Messy mis-informed mocked Madam

Deputy Prime Minister Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail message delivered by Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Dato Mohd. Rashid Haron on the upcoming 5G connectivity, only to disclaim it later and gotten a reaction of the latter, in all awkwardness and confusion, followed the perception on the mockery of how things are sorted out and done.

New Straits Times story:

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail did not, at any time, say the government would provide its full cooperation for the implementation of the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband project. – NSTP/MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA

PUTRAJAYA: News reports quoting a speech by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband developed by Xiddig Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd are incorrect.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said the text read out at the launch of the project was not approved by the deputy prime minister or her office, adding Dr Wan Azizah did not assign anyone to read her speech out for her at that event held in Shah Alam today.

“Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah did not, at any time, say the government would provide its full cooperation for the implementation of the EM-IIG project. Using the Deputy Prime Minister’s name without her permission is not something that she takes lightly.

“Organisations are warned not to use or distribute material using the Deputy Prime Minister’s name without her permission. Action will be taken if falsehoods like this are repeated,” said the DPM’s Office in a statement today.

Several news portal today had reported that Malaysia would have the fastest Internet access speed with the 5G platform in Southeast Asia via EM-IIG High-Speed Broadband that was expected to be up and running in 2022.

The deputy prime minister was quoted as saying the RM5.45-billion project encompassed the installation of the world’s largest optical fibre involving a 110,000-km line, adding the first phase of the project was expected to be ready in November, with the Internet line linking Pengerang, Johor, to Putrajaya, where consumers could get a speed of up to one gigabit per second.

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And Malaysiakini story:

DPM’s office says her name misused in speech on high-speed broadband

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Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s office today claimed her name was misused for a speech at the launch of the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband project.

“The text read out at the launch of the project was not approved by the deputy prime minister or her office.

“The deputy prime minister also did not assign anyone to read her speech out for her at the event,” it said.

The speech was read out by Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Rashid Hasnon, who is also PKR’s Batu Pahat MP, in Kuala Lumpur, today.

The speech, purportedly read out on behalf of Wan Azizah, had said the government would provide full cooperation on the implementation of the EM-IIG project.

The speech was reported by national news agency Bernama, which has since retracted the story.

“Wan Azizah did not, at any time, say the government would provide its full cooperation for the implementation of the EM-IIG project.

“Using the deputy prime minister’s name without her permission is not something she takes lightly.

“Organisations are warned not to use or distribute material using the deputy prime minister’s name without her permission,” it said.

Wan Azizah’s office said action would be taken if such incidents are repeated.

The EM-IIG project, developed by Xiddig Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd, is intended to provide “the fastest internet access speed with the 5G platform” through the installation of the world’s largest optical fibre involving 110,000km line.

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Earlier, The Edge on Bernama story on the speech delivered by Deputy Speaker Rashid’s speech Xiddig Cellular event:

Malaysia to have fastest internet access speed in Southeast Asia — Wan Azizah

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 22): Malaysia is to have the fastest Internet access speed with the 5G platform in Southeast Asia via the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband that is expected to be ready in 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the RM5.45-billion project encompassed the installation of the world’s largest optical fibre involving a 110,000-km line.

She said the first phase of the project was expected to be ready in November, with the Internet line linking Pengerang, Johor, to Putrajaya, where consumers can enjoy a speed of up to one gigabit per second.

“Now, at a speed of 13 megabits per second, it will take 51 minutes to download a 5GB high-definition video but with the implementation of the project, the video can be downloaded in just eight minutes,” she said in her speech at the launch of the project.

The text of her speech was read out by the Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

Dr Wan Azizah said that according to cable.co.uk, the Internet speed in Malaysia was ranked 48th with an average speed of only three megabits per second and the speed was still considered unsatisfactory.

The EM-IIG, which involved the installation of optical fibre of 150 terabytes, would offer high-speed Internet access at low prices parallel to the government’s preparation towards the Industrial Revolution 4.0, she said.

“Alcatel Submarine Networks will install a 7,500-km-long submarine optical fibre from the international Internet hub in Hong Kong to Malaysia and extend it to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The project will benefit people not only in this country but also subscribers from around the world when the cable is connected to the outside world,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah said the government would provide full cooperation for the implementation of the EM-IIG project because it would assist the growth of new high-tech industries besides generating the economy to raise the country to developed-nation status.

The EM-IIG, developed by XiddiG Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd, would reduce the digital gap between the urban and rural areas, she said.

As a social responsibility initiative, the company would provide free high-speed Internet service to all government schools, hospitals and health clinics as well as public universities nationwide, she added.

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This is very embarrassing for the Federal Government in such a very important information and communication policy and delivering a paramount component of the industrial revolution (I.R.) 4.0.

If the Deputy Speaker Rashid has been hoodwinked or deceived to deliver a false speech on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah, then a mere statement demanding an explanation from the organisers is considered mild.

The delivery was in the presence of media and it was rightfully reported nationwide, quite soon after it was delivered.

It is the onus of Deputy Speaker Rashid to make a Police Report and let the Commercial Criminal Investigation Department to work on sorting out the mess if not mockery deliverance of statement.

Media exchanges would just confuse the public even more.

After all, Deputy Speaker is a post in the esteem office of the legislative branch of His Majesty’s Federal Government. Even is it is filled by an elected representative through political democracy process, the Deputy Speaker should not be behaving and/or acting like other politicians.

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Published in: on January 22, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Rabidus Rottweileri

Corporate player Ancom Bhd Executive Chairman and former Chairman of Tourism Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei is the latest target of former MP and lawyer Wee Choo Keong’s rabid blog attack.

The Star story:

Former tourism board chairman remanded by MACC over alleged power abuse


  • NATION

  • Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019

PETALING JAYA: Ancom Berhad has confirmed that its executive chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei (pic) has been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over allegations of power abuse during his tenure as Tourism Board chairman. 

The Board of Directors said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 9) that MACC has been granted a four-day remand order to assist in investigations involving a RM100mil tourism contract that was awarded before GE14. 

“The Board has convened an emergency board meeting this afternoon to assess the implications of the above on the Group’s operations, its shareholders and other stakeholders who may be affected directly and indirectly, and to determine the possible course of action to be taken,” it said. 

It added that the Group’s operations remain unaffected by the incident. 


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/01/09/former-tourism-board-chairman-remanded-by-macc-over-alleged-power-abuse/#DFud1OyDL7svbvm8.99

And The Edge story:

Ancom chairman Siew Ka Wei remanded over RM100m tourism contract

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 9): Ancom Bhd executive chairman and former Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei was remanded for four days over a RM100 million tourism contract awarded before Malaysia’s 14th general election, The Malaysian Insight reported today.

The Malaysian Insight reported that Siew was remanded with the chief of a private firm Elizabeth Ken Tze Ying.

“Magistrate Irza Zulaika Rohanuddin ordered their remand until Jan 12,” The Malaysian Insightreported.

Siew is also Ancom Logistics Bhd executive vice chairman and Nylex (M) Bhd group managing director, according to Ancom Bhd’s website. Ancom Logistics and Nylex are subsidiaries of Ancom Bhd.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported, without revealing names, that a former chairman of a government agency with the title “Datuk” is in remand for four days beginning today for alleged power abuse involving a government contract worth more than RM99 million.

It was reported that a woman, who is a chief executive officer of a private company, is also in remand for the same case.

“The remand order against the two individuals was issued by Magistrate Irza Zulaika Rohanuddin.

“According to an MACC source, the former chairman was believed to have abused his position by recommending a company through direct appointment to carry out a digital promotion campaign project totalling more than RM99 million using the agency’s fund,” said Bernama.

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Previously, this politician-turned-blogger incessantly went after TM Group CEO Dato’ Sri Shazali Ramli and MCMC Chairman Dato’ Shahril Tarmizi.

There was an unnecessary blog posting on the personal life of the ex-Celcom and TM Boss.
The politician who had ‘jumped’ around at least three different corners, MCA, DAP and eventually PKR, also went after Malaysia Airlines over six years ago.

We would like to reiterate what we thought of Wee’s incessant blog postings on specific targets were.

It illustrates the indescriminate bashing attitude instead of using the bloggosphere as a communication tool to reach out to more people“.

Wee is a very learned solicitor who has a wealth of experience in mainstream politics, before taking up on active social media as his medium.

For the record, chemical-engineer-turned-corporate-man Siew took over from Wee as the Chairman Tourism Malaysia, was appointed when Dato’ Seri Nazri Tan Sri Aziz was the Minister in-charge of Tourism.

It is interesting to see what social media’s differing take on him.

Let is hope MACC do a ‘Speedy Gonzales’ investigation on Siew’s case. Otherwise, it is probably a drama we would like watch on what is the truth of the case, which originated from a series of blog story.

Perhaps Wee would also like to elaborate in sparkling detail on other graft cases which MACC investigated linked to former Chief Minister of Penang and Minister of Rural Development, for the sportsmanship of it.

How about the case about the Cabinet Minister son’s arrest recently and investigated on the alleged use of drugs?

Published in: on January 9, 2019 at 21:00  Comments (1)  

Kuasa-usaha

Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengaku bahawa parti Chauvinis Cina DAP dan pemimpin yang satu masa lama menjadi seteru beliau sebagai pemimpin utama orang Melayu, merupakan tinggal kuasa-usaha dibelakang kejayaan mengagalkan Kerajaan yang diterajui oleh orang Melayu

Utusan Malaysia

DAP Yang Tentukan Kedudukan Saya Sebagai Perdana Menteri – Dr Mahathir

January 7, 2019

Abdul Mursyid

KUALA TERENGGANU – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hari ini mengakui DAP memainkan peranan penting dalam menentukan segala perkara dalam pentadbiran kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) termasuk berkaitan kedudukannya sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Dr. Mahathir berkata, memang pada awalnya dalam politik, DAP adalah sebuah parti seteru namun keadaan telah berubah menjadikan parti tersebut sebagai rakan sekutu kepada Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) di bawah satu pakatan, PH.

“Saya tahu ada pendapat mengatakan DAP parti musuh, tapi saya nak bagi tahu bahawa yang tentukan saya akan jadi pengerusi PH dan bakal PM (Perdana Menteri) jikalau menang dalam PRU lalu adalah DAP.

“Mereka (DAP) tentukan siapa pemimpin dan siapa akan pegang jawatan selepas berjaya ambil alih kerajaan, semuanya ini datang dari DAP. Jadi, kalau orang kata (DAP) musuh, kenapa pilih saya.

“Mereka juga sedar, kerosakan yang dilakukan pemimpin kerajaan terdahulu perlu disingkirkan dan sebab itulah kita menang dalam PRU-14,” katanya.

Dr. Mahathir yang juga Pengerusi PH merangkap Pengerusi Bersatu menyatakan perkara itu ketika berucap merasmikan Pejabat Bersatu Negeri Terengganu di Ladang Tok Pelam di sini hari ini. – UTUSAN

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Hakikatnya, Dr Mahathir tergamak menjadikan diri sendiri sebagai alat politik mereka yang menentang kuasa orang Melayu sebagai tunggak Kerajaan dan dasar-dasar pro-Melayu dan Islam.

DAP ujud atas sentimen menentang kuasa orang Melayu dan hampir kesemua kerusi yang dimenangi parti itu ialah kawasan dimana orang Melayu bukan majoriti.

Published in: on January 7, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Das boot!

It is time for Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to sack failed Minister in-charge of Unity P Waythamoorthy, as Media Adviser to the Prime Minister Dato’ A Kadir Jasin also calls for the resignation.

NST story:

Waytha Moorthy should resign as minister – Kadir Jasin

KUALA LUMPUR: Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) chairman P. Waytha Moorthy should resign as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department due to his incapability in safeguarding the national unity.

The Scribe blog writer Datuk A Kadir Jasin in sharing the public sentiment on Waytha Moorthy said he had lost the confidence of the masses due to his action in promoting division among the people.

Kadir said Waytha Moorthy had become a ‘liability’ to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and advised the latter to voluntarily relinquish the ministerial post.

“I am now in full agreement with public sentiment that Waytha Moorthy had lost his credential and position to continue becoming a minister, more so a minister who is charge of the national unity.

“He has become a character who creates division. It is better for him to step down voluntarily rather than placing burden on Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, despite the latter’s assurance that he was okay (with his performance).

“I apologise for saying this, but (Waytha) Moorthy had been given the opportunity and the highest honour as a Cabinet member but he had wasted it,” said Kadir in his latest blog entry today.

Waytha Moorthy has come under fire following his statement which was deemed derogatory for alleging abuse of human rights involving the Indian community.

He had allegedly said Hindu temples in Malaysia were demolished without reason by the authorities and called for the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Waytha Moorthy was also accused of fanning racial tension in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple riots last month which claimed the life of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Kadir said the culprits must be tracked down and duly punished.

He said it was tragic for Muhammad Adib, who was merely carrying out his duty to save lives and properties, was caught in the crosshairs and paid dearly with his life.

“We could continue to fan our emotions and if we are being irresponsible, we may also fan people’s emotions in Adib’s name.

“However, is that what we really want; and particularly, is that what Adib would want when he chose to become a fireman and rescuer?

“There are always element of risks in any job that we choose. Adib was well aware of the risks,” he said.

Kadir said those who wish to help should instead look into assisting the victim’s parents.

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“I am now in full agreement with public sentiment that Waytha Moorthy had lost his credential and position to continue becoming a minister, more so a minister who is charge of the national unity.

“He has become a character who creates division. It is better for him to step down voluntarily rather than placing burden on Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, despite the latter’s assurance that he was okay (with his performance).

“I apologise for saying this, but (Waytha) Moorthy had been given the opportunity and the highest honour as a Cabinet member but he had wasted it,” said Kadir in his latest blog entry today.

Waytha Moorthy has come under fire following his statement which was deemed derogatory for alleging abuse of human rights involving the Indian community.

He had allegedly said Hindu temples in Malaysia were demolished without reason by the authorities and called for the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Waytha Moorthy was also accused of fanning racial tension in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple riots last month which claimed the life of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Kadir said the culprits must be tracked down and duly punished.

He said it was tragic for Muhammad Adib, who was merely carrying out his duty to save lives and properties, was caught in the crosshairs and paid dearly with his life.

“We could continue to fan our emotions and if we are being irresponsible, we may also fan people’s emotions in Adib’s name.

“However, is that what we really want; and particularly, is that what Adib would want when he chose to become a fireman and rescuer?

“There are always element of risks in any job that we choose. Adib was well aware of the risks,” he said.

Kadir said those who wish to help should instead look into assisting the victim’s parents.

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The subliminal message is about Kadir doing Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s bidding through media.

It’s a classic Dr. Mahathir act.

He is losing ground from the support and confidence of the Malay-Muslim majority, which has eroded substantially since leading the Pakatan Harapan in defeating Barisan Nasional 14GE seven months ago.

It is not like Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir coalition enjoyed the majority of Malay-Muslim votes at 14GE.

Now that PKR Chief Strategist Rafizi Ramli’s think tank organ INVOKE published that the support of the Malay-Muslim eroded a further 33% of seven months ago, the push is coming to the shove.

At this deficit point of even lower Malay-Muslim support, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s Leadership is on a decline.

Published in: on December 21, 2018 at 19:00  Leave a Comment  

Sack them!

All those supporters and/or admirers of Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and dismayed and deeply disturbed by the death of young fireman Adib Kassim, should sternly demand the immediate sacking of Cabinet Ministers P Wathyamoorthy, M Kulasegaran, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar and Selangor Exco P Ganabatirau without condition.

UMNO Youth demanded that they be charged.

The Star story:

Firefighter Adib’s death: Umno Youth wants four ministers to be charged


NATION

  • Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018

PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth is calling for the Attorney General to charge Ministers P. Waytha Moorthy, M. Kulasegaran, Gobind Singh Deo and Dr Xavier Jayakumar, as well as Selangor executive councillor V. Ganabatirau, over the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the five Indian leaders should be charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insults with intent to disrupt the peace.

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“Umno Youth once again urges P. Waytha Moorthy to resign as the Unity and Social Well-being Minister because not only did he fail to clear racial tensions, he flamed the anger of the Indian community by blaming the police over the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple, leading to violent riots on the second night,” he said.

Dr Asyraf said as administrative members of the government, these ministers should avoid using racial sentiments in their statements.

He also called on the authorities to take swift action in prosecuting those responsible for the death of Muhammad Adib.

“Umno Youth wants the investigation and prosecution to be done transparently, fairly and without bias.

“Not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done,” Dr Asyraf said in a statement Tuesday.

Umno Youth also urged the public to stay calm and avoid from igniting any racial or religious sentiments that could further exacerbate the situation.

Muhammad Adib, 24, passed away at 9.41pm at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Monday (Dec 17).

His remains were brought back to his hometown in Kampung Tebengau, Kedah, for the funeral on Tuesday.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/18/firefighter-adibs-death-umno-youth-wants-four-ministers-to-be-charged/#UVj5KDtEIICyOc2f.99

PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth is calling for the Attorney General to charge Ministers P. Waytha Moorthy, M. Kulasegaran, Gobind Singh Deo and Dr Xavier Jayakumar, as well as Selangor executive councillor V. Ganabatirau, over the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the five Indian leaders should be charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insults with intent to disrupt the peace.

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“Umno Youth once again urges P. Waytha Moorthy to resign as the Unity and Social Well-being Minister because not only did he fail to clear racial tensions, he flamed the anger of the Indian community by blaming the police over the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple, leading to violent riots on the second night,” he said.

Dr Asyraf said as administrative members of the government, these ministers should avoid using racial sentiments in their statements.

He also called on the authorities to take swift action in prosecuting those responsible for the death of Muhammad Adib.

“Umno Youth wants the investigation and prosecution to be done transparently, fairly and without bias.

“Not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done,” Dr Asyraf said in a statement Tuesday.

Umno Youth also urged the public to stay calm and avoid from igniting any racial or religious sentiments that could further exacerbate the situation.

Muhammad Adib, 24, passed away at 9.41pm at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Monday (Dec 17).

His remains were brought back to his hometown in Kampung Tebengau, Kedah, for the funeral on Tuesday.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/18/firefighter-adibs-death-umno-youth-wants-four-ministers-to-be-charged/#UVj5KDtEIICyOc2f.99

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If Prime Minister Dr Mahathir could sack public and civil servants and executives of GLC for abuse of power, corrupt practices and losses, on top of “Being a tool and accessory to a Kleptocratic Government”, then it is about blood now.

The Ministers and politicians with executive positions and already instrumental in the strategy of politics of sowing hatred and seditious remarks.

The Star story on Monday:

Dr Mahathir expresses grief over death of fireman Adib

Monday, 17 Dec 2018

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed his deepest condolences on social media, voicing his grief over the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.  

“I am very sad to receive this news. May his soul be placed among the righteous. Takziah to the family of Allahyarham Muhammad Adib on his passing. Al-Fatihah,” the Prime Minister tweeted.  


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Like the civil servants and executives, it would take time to prove the cases against them.

Let the Police do their investigation of the death of Adib, now classified under Section 302 for murder.

However, an immediate course of action is very necessary to prevent further erosion of the spirit of unity and togetherness of tolerance and muhibah amongst Malaysians and the multi-ethnic multi-religious communities.

The demand for the resignation is too mild and grossly inadequate. They should be sacked and Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir should demonstrate his seriousness on the death of Adib, up and above his grief.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir has a duty to the nation. A man in His Majesty’s Service to preserve lives and property, horridly died in critical care after being pulled out from his service vehicle and lynched whilst in uniform by the roadside.

An eye for and eye. A tooth for a tooth.

*Updated 2300hrs

More calls for Minister Wathyamoorthy.

Former Deputy Minister and founder of pro-right pressure group PERKASA Dato’ Ibrahim Ali demanded for Wathyamoorty to be sacked.

So is Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s own party youth wing.

Malaysiakini story:

Pemuda Bersatu serah memorandum desak Waytha dipecat kepada Dr M

Memorandum itu antara lain berkata beliau gagal meredakan ketegangan kaum dalam isu Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman.

Pemuda Bersatu telah menyerahkan memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri Dr Mahathir Mohamad bagi menggesa pengguguran P Waythamoorthy sebagai menteri.

Menurut sumber dalaman Bersatu, memorandum itu diserahkan di pejabat Mahathir – yang juga pengerusi Bersatu – hari ini.

Antara sebab yang dinyatakan mereka bagi menggesa pemecatan Waythamoorthy adalah beliau selaku menteri bertanggungjawab terhadap soal perpaduan dilihat gagal meredakan ketegangan kaum dalam isu Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman dan Subang Jaya hujung bulan lalu.

Waythamoorthy juga disebut sebagai menyalahkan polis kerana didakwa tidak mengendalikan isu itu dengan baik, dan gagal meminta maaf berhubung video sepuluh tahun lalu yang memaparkannya dalm satu wawancara mengkritik apa yang disebutnya sebagai diskriminasi terhadap kaum minoriti, terutama India.

Difahamkan Ketua Pemuda Bersatu Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman turut ada ketika penyerahan memorandum itu.

Waythamoorthy menerima tekanan pelbagai pihak – termasuk dalam Pakatan Harapan (PH) – untuk meletakkan jawatan susulan kematian anggota bomba Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim dua hari lalu.

Allahyarham cedera parah ketika bertugas semasa kekecohan di kuil itu.

Selain itu, pungutan suara atas talian yang mendesak perkara sama juga telah mengumpul lebih 300,000 tanda tangan.

Sebelum ini, Waythamoorthy bersama tiga lagi menteri – M Kulasegaran, Gobind Singh Deo dan Dr Xavier Jayakumar – antara lain mendakwa polis tiba lambat di tempat kejadian ketika kekecohan tercetus.

Berkenaan rakaman video itu pula, Waythamoorthy menjelaskan ia dinyatakan dalam konteks yang sangat berbeza.

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It is expected the call for Minister Wathyamoorthy’s sacking would be compounded, especially in the wake of Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s sharp decline in popularity.

Utusan Malaysia story:

Populariti Tun Dr. Mahathir, PH menjunam

Populariti Tun Dr. Mahathir, PH menjunam

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Dis. – Kaji selidik bulanan yang dijalankan Invoke Malaysia (Invoke) mendedahkan populariti Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan Kerajaan Persekutuan sejak Pakatan Harapan (PH) mengambil alih jatuh merudum, berbanding di awal pentadbiran.

Bekas Naib Presiden PKR, Rafizi Ramli berkata, kaji selidik dua minggu lalu menunjukkan populariti Dr. Mahathir menjunam kepada 53 peratus sahaja berbanding 72 peratus pada Jun lalu.

Katanya, hasil kaji selidik itu mendapati penurunan mendadak sebanyak 20 peratus dalam kalangan responden daripada ketiga-tiga kaum iaitu Melayu daripada 66 peratus kepada 45 peratus, Cina (87 peratus kepada 65 peratus) dan India (84 peratus kepada 64 peratus).

“Saya terus mengikuti sentimen rakyat di bawah melalui kaji selidik bulanan dan profiling pengundi yang banyak membantu kempen PH di dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14. Komen netizen di portal berita utama secara terang-terang menunjukkan terasingnya rakyat Malaysia sesama sendiri.

“Setiap kumpulan kaum hidup di bawah tempurung sendiri. Kita tidak sedar perubahan ketara di dalam kumpulan kaum lain, kerana kita hanya bergaul sesama kaum sendiri. Saya bukanlah gemar membawa berita buruk, tetapi kalau ia benar ia tetap perlu disampaikan,” katanya menerusi blognya, rafiziramli.com.

Pada Jun lalu, 72 peratus responden yang ditanya menyatakan mereka gembira dengan prestasi Dr. Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Responden Cina memberikan markah tertinggi iaitu 87 peratus, diikuti dengan responden India sebanyak 84 peratus manakala 66 peratus responden Melayu turut berpuas hati dengan prestasi beliau (dikira tinggi memandangkan PH tidak memenangi undi Melayu dalam PRU-14).

Rafizi sememangnya terkenal dengan kaji selidik sentimen yang dilakukan menerusi pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Invoke yang diasaskan beliau.

Sebelum PRU-14, Rafizi menerusi Invoke meramalkan Pakatan Harapan mampu merampas tiga negeri daripada Barisan Nasional (BN) iaitu Kedah, Perak dan Johor dengan kedua-dua negeri tadbiran pakatan itu iaitu Selangor dan Pulau Pinang dikekalkan.

Ramalan itu ternyata tepat, malah PH juga berjaya menawan Melaka dan Negeri Sembilan. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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Published in: on December 19, 2018 at 19:45  Leave a Comment  

The Aziz Gambit

Recently, the editorial piece of Utusan Malaysia took the opportunity to add insult to injury by asking former UMNO President Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak for apologise to UMNO members for the “Lying”, in the context of the 1MDB fiasco.

That piece received a lot of flak amongst UMNO grassroots and those who are IT savvy and active social media practitioners.

UMNO leaders also were quick to react, which include MT member Dato’ Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi

Utusan Malaysia:

APA agenda Datuk Aziz Sheikh Fadzir? Kenapa memperalatkan Utusan untuk mendesak DS Najib memohon maaf kepada seluruh ahli UMNO kerana isu 1MDB? Apakah Aziz adalah sebahagian daripada games plan Mahathir-Daim untuk terus memecah belahkan perpaduan UMNO selepas PRU ke 14?

Datuk Aziz amat melampau kerana SPRM belum pun membuat sebarang pendakwaan atas fitnah “utama” kononnya Najib mencuri RM2.6 Bilion duit 1MDB. Maka apa asas Aziz untuk menuduh Najib telah bersalah dan mesti meminta maaf?

Beliau sudah mendahului Mahkamah kerana menjatuhkan hukuman bersalah kepada Najib sedangkan 38 pertuduhan yang sedia ada pun tidak ada kaitan dengan tuduhan mencuri duit 1MDB. Ini amat teruk kerana beliau menuduh Najib seorang penipu. Kecuali dia menafikan dia bukan “Awang Selamat “.

Kenapa ini berlaku? Apakah Datuk Aziz tanpa pengetahuan sesiapa turut disiasat oleh SPRM menggunakan AMLA atau “tax evasion”. Strategi Kerajaan PH hari ini ialah mengugut sesiapa sahaja yang dianggap penting kepada UMNO. Aziz adalah Pengerusi Eksekutif/Ketua Pengarang Utusan, akhbar milik UMNO yang amat dibenci oleh PH.

Aziz sudah sama dengan PH yang bimbang populariti Najib akan melenyapkan fitnah bahawa kekalahan BN di PRU ke 14 kerana faktor 1MDB. Bukan kerana janji 100 hari dan kemunafikan Kerajaan PH yang bijak berbohong. Datuk Aziz boleh menafikannya, tetapi dia mesti sedar bahawa tindakannya itu menguntungkan PH dan mengelirukan ahli UMNO.

Tindakan Aziz menggunakan ruangan pojok Utusan “Awang Selamat” untuk menyelar Najib sebagai penipu kebetulan berlaku sehari selepas Najib mengadakan sembang santai fb di PWTC.

Berdasarkan program tersebut, ternyata Najib tetap popular dan disenangi oleh golongan muda yang dahagakan jawapan kepada berbagai isu yang melanda pentadbiran Kerajaan PH hari ini. Terkini viewers video program tersebut ialah 602,656 penonton.

Apakah adil Aziz menggunakan temubual Najib bersama Marry Anne Jolley dari Al Jazeera untuk membuat kesimpulan bahawa Najib adalah bersalah.

Semua tahu Marry pernah dihalau daripada Malaysia pada tahun 2015 kerana sikap hipokrit beliau. Lihatlah soalan beliau yang cuba mengaitkan Najib dengan pembunuhan Altantuya.

Kalau Aziz mahu memelihara professionalisme kewartawanan Utusan, dia sepatutnya menghantar wakil Utusan pula menemubual Najib terutamanya apa maksud Najib dia tidak boleh semak sumber dana politik yang masuk ke akaun peribadi beliau. Sedangkan Najib juga sudah memuat naik 6 printscreen dokumen ke dalam fb beliau pada 10.9.2018. Ia bukti sumber dana politik yang beliau terima.

Bahkan apa salahnya dia hantar wakil Utusan menemui Menteri Luar Saudi yang pernah membuat kenyataan bahawa dana itu adalah tulin daripada Raja Arab. Kenyataan Saifuddin Abdullah baru baru ini tidak boleh pakai kerana itu bukan keluar daripada mulut Menteri Luar Saudi sendiri.

Bahkan pada penghujung tahun 2015, DS Zahid pernah menyatakan dia telah berjumpa sendiri keluarga penderma.

Justeru, Aziz perlu meminta maaf kepada Najib kerana terlalu gopoh membuat kesimpulan. Kalau dia enggan maka eloklah ahli UMNO “Memboikot” Utusan. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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The fact that at the moment all the Chief Editorial posts which include Editorial Adviser within the Utusan Group is vacant and former Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Dato’ Aziz Sheikh Fadzir sits as the Executive Chairman.

He was appointed to the Utusan Melayu Bhd BoD in the days after UMNO President Dato’ Sri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took office as the eighth UMNO President.

Like it or not, it is the presumption by many that Awang Selamat’s jibe against the former UMNO President is somewhat with the consent of the party President since UMNO is considered a media mouthpiece for the party.

Many in the UMNO grassroots are baffled if not aghast why is the party media organ not focusing its salvos on the Government and it’s fashionable daily cock-ups and mistakes, which include the recently tabled Bajet 2019 instead.

They are demanding Awang Selamat to explain.

Utusan Malaysia and UMNO Leadership ought to be fostering better working relationship and deep understanding in moving forward, as part of party’s effort to remain as an effective and tough Opposition and en route to recover for the 14GE and post 14GE by-election losses.

On that note, at one point of time UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid would have to come out and express his views on this, to put matters to rest.

Some say, this part of the Aziz’s wicked strategy to take over Utusan since at has been known that UMNO is considering hiving off its investment in the media group.

In the opinion of staunch cyber-writer for UMNO Ab Jalil Backer:

UMNO Perlu Jual Saham Utusan

1. Utusan mempunyai aset sekitar RM500 juta namun ia mempunyai tanggungan yang cukup besar juga.

2. Saya tidak pasti berapa jumlah saham sebenar UMNO dalam Utusan namun saya percaya ia melebihi 60%.

3. Mana-mana akhbar di dunia hanya boleh terus berkembang jika mendapat iklan yang banyak.

4. Berhadapan dengan prejudis kerajaan baharu dan sikap cauvinis pengusaha Cina yang kaya raya, sukar untuk Utusan terus hidup selagi UMNO antara pemegang saham utama.

5. Tindakan UMNO melantik Datuk Seri Aziz Sheikh Fadzir sebagai Pengerusi baharu juga adalah satu kesilapan.

6. Aziz tidak mungkin dapat memulihkan Utusan. Saya percaya ketika ini beliau mula berkira-kira untuk menjual aset Utusan sahaja untuk membiayai kos operasi. Apa akan jadi selepas habis aset dijual?

7. Justeru Utusan perlu diselamatkan sebagai lidah orang Melayu dan Islam dalam dunia persuratkhabaran. Utusan adalah sebahagian warisan orang Melayu.

8. UMNO harus mengorbankan maruahnya dan menjual pegangan saham dalam Utusan kepada pihak lain. Biarlah Utusan terus hidup.

9. Hasil jualan saham Utusan mungkin mencecah ratusan juta bolehlah dimasukkan dalam simpanan tetap untuk kos operasi parti.

10. UMNO tidak memerlukan Utusan untuk menang Pilihan raya, namun orang Melayu memerlukan Utusan sebagai satu kelangsungan perjuangan dan maruah pejuang kemerdekaan.

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After all, despite promoting UMNO to speak up especially through the right channels, Dr Ahmad Zahid also has the Herculean task in keeping the ship company tight as it sails into bad weather, in the middle of cold and darkest nights to come with limited resources.

Published in: on November 7, 2018 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

Gambit game-changers, part one

The colours of Malaysian mainstream politics just became surreally psychedelic with hallucinating dynamic colours shifting about alive, since soon-to-be PKR President Anwar Ibrahim’s handsome win in the Port Dickson by-election concluded last night.

The entrance of long time ‘heir apparent to the Premiership’ Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim back into the pit of mainstream politics, is very interesting and subliminally earth shattering.

Firstly, he is a man yet to be officially ascended to the PKR throne as an elected President and no more ‘Dear Leader’ (Ketua Umum), quite soon.

Second, his party (PKR, which is today an evolution of a political movement ‘Reformasi’ he started upon his sacking from Cabinet and Deputy Prime Minister 2 Sept 1998 and UMNO as Deputy President 3 Sept 1998 by the same man who is Prime Minister today, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad), is the largest block of coalition parties which is the ruling Federal Government of the day.

Third, the (un)holy-marriage-of-back-stabbing-strange-bedfellows between Anwar’s, Dr. Mahathir’s and Lim Kit Siang’s parties shockingly tipped the scale for political control on 9 May 2018 XIV GE, left of them, all and sundry not really have a clue how to go about business when they were handed power by His Majesty the Agong to form a Federal Government under his name.

It took weeks for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to sort out the full Cabinet set up, only to manifest the horse-trading behind closed doors was more than just a mere series of storm-in-a-teacup of threats and ultimatums.

This is not withstanding as a man of 22 years of premiership and 15 years of statesmanship, he was not too contented with those whom he could pick from to fill in all the strategic positions of Ministers of the Crown.

Hence, the speed and roll out of the formation of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP), which was actually doing the bidding for and on behalf of the Prime Minister with the absence of ultra vires power.

To date, more Chief Secretaries and civil servants, heads of department, chief executives and senior management, key personnel, official representatives appear before the five-man CEP, all and in sundry than before the Federal Government in the name of His Majesty Tuanku Agong.

Right after the hundred day ‘running in period of the New Malaysia Federal Government’, the CEP wanted to stand down and each of the members were to go off and back into their own individual normalcies but vehemently rejected by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir.

It is not to the pleasure of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir in any way as he is spirally into a viscous cycle of paranoia, deep distrusts of people, fear and lost at sea of realism.

The Star story:

Dr M: some civil servants may still be loyal to BN, affecting new administration


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And Bernama story:

Dr Mahathir explains civil servants’ loyalty to government of the day

Administrative and diplomatic officers (PTD) taking selfie with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Bernama photo

PUTRAJAYA: The loyalty of civil servants such as administrative and diplomatic officers and police and military personnel to the government should not be up to the point of complying with directives contrary to the law, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

If government officers found that the task entrusted to them was clearly wrong or criminal in nature, they should not comply with the instruction, he said.

“You don’t have to follow all orders, just those that come in accordance with government policies,” he said at a town hall session for about 3,500 administrative and diplomatic officers (PTD) here yesterday.

The session was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Cabinet ministers and the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

“If, as the prime minister, I order you to kill someone, would you do it? There’s a difference between an instruction in accordance with certain policies and an order to commit a crime,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said it was wrong if a government officer received an instruction to commit a crime, such as the concealing of criminal evidence.

Dr Mahathir said government officers should strictly ignore improper directives such as campaigning for political parties despite being threatened with action.

“If you all say no, don’t tell me all of you will be punished?” he said.

Asked whether the government would come to the aid of civil servants who had been subjected to action for not abiding by the directives of the previous administration, he said the government was prepared to discuss and restore them to their positions.

Dr Mahathir said he had to look into the reports first to ensure that those who were actually victimised could be given a reprieve, while also taking into account the financial position of the government.

“Some have been given a reprieve, but the total number is too big, and some may have been missed out by our investigation.

“If they were (missed out), please provide details why they were ‘punished’ earlier and the government will restore them to their previous position or pay what is owed to them,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also said that in the effort to fighting wrong, the government officers must accept the fact that they would be ‘punished’ but they should believe that what they did would eventually bring good.

Acknowledging that he himself was ‘punished’ by the previous administration, including by stopping his monthly allowance and putting fear into his friends to keep them away from him, Dr Mahathir said these were challenges that must be faced in championing what was right.

“If I were to have gone along with them even after being ‘punished’, what would have happened to the country and our society? So, we have to accept ‘punishment’ for our refusal to do what’s wrong,” he said.

On the other questions and grievances on governance aired at the session, the Prime Minister said he would study, have discussions and seek evidence before making any decision.

“Many wrote to me. Now, I have a stack of letters and I have 18 hours (a day) to read them,” he said.

On Malaysia’s foreign relations, Dr Mahathir said the country practised a policy of being friendly with all nations of the world without regard for their ideology and reserved the right to criticise if they committed wrong regardless of whether they were big or small.

He said Malaysia used its influence in helping to resolve conflicts in neighbouring countries such as the Philippines and Thailand, but failed to influence countries of the Middle East.

“We have met with (Middle Eastern) leaders but our advice was not accepted, so we failed to influence them,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia came to the defence of Palestine because of the gross injustice against the people of that country, whereby their land was seized by the Jews.

He also said that terrorism could not be eradicated if the focus was on combating terrorism with weapons without identifying the reasons for terrorism. — Bernama

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And the damnest word he used is “Sabotage”. This is the context for the arrest of the elusive businessman Low Taek Jho.

The Sun Daily story:

Mahathir suspects sabotage is reason why Jho Low evading arrest

BALI: Sabotage within the government is among the reasons why it is difficult for Malaysia to pin down and arrest fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, said Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix)>.

He said he believed that was the reason why Jho Low managed to evade arrest.

“I think he is hiding somewhere,” he said when asked if there was sabotage within the government by way of information leakage.

“(Tun) Daim (Zainuddin) says somebody is informing him (Jho Low). One time he was in Hong Kong. When we reached Hong Kong, he had flown away already,” Dr Mahathir told Bernama and RTM at the conclusion of the inaugural Asean Leaders Gathering here Thursday. Daim is the chairman of the five-member Council of Eminent Persons (CEP).

The Asean meeting, held on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, carried the theme ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Overcoming Development Gap through Regional and Global Collaborative Actions’.

Malaysia is seeking Jho Low to assist in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd investigation. — Bernama

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All of these happened since June is not without the ‘witch hunting and post Nazi styled culling’, though one of the first few phrases he said upon the euphoria of coming back to power is “We are not seeking revenge”.

One of the considerable laughing stock item of pockets of chin-wags about town is Prime Minister Dr Mahathir announcements and statements manifesting the grave inconsistencies on trade and economic foreign policies, which have Flip-Flopped too many times over in too short of time.

All of these happened is not without Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim moving steadily meeting each of the HRHs Malay Rulers and His Majesty Tuanku Agong, re-establishing his friendship and network.

Anwar also toured around the region to meet strategic Government and industry leaders.

At the same time, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is on the continued path of irritating HRH Malay Rulers.

The ultra cold relationship between His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV and the Prime Minister is very glaring.

The body language of His Majesty during the official swear in of the Prime Minister VII is abundantly clear that the private relationship between the two is to a level of cold-freeze burn.

The abrupt cancellation of the official birthday celebration of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong is the first in this nation’s sixty years history.

It is a very important annual formal event where the relationship of the Crown, his people and the relationship with the rest of the world is demonstrated in the exchanges of wishes and pleasantries.

More the part two of this essay.

Published in: on October 14, 2018 at 12:30  Leave a Comment  

Larangan Kementerian Haji Saudi untuk urus Furada

Kementerian Haji dan Umrah Kingdom of Saudi melarang Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) untuk menguruskan jemaah Haji dari Malaysia yang menguruskan visa mereka secara peribadi (Furada).

Kenyataan media TH

Laporan New Straits Times:

Tabung Haji will no longer manage pilgrims on Furada visa

By Nadia Hamid – August 12, 2018 @ 3:01pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Effective immediately, Tabung Haji (TH) will no longer manage Malaysian pilgrims on Furada (private) visas.

This follows a directive from the Saudi Arabian Haj and Umrah Ministry, the TH Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Division said in a statement, adding that the new regulation was for pilgrims from all countries.

“This year, the Haj and Umrah Ministry has decided to place pilgrims on Furada visas from all countries in a specific tented area, separate from those handled by their respective countries.

“This initiative was taken by the ministry so as to be able to better manage pilgrims on Furada visas,” the statement said.

Apart from allocating of 30,200 for Malaysian pilgrims, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Malaysia also provides Furada visas on a case by case basis.

“TH respects and will follow the rules and regulations set by the Haj and Umrah Ministry for the sake of the safety and comfort of pilgrims, whether those who are already there (under TH) or those on Furada visas.

“As part of the risk management plan set by the Saudi Arabian government, TH has also been required to provide a certain number of additional beds at all 18 buildings where Malaysian pilgrims are placed, in case any emergency or unforeseen incident should take place in the Holy Land,” the statement said.

TH also advised the public to be careful and not be easily influenced by any individual or agency offering Furada visa or haj packages not authorised by TH.

“The public should be careful so as to avoid cases of fraud which often happen during the haj season,” it said.

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Kenyataan media TH yang dilaporkan NST ini adalah respons kepada kenyataan peguam Dato’ Abu Backer Sidek berkenaan TH tidak menguruskan Jemaah Haji Furada dari Malaysia.

Ianya disiarkan dalam Sinar Harian

TH digesa kendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada

TH digesa kendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada

Abu Backer Sidek
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KUALA LUMPUR – Pertubuhan Pejuang Rukun Negara dan Perlembagaan menggesa agar Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) mengendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada (visa urusan sendiri) sekali gus memudahkan peluang bakal jemaah yang kurang berkemampuan untuk mengerjakan ibadah haji tahun ini.

Pengerusinya, Datuk Abu Backer Sidek, berkata, keenganan TH melaksanakan urusan bagi proses surat kelulusan yang telah diterima rakyat seolah-olah merampas peluang tersebut dari rakyat.

Menurutnya, TH di bawah kerajaan baharu sepatutnya lebih peka dan membantu memudahkan rakyat bukannya mengambil tindakan yang merugikan.

“Saya difahamkan Kedutaan Saudi telah memberi kelulusan 500 visa dan mungkin menjangkau ke 1,000 tetapi mereka yang terima surat ini hanya mampu melihat surat kelulusan sahaja jika tidak mampu kerana TH tidak mahu mengendalikan mereka.

“Ada kumpulan seperti pesara polis, kakitangan kerajaan, guru-guru, dan invidu yang menerima surat kelulusan ini bukannya golongan yang mampu untuk mengambil pakej mengerjakan haji dengan pihak swasta. Jadi mereka amat mengharapkan kepada TH.

“Pada saya, mereka seperti dikhianati oleh TH. Peluang itu dirampas kerana TH menutup pintu mengendalikan jemaah Visa Furada,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian ditemui di Lobi Menara TH, di sini, hari ini.

Terdahulu beliau berusaha untuk menemui pihak pengurusan tertinggi TH bagi mendapatkan penjelasan dan status sebenar perkara berkenaan bagaimanapun gagal.

Beliau dalam pada itu menambah, TH wajar meneruskan proses bagi mengendalikan jemaah Haji Visa Furada bagi mengelakkan berlaku pembaziran.

“Menerusi sumber dalaman yang boleh dipercayai, saya dimaklumkan sekiranya TH tidak mengendalikan bakal jemaah visa Furada ini, akan ada 300 kekosongan katil yang telah ditempah. Nilai untuk satu katil adalah RM7,000. Jadi bayangkan berapa kerugian di situ.

“Jadi mengapa tidak TH teruskan sahaja pengendalian ini sekurang-kuranganya untuk tambahan satu lagi penerbangan,” katanya.

Visa Furada adalah pemberian mutlak Kedutaan Saudi kepada mana-mana individu mahupun syarikat terpilih menawarkan pakej haji.

Sebelum ini, TH mengendalikan jemaah yang memperolehi Visa Furada dan membuat beberapa penerbangan tambahan bagi musim Haji.

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Tindakan TH ini adalah wajar kerana Jemaah Haji Furada Malaysia wajar bertanggung-jawab atas urusan Haji mereka sendiri kerana visa yang dikeluarkan Kedutaan Besar Kingdom of Saudi itu sebenarnya dibuat diluar sistem TH.

Semua Jemaah Haji Malaysia melalui TH diuruskan bermula dari menerima surat tawaran mengerjakan Haji dan pengurusan passport dan visa, melalui proses yang sedia ujud antara TH dan Kementerian Haji dan Umrah Kingdom of Saudi.

Kenyataan Backer yang mengelirukan ini hanya menimbulkan keresahan perasaan rakyat Malaysia, terutama dikalangan orang Melayu kerana isu berkenaan Haji, pengurusan jemaah dan TH dianggap sebagai isu-isu yang amat sensitif.

Dalam akaun Facebook Backer, beliau juga membuat komen:

Ketua Rombongan Haji menipu lagi…dulu kat tak Batal Penginapan Percuma Jemaah Transit / memerlukan TAPI Bila bakal jemaah Baji minta Bilik maka TH minta bayaran KINI Visa Furada pula di katakan Kem Haji Saudi tak benarkan TH uruskan. Semua Negara di Dunia ada Visa Furada yg di keluarkan atad Budibicara Duta dan mana mungkin aemua Negara Operator Hajinya boleh uruskan bakal jemaah Haji berkenaan TAPI Maaysia aje tak Beleh ??? SYED SALLEH TUNJUK BUKTINYA JIKA BERKATA BENAR!!!

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Ini bukan kali pertama Backer cuba untuk menimbulkan keresahan dikalangan orang Melayu mengenai pengurusan jemaah Haji Malaysia.

Sinar Harian 25 Julai 2018

TH nafi penginapan bakal jemaah ditarik

TH nafi penginapan bakal jemaah ditarik

Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman dan Timbalan Pengarah Gerakan Haji Mohd Hisham Harun berkata demikian di Sepang, hari ini.
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SEPANG – Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) menafikan dakwaan sesetengah pihak menyatakan mereka menarik kemudahan penginapan percuma bagi jemaah transit melebihi satu hari seperti disediakan pada musim-musim haji terdahulu.

Pengurus Besar Kanan Haji, Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman menjelaskan, tiada keperluan bagi bakal jemaah haji transit menginap di kompleks TH susulan pelbagai penambahbaikan yang telah dilakukan.

Menurutnya bermula musim haji tahun ini, beberapa penambahbaikan telah dilakukan TH termasuk menyediakan penerbangan ‘direct transit’ dari tujuh stesen berlepas lain.

“Bakal jemaah daripada stesen lain tidak perlu keluar dari KLIA ke Kompleks TH Sepang kerana penerbangan mereka akan diteruskan dengan penerbangan sewa khas ke Tanah Suci.

“Ia sekaligus memendekkan tempoh menunggu jemaah dari stesen luar untuk berlepas ke tanah suci,”katanya dalam satu sidang media di sebuah hotel di sini, hari ini.

Menjelaskan mengenai perkara itu, Syed Saleh berkata, pada musim haji terdahulu kemudahan penginapan percuma disediakan di Kompleks TH Kelana Jaya dari stesen lain atas kekangan penerbangan atau jadual penerbangan transit aqal melebihi satu hari sebelum mereka bertolak ke tanah suci.

“Bakal-bakal jemaah haji tahun ini yang memilih untuk berlepas dari KLIA hanya perlu melapor diri di Kompleks TH Sepang empat jam sebelum masa penerbangan. Tiada keperluan untuk menyediakan bilik penginapan,”ujarnya.

Bagaimanapun katanya, jika waris dan bakal jemaah yang memilih untuk datang awal dari waktu dan tarikh lapor diri, mereka perlu membuat persediaan tempat tinggal sendiri.

Sementara itu selain Kompleks TH Sepang, tujuh stesen berlepas lain yang disediakan TH di seluruh negara adalah di Alor Setar, Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu dan Kuching.

Pada masa sama, Syed Saleh menafikan satu posting tular di media sosial yang mendakwa jemaah haji terpaksa menjadi gelandangan kononnya disebabkan kerajaan menarik balik kemudahan.

Syed Saleh menjelaskan dakwaan itu tidak benar, jika senario itu memang berlaku setiap kali musim haji kerana bakal-bakal jemaah diiringi waris dan ahli keluarga yang menghantar mereka ke kompleks TH sebelum berlepas.

“Yang ramai itu waris, saudara mara. Bukan jemaah. Tidak timbul masalah gelandangan. Itulah senario musim haji di mana sanak saudara berkumpul untuk menghantar ahli keluarga mereka menunaikan haji,”katanya.

Tambahnya, TH sentiasa berusaha menyediakan dan menambahkan baik perkhidmatan kepada pada jemaah haji semasa di tanah air mahupun ketika di tanah suci.

Kelmarin, beberapa gambar tular di media-media sosial memaparkan suasana padat di Kompleks TH Sepang dengan dakwaan bakal jemaah haji terpaksa menjadi gelandangan kerana kerajaan tidak menyediakan penginapan percuma.

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Penjelasan Pengurus Besar Haji Dato’ Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman ialah respons keatas kenyataan Backer, yang mempersoalkan TH tidak menyediakan penginapan bagi bakal-bakal Jemaah Haji Malaysia, juga tular akbar kenyataan Backer melalui media sosialnya dan dilaporkan Sinar Harian.

TH dituntut kembalikan penginapan percuma

Abu Baker Sidek

Abu Baker Sidek
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SHAH ALAM – Tabung Haji (TH) dituntut mengembalikan perkhidmatan penginapan percuma kepada bakal jemaah haji yang transit musim ini.

Pengamal Undang-undang, Datuk Abu Baker Sidek berkata, ini kerana buat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah, penginapan percuma kepada jemaah haji dihapuskan dan dikenakan bayaran yang dianggap mahal kepada jemaah.

Katanya, sedangkan bakal jemaah haji selaku pendeposit wajar mendapat layanan terutamanya dalam pemberian penginapan percuma sebelum berlepas ke Tanah Suci.

“Selama bertahun-tahun, bakal jemaah haji daripada Kedah, Perak dan lain-lain negeri diberi penginapan secara percuma selama satu hari sebelum ke Tanah Suci tetapi tidak lagi bermula musim ini,” katanya yang mendapat aduan daripada jemaah haji.

Jadi beliau berkata, TH wajar memberi penjelasan berhubung ketiadaan penginapan percuma yang disediakan sebelum ini.

“Saya menggesa dan meminta pihak TH supaya mengubah keputusan berkenaan dan memberikan penginapan percuma di seluruh negara kepada bakal jemaah haji yang memerlukan untuk transit sebagaimana yang dilakukan selama 35 tahun yang lalu,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, jika TH gagal berbuat demikian, beliau akan memfailkan satu permohonan di mahkamah untuk mendapatkan perintah mandatori dan menghalang TH serta ejen-ejennya daripada mengenakan apa-apa bayaran kepada bakal jemaah haji yang menggunakan perkhidmatan penginapan di bawah badan pengurusan haji berkenaan.

Abu Baker berkata, bermula musim ini, semua urusan berkaitan haji di Kompleks TH Kelana Jaya berpindah ke premis baharu iaitu di Kompleks Tabung Haji Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA).

Sehingga kini Sinar Harian masih berusaha mendapatkan respons rasmi daripada TH bagi mendapatkan penjelasan lanjut.

Ketika menghubungi bahagian perkhidmatan awam TH, kakitangan badan pengurusan haji itu mengakui sebelum ini, TH ada menyediakan tempat penginapan iaitu asrama kepada bakal jemaah haji di Kompleks TH, Kelana Jaya.

Kakitangan TH itu berkata, bermula tahun ini, bakal jemaah haji dari negeri-negeri akan melaporkan diri di cawangan TH di negeri masing-masing dan akan transit di KLIA sebelum meneruskan penerbangan ke Tanah Suci.

“Tempoh menunggu untuk ke Tanah Suci tidaklah mengambil masa yang lama sehinggakan bakal jemaah perlu menginap,” katanya.

Difahamkan, bakal jemaah dan waris yang mahu menginap, TH menyediakan bilik di Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre (MHCC) di Sepang tetapi kos penginapan ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh jemaah.

Penerbangan pertama haji akan berlepas pada Ahad ini sementara penerbangan terakhir ke Tanah Suci dijangka pada 14 Ogos depan.

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Pengurusan Jemaah Haji Malaysia dibawah TH adalah lebih efisyen sekarang bernabding musim Haji terdahulu. Ini kerana peroses untuk menguruskan Jemaah Haji Malaysia lebih repat dan kemas, terutama komplex baru TH Movenpick di Sepang yang mula beroperasi musim Haji ini.

Soal immigrasi Kingdom of Saudi juga diproses di KLIA, berbanding dengan apabila tiba di Jeddah atua Madinnah. Ini juga tidak mengambil kira Jemaah Haji Malaysia merupakan jemaah haji antarabangsa yang menggunakan terminal haji baru di Jeddah.

Effisyensi pengendalian dan pengurusan Haji mewajarkan Jemaah Haji Malaysia tidak perlu lagi diberikan penginapan apabila mendaftar untuk berangkat mengerjakan Haji.

Sekaligus, subsidi yang ditanggung TH berjumlah lebih RM13,000 seorang tidak meningkat, dimana bayaran yang dikenakan bagi setiap Jemaah Haji TH Malaysia masih kekal pada RM9,980 seorang.

Subsidi Haji ini berjumlah hamper RM400 juta setahun.

Laporan Mole.my

Pilgrims don’t need accommodation due to shorter transit time

Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman

Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

SEPANG – July 25, 2018: The more efficient flight and processing procedures for those going on their pilgrimage now means that they do not need pre-departure accommodation.

The better system results in a transit time at the complex here of just a few hours, said Tabung Haji senior general manager Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman in reaction to a suggestion by Wanita Umno leader Datuk Noraini Ahmad that the agency reinstate the free accommodation service.

“We used to provide accommodation on a first come first served basis because there was a time when pilgrims were on transit at our complex for more than a day.

“But since three years ago we have improved the processes so that the transit time does not exceed three hours,” said Syed Saleh.

Including the complex here, there are eight departure stations in the country, from where the pilgrims are brought directly to the KL International Airport. Their transit period will take only two or three hours.

The departure points are in Alor Setar, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

So far there have been 24 flights to Saudi Arabia.

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Difahamkan, Backer tidak berhubung dengan Bahagian Hal Ehwal Awam dan Kommunikasi Korporat TH dan berusaha mendapatkan penjelasan sebelum membuat kenyataan dan kemudian tular dalam sosial media, berkenaan pengurusan Jemaah Haji Malaysia musim 1439H ini.

Kedua insiden ini membukti Backer dengan sengaja memilih untuk memburukkan TH dan menimbulkan keresahan dikalangan orang Melayu, yang sememangnya sensitif dan mudah menimbulkan reaksi berkenaan isu yang sebenarnya boleh diperjelaskan sekiranya dibangkitkan sebelum mebuat kenyataan dan menularkannya.

Ini adalah contoh bagaimana TH diserang melalui media sosial oleh pihak yang tidak bertanggung jawab dan mungkin berkepentingan.

Hakikatnya, maklumat boleh diputar-belitkan dan akibatnya, orang Melayu sendiri akan rugi sekiranya terpedaya dengan perkara yang sebenarnya mudah diperjelaskan.

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Becoming Doubting Thomas over Tommy

There are many voices of discern to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s adamant stance of putting up lawyer Tommy Thomas for His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV’s consideration as the Attorney General

The Mole story:

Why Tommy Thomas cannot be the person for the job

by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 4, 2018: While many have brought up race and religion to protest Tommy Thomas’ appointment as the attorney-general, the general argument among lawyers however, pivots to that of his professional interests.

Lawyer Fatihah Jamhari for example, was of the opinion that appointing Thomas as the AG would put him in a precarious position given the latter’s illustrious background representing politicians from both side of the political divide.

“He has acted for Lim Guan Eng in the corruption charges against the now Finance Minister. Why would anybody with an ounce of ethics want to place himself in such a position?” Fatihah argued.

Thomas has been shoved into the limelight since yesterday following reports that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has not acted on his appointment and has asked Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reconsider his choice as the AG of Malaysia.

The reason behind the King’s objection of Thomas was never made known but Malaysian Insight reported that it was due to the fact that the former, along other Malay rulers were adamant that the AG should be a Muslim Malay.

While a member of the Bar Council had highlighted that the Federal Constitution mentioned nothing about race and religion being the prerequisites to be the AG, Fatihah pointed out  otherwise.

Stressing on the role of the AG that encompasses not only prosecution and legal conduct for government suits but also rendering legal advice on all relevant matters, she contended that Thomas would not be able advise the government on Islamic matters.

“This include advice on Islamic laws or other laws that affect the five pillars of our social contract under Articles 3, 152, 181 and Part III,” she said.

Civil and Syariah lawyer Mohd Fasha Musthafa also concurred with Fatihah’s view adding that the AG must also be well-versed in criminal laws and according to him, such a thing was not Thomas’ area of expertise.

In backing his view, Fasha cited Article 145 (3) of the constitution which pointed out that the AG is also the highest ranking public prosecutor in the country and is also known as the Public Prosecutor.

“Having said that, the AG must be an excellent criminal law practitioner. The knowledge and experience is needed for him to evaluate cases and exercise his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence.

“Thomas is not known as a criminal lawyer. I’m not questioning his ability but his firm does not even list criminal law defence as area of practice,” said Fasha.

Thomas’ involvement with the late exiled-leader of Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, was also touted by detractors as one of the reasons Malaysians should object his appointment as the AG.

But where an Umno member raised Thomas’ role as Chin Peng’s lawyer in an unsuccessful litigation to bring back the communist leader to Malaysia as a reason to object his appointment, lawyers Muhammad Iza’an Azalan and Faidur Rahman Abdul Hadi highlighted Thomas’ personal sentiment for Chin Peng.

They were referring to Thomas’ September 17, 2013 obituary on Chin Peng where the latter penned glowing remarks about Chin Peng and that he would take his place as a major national icon once “the true history of Merdeka would be researched and published.”

“We are not attacking his role as Chin Peng lawyer but more on his personal sentiment for Chin Peng. Thomas can defend a rapist by the cannot go around saying he supports a rapist,” Iza’an argued.

In the event that Thomas’ appointment as the AG is realised, Fatihah and Faidur concurred that doing so could compromise the integrity of the AG Chambers when dealing with cases involving his firm.

They however, pointed out that appointing a lawyer as AG isn’t something that had not been done before. A case in point was the appointment of Tan Sri Mokhtar Abdullah.

The only difference was that Mokhtar became a judge before he was appointed as AG (1994 – 2000).

“Judges can be lawyers but once appointed he will have to give up practice. It will take a lot of trust, one that we Malaysians don’t have for Thomas to begin with,” was Fatihah and Faidur’s contention.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir started to show his expected old and usual true colours of himself in the guise of ‘The New Malaysia’, by being recalcitrant in getting his away even at the displeasure of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

The Star story:

Dr M on Tommy Thomas impasse: We are holding on to our principles

NATION

Sunday, 3 Jun 2018
7:10 PM MYT

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PETALING JAYA: Tommy Thomas’ support for a secular state is not amongst the reasons why his candidacy for Attorney General was rejected by the King, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir.

Several other reasons for the impasse have been touted, amongst them  allegations that since Thomas has represented Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his corruption cases, he would not be an impartial AG.

“Lim Guan Eng is in the government and Finance Minister, there is no reason for Thomas to be Lim’s friend,” Dr Mahathir told the press after a state Pakatan Harapan meeting in Kedah on Sunday (June 3).

He said Thomas was Lim’s lawyer, but said at the same time Thomas has also represented Barisan Nasional leaders.

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“Yes, he is a lawyer for everybody even for Barisan Nasional, and is just making an income,” Mahathir said.

On whether Putrajaya will propose a new candidate if the King rejects Thomas’ candidacy, Dr Mahathir said they will follow the law.

“We do matters according to the laws and the Federal Constitution, but the King is acting on advice of the government,” he said.

“We are holding on to our principles,” he added.

Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint a person who is qualified to be a judge of the Federal Court to be the Attorney-General for the Federation”.

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Probably many younger Malaysia don’t realise this habit of Prime Minister Dr Mohamad to stubbornly go directly or indirectly against and challenge the role, position and powers of HRH Rulers, all and in sundry.

This is a serious stand off between Istana Negara and Putrajaya, in the administration of the Seventh Prime Minister and the Keeper of the Royal Seal already invited the brethren Rulers to convene tomorrow and sort this matter up.

What is very interesting is what Tommy Thomas himself said in 2007 about the decision of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

The power of Rulers in rejecting appointment

By Tommy Thomas himself, written in 2007.

“Hence, the legal consequences of failure to consult the Conference of Rulers or the Conference not approving a candidate submitted by the Executive are not specified therein, thereby suggesting that all the authorities referred to in that Article must approve a particular candidate.

Thus, in my opinion, the Conference of Rulers is entitled to reject a candidate for appointment submitted to it if a majority of Rulers deem him unsuitable for the constitutional office of judge.

What may be beyond their constitutional right to be consulted is to repeatedly reject several candidates for a single position which would then remain vacant for a substantial period of time resulting in a constitutional impasse. No doubt, the good sense of those involved in the selection process would ensure that such an eventuality does not occur.

 

The checks and balances system under Article 122 B(1) was put in place so that no one authority has sole monopoly over judicial appointments. In order for the constitutional system to work efficaciously some “give and take” has to take place. Consensus is the objective; not brushing aside of the views of the major actors.

The importance of the constitutional right of the Conference of Rulers to be consulted on judicial appointments under Article 122 B(1) is further demonstrated by Article 38 (4) which declares that no law directly affecting “the privileges, position, honour or dignities of the Rulers shall be passed without the consent of the Conference of Rulers”.

In my opinion, theright to be consulted under Article 122 B(1) constitutes a “privilege” or “position” within the meaning of Article 38 (6). Hence, the right of the Conference of Rulers to be consulted thereunder cannot be removed or diminished without their consent.”

– by Tommy Thomas, 5th September 2007

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The is a group of lawyers who are going against the appointment of Tommy Thomas as AG.

The Star story:

Appointing Tommy Thomas as AG promotes cronyism, say lawyer groups

NATION

Monday, 4 Jun 2018
3:32 PM MYT

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KOTA BARU: Pakatan Harapan is promoting cronyism by insisting on appointing Tommy Thomas as the Attorney-General, say lawyer groups.

They said this is because Thomas is Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s counsel in his ongoing corruption case.

Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) secretary-general Fatihah Jamhari and Young Professionals (YP) chief executive Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi said Pakatan Harapan was going against its promise to restore the rule of law.

“The proposed appointment of Thomas only serves to perpetuate the notion that this new government has all the hallmarks of the old Barisan Nasional government when it comes to cronyism and abuse of power, as he is Lim’s counsel in the ongoing corruption case against him.

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“The conflict of interest could not be more manifest,” they said in a joint statement Monday.

On May 21, the High Court postponed Lim’s corruption trial as his lawyers planned to propose to the new AG to drop the corruption charge.

“If Tommy is appointed as AG, he will be put in a precarious position of respecting his office and the confidentiality privilege he has for his client.

“Why would anybody with an ounce of ethics want to place himself in such a position?” they said.

CLJ and YP added that an AG should also be an excellent criminal law practitioner.

“But Thomas is not known as a criminal lawyer … his firm does not even list criminal law defence as its area of practice,” they noted.

By virtue of Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution, the AG is also the highest-ranking public prosecutor in the country, and is also known as the Public Prosecutor (PP).

“Knowledge and experience is needed for him to evaluate cases and exercise his discretion to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings,” they said.

They agreed that racial and religious backgrounds were immaterial.

“What truly matters is the fact that they must understand the constitutional and legal provisions as well as the subtle nuances of our local narratives and history.

“The AG is in charge not only of prosecution and legal conduct for the government suits, but also renderS legal advice to the Government on all relevant, legal matters as stipulated in Article 145(2).

“This includes advice on Islamic laws or other laws that affect the five pillars of our social contract under Articles 3, 152, 153, 181 & Part III.

“How can we expect a person who is not familiar with the peculiarities of our Constitution to work in the best interest of safeguarding the interests that lie in it?

“For example, Thomas had once clearly declared that Malaysia is a secular state, much to the insult of Article 3 of the Federal Constitution.

“He had also said in the past that Rukunegara has no legal bearing. This is on top of his personal feelings for Chin Peng, a communist, who was regarded as an insurgent to the country,” they said.

CLJ and YP also pointed out Tommy’s inability to converse well in the national and official language of Malaysia, pursuant to Article 152.

The powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong under Article 145 must be read harmoniously with the spirit of the entire Federal Constitution, taking into consideration of the oath taken by the ruler to uphold the sanctity of Islam as the religion of the Federation, they said.

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Even yet to be appointed as the Attorney General, Tommy Thomas first duty of not moral obligation is to advise Prime Minister Dr Mahathir of his interpretation of the power of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

Not with standing PrimeMinister Dr. Mahathir’s to still stubbornly wish to go against the pleasure of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda, then Thomas ought to be wise enough not to accept, come what may.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

Published in: on May 24, 2018 at 16:00  Comments (3)