PM ‘Flip-Flop’ped on ‘New Malaysia’

Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ‘Flip-Flop’ed on his own words about DAP Secretary General “Lim Guan Eng has got to clear his name first” as the latter swore in before His Majesty SPB YDP Agong as the Minister of Finance.

The Star story:

PM: Lim must clear his name before taking up finance post

NATION

Tuesday, 15 May 2018



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PUTRAJAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng can only be officially appointed Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that Lim has merely been named Finance Minis­ter but has yet to take his oath of office.

“Every minister must be someone who is qualified for the position.

“If there is a case against such a person, we cannot appoint him or her,” he told reporters after meeting with ministry secretaries-general to explain the functions and roles of the new government here yesterday.

 

 

Dr Mahathir stressed that the rule of law must be followed, and the Government will have to wait until Lim is cleared of charges before he can be made the minister.

Asked who would take charge of the Finance Ministry for now, he said: “I am not taking charge but they report to me.

“We have a panel which will look into the work at the ministry. Some implementations which can be carried out, will be carried out.

“For some, we will need to wait until the minister is appointed.”

Dr Mahathir said while there is no alternative candidate for the post, it is understood that where ministries need to make a decision but the head has not been established, matters will be brought to the Prime Minister.

Lim, 58, is currently facing trial in Penang, charged with using his position as a public officer to gain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in south-west Penang to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

He is also charged with using his position to obtain for himself a plot of land and a bungalow at 25 Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, a price which he allegedly knew was not commensurate with the property’s market value at the time of RM4.27mil.

On a separate matter, Dr Maha­thir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman, said its component parties will submit names to him for consideration as Cabinet ministers, and stressed that he will make the final call on their posts.

He said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail met him last week to submit 10 names, although he had only asked for an initial three.

He said priority will be given to three names on that list to be part of the core Cabinet which will be made up of 10 people including himself.

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu has also sent a letter suggesting three names for ministerial positions, he said.

“Our stand is that the parties will give us the names. I will decide which ministry they will be in charge of.

“Maybe I will meet the party chiefs one more time,” Dr Mahathir said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/15/pm-lim-must-clear-his-name-before-taking-up-finance-post/#biX1BR2BrgBwMJCj.99

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This statement the Prime Minister made is definitely the opposite of what happened in Istana Negara a few minutes ago.

Lim currently under going trial in Penang for a corrupt practices crime and under active investigation by MACC for another case.

It is obvious that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir isn’t consistent about what he plans to do.

Earlier, he announced that he would also sit in the Cabinet portfolio for Education.

The Star story:

PM to take on Education Minister’s post

  • NATION
  • Friday, 18 May 2018

     

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will take on a second Cabinet portfolio as Education Minister.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will serve as Women’s Affairs and Welfare Minister.

“I took over the education portfolio because I think so many people are uneducated in this country,” he said, tongue-in-cheek, at a press conference yesterday after a Paka­tan Harapan presidential council meeting.

“I thought I would give my attention to that.”

He said Malaysia’s way of teaching is “outdated” and hoped more Malaysians will be computer-savvy.

“We should devise new ways of teaching,” said Dr Mahathir, adding that he will introduce an online system to teach students in schools.

He added that there will only be one ministry in charge of all matters regarding education, unlike the previous administration which had a Higher Education Ministry on top of the Education Ministry.

Dr Mahathir’s ministerial post was seen by some as contrary to a promise in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto that says the Prime Minister should not hold any other positions, especially Finance Minister.

To a question about the Sabah chief minister holding the state’s finance portfolio, Dr Mahathir simply said: “The Sabah chief minister is not the Prime Minister.”

When asked what role newly-released Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would hold in the Pakatan government, Dr Mahathir said Anwar would be in the “top six” in the presidential council.

It was explained that the council will consist of six top leaders.

“The top six meet when there are problems or important decisions to make,” said Dr Mahathir, adding the council will meet every month.

On Anwar’s absence from the event, Dr Wan Azizah said: “He will join in the next meeting.”

Anwar had earlier said he will not make an immediate return to politics, and plans to give a series of talks overseas.

Asked why there was a delay in naming the Cabinet, Dr Mahathir said there were four parties in the coalition, each with their demands and he had to ensure each candidate is suitable.

“We will announce it tomorrow (Friday) if I can do things in time. If not, I have to delay it,” he said.

Dr Mahathir had announced three ministerial positions filled by Pakatan’s top leadership.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be Home Minister, while DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will helm the Finance Ministry and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu is Defence Minister.

Dr Mahathir said he aims to get all the ministers sworn in by Monday.

He also announced the setting up of a special task force to safeguard the interests of the Indian community, women, youth and orang asli.

Its aim is to give attention to minority groups, with the Indian community being the priority.

Dr Mahathir also said Opposition leaders who were in the previous government cannot be accepted by any Pakatan Harapan parties.

He said parties like Umno are facing “migration problems” with many members leaving.

“We have also set a principle that will be enforced now, that any members of the Opposition have to become Independents first and then declare their support for the Pakatan government.

“Those formerly part of the government cannot join Pakatan or its parties. This is our decision as of now but we might revise it in the future,” he said.

On 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) handouts, Dr Mahathir maintained that the Government will continue with the financial aid but will take another look at who gets it.

“BR1M is not to be seen as rasuah (bribery) or corrupting the people into supporting the Government.

“It should be regarded as a way of mitigating social problems,” he said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/18/pm-to-take-on-education-ministers-post/#Y82Sh8lCdfJFis0H.99

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He ‘Flip-Flop’ped and later announced that MP for Simpang Rengam Dr Maszlee Malik would instead assume the post for the Ministry with the most employee, when highlighted that in the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto, the Prime Minister is not supposed to sit in any Cabinet post.

The Star story:

Dr M steps back from being new Education Minister

  • NATION
  • Friday, 18 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has stepped back from his intention to become the new Education Minister today, to abide by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto.

He said in a video published on Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Facebook page, “That is the position of the manifesto and I cannot break it at the moment ..(unless) of course, there is a demand that I should take education.”

The Pakatan manifesto had promised that the Prime Minister would not take on other ministerial posts, especially that of Finance Minister.

In the list of Cabinet Ministers released today, the new Education Minister is International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) lecturer and terrorism researcher Dr Maszlee Malik.

Maszlee Malik, the Simpang Renggam MP, joined Pribumi in March, and sold gold and silver political memorabilia to help fund his election campaign.

The inconsistencies are good reflection that neither Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir nor Pakatan Harapan thought through in totality what they were supposed to do and roles and functions they were supposed to fill.

The fact is that the Cabinet took so long to be announced and properly sworn in before His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong is also evidence they neither expect to get the results they achieved at XIV GE nor form a Federal Government.

Strategic Cabinet Ministerial posts such as Foreign and Internationally Trade and Industry, which are very important ministries considering that global trade and relationship is the nation’s lifeline, are not included.

Yet, the Council of Eminent Persons was the first to be announced and already met six times.

An important fact to consider that Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir had only the experience to work with PPBM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin in an administration.

The former had never worked with Wan Azizah, Lim Guan Eng, Mohamad Sabu, Gobind Singh Deo, M Kulasegaran, Salahuddin Ayub, Dr. Zulkefly Ahmad, Rina Harun, Dr. Maszlee Malik nor Dato’ Seri Azmin Mohamed Ali.

Now that they managed to oust the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government, it is very dodgy for them to deliver their promises, as well provide the stewardship for the Federal Government machinery for steam ahead even at the rate and progress the previous administration did.

Imagine a ninety plus year old Captain who has retired the past fifteen years and only had the experience with one out of fourteen senior officers, to steward a large ship carrying valuable cargo through rough seas at the same vector, racing against time.

Malaysians should realise that all these are indications that the Federal Government, resources and the course of the nation would not progress on the same vector that it had before.

 

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