Another Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sordid and pathetic attempt to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, sank before the ship is even in open sea when Opposition Leader Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail backed off from his ‘Save Malaysia Campaign’.
The Malay Mail Online story:
Why Dr Wan Azizah won’t have anything to do with Dr M-led Save Malaysia group
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
Published: April 13, 2016 06:53 AM G
KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has unsheathed her claws against Save Malaysia frontliner Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, revealing at last her reasons for refusing to join the movement seeking to oust the ruling coalition.
The mild-mannered Dr Wan Azizah, who replaced Anwar as opposition leader after her husband was jailed for sodomy last year, previously stated she would not be a part of the non-partisan movement but was coy on why she stayed away.
She opened up to Malay Mail Online yesterday, after Dr Mahathir’s interview with The Australian, where the former prime minister said that Anwar did not have the morals to lead the country.
“I regret Dr Mahathir should choose to continue to express rancour and venom against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This persists despite Anwar’s magnanimity in forgiving Mahathir’s previous excesses.
“But when he chose to repeat the scurrilous attacks on Anwar’s character using the same institutions he had helped control and wield influence over, and now chooses to attack, I think that is nothing short of being unacceptable,” Dr Wan Azizah said.
Dr Mahathir has in the past repeatedly attacked Anwar’s character and used the latter’s sodomy charges to justify why he could never become prime minister.
In the same interview with the Australian paper, Dr Mahathir also said Anwar — who will be 69 in August — is “too old” to become the country’s next prime minister.
Dr Wan Azizah also sought to explain her position regarding the Save Malaysia group which has been endorsed by other federal opposition lawmakers as well as civil society leaders and even some Barisan Nasional (BN) veterans.
She said the group, led by Dr Mahathir, should not just be about removing the current prime minister, but must also seek to meet the public’s demand for institutional reform.
“First I believe the declaration should be expanded to one that meets people’s demand for institutional reforms and concrete actions to see the end to endemic corruption,” she said, referring to the Citizens’ Declaration mooted by the Save Malaysia movement.
“Secondly Dr Mahathir must understand in any meaningful collaboration with the opposition and civil society, we cannot opt for autocratic methods because we have worked throughout based on consensus; prioritising the welfare of the people particularly affected by the current economic malaise and flawed governance,” she added.
The Permatang Pauh MP said that Dr Mahathir must learn to accept the fact that it was not up to him, but voters to decide on who should lead the country.
“Controlling mindsets only represent the old order,” Dr Wan Azizah said in a veiled reference to Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir, together with politicians from both sides of the divide and civil society, launched the Citizens’ Declaration on March 4 in a movement called Save Malaysia to push for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation.
The former prime minister was allowed on stage during Pakatan Harapan’s protest against the Goods and Service Tax last week and was also seen attending the Bersih 4 rally last year.
This is another series of failures, since the Statesman attacked Prime Minister Najib openly attack in March 2015. His full intention of ousting the leader which 160,000 delegates endorsed as the President in the last UMNO party elections (November 2013) and Malaysians voted (BN won 133 seats of 222 Parliament seats in 13GE May 2013).
A year ago Tun Dr. Mahathir lied by alleging that Prime Minister Najib is responsible for “RM42 billion lesap” (missing) from 1MDB’s coffer and completely refused any explanation on the matter. He didn’t want to wait until the investigators completed their work.
It turned out that the figure was recorded as ‘Borrowings’ in the Annual Report YE31March2015 and was properly audited by international audit firm Deloitte and submitted to Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia.
The findings of Public Accounts Committee tabled to Parliament on 7 April 2016 in a report about 1MDB also confirmed that Tun Dr. Mahathir lied when he used the amount as “Lesap”, in the attempted to create a scandalous opinion and demonise Prime Minister Najib.
He then on got his minions to do a run on Tabung Haji, with the controversy on the 67,954 sq. ft. plot acquisition within Tun Razak Exchange (TRX), crying foul that the “Unassuming and innocent old folks’ life savings for Hajj being looted for 1MDB bail out”.
However, that failed.
Then he tried to instigate then Deputy Prime Minister to pressure Prime Minister Najib upon the WSJ alleged report of “Personal monies originated from 1MDB was deposited into Prime Minister Najib’s accounts”.
Then the Attorney General as part of the conspiracy, quickly form a ‘Special Task Force’ to investigate and ready to charge him with false information, was to add to the pressure. That failed too.
The Fifth UMNO President trying to use through party vines, to create the deep satisfaction amongst grass roots at Division Level meetings. He got a few to actively hype the notion that UMNO delegates at December party AGM would force the pressure for Prime Minister Najib to resign.
That failed too.
He was out to do political stunts. Even the ones which breaks the law and the lines he himself drew, when he was the Prime Minister and till the last BERSIH 3.0.
He actively campaigned for MPs to vote no confidence against Prime Minister Najib. At one time, he even went around saying in his speeches that the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat expressed (to him in confidence, of course!) his dissatisfaction and wanted to resign.
That failed too.
Then his son Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir instead was ousted as Menteri Besar Kedah out of a rebellion of party leaders and elected representative. The Fourth Prime Minister summarily quit UMNO, in reaction to his son’s ousting.
That didn’t carry any traction.
On 4 March 2016, he joined forces with all of his nemesis and former political enemies which include NGO leaders, to do a ‘Mahathir Declaration’ for a mass petition, to demonstrate the rakyat’s wish for Prime Minister Najib to resign.
It drew tremendous flak from UMNO and once his staunchest supporters, for willing to work with Chinese Chauvinist DAP in the likes of Lim Kit Siang, Theresa Kok, Tony Pua and anarchists like Hishamuddin Rais, Maria Chin and Ambiga.
He tried to coax the Opposition, to do a series of roadshow campaign to drum up public support and sign his ‘Mahathir Declaration’ petition.
That failed too. It did not get the attention and traction he hoped for.
He even admitted that the path and actions that he is taking and trying to get at least a million Malaysians to do is “Unconstitutional” and trying to drag His Majesty Seri Paduka Baganda Yang DiPertuan Agong and HRH Malay Rulers to pander into his politics is really despicable.
Today, another failure presented itself as the man still is bent of his goal and trying to use the Opposition to achieve it when he failed through his usual channels.
However, the Opposition Leader said that is Tun Dr. Mahathir who needed them more than they needed him. It is obvious that for over five decades, the man is Opposition’s Numero Uno.
All these compounded to the fact that while Tun Dr. Mahathir is obsessed of trying to topple Prime Minister Najib come what may, all his moves which demonstrated his desperation to succeed on his sordid desire failed at every step.
What he personally gained is probably in teaching so many younger Malaysians really bad examples. Disrespect the law even to a point of doing ‘Unconstitutional move’ to achieve whatever you interpret as important and right thing to do.
Tun Dr. Mahathir’s minion Khairuddin Abu Hassan failed to undermine the authority and validity of His Majesty SPB YDP Agong’s appointment of Tan Sri Apandi Ali as the Attorney General and carrying out his duties, which include charging him and fellow economic saboteur Matthias Chang.
The Sun story:
Khairuddin fails to strike out charge
Posted on 13 April 2016 – 02:53pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan (pix) failed in his bid to strike out his charge after a High Court dismissed his application on the grounds that it has no jurisdiction to determine the validity of the appointment of the Attorney General (AG), today.
High Court judicial commissioner Nordin Hassan said Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (YDP) appoints AG on the advice of the Prime Minister and the “prerogative” powers of YDP is “non-justiciable” by the court.
“The court has no jurisdiction to determine the validity of the appointment of the AG, who was appointed on July 27, 2015,” said Nordin. He said he obtained the date from one of the affidavits filed in the court, for the case.
“Preliminary objection (by the respondent) is allowed and the application filed on Feb 4, 2016 is rejected,” said Nordin.
On Oct 12, last year, Khairuddin and Matthias Chang were charged with attempting to sabotage banking and financial services in the country between June 28, 2015 and Aug 26, 2015, at several location such France, United Kingdom, Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong.
The charge for attempting to commit sabotage under Section 124L of the Penal Code, which is punishable for a maximum of 15 years jail.
On Feb 4, 2016, Khairuddin had filed a notice of motion stating the charge for attempt to be struck out or set aside as the AG Tan Sri Apandi Ali has no valid power to prosecute him, under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution on Oct 12, 2015.
He claimed that AG did not have power on Oct 12 as the former AG Tan Sri Gani Patail’s termination of service was contrary to Article 145 (6) of the Federal Constitution.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Abazafree Abbas raised preliminary objection saying Khairuddin is abusing court process as the issue of the legitimacy of the appointment is not under the jurisdiction of the court.
He said the application is “non-justiciable” by the court and it is a “premature” application. He said the notice of motion should be heard before a Session Court, which presides over the case and not the High Court.
He also said the applicant should file a “judicial review” and not by way of notice of motion.
However, Khairuddin’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla said on the validity of the charge, which was framed against his client. He said the charge can only be framed by a legitimate AG.
Therefore, he said the issue of the appointment affects directly to his client’s charge.
He also submitted the subject of the application is not that Apandi cannot be appointed as AG but whether there was a legitimate “AG” at the time, when the charge was framed against his client, on Oct 12.