib juga boleh bertemu dengan Dr Mahathir untuk menjawab bagi menjelaskan
perkara sebenar.

“Saya setuju supaya bukan sahaja Perdana Menteri menjelaskan (isu-isu yang dibangkitkan oleh Dr Mahathir) untuk pengetahuan umum supaya tidak ada salah anggapan dan salah fahaman tentang perkara tertentu, penting juga penjelasan untuk pengetahuan rakyat. Tetapi saya fikir yang agak baik ialah pertemuan, kalau Datuk Seri Najib sebagai anak dan Tun sebagai bapa, maka saya pun begitu.

“Jumpalah Tun, kalau dah jumpa dahulu, mungkin perlu jumpa lagi, elok jumpa lagi sebagai bapa dan anak, saya percaya Tun Mahathir pasti akan menerima dan Datuk Seri Najib tidak akan berasa janggal. Janggal makna anda tahu, anda berasa seperti anda tahu bukan (sesuatu yang) luar biasa,” kata beliau.

Katanya, jika bersemuka dan saling memahami, maka Najib boleh bertanya dan berbincang secara ikhlas dan mungkin isu yang dibangkitkan itu tidak berterusan serta tidak menjadikan kerajaan pimpinan Najib dalam keadaan serba salah.

Namun dalam masa yang sama Muhyiddin juga meminta Dr mahathir agar memberi peluang kepada Najib untuk mentadbir negara dengan caranya sendiri.

“Ada pandangan berbeza, tetapi biarlah pimpinan kerajaan hari ini cuba laksanakan perkara yang kita fikir beri impak kepada pembangunan sosioekonomi rakyat menerusi program transformasi, rasionalisasi subsidi, bantuan rakyat dalam bentuk BR1M dan sebagainya, ada impaknya walaupun Tun tidak begitu bersetuju dengan perkara begitu,” katanya.
Read more at: http://www.astroawani.com/berita-malaysia/sebagai-ahli-umno-dr-mahathir-berhak-bersuara-muhyiddin-57484?cp

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Muhyiddin, who has been known to make bold statements, asked that Prime Minister Najib to continue and engage Tun Dr. Mahathir and address issues raised which include the many unanswered bits which deemed scandalous in the 1MDB episode.

The same time, one time Minister of Youth and Sports and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet between 1995-2003, asked his former Boss to allow time for the announced audits to be carried out in 1MDB.

The past six weeks, Muhyiddin had been very consistent on 1MDB and issues be addressed, in the open.

He was the first Cabinet Minister to ask then Prime Minister ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to quit upon forming the Federal Government post 12GE, which resulted in BN losing for the first time the two-third majority control in Dewan Rakyat and five-plus-one state to the Opposition.

Acknowledging Tun Dr. Mahathir’s consistency and perseverance is a good step for further initiatives to stop the rot or perception on the rot, especially in government strategic investment such as 1MDB and programs which are supposed to benefit the people.

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Solidarity: Maturity of leadership

Menteri Besar Kedah and UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir demonstrated his leadership maturity when the UMNO and BN Kedah made a strong resolution to support the leadership of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in Alor Setar this morning.

Bernama.com story:

Kedah Umno Gives Full Support To Najib, Mukhriz

ALOR SETAR, April 18 (Bernama) – Kedah UMNO has pledged full to the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir.

Its deputy chairman, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said this was agreed at a special meeting of Kedah UMNO Liaison here, Saturday.

He said the special meeting also agreed that Mukhriz should not make a statement on the issue on April 24 in Kuala Lumpur.

“We have also agreed to cancel the Kedah Umno Liaison meeting on April 24,” he told a press conference after the special meeting at Seri Mentaloon, the menteri besar’s official residence.

Mukhriz was not present in the meeting room during the press conference.

The special meeting which began at noon and ended two hours later was also attended by Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblymen in Kedah.

It was chaired by Mukhriz, who is also Kedah UMNO Liaison chairman.

All UMNO division chiefs were present at the special meeting except Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (Baling), Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (Jerai) and Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom (Kubang Pasu).

The only BN state assemblyman missing from today’s meeting was Datuk Ahmad Lebai Sudin (Bukit Lada).

Ahmad Bashah, who is also the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, said those who did not attend the special meeting were overseas and had sent representatives.

The meeting also agreed to respect the views of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wants him to give Najib the time to address the issues raised.

It also supported the prime minister’s decision urging the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to conduct an audit of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He said the question of Kedah UMNO unity did not arise as shown by the special meeting which fully supported the prime minister and the menteri besar.

Asked whether Kedah UMNO would take action against Ahmad Lebai for urging Mukhriz to quit if he failed to support Najib, he said it was up to UMNO headquarters.

Ahmad Bashah also said Ahmad Lebai’s remark calling on Mukhriz to quit the menteri besar’s post was a personal statement and did not represent any party.

— BERNAMA

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Mukhriz managed to convince the many UMNO Kedah Division leaders and ADUNs to come into a single voice, which include to support his own leadership as MB and UMNO Kedah. Mukhriz was presented as BN’s choice of  MB Kedah by Prime Minister Najib after BN wrested Kedah from PAS two years ago.

At the eve of 13GE campaign, Prime Minister Najib announced that Mukhriz shall be MB Kedah if BN was returned to power.

UMNO Kedah leaders who made the media conference at Seri Mentaloon after this morning’s special meeting also pronounced their highest regards for Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and requested that Prime Minister Najib be allowed more time to resolve some of the issues raised.

Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumerism Dato’ Ahmad Bashah who is UMNO Kedah Deputy Liaison Chief also explained in the media conference Mukhriz should not issue any statement on the matter. In short, UMNO Kedah asked Mukhriz not to be made to choose between his loyalty to Prime Minister Najib and as a son to Tun Dr. Mahathir.

The manner this issue which could be very tricky and dodgy personally for Mukhriz is a demonstration of his political leadership and maturity. Considering that he has only been in the chair for less than two years, it is a good notch up his sleeve.

Getting solidarity from the diversity of the various UMNO Division Chiefs and ADUNs and their political ambitions and affiliation itself is also an interesting development to be watched closely.

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