The one-man Government

It has been 175 hours since Malaysians decided for the ‘New Malaysia’ and yet Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad remained as a one-man Federal Government as no other Cabinet Ministers have been sworn in.

Seventh Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s priority was the release and absolution from all convictions of his former Deputy Prime Minister for five years who later turned as a political nemesis for eighteen years before the two teamed up to topple the immediate past Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak

Anwar: Working with Dr M was crucial to topple BN


  • NATION
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018


  • PETALING JAYA: For many Malaysians, it has been surreal to see Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah sharing the same stage with Tun Dr Mahathir, the man who first put her husband in jail back in 1998, in what was seen as a politically-motivated move.

    However, for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim it was essential for PKR to work with Dr Mahathir to remove Barisan Nasional from Federal power, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    “A new partnership was essential to overcome the deeply entrenched, corrupt system that was presiding over Malaysia,” Anwar told the Australian daily on May 15, a day before his expected release.

    He said after working with Dr Mahathir for many years, he understood that the former and now current Prime Minister cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia.

    The Sydney Morning Herald said Anwar expressed confidence that he would be able to work with Dr Mahathir, whose star power and tireless campaigning had led Pakatan Harapan to victory on May 9.

    Anwar said he never lost hope, even though he had been imprisoned over two sodomy charges for a total for 11 years.

    “I always believed in the wisdom of the people and that if we fought hard enough we would eventually prevail,” he said.

    Anwar’s first sodomy charge was in 1998, when he was the deputy prime minister and protégé to the then-prime minister Dr Mahathir.

    Following the charge, Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar from Cabinet and it then triggered the formation of PKR and the reformasi movement.

    Anwar was found guilty and sentenced to jail in 1999, but was released in 2004 after his sodomy verdict was overturned.

    In March 2014, Anwar was sentenced to another five-year jail term for a second sodomy charge. That sentence would bar him from contesting in GE14.

    Despite that, Anwar remained as PKR’s de facto leader and had played a role from behind bars.

    He told the Sydney Morning Herald that the hardest thing about being in jail was missing his children and grandchildren.

    In this new era, he reminded Malaysians to uphold “respect for all Malaysians” – a reference to addressing racism embedded in the country’s laws – “independence of the judiciary, rule of law, free media and proper separation of powers”.

    “The road ahead will challenge the best among us to deliver what we promised to the people,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    “At a time when democracy is in retreat around the world, I hope that the people of Malaysia have given some hope to people around the world clamouring for their own freedom,” he added.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/16/anwar-working-with-dr-m-was-crucial-to-topple-bn/#C1gRa2vWxhioyHWh.99

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Almost twenty years ago this September, Anwar Ibrahim then Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy UMNO President was sacked by Fourth Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for “Hedious and immoral sexual deviance”.

Later Anwar was convicted for rogering his wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar.

Ten years ago this June, political aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan made a Police report against Anwar for rogering him. He was incarcerated in 2015 after exhausting all avenues to set away the judgment and sentencing.

NST story:

In this file photo, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pauses as he speaks to his assistants at a break session during his sodomy trial in Kuala Lumpur February 14, 2011. Anwar will have to serve out his remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence after the Federal Court dismissed his review application to set aside his sodomy conviction today. Reuters Photo

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will have to serve out his remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence after the Federal Court dismissed his review application to set aside his sodomy conviction today.

In a unanimous decision, a five-man panel chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled that there was no merit in the application.

“The court finds that there is no merit in this application and that this not a fit and proper case to be heard in this court,” the judge said.

In his review application, Anwar is seeking the court to invoke Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 and review the decision of the previous five-member panel of the Federal Court, led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.

Alternatively, he wants the Federal Court to re-hear his appeal on its merits.

Following the decision today, Anwar who has now served a year and 10 months in jail will have to complete his five-year jail term.

Anwar, 68, filed the review application on April 30 last year after the Federal Court on Feb 10 last year affirmed his guilt for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31.

The others presiding were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Federal Court judges, Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin and Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim.

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It is clear Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir put politics ahead of the governing the nation as the absence of a Cabinet which had not been sworn in yet, the function of the Executive of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong’s government in the form of Federal Government’s policy and decision making is left to one man.

One crucial limb of the Executive is the Ministry of Finance where His Majesty’s purse and treasury chest is without a Minister of Finance and the Chief Secretary of Treasury Tan Sri Dr. Irwan Siregar was transferred out to the Public Services Department.

NST story:

 

At ninety three in less than eight weeks time, the Prime Minister is at a high risk of being incapacitated, even with a common cold. For the record, Dr. Mahathir survived two cardio arterial by-pass surgery.

In the lingo of Risk Management, the nation is at its most precarious time. Our best guess is that no bookmakers are willing to take bets, as the odds is high.

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