A New Medieval Malaysia

So many are elated upon the results of recently concluded XIV GE and dubbed the dawn of a ‘New Malaysia’ when the Opposition Coalition topple the ruling Barisan Nasional of 69 years.

However, the dawn of this so called ‘New Malaysia’ isn’t that promising when a ninety three years old former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had sworn in as the Seventh Prime Minister on Friday 11 May 2018.

For starters, it takes almost ten days to announce a full Cabinet. Even that is without the Foreign Minister.

Channel News Asia story:

PM Mahathir Mohamad announces Malaysia Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (May 18) unveiled his list of 14 Cabinet ministers to be sworn in next week, after the King approved the selection of names following a meeting at the palace.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday at 11.30am at the Istana Negara.

Since his election win, Dr Mahathir has announced five Cabinet ministers, including Lim Guan Eng as finance minister, Muhyiddin Yassin as home affairs minister and Mohammad Sabu as defence minister .

Earlier on Friday, Dr Mahathir withdrew himself as education minister to honour a pledge in the coalition manifesto. The portfolio will now be taken by former university lecturer Dr Maszlee Malik.

A foreign minister was not named.

In a statement, he named PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali as the minister of economic affairs and DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo as the minister of communications and multimedia.

He also appointed PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin as the housing and local government minister; DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook as the minister of transport and DAP vice-chairman Kulasegaran Murugeson as the minister of human resource.

The others named on Friday include Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, as the minister of agriculture and agro-based industry; Amanah strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, as the minister of health; and Titiwangsa MP Rina Harun of Bersatu, as the minister of rural development.

Mohamed Azmin said that he found out about the appointment after he was informed by Selangor State Secretary Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya, and that he intends to meet Dr Mahathir as soon as possible to get further clarification on his appointment as minister of economic affairs.

“I thank Tun Dr Mahathir for his faith in me leading such a senior ministry. The responsibility is very big as the work is to revive the national economy,” Mohamed Azmin  told reporters after an event to break fast.

“However, I have informed the Sultan of Selangor about this and have told him that I also informed him that I will be meeting the prime minister soon, maybe tonight or at the latest tomorrow, to get further clarification on the scope of duties entrusted to me,” he said.

Full list of ministers: 

Prime Minister: Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Deputy Minister: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Home Minister: Muhyiddin Yassin

Education Minister: Dr Maszlee Malik

Minister of Rural Development: Rina Harun

Minister of Women and Family Development: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Minister of Economic Affairs: Mohamed Azmin Ali

Minister of Housing and Local Government: Zuraida Kamaruddin

Minister of Finance: Lim Guan Eng

Minister of Transport: Anthony Loke Siew Fook

Minister of Communications and Multimedia: Gobind Singh Deo

Minister of Human Resource: Kulasegaran V Murugeson

Minister of Defence: Mohamad Sabu

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry: Salahuddin Ayub

Minister of Health: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-malaysia-cabinet-10247844

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These are appointments as per Article 43 of the Federal Constitution.

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Article 43 of the Federal Constitution

However, instead a Council of Eminent Persons was announced seven days ago and already started working and calling persons in respective authoritaty position to appear before them.

At the moment, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is legally and effectively a one-man Government.

Earlier, the Prime Minister pronounced that he would be Minister of Education.

Then, he ‘Flip-Flop’ped because their own promises stated they weren’t supposed to do that.

Did he forget or completely oblivious of their own promises?

Also, he announced the recently sworn in Menteri Besar Selangor would be sworn in as the Minister of Economic Affairs at 1130hrs on Monday.

Perhaps he too should be the Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, since the job is now a political appointee.

Then the nominated Minister of Finance who is supposed to swear in before His Majesty on Monday too, is also supposed to appear in Pulau Pinang criminal High Court before Madam Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail for an ongoing graft trial.

The Star story;

Guan Eng’s trial set to go on

NATION

Thursday, 17 May 2018

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GEORGE TOWN: The corruption trial of Lim Guan Eng is set to continue on May 21 after being postponed due to GE14.

The former Penang Chief Minister’s lead counsel, Gobind Singh Deo, said the case would be brought up for mention in the High Court.

Lim pleaded not guilty on June 30, 2016, to two counts of corruption over the conversion of agricultural land to residential status and purchase of a plot and bungalow at below market value.

He was charged with using his position as Chief Minister to gain gratification for himself and wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

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Lim faces a second charge of using his position to obtain a plot of land and bungalow at No. 25, Jalan Pinhorn, on July 28, 2015, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, at below market value.

Phang pleaded not guilty to a charge of abetting him.

The trial was delayed after both filed motions to declare Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act as unconstitutional.

Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail dismissed the applications and the defendants referred the matter to the Court of Appeal, which ruled that Section 62 was unconstitutional. The Federal Court later overturned the ruling.

It was also reported that Lim could only be officially appointed as the new Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/17/guan-engs-trial-set-to-go-on-hearing-resumes-on-monday-after-break-for-general-election/#o4w1Xd5ZfHmi0LHD.99

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By that note, the nominated Minister of Communications and Multimedia, who is too supposed to appear before His Majesty for the swearing in, is expected to appear before the High Court judge defending his client.

Ah yes! The nominated Minister of Finance is an ex-convict and His Majesty’s Treasury at the moment is without an effective Chief Secretary since the immediate past was sent away to Public Services Department.

Let is also take note all matters pertaining tax at the moment seems to be decided by four men and a lady, in a forum called Council of Eminent Persons, which is completely absent from being mentioned anywhere in the said Acts in the name of His Majesty, passed by His Majesty’s Parliament.

Sounds like Medieval Malaysia, brought forward, isn’t it?

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  1. Unless we forget: The hungry “lions” & “tigers” are being entrusted to “safeguard” our “sheeps”/”cattle”…Awas “Musang Berbulu Ayam”…Meow…says these lions/tigers (the most trusted “sheaperd”.

  2. Thank God ,that rakyat has win this election ,whatever come next hopefully wont be as bad as before .


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