Backstabbing-Stranged-Bedfellows

In the euphoria of the ‘New Malaysia’ brought forth by the ousting of Barisan Nasional (BN), then Opposition Coalition led by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad resumed power and control but with the most ‘uneasy’ partners.

Free Malaysia Today:

May 24, 2018

Think tank sees no chemistry in PH

Soo Wern Jun

 

Ilham Centre director Hisomuddin Bakar says the power struggle among PH parties has become apparent.

PETALING JAYA: A think tank has observed that the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH) have yet to show they can work together as a team.

Speaking to FMT, Ilham Centre director Mohamad Hisomuddin Bakar said the power struggle among component parties had become apparent.

“PH may have won several states from Barisan Nasional (BN), but the components have yet to achieve a sense of understanding as parties in a coalition,” he said.

“They may have achieved their goal of taking over the government, but they were not ready for a win this big or, rather, they are now wearing an oversized shirt, as the Malay saying goes.

“That is why the governments in states such as Kedah, Perak and Johor seem unstable.”

He said the coalition, in order to meet its challenges, must first acknowledge that it had not won the May 9 election based on its strength.

“It was the people’s massive rejection of the BN-led government that brought victory to PH. Because of that, there are a lot of governing processes it is not used to, or not prepared to take over, on such a big scale.”

Hisomuddin said PH would find it hard to bring reforms to states remaining under BN unless the coalition was strengthened.

He said the coalitions’s defeat in Perlis and Pahang reflected the weakness of its presence in both states.

“Now, without a strong presence in both states, the few PH reps there will face a difficult time fighting the battle for reforms.”

He cited the problems in deciding on the menteris besar for Kedah and Johor as further evidence of a lack of teamwork in PH.

“For Kedah, PPBM was taking the lead in GE14. By right, the understanding should be that it will take the MB’s post, but there was interference from PKR,” he said.

“In Johor, there was interference from Amanah. This should not have happened if there had been good chemistry among components parties.”

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It is abundantly clear about the inability of the four parties which formed the coalition that was invited to form the Federal Government by His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong XV, to work together.

A clear example is the announcement of the Cabinet. It was done in three different stages.

The first one was Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister and all the four party top leaders as Cabinet Ministers which is om 12 May 2017.

Then the second one, where were only nine names announced.

Even after the Cabinet was sworn in on Monday 20 May 2018, two very strategic posts namely Ministers for Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Industry were omitted.

It is expected there would be a third round of announcement and swearing in ceremony as Istana Negara.

In the past thirteen post GE, none of the BN Chairmen had ever needed this long and stages to announce and gotten the Cabinet sworn in before His Majesties.

It is because the understanding between UMNO, as the lead and mainstay of BN and component parties and honouring the understanding and respect.

Even when certain BN component parties like MCA did quite badly, then the said BN Chairman would ensure the agreed number of representation of the party and the Malaysian Chinese they front, are appointed to the Cabinet.

What is very peculiar is that a Council of Eminent Persons was announced ahead of the mainstay of the Cabinet of Fourteen, which the same day that all Pakatan Harapan leaders were nominated for their respective Cabinet posts.

Adding to the oddity, the CEP had started working and summoned many key personalities and even announced an Institutional Reform Council, way ahead even the Cabinet Minister reported for duty.

The Star story:

IRC to find flaws in system


  • NATION
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The newly set up Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) says it has been tasked with examining the present state of key institutions and laws and recommending necessary reforms to ensure these institutions are not subverted for extraneous ends.

To this end, the panel said it would consult extensively with all stakeholders and invite their active participation, reported Bernama.

“We will then present the recommendations to the Government through the Council (Team of Eminent Persons) with a view to reinstating the integrity of the institutions and promoting and enhancing the rule of law,” the committee said in a statement last night.

The formation of the five-member committee was announced by the Team of Eminent Persons in a statement earlier yesterday.

image: https://www.thestar.com.my/~/media/online/2018/05/16/01/14/irc-members.ashx?la=en

Working together: The IRC panel comprises (from left) Vohrah, Mah, Mohd Arshad, Dr Shad and Ambiga.

“These shortcomings in the system need to be identified and addressed.

“It has also become imperative to appoint persons of unquestionable integrity to lead these institutions,” it said.

Chaired by retired judge of the Court of Appeal Datuk K.C. Vohrah, the other members of the committee comprise retired Court of Appeal judge and Suhakam commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai; National Patriots Association president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji; Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of Law at Universiti Malaya Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi and National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan. The statement pointed out that the rule of law was the basis upon which Malaysia as a democracy was founded.

“The rule of law is about accountability, just laws, transparency, open government, institutional independence, an independent judiciary, and checks and balances,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Government’s Team of Eminent Persons formed the IRC to help bring about “positive change” in the country.

The committee will report to the Team of Eminent Persons, which will then present the report to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In a statement yesterday, the Team of Eminent Persons said that while it was set up to advise the Government on economic and financial matters, economic reform on its own could not bring about the desired change unless accompanied by institutional reforms.

The Team of Eminent Persons, which is led by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, consists of ex-Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas president Tan Sri Hassan Marican, Hong Kong-based tycoon Robert Kuok and economist Prof Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

It was set up on Saturday to advise the Government on economic and financial matters during this transitional period. — Bernam

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/16/irc-to-find-flaws-in-system-council-shortcomings-in-govt-institutions-need-to-be-addressed/#Jgq7AwojTVg54Ybu.99

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It is doubt that this unorthodox manner of getting things done would actually provide productivity to the Federal Government machinery in the short and medium term.

What more, to get the agreement of all the political parties which formed the Federal Government and most State Governments, especially the aspirations and hopes of their own members are not quite in tandem and complimentary to each other.

Just like a marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-estranged-backstabbing-bedfellows.

 

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