Legitimate Expectation

UMNO should go ahead and sue the sixteen MPs, for the basis of ‘legitimate expectation’.

The Malay Mail story:

Umno to sue 30 lawmakers who quit party

Published 6 hours ago on 19 March 2019

By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Thirty MPs and assemblymen nationwide who were formerly from Umno will be taken to court for leaving the party after Election 2018, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today.

The Umno secretary-general refuted news reports that the party will not proceed with the lawsuit, saying he will be writing in to a renowned law firm to initiate the filing.

“This was agreed by the party top leadership, treasury, and a lawyer that is handling the case.

“Another large law firm has been appointed and I will write in a letter to them tomorrow and provide a full list of all the MPs and state assemblymen that has left the party,” he told reporters at Parliament.

Annuar had dismissed a report which stated the party would withdraw the lawsuit due to the high cost.

The Ketereh MP said the MPs and state assemblymen who will be sued include those from Sabah, Johor, Perak, and Kedah.

“I can confirm today that all Adun and MPs that have left the party — they will get the summons respectively no exception,” he said, adding that he could not disclose the cost of the proceeding.

Some of the defections from Umno since GE14 include Jeli MP Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Masjid Tanah MP Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Larut MP Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and Beaufort MP Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee.

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UMNO Secretary General Tan Sri Annuar Musa responded to the media after news portal The Malaysian Insight reported a story about UMNO not going on with the decision to take the elected representatives at 14GE who had abandoned the party.

TMI story:

Kos tinggi, Umno tak jadi saman wakil rakyat keluar parti


SM Amin

Umno tidak teruskan saman terhadap bekas wakil rakyatnya kerana kos yang tinggi dan hanya mahu tumukan kepada penstrukturan dalaman parti.– Gambar fail The Malaysian Insight, 18 Mac, 2019

UMNO tidak meneruskan saman terhadap bekas wakil rakyatnya yang kini menyertai Pakatan Harapan (PH) untuk mengelak menanggung kos tinggi, kata sumber parti.

Sumber memberitahu The Malaysian Insight, Timbalan Presiden Umno Mohamad Hasan enggan meneruskan tindakan tersebut dan sebaliknya mahu fokus kepada penstrukturan dalaman parti, kata sumber.

“Tok Mat berpendapat adalah lebih penting pada waktu ini Umno fokus dengan mengukuhkan parti itu sendiri.

“Selain daripada itu, faktor kos juga menjadi pertimbangan utama,” kata sumber yang terlibat dalam proses perundangan ini.

Saman itu dimulakan sebelum Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sudahpun memutuskan untuk bercuti dan sebelum tugas presiden parti itu disandang oleh Mohamad.

Ahmad Zahid mengumumkan bahawa Umno menghantar writ saman ke atas wakil rakyat terbabit sewaktu menyampaikan ucapan dasar presiden sempena perhimpunan agung parti September lalu.

Pada waktu itu, Zahid berkata walaupun sukar untuk menyekat mereka daripada keluar parti, tindakan tersebut terpaksa diambil bagi menghormati kehendak ahli Umno yang berasa dikhianati.

Dalam writ saman itu, Umno menuntut bayaran balik kos dan mengosongkan semula kerusi yang dimenangi atas tiket Umno dan Barisan Nasional.

Setiausaha agung Umno Annuar Musa turut mengumumkan saman dikemukakan dua ahli Parlimen, Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (Masjid Tanah) dan Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (Bagan Serai).

Kedua-duanya yang kini menyertai Bersatu merupakan antara yang terawal keluar parti – Dr Azmi pada 24 Jun dan Ermieyati pada 1 Julai.

Pada Disember, sembilan Adun dan lima ahli Parlimen Umno keluar parti kerana hilang keyakinan terhadap kepemimpinan parti.

Pada Februari, Annuar mengumumkan parti itu akan mengemukakan saman ke atas semua wakil rakyat tersebut, dan akan tetap diteruskan walaupun jika mereka mahu kembali menyertai Umno.

Bagaimanapun, setakat ini hanya Mas Ermieyati dan Noor Azmi yang menerima saman.

Umno yang menang 54 kerusi Parlimen dalam PRU14 lalu kini hanya tinggal 37 kerusi selepas 17 ahli parlimen parti itu bertindak keluar parti. – 18 Mac, 2019

The said elected candidates agreed by their own conscience to represent the BN party in the 14GE and received the warrant from UMNO to qualify them for Election Commission’s purpose to stand on BN’s candidacy for the 14GE.

And they were elected as BN elected representatives on 14GE and has the duty to serve in the respective Legislature.

Hence, UMNO has the ‘Legitimate Expectation’ doctrine as a basis to take the said elected representatives.

The doctrine of legitimate expectationbelongs to the domain of public law and is intended to give relief to the people when they are not able to justify their claims on the basis of law in the strict sense of the term though they had suffered a civil consequence because their legitimate expectation had been violated.

UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced exactly three months ago that UMNO had issued the writ to take the elected representatives who had abandoned the party.

FMT story:

Umno sues lawmakers who defected from party

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has filed a writ of summons against MPs who defected from the party, its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this evening.

Zahid said the suit was filed by the Umno headquarters on Nov 14.

“We intend to claim back a large sum from the lawmakers.

“We will sue all of them and will use not just the Election Offences Act 1954, but all laws.

“They must repay the goodwill of Umno and its machinery, and know that they did not win their seats on their own accord,” he said during a discourse with party members here this evening.

Zahid said the defecting lawmakers must be grateful to Umno, and not just hop over to other parties.

Umno is now left with 37 MPs after an exodus of its leaders from the party. It had secured 54 parliamentary seats in the May 9 general election.

During the discourse, Zahid also admitted that Umno was now split five ways, with the first group being members who want Umno to stand alone and not merge with any other parties.

“The second group wants Umno to merge with one of the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH). The third group wants to join forces with a party in PH that has collaborated with DAP.

“The fourth group wants Umno to work together with PAS as an opposition, while the fifth wants the party to move in a grand opposition bloc,” he said.

The Bagan Datuk MP said while he respected the views within the party, the factions needed to respect the views of party grassroots who want to go into the 15th general election and win it without collaborating with any parties.

“We must move as an opposition force, and rebuild our strength and unity.

“I also wish to state that, as the party president, and head of the Barisan Nasional, we have no intention to cooperate politically with DAP.

“That is clear. Period,” he added.

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If cost is the issue, let the sixteen MPs worry about their cost they have to bear at their end.

Let them pay for their barristers.

PPBM or any of the ruling parties would not step and stand up for the said UMNO MPs who deserted their party.

The Chairman of UMNO Management Committee is Deputy President Dato’ Seri Mohamad Hj Hasan, who is currently assuming the duties of the UMNO President.

Published in: on March 18, 2019 at 18:00  Leave a Comment  

Rumblings in the Interior

Leaders of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s own ruling coalition parties oppose on the acceptance of PAC Chairman Ronald Kiandee, originally from UMNO, into his own party yesterday.

Malaysiakini story:

Bersih questions Dr M’s commitment to reforms amid PAC ‘U-turn’

 (Updated )

Bersih has questioned Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s commitment to institutional reforms after the latter remarked that newly-minted Bersatu member Ronald Kiandee would continueto chair the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

When announcing Kiandee’s entry into the Pakatan Harapan component party yesterday, Mahathir had said that the coalition’s promise of an opposition-led PAC was a mere “policy” and not “institutionalised or part of the constitution”.

He later said that Harapan had fulfilled its promise but did not expect the former Umno lawmaker to defect.

Today, Bersih questioned if the prime minister would similarly renege on his other promises of institutional reforms because they, too, had not been “institutionalised”.

“For the prime minister to say that because this promise was not institutionalised and, therefore, can be overridden raises more serious concerns about his commitment to structural institutional reforms. 

‘Soon after taking power last year, the prime minister administratively released key institutions like the MACC, the Election Commission, Suhakam and the National Audit Department from the control of the Prime Minister’s Department.

“Will he or future prime ministers reverse this move because their independence were not ‘institutionalised’?” it asked in a statement.

The role of the PAC is to hold the government accountable by reviewing all public accounts as well as the auditor-general’s reports. It has the power to call ministers, heads of government and top civil servants to testify before it. 

Harapan had promised in its pre-election manifesto that PAC would helmed by an opposition MP as part of its commitment to parliamentary reform.

Bersih criticised Mahathir for “unilaterally” deciding on a “U-turn” and urged other politicians to reprimand him for undermining the PAC.

“Backbench and opposition MPs should strongly condemn this move to undermine their role as a check and balance to the cabinet. 

“[…] If the prime minister does not reverse his decision to retain Kiandee as PAC chair, then not only is the credibility of the Harapan government at stake but the dignity of Parliament as well,” it said.

‘Amend laws’

In light of this, the electoral reform NGO urged Harapan to amend laws to set in place the institutional reforms it promised. 

“Bersih calls on the prime minister and the Harapan government to honour all their manifesto promises and immediately amend legislations in order to institutionalise the independence of these key public institutions.

“(By so doing it) they can effectively guard against abuses by the executive and protect public interests,” it said.

Harapan MPs Hannah Yeoh and Nurul Izzah Anwar made similar callsyesterday. 

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Yeoh urged Parliament to amend the Standing Order to make it compulsory for the PAC to be led by an opposition MP.

Nurul Izzah, a PAC member herself, said she would remind Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof to institutionalise reforms for the PAC.

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This is clearly in breach of the principles laid out for Pakatan Harapan.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister gave a lame excuse “Dia nak masuk parti kita? Apa kita nak buat? Tak kan kita nak halang….”

It is abundantly clear that he in the exercise of increasing the number of MPs of his own party with the ‘reverse take over’ (RTO).

Originally his own party PPBM was the coalition partner with the least number of MPs in the Pakatan Harapan upon successfully establishing the Federal Government after the 14GE on 9 May 2019.

The media if not the public, should remind Gerontocracy Prime Minister on what he said ten months ago of not accepting leaders crossing over from BN.

Published in: on March 16, 2019 at 17:30  Leave a Comment  

The ‘Peril of Democracy’

It is time Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to put his act together and no longer pander to the fragile ‘Marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’, as the ‘Peril of Democracy’ already demonstrating its vicious spiral towards digression and eventual doom for the nation.

The Edge Daily story:

Dr Mahathir says Malaysians losing patience over election promises

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Malaysians are losing patience and are starting to criticize the current government over its unfulfilled election promises, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in Kuala Lumpur Saturday (Feb 16).

While the people wanted to see immediate changes, the present administration is unable to implement quick reforms because of the legacy left behind by the previous government, he said in a keynote address at Democracy Fest 2019. “But like it or not, they have to bear with us and bear with the present government because it takes time to correct all the wrongs that have been done by the previous government,” he said.

Dr Mahathir’s government, which toppled the United Malays National Organization-led coalition in a shock election victory in May, has also been a target of the previous premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Najib posted a video of a car making a swift turn to criticize flip flops by the present administration and shared the phone numbers of two government offices to encourage ministers to speak to one another.

“Phones have existed since 1876,” Najib wrote in a Facebook post, after the finance minister expressed shock at an announcement made by the economic affairs minister. “At least call each other up once in a while.”

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Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir already demonstrating his restlessness, in just one week of events.

The Adviser of Parti Pengkitar-semulaan Buangan Melayu already grew 70% of his party’s market share within six months by last week’s unilateral admission of six UMNO MPs, against the will of PH coalition partners.

He also announced the Semenanjung Malay party which is actually an UMNO mirror and dissent into Sabah and lied about his meeting with PAS President Ustaz Dato’ Seri Haji Hadi Awang last Friday.

Political analyst Joceline Tan’s column in The Star:

Rumblings on the Malay ground 


A strange wind is blowing through Semenyih. 

That is the feeling on the ground even though the campaign has only just begun.

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In the run-up to the general election, one of the most powerful terms of attack used by the opposition against the then government was “rasuah” or corruption.

But now in Semenyih, the opposition’s most effective attack word is “tipu” (cheat or lie), a reference to Pakatan Harapan’s inability to deliver on its election promises.

The “tipu” rallying cry has resonated especially among the Malays, posing a dilemma for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia which is struggling to hold on to the seat.

But the start of the campaign has been dominated by a fascinating sideshow starring Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Dr Mahathir caused confusion among the main political players when he claimed that PAS had agreed not to support Umno in Semenyih. This came a day after a photo of the Prime Minister and Hadi exchanging a warm handshake went viral.

PAS leaders have since clarified that their cooperation with Umno in Semenyih still stands. 

At the same time, they admitted to supporting Dr Mahathir’s Malay and Islamic agenda.

To those unfamiliar with Malay politics, it looked like a love triangle – PAS is dating Umno while holding hands with Dr Mahathir.

But political insiders claimed that PAS’ support for Dr Mahathir has less to do with Semenyih than with what is known as the “grand design” aimed at preventing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from becoming the next prime minister.

The Prime Minister is aware of gossip of a vote of no confidence at the next sitting of Parliament and he wants as many MPs on his side as possible. 

All 18 MPs from PAS have also apparently signed statutory declarations to that effect.

In short, a Malay-Muslim configuration is in the process of forming behind the leadership of Dr Mahathir.

As for Dr Mahathir’s claim that PAS has ditched Umno in Semenyih, well, that is vintage Dr Mahathir for you. 

It has happened to many other people – they meet Dr Mahathir to talk about one thing and he emerges to say something else to his advantage. 

He did not live to become the world’s oldest prime minister by walking the straight and narrow path.

Nevertheless, Dr Mahathir has played PAS like a violin. He has cast doubts in the minds of PAS supporters, some of whom may now choose to support Bersatu candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali.

“People can say what they like, we are still working together on the ground,” said Selangor PAS election director Roslan Shahir of the joint PAS-Umno campaign.

Dr Mahathir should also check on the enemy within. The by-election is taking place at a time when ties between Pakatan partners are being tested.

The Bersatu chairman’s ongoing push to recruit ex-Umno leaders has embarrassed and ruffled feathers among his Pakatan partners.

They want him to stop but do not know how to tell him off. 

Even Parti Warisan Sabah chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, the king of the hill in Sabah, has caved in, saying that he has no power to stop Bersatu from setting up base in his state.

As such, there have been whispers of internal sabotage against the Bersatu candidate in Semenyih.

Bersatu is depending on PKR to run the show in Semenyih. But everyone has noticed that it is the faction aligned to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali that is going all out for Bersatu.

The PKR deputy president, widely seen as Dr Mahathir’s blue-eyed boy, has thrown his all into the campaign.

However, the sideshow involving Dr Mahathir and Hadi has had limited impact on the ordinary folk in Semenyih.

The buzzword in Semenyih has been “Bossku” a.k.a Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“We thought he was joking when he said he intends to steal the hearts of the people here but it is not a joke after all. He is going to be a central figure in the campaign,” said photo journalist Minaq Jinggo.

Najib’s popularity on the Malay ground has ballooned.

A large part of it has to do with the perception that the economy was better under him. 

There is also the sympathy factor – he has come across as the victim of a witch hunt with the overkill of court charges against him.

“He has positioned himself as the questioning voice of the opposition. His social media presence is very relatable and he has tapped into the people’s unhappiness over the economy,” said political commentator Amir Fareed Rahim.

He has ventured twice into Semenyih and the reception has been overwhelming.

On Sunday night, as he finished speaking at a ceramah at a low-cost housing enclave, the emcee urged the crowd to be orderly and not to mob Najib. 

But everyone ignored the emcee and surged forward to greet and take wefies with him, almost ignoring Umno candidate Zakaria Hanafi.

“No one in Pakatan was connecting with the Malay ground and Najib stepped into that role,” said Amir.

Anwar, given his personal charisma, should be playing that role but he has chosen to spend his time travelling and meeting foreign leaders.

The wind that blew Najib out of power may now blow Bersatu out of Semenyih.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/02/19/rumblings-on-the-malay-ground-be-prepared-for-surprises-in-the-semenyih-byelection-given-the-uncerta/#tcMYUfztuKRPpWw2.99

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It is also believed that the requested PH Presidential Council yesterday was cancelled.

The Pakatan Harapan coalition partner, has started to sound out for Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to leave.

FMT story:

Perlekeh manifesto: Pemimpin DAP desak Dr M berundur

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Ahli Jawatankuasa DAP Johor, Boo Cheng Hau. (Gambar Facebook)

PETALING JAYA: Pemimpin DAP Johor, Dr Boo Cheng Hau, hari ini mendesak Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meletak jawatan kerana memperlekeh manifesto Pakatan Harapan (PH) pilihan raya umum ke-14.

Boo, yang juga ahli jawatankuasa DAP negeri berkata, dakwaan Dr Mahathir bahawa manifesto itu hanya “panduan dan bukan kitab” menunjukkan beliau tidak berkeyakinan terhadap diri dan manifesto itu sendiri.

“Tindakan beberapa pemimpin PH mendakwa perubahan kerajaan tidak mungkin berlaku tanpa kepimpinan Dr Mahathir hanya mencerminkan kemerosotan diri mereka,” katanya.

Malah, katanya, mereka yang melontar pandangan sedemikian sudah mengaku ketidakcekapan diri dan juga harus meletak jawatan.

Boo turut menyelar tindakan PPBM menerima bekas ahli Parlimen Umno dan menggesa pimpinan PH mengambil pendirian bersama membantah amalan sedemikian.

“Malaysia memerlukan persaingan sihat dalam sistem 2 parti untuk memastikan pembaharuan institusi dilaksanakan secara berkesan,” katanya.

Sebaliknya, katanya, negara akan “ke belakang” jika wakil rakyat digalakkan untuk melompat parti.

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Even Parti Pengkitar-semulaan Buangan Melayu Presiden Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin is struggling to convince the Malays, that they are there to look after interest of the majority of Malaysians.

Case in point is the recent so called financial fiasco of Tabung Haji (TH) by the previous Government and management of ‘Illegal Hibah’ distributed and this provided the Minister-in-charge Mujahid Yusof to make the announcement ten weeks ago.

Hence, it warranted TH to be structured and the RM19.9billion worth of assets and investments deemed ‘problematic and bad’, be treated through the Classic Gerontocracy Dr Mahathir solution: Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

What is worrying the Malays is that not only the subsidy for Hajj Pilgrims would be rationalised, the SPV, Urus Jemaah Sdn. Bhd., is manned by TH staff but under the absolute control of the Minister of Finance.

DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng is the Minister and DAP Chief Strategist Tony Pua, is the Minister’s Political Secretary and head honcho of all exercise by the Minister.

Democracy, provided everyone the right for them to voice themselves out loud, be it appropriate or otherwise.

Never mind the fact that the Media Adviser to the Prime Minister, who happened to be an award winning journo and one time a media baron, openly using his blog to shell of the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Royal Institution.

Now, even a serving Court of Appeal Judge is freely voicing allegations that the Judiciary is being tampered by the Executive.

The Edge Daily story:

MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over allegations in his affidavit

PUTRAJAYA (Feb 18): The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

The meeting, aimed at gathering information related to the affidavit, took place at Hamid Sultan’s chambers at the Palace of Justice here.

“During the meeting, no recording of the conversation was carried out by the MACC,” the commission said in a statement.

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The MACC said it would study the information from the affidavit and continue investigations if there was ground concerning issues related to corruption and abuse of power in accordance with the provisions of the law stipulated in the MACC Act 2009.

The MACC also urged the public with information related to the matters set out in the affidavit to report directly to the nearest MACC office.

“Every informant will be protected under the Whistleblower Act 2010,” the MACC said.

The affidavit revealed, among others, explosive and detailed information in relation to numerous incidences of alleged judicial interference within the Malaysian judiciary, including alleged judicial interference in Karpal Singh’s sedition appeal decision at the Court of Appeal.

Hamid Sultan, in a meeting today, suggested the setting up of a special task force aimed at initiating the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI), the MACC said.

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The over politicking of the ‘Blame Game’ now is intertwines with geo-Political relations and high level corporate game.

They say, ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’. The simple case in point is the cancellation of the ECRL project from Port Klang through Pahang, East Coast of Terengganu and eventual terminal at Tumpat, Kelantan.

The mumbo-jumbo adverse statements and announcements between key Cabinet members back and forth is really leaving the nation baffled, and the nation into a laughing stock.

What is even damning is that the project involved a major foreign trade and geo-political super power and the cancellation/uncertainty is also about state owned corporations.

This is not withstanding the mockery of the democracy demonstrated by ruling Government leaders, in their greed and manifestation for the new found power and the mess they are creating disputing in public amongst themselves.

They say, desperate time seeks desperate measure.

Perhaps it is time to do away with this over politicking and get the reins of the nation and put it back on track for recovery.

The ‘democratic solution’, where too many people saying too many things on chaotic three-dimensional matter on just the same problem or issue, is simply impractical and not at all provide the avenue of getting things sorted out.

This is the ‘Peril of Democracy’. Like how the Brits decided on Brexit, mainly on playing the falsehood of sentiments against the reality of the future.

Now, they are suffering for the uncertainty and inability to get the democracy to agree on a plan, to move on and forward and mitigate everything downside about of the haste political decision, made by the majority.

The Brits should sought Prime Minister Churchill’s wartime ‘War Cabinet’ as a solution.

Probably, temporarily suspend Parliament and just get the experts to sort it out.

Malaysia did see this once. Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman declared Emergency on 15 May 1969 and National Operation Council under Director Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein, then Deputy Prime Minister, took over the reins of the nation.

The Parliament was suspended.

Of course, it was not at all democratic. Everything was sorted out by the NOC, which included roles played by the Parliament.

In less then two years, when NOC got the nation sorted out and everything was stabilised, it became better. That provided the stability, for the economic engine growth.

New Economic Policy, Rukun Negara and even a tighter all parties (PAS, Sabah and Sarawak parties with the exception of Chinese Chauvinists DAP) co-operation coalition came onboard and contributed to propel the nation forward.

One of the important economic policy that came out from this was taking Malaysia from a primary-industries based economy and moved towards industrialisation, which propelled under industries.

It is time for Gerontocracy Prime Minister to consider the best option, to move the nation forward in the neck of the confusion and inconsistency of the incompetency traits the current ruling Government is abundantly demonstrating, day to day.

Published in: on February 19, 2019 at 15:00  Leave a Comment  

Gerontocracy half century of grasp

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s disregard for anything but the grip for power and determination to grasp without any consideration for anything as anyone guised as ‘Preserving Democracy, Not Practicing Democracy’.

Malaysiakini story:

Mahathir’s shifting stand shows he can’t be trusted

P Gunasegaram
14 Feb 2019, 7:14 am (Updated 14 Feb 2019, 2:32 pm)

“We are mobile, we are not fixed.” – Dr Mahathir Mohamad when asked about party-hopping.

COMMENT | It’s rare that a newly elected leader (only for an interim period), elected by the rakyat because of promises made by the coalition he heads, breaks key promises in a short space of time, and says with a straight face that re-assessment has to be made in the face of changing developments.

This man, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who came to power as a result of a mass uprising against the kleptocratic Umno/BN government and who promised that he would not take defecting Umno/BN MPs, just two days ago handed out membership cards to seven such people with not so much as an apology for his action. Two others had defected earlier, making nine in all.

They were Jeli MP Mustapa Mohamed (a former minister) who crossed over in October, Bagan Serai MP Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali who joined a month later, Masjid Tanah MP Mas Ermieyati Samsudin who crossed over in December, Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin (who is also a former minister), Mersing MP Abdul Latif Ahmad, Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya, Sabak Bernam MP Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh, Hulu Terengganu MP Rosol Wahid and Tanah Merah MP Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz.

He justified this acceptance of the Umno MPs into the fold with his trademark twisted logic. Examples, as reported in theSun:

“I am now sitting on the same side as leaders I once attacked and mocked, but politicians are sometimes forced to jump ship according to circumstances.

“If you are tied to only one leader or party and stay with them even if they rob the people, then you are not a politician, but one who only cares for yourself.

“I was previously in Umno, and I left to join DAP, PKR and Amanah. But if they are no longer loyal to the country, I will also move to other parties. We are mobile, we are not fixed,” he added.

In his replies (you can watch the full press conference here), he ignored the fact that he is prime minister by virtue of other parties supporting him, for his own Bersatu had only 13 seats compared to PKR’s 47 and DAP’s 42 at the end of the last polls. What he is doing now, by accepting Umno MPs into the fold now, is a tacit support of those who, by omission, clearly supported the previous kleptocratic government.

Not just that, it has been reported that all Umno divisions received money from former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s personal account which, it was quite clear at the time and well before the elections of May 9 last year, received money which came from 1MDB.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported in July 2015 that some US$700 million had come into Najib’s accounts from 1MDB funds. This was confirmed later by the US Department of Justice which gave in detail the money trail. These people did not oppose Najib at all, but supported his kleptocratic acts by not voicing their concern and accepting to stand in the elections. They are, therefore, irrevocably tainted.

Bolstering his own position

Mahathir does not care if they are corrupt or immoral. The only reason that Mahathir is accepting these tainted people into Bersatu is to bolster his own position within the coalition from the paltry 13 MPs he had at the end of the election to 22 now, making it bigger than PAS with 18 MPs.

That is purely as a result of nine defections. The defections are legal partly because Mahathir, during his previous rule, refused to make it illegal to jump parties. However, they remain ethically and morally extremely repugnant and go against the grain of reform promised by Harapan.

Mahathir acquiescing to defections despite earlier opposition, opens the door very wide for Bersatu to accept virtually all of the other Umno MPs – some 40 odd, if you exclude those who are clearly unacceptable like Najib. In addition to some 16 others in Sarawak and perhaps four independents in Sabah, there are some 60 more. This could swell Bersatu’s combined support to some 82 MPs.

The implications of this are enormous. If DAP and Amanah throw in their lot with Mahathir, a total of 53 seats, Mahathir’s numbers increase to 135, enough to command a handsome majority in the 222-member house, even if PKR were to leave the coalition. Another 13, not forgetting possible defections from PKR’s 50 odd members, will give him a two-thirds majority.

If PKR, DAP and Amanah stuck it out and stayed together, then they will have some 103 seats. Include Warisan’s eight, and it takes the tally to 111, which comes to exactly 50 percent of the seats in Parliament. This puts PAS in a very strong position with their 18 seats, as kingmaker.

Things, of course, may not pan this way. Any number of things can happen in the interim. But it is very clear that the situation has become very fluid and uncertain because Mahathir has changed the rules of the game to suit himself and Bersatu, something he has done throughout his 22 years at the top between 1981 and 2003.

All this means that the political situation in this country has turned rather unstable because of Mahathir and because he has been constantly shifting his position and openly in defiance of coalition politics. He wants to be in total control all the time. Hopefully, he won’t have it his way this time around.

There were many who had misgivings about Mahathir joining the Harapan coalition, including this writer, given his past record as a dictator and an autocrat who used his party’s two-thirds majority in Parliament to introduce authoritarian laws and to control government institutions which should have remained independent.

A dangerous weapon

This is what I wrote in an article titled “Can Mahathir be trusted?” in April 2017, when there were moves to get Mahathir into the Harapan coalition: “If any one takes the trouble to remember what this man did and stood for, he would be mad to think that Mahathir is the solution – he was, and is, the problem. Without him and his 22 years of misrule, Malaysia would not have descended to what it is today.

“Mahathir was accountable to no one. Not the people, not the party, not the judges. He could do almost anything he pleased and get away with it using the apparatus and machinery of control he had put in place.

“He made opaque many decisions of government, putting anything marked secret by the government as secret under the law by removing the power of judges to judge even if the secret posed no danger to the country, but only embarrassed the government and exposed its corrupt ways.

“That was the legacy he left behind – and a leader who followed him used it to do nasty things, some worse than that by Mahathir. Now we expect Mahathir – the source of all this – to save us Malaysians from Najib!

“Is that why Mahathir is sticking his neck out? For the good of the country? But remember he had his chance – 22 years of it. He bungled – all he did was to stay in power and do the greatest damage to the country ever by any one, prime minister or not.

“His goal now is not to get into power, but to ensure that whoever comes into power does not destroy him. As far as Mahathir is concerned, it is always about him – not Malaysia, not Malaysians, not even the Malays.”

Now there are those who argue that he needs to get Umno members to obtain a two-thirds majority to change the constitution in order to reform. How stupid! Much of the reform that is needed can be done by just amending and scrapping laws which only needs a simple majority in Parliament.

To give Mahathir a two-thirds majority is to put into his hands a mega-weapon which he will not hesitate to use against anyone who opposes him. It is a dangerous weapon to put in the hands of a man who can not be trusted and who alters his promises to suit his ulterior motives.

Mahathir is not the person to reform this country, simply because he was ultimately responsible for most of its ills. His actions show he does not believe in reform or fair play. Mahathir blithely talks of loyalty to the nation for his shifting stand. Let’s not let him betray the rakyat who are what makes the nation.

P GUNASEGARAM says a leopard likes its spots too much to change them. E-mail: t.p.guna@gmail.com.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.
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This analysis is the concise of what Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, frame of mind and attitude is all about.

His consistent strategy to ‘Divide and Rule’ is the mark of ability to manage and gets his agenda through, despite the opposition to his ideas and plans within and of course, outside the Government.

Published in: on February 18, 2019 at 01:05  Comments (1)  

Divide and Rule

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is again up to his old tricks with the same ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy, in his typical play of hoodwinking for power through ‘Preserving democracy, not practicing democracy’.

Joceline Tan’s Sunday Political column in The Star:

Ties between Warisan and Pakatan to be tested


TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad is starting to flex his muscles.

Those who thought that he was senile and had lost the plot are starting to realise that they have underestimated him.

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The world’s oldest prime minister may not have the physical stamina but he is still on top of the game when it comes to out-manoeuvring his opponents.

His claim yesterday that PAS had agreed not to work with Umno in Semenyih has dealt a devastating blow to the Umno-PAS campaign in the by-election.

He claimed that this came about during his meeting with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and several PAS leaders.

The PAS side was completely blindsided. As far as they were concerned, the meeting with Dr Mahathir was about oil royalties during which the Prime Minister had complained about his DAP partner.

Two different accounts from each side – so who is telling the truth?

The truth will emerge eventually but what is clear for now is that Hadi has been outplayed by the Bersatu chairman. 

“Two overhauls to his engine but he can still scheme and outplay these people,” said a Bersatu politician, alluding to the heart bypasses that Dr Mahathir has had.

Dr Mahathir has been in a combative mood the past one week.

He took in seven ex-Umno MPs last week knowing that his partners in Pakatan Harapan were against it.

Dr Mahathir hails from an era where gentlemen do not use bad words but what he did was akin to showing the middle finger to his partners.

He also gave Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal the proverbial slap in the face when he announced on Friday that his party would be going into Sabah.

The move goes against the wishes of the Warisan president. Shafie is said to be deeply upset and sees it as a stab in the back.

Pakatan, which won only 113 seats in the general election, would be teetering on the edge of a cliff without back-up from Warisan.

Shafie is the big boss in Sabah and his thinking is that there can only be one tiger on the hill. But now he has to share the hilltop with a bigger tiger.

“I don’t think Shafie will rock the boat. Sabah needs federal support and he cannot afford to play hardball,” said PKR politician Lee Chin Cheh.

Besides, said Lee, Warisan has three ministers in Putrajaya as well as several deputy ministers.

But ties between Warisan and Pakatan will be severely tested.

Why is Dr Mahathir so adamant about setting up base in Sabah?

Bersatu is seen as another Umno in Sabah while Dr Mahathir is known as “Bapa Projek IC”, a scandalous conspiracy to grant citizenship to Muslim illegal immigrants.

Well, size matters in politics and Dr Mahathir wants to absorb the ex-Umno leaders, especially those who are MPs, into Bersatu.

He needs them to build up his party’s profile ahead of a Cabinet reshuffle expected in May, after the government’s first anniversary in power.

The party now has 22 MPs and there are five more MPs from Umno in Sabah waiting to come on board.

There has been so much talk of multiracial parties being the way ahead for Malaysia but the reality is that many Muslims want to join a Malay-Muslim party.

They are not drawn to Warisan or PKR whose multi-ethnic structure is not their cup of tea.

This is the market that Dr Mahathir is planning to tap into.

According to a political insider, Dr Mahathir has been frustrated by his party’s inability to make inroads into Umno areas in the peninsula.

He thinks that it may be easier in Sabah. The value system in Sabah is different, they have no political ideologies and people there have no fixed political loyalties. 

The political history of Sabah shows that its people are not afraid to go for change and to try out new parties.

The additional numbers will give Dr Mahathir greater clout in the ruling coalition and lend some credence to his dream of replacing Umno among the Malays.

Of course, many think that accepting crossovers from an enemy party does not equate to clout or strength. 

The Chinese have a saying for this sort of borrowed strength – it is known as taking someone else’s backside to put on your face.

According to the political insider, Dr Mahathir has also been somewhat obsessed with controlling Sabah and Sarawak. He sees these states as a sort of final frontier.

Moreover, said the insider, Dr Mahathir has never governed without a two-thirds majority.

“I think he will only feel comfortable with a two-thirds majority. I sense he feels quite helpless surrounded by strange bedfellows,” said the insider.

All these political moves are perceived as part of Dr Mahathir’s grand design as the mid-point of his tenure approaches.

He is due to make way for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by May next year.

Anwar in an interview with CNN implied that he is tired of being constantly asked about the succession and he wants to give Dr Mahathir the space to govern.

Anwar has only soft and friendly words for Dr Mahathir and prefers to spend his time looking after his Port Dickson constituency, giving talks and globe-trotting.

But in politics, calm waters can be quite dangerous.

There has been so much speculation that Dr Mahathir is grooming someone else to succeed him. 

Too many people have come away from private meetings with Dr Mahathir claiming that he does not intend to pass the baton to Anwar. The Anwar circle, on the other hand, suggests that they have the numbers to make a move but they are playing it cool, waiting for Dr Mahathir to blink first.

There is also talk that “something” may happen at the next session of Parliament which starts in March and ends in April. But who will blink first?



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/02/17/ties-between-warisan-and-pakatan-to-be-tested/#3kw2Mgiv0Kxv6STw.99

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This is on top of outright lie about “PAS promise not to support UMNO” after his meeting with PAS President Dato’ Seri Haji Hadi Awang.

https://youtu.be/sdTf8KCvdBM

Also mainstream media coverage

Utusan Malaysia Online story:

Pas tidak akan sokong UMNO di Semenyih – Dr. Mahathir

Pas tidak akan sokong UMNO di Semenyih – Dr. Mahathir

TUN Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

TUN Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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The fact is that the pudding is in the eating. PAS representative is the promoter for the BN candidate for the DUN Semenyih by-election at the nomination less than 24 hours later.

Obviously, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir tried to hoodwink the Malaysian public, in his usual strategic game of ‘Divide and Rule’, to put the mistrust of UMNO against PAS.

He has been very consistent about this since being humiliated for losing the Kota Setar Selatan 3GE in May 1969 to PAS Ulama’ Hj Yusof Rawa.

The vindication still remain, after half a century.

The desperation of Gerontology Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir is becoming more apparent as Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar “Mat King Leather” is heightening his manuevres.

The popularity of the former is said to be waning, especially when many of the ‘Big Ticket Items’ of the PH promises for the 14GE has not been the very least on the road to be introduced, let alone deliver.

It is abundantly clear that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir is unable to control his Cabinet, let alone provide strong, effective and productive leadership. The recent cock-ups on the handling of Major Federal Government projects, namely ECRL and HSR is very embarrassing.

It is also spiralling grievously on foreign policies and matters that are linked to bi-lateral and multilateral trade with partners such as China, Singapore, Indonesia.

For a matter of fact, in the final analysis majority of the Malaysian populous already feeling the pinch of an economy on the decline, despite 4Q Bank Negara Malaysia economic report presented the economic growth slowed down by only 1% compared Year-on-Year previous position.

Goods and services already on the rise across the board the Ringgit has shrunken. Worst hit is those in primary industries, where commodity prices are at a record low which is heading towards impoverishing the small holders, farmers and the eco-system that is going along with it.

Anwar’s is said to be riding on this as his prominence within PH is getting stronger.

Punters already making permutation on Anwar’s ability to garner support, from the MPs.

It said that DAP is strongly behind Anwar, where as in his own party 80% would be with him, instead of Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, at most with Azmin’s 10MPs at the most.

It would be more likely that Sarawak Chief Minister Dato’ Pattinggi Abang Johari Abang Hj Openg’s Sarawak Alliance GBS 19MPs would be for Anwar and so will eight of PAN’s MPs.

That is 40 + 42 + 19 + 8 = 109.

If Anwar could get a just a handful of BN’s MPs, then Gerontology Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s days are really numbered.

This is despite the latter’s ability to grow his ‘market share’ by 41% from thirteen to twenty two in less than six months.

The warning on the PH Government will eventually crumble and fall due to inability to deliver, is a very clear message that he is not in control and the Federal Government by PH is out of control.

Astro Awani story:

Kotakan janji atau kerajaan akan tumbang – Dr Mahathir

Kotakan janji atau kerajaan akan tumbang - Dr Mahathir

Dr Mahathir ketika membuat lawatan ke pameran sempena Festival Demokrasi Kuala Lumpur FORSEA di Black Box Publika, Kuala Lumpur, 16 Feb, 2019. –fotoBERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata, mana-mana kerajaan akan tumbang jika gagal mengotakan janji yang dibuat kepada rakyat.

Beliau berkata keadaan ini juga akan berlaku kepada kerajaan pimpinan Pakatan Harapan (PH) selepas mengambil alih pemerintahan negara daripada Barisan Nasional (BN) berikutan kemenangan gabungan pembangkang pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14).

“Rakyat telah memutuskan bahawa sekarang adalah masa untuk pembangkang mengambil alih kuasa dan pembangkang telah membuat banyak janji. Jadi sekarang negara sedang memerhatikan kerajaan pembangkang ini melaksanakan janji-janji itu.

“Tetapi malangnya mereka (PH) mendapati diri mereka tidak dapat melaksanakan banyak janji mereka. Jadi, kini bermula pusingan seterusnya untuk memperlekehkan kerajaan,” katanya ketika menyampaikan ucaptama pada perasmikan Festival Demokrasi Kuala Lumpur 2019 di sini pada Sabtu.

Festival lima hari itu dianjurkan oleh Gerakan Pembaharuan Untuk Asia Tenggara (FORSEA).

Turut hadir, Menteri Pertahanan, Mohamad Sabu dan Menteri Besar Selangor, Amirudin Shari.

Dr Mahathir menegaskan bahawa usaha untuk menunaikan semua janji itu tidak mudah kerana sebahagiannya daripada situasi yang ditinggalkan oleh kerajaan sebelum ini amat buruk di mana langkah-langkah pembetulan dan pemulihan amat sukar.

“Tetapi rakyat ingin melihat perubahan sekarang. Sama ada mereka suka atau tidak, mereka perlu sabar dengan kerajaan sekarang kerana ia memakan masa untuk membetulkan segala salah laku oleh kerajaan terdahulu,” katanya.

Perdana Menteri menegaskan bahawa sistem yang sesuai dan terbaik untuk menukar sesebuah kerajaan adalah melalui demokrasi sedangkan sistem lain tidak dapat membawa perubahan secara damai.

“Ia memerlukan kemahuan minda atau budaya kecuali perubahan yang berlaku hanya dengan sokongan rakyat. Di masa lalu, apabila ada kerajaan autoritarian, perubahan hanya berlaku menerusi revolusi, revolusi yang ganas, perang saudara yang boleh memusnahkan negara.

“Tetapi dalam proses demokrasi, sokongan kerjasama rakyat boleh membawa kepada perubahan kerajaan. Oleh itu, walaupun  ketidaksempurnaannya namun ia masih menjadi sistem urus tadbir yang terbaik,” katanya.

Dr Mahathir, yang juga pengerusi PH, berkata Malaysia telah berjaya menerapkan sistem demokrasi dalam pilihan raya umum yang lalu apabila rakyat mengundi untuk perubahan dalam kerajaan buat pertama kali sejak 61 tahun tanpa sebarang keganasan dan proses peralihan kerajaan berjalan dengan lancar.

“Kita menyaksikan perubahan kerajaan berlaku akibat proses demokrasi dalam pilihan raya. Biasanya, mereka yang berkuasa akan cuba mengekalkan kedudukan mereka walaupun berdepan dengan semua bantahan.

“Mereka akan melakukan semua perkara yang salah tetapi malangnya mereka tidak berjaya.

“Justeru, peralihan kuasa daripada kerajaan berusia 61 tahun kepada kerajaan baharu ini telah dicapai tanpa keganasan. Tiada pergaduhan, kemusnahan dalam negara, tiada peperangan saudara atau apa-apa jua, sebaliknya sokongan padu kepada pembangkang.

“Kerajaan yang sekian lama memerintah terpaksa menerima hakikat bahawa mereka telah hilang kuasa,” katanya.

Dr Mahathir memberi peringatan bahawa sistem demokrasi ini tidak boleh diambil ringan kerana ia bukan sistem yang sempurna dan mempunyai banyak kelemahan yang boleh dieksploitasi.

Beliau menjelaskan apabila rakyat menukar kerajaan, kebersamaan dalam kerajaan baharu untuk memerintah amat penting dan jika tidak akan wujud kekacauan serta tidak membawa manfaat kepada peralihan demokrasi.

— BERNAMA

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Hence, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s game to extend his precarious position is continue the ‘Divide and Rule Strategy’.

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More reports on the Friday meeting between Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and PAS President Hj Hadi

The Malay Mail Online story:

PAS says backing for Dr M only on Islamic agenda, not Semenyih by-election

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 ― PAS has denied that it signed a letter agreeing not to support Umno in the Semenyih by-election, according to a report by Sinar Harian Online

This follows after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had revealed that PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had stated, in writing, not to support Umno in the ongoing by-election.

PAS Election Director Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said this is merely a form of psychological warfare from Dr Mahathir to try and influence the by-election.

Ahmad Samsuri further explained that PAS had signed only signed a letter supporting Dr Mahathir in strengthening the Islamic, Malay and the people’s agenda as a whole.

“So PAS stands behind the prime minister in that agenda and it has got nothing to do with the Semenyih by-election.

“It is also the same (support) we gave before, in supporting the prime minister’s view on not ratifying the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” he said.

Following Dr Mahathir’s revelations, Abdul Hadi had clarified that he had met with the prime minister to discuss administrative ties between the federal government and the Terengganu state government.

It was reported that Ahmad Samsuri, who is also Terengganu Mentri Besar and PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan was also present at the meeting.

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What is interesting is the statement that PAS issued on the said meeting:

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PAS would work with Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir if and when PPBM has been betrayed by PH component partners.

Astro Awani story:

Pas akan sokong Tun M jika berlaku pengkhianatan dalam PH – Takiyuddin

MARANG: Pas akan berdiri teguh menyokong kepimpinan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad jika berlaku pengkhianatan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Setiausaha Agungnya, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan berkata Pas komited dalam mempertahankan agama, negara dan bangsa dari sebarang bentuk ancaman.

Menurut Takiyuddin, bagi tujuan itu, Pas mengemukakan surat perakuan bertulis kepada Dr Mahathir selaku Pengerusi Bersatu dalam pertemuan yang berlangsung Di Yayasan Al-Bukhary, Kuala Lumpur, Jumaat lalu.

“Yang berhormat Tok Guru presiden kita dan juga Pas sendiri, seolah-olah kita menghidu sesuatu yang mungkin (terjadi) dalam kerajaan kita ni sehingga Tun sendiri mengeluarkan kenyataa jika ada parti komponen PH melakukan pengkhiatan kepada negara, beliau akan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya.

“Jadi kami melihat ini sesuatu yang merbahaya kepada negara. Oleh sebab itulah kita menyatakan sokongan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Harian Pas Pusat yang dipengerusikan presiden parti Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang di pejabat Kesatuan Ulama Islam Sedunia (KUIS) di Marang, petang Ahad.

Menurut Takiyuddin, perakuan bertulis itu adalah tanda sokongan Pas terhadap kepimpinan Dr Mahathir atas dasar menjaga kepentingan agama, negara dan bangsa sehingga Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 (PRU15).

Tun mahathir sebelum ini membuat kenyataan bahawa akan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya terhadap mana-mana parti komponen PH yang melakukan pengkhianatan kepada negara.

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This manifested the precarious position that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is facing with his PH coalition partners and the fragile co-operation is crumbling.

Published in: on February 17, 2019 at 10:15  Comments (2)  

Time to reshuffle

The Cambridge International University fiasco with the Deputy Foreign Minister Dato’ Marzuki Yahya’s credibility and integrity is under a lot of flak provided a good opportunity for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reshuffle the Cabinet and top party posts.

Joceline Tan column in The Star:

Marzuki looks to Dr M to save him from scandal



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The fake degree firestorm that is threatening to bring down the Deputy Foreign Minister could not have happened at a worse time for Bersatu. 

DEPUTY Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya’s political career was on the rise, especially after he was appointed to the key post of secretary-general of Bersatu.

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But the ground seems to be crumbling under his feet ever since the news broke about his fake university degree.

The Kedah-born Marzuki is fighting for his survival even as the cruel world of social media has pronounced him guilty and is demanding that he resigns from his Foreign Ministry job.

There is a firestorm of public opinion out there over what has been dubbed the “Scam-bridge scandal”.

Nobody, including Marzuki himself, had questioned post-May 9 media reports that he graduated from the prestigious Cambridge University.

But when the scandal broke, Marzuki clarified that it was Cambridge International University in the United States which, to his further embarrassment, turned out to be a degree mill.

By then, the issue had acquired a life of its own, beyond his control or that of his party.

The prevailing opinion on social media is that if he cannot be honest about something as simple as his academic background, how can he be trusted on affairs of state?

It has been pointed out that if this was the private sector, the person would have been fired without further ado because it is a question of his credibility and integrity.

The question on everyone’s lips is whether Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will take the necessary action to safeguard the image of his government and party.

As former Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi pointed out, the collateral damage to Bersatu is high given that Marzuki is the party’s secretary-general.

It is not only the party of the Prime Minister, Bersatu is supposed to be the backbone of Pakatan Harapan, and it aims to replace Umno as the party of choice for Malays.

“It’s messy and it looks quite indefensible because he is not a small fry. He has a big post and is the face of our Foreign Ministry,” said Ooi.

And as some have pointed out, where is Malaysia going to put her face when Marzuki comes face-to-face with, for example, Singapore ministers, many of whom are genuine Oxbridge products.

“I have known Marzuki since our days in Umno Youth, and he never claimed he was from Cambridge University. My personal experience with him is that he is always supportive and has integrity as a politician,” said Bersatu supreme council member Akhramsyah Sanusi.

But Akhramsyah, who is also Mara Corp chairman, admitted he was shocked by the public furore.

“I want to stress that he was chosen as a deputy minister mainly for his experience and sacrifices for the party.

“We want our leaders to be of the highest integrity but I also believe in giving people a second chance,” said Akhramsyah.

The Marzuki scandal could not have happened at a worse time for Bersatu which is facing a pivotal by-election in Semenyih.

It also opened the floodgates to greater scrutiny of the educational background of other Pakatan leaders including two Mentris Besar, both of who are from Bersatu.

Several Pakatan leaders have jumped to their defence, saying that one does not need a degree to be an effective politician.

They are perfectly right except that the issue here concerns the integrity of politicians who have fake qualifications.

Marzuki is also on the threshold of possibly being declared the real winner for the Tasik Gelugor parliamentary seat in Penang.

Marzuki, who lost the seat in the general election by only 81 votes, applied to the courts for a recount on the grounds there were 297 unreturned postal votes and 689 spoilt votes.

The scandal has cast a pall over the court application.

Those familiar with Dr Mahathir do not expect him to ask Marzuki to resign.

The elderly leader has a track record of defending the indefensible for as long as the person is his loyalist. 

But this is New Malaysia. If Dr Mahathir decides to save Marzuki, he will not get the same docile reaction from the public as during his first round as Prime Minister.

Nevertheless, he will have the last say as the Prime Minister and chairman of his party.

The fake degree scandal underscores the perception that Bersatu is seriously short of qualified and capable people to fill government posts. This issue is one more reason why Dr Mahathir should reshuffle his Cabinet sooner rather than later.

It will be awkward for Marzuki to continue in foreign affairs. If Dr Mahathir decides to keep him, he may want to put Marzuki where he does not have to represent the country.

Perhaps the most baffling thing about this whole rigmarole is that in the Internet era, where almost everything one does has a digital footprint, there are still people who think they can get away with faking their academic qualifications.

“Let this serve as a lesson for New Malaysia,” said Ooi.


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This created a lot of ruckus and heated, be it in in the mainstream and social media.

Utusan Online story:

Rakyat wajib bangkit menentang, jatuhkan pemimpin ‘sijil palsu’ – Penganalisa

KUALA LUMPUR 9 Feb. – Masyarakat Malaysia wajib bangkit menentang dan menjatuhkan pemimpin yang mempunyai kelayakan akademik palsu kerana dilihat mempimpin negara ini dalam kepalsuan.

Perkara itu ditegaskan oleh Profesor Penyelidikan Dasar dan Pengajian Antarabangsa Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Prof. Datuk Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican yang menyifatkan tiada tolak ansur berhubung dakwaan berkenaan kerana hal itu melibatkan etika politik.

Sambil mempersoalkan mengapa terdapat segelintir golongan yang berpendidikan masih menerima pemimpin ‘palsu’ itu atas dasar kejujuran, Dr. Ahmad Murad menggesa Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mesti mewujudkan kod amalan parti dan ahli parti politik.

“Mengapa perlu kita bertoleransi terhadap pemimpin palsu yang memalsukan imej mereka? Mengapa perlu kita terima mereka sebagai Timbalan Menteri (luar), menteri besar atau Menteri Kabinet?

TRANSKRIP dan sijil Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pentadbiran Perniagaan yang dimiliki Datuk Marzuki Yahya dar

TRANSKRIP dan sijil Ijazah Sarjana Muda Pentadbiran Perniagaan yang dimiliki Datuk Marzuki Yahya dari Cambridge International University (CIU) Amerika Syarikat. – UTUSAN ONLINE

“Mengapa mereka yang terdidik, tidak kira kelayakan asalkan dipaparkan dengan jujur, menerima mereka yang palsu ini sebagai pemimpin kita di Malaysia? Warga negara wajib bangkit menentang dan menjatuhkan mereka yang memimpin kita dalam kepalsuan. Tiada tolak ansur dalam hal ini.

“SPR mesti mewujudkan kod amalan parti dan ahli parti politik. Pengawalan selia politikus mesti dilaksanakan. ‘Enough is enough’,” tegasnya dalam status hantaran di laman Facebook rasminya, Ahmad Murad Merican, di sini hari ini.

Utusan Malaysia hari ini melaporkan isu ‘sijil palsu’ Timbalan Menteri Luar, Datuk Marzuki Yahya kini mendapat perhatian antarabangsa apabila agensi berita, AFP mela¬porkan mengenainya.

Selepas cerita ‘sijil palsu’ Marzuki, orang ramai mula meragui kelayakan Menteri Besar, Datuk Osman Sapian yang mendakwa mempunyai ijazah dan diploma Perakaunan dari Universiti Pertanian Malaysia yang kini dikenali sebagai Universiti Putra Malaysia. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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And Sinar Harian story:

Ijazah palsu, MB Johor hanya tersenyum

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There is also now a new public discourse mainly through social media on Housing Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin’s Degree from National University of Singapore.

The Star Online story:

Zuraida: I never claimed I was an NUS graduate


PETALING JAYA: Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin says that she never claimed to be a graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

“I have never claimed or held myself to be a graduate of NUS and I have never authorised anyone else to do so,” she said.

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Zuraida added that she was disappointed that no one had verified the fact with her before the news was published.

She was responding to allegations that her academic credentials had been falsified after a Twitter user said he was unable to find her name on the NUS’ online degree verification portal.

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The tweet included a Bernama infographic, which stated that she had obtained a social science degree from the University of Singapore.

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On its website, NUS stated that it was established in 1980 after a merger between the University of Singapore and Nanyang University.

Zuraida also said that she was not responsible for any wrongful information online which stated that she was an NUS graduate.

A check revealed that there have been numerous edits to her Wikipedia page to reflect that Zuraida had graduated from “Harvard University of higher learning” and even a “Syok Sendiri University”.

However, Wikipedia shows that the username of the person who made those changes does not exist.

There are six autonomous universities in Singapore including the NUS.

Others are Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Social Sciences.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/02/09/zuraida-i-never-claimed-i-was-an-nus-graduate/#EklSWeSJouBiLPeQ.99

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This is very appalling.

Imagine, what are HE Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Charge d’Affairs to Kuala Lumpur representing their Kings, Queens and/or Presidents and the people, are reporting back to their leaders, on the matter of education integrity pertaining to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs?

Addendum: Other Cabinet Ministers and Menteri Besars also.

What does it reflect about us, Federation of Malaysia and Malaysians.

It is time to make changes. It is time for Cabinet and party Supreme Council positions to be reshuffled.

Bring in more credible leaders, within the party into the centre court and replace these leaders with doubtful education qualification and their dodgy attitude of not being truthful about it.

Example of party leaders worthy to be considered, Dato’ Dr Rais Hussin, Akramsyah Muammar Ubaidullah Sanusi, Tariq Mustapha and Wan Shahrir.

One note from a staunch PPBM supporter:

1. Beberapa hari ini, isu mengenai kelulusan akademik YB Datuk Marzuki Yahya hangat diperkatakan di merata tempat, malah di luar negara.

2. Isu kelulusan akademik sebegini bukanlah isu yang baru. Malah beberapa personaliti politik dan bisnes pernah diselubungi isu yang sama.

3. Namun begitu, mereka tidak memegang jawatan di dalam Kabinet Kerajaan Malaysia.

4. Kita mesti memegang ahli2 eksekutif Kerajaan Malaysia di standard integriti dan moral yang tinggi.

5. Oleh yang demikian, untuk memelihara integriti Kerajaan dan Parti, adalah wajar YB Datuk Marzuki untuk melepaskan jawatan Kerajaan serta Setiausaha Agung PPBM.

6. Tambahan lagi, kerajaan mesti diberi ruang untuk terus fokus kepada isu2 negara, tanpa dihindari oleh isu2 peribadi pemimpin.

7. Untuk menangani isu ini, lantiklah pengganti beliau individu yang mempunyai latar belakang akademik yang cemerlang agar ini membuktikan kepada Rakyat bahawa PPBM mempunyai pemimpin yang hebat.

AA: 9/2/19

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Even level headed staunch party supporters making this call. The matter of integrity has to be resolved.

Published in: on February 9, 2019 at 14:45  Leave a Comment  

Four wrongs don’t make it right

Two wrongs don’t make it right, what else if four wrongs.

The Edge Daily story:

The Edge chairman gifts 1MDB whistle-blower Justo US$2 million

(Jan 31): The Edge Media Group chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong has gifted whistle-blower Xavier Andre Justo RM8.2 million (US$2 million) for his help in exposing wrong-doings at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Justo, his wife Laura and four-year-old son Zander, visited The Edge Media Group’s office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on Jan 31, where they met Tong and group publisher and CEO Ho Kay Tat.

“The gift to Justo is in appreciation of his contribution to Malaysia in helping to expose the kleptocracy of the past Government,” said Tong. “Without him, the wrongdoings involving 1MDB, as exposed by The Edge, would not have come to light.”

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The exposés that started in March 2015 led to a global investigation in the US, Switzerland and Singapore that revealed that as much as US$6.5 billion belonging to 1MDB had been stolen.

The US Department of Justice described it as the largest case of kleptocracy it had ever uncovered.

Justo paid a heavy price for providing information to The Edge as well as Sarawak Report, which showed billions were stolen from 1MDB under the guise of a joint venture with PetroSaudi International between 2009 and 2011.

Justo was arrested in June 2015 on blackmail charges, paraded in front of selected media in Bangkok as if he was a hardcore criminal, and then incarcerated in a Thai prison for 18 months.

“His family was harassed and intimidated while he was languishing in jail. No one should have to go through what he had to endure for helping to reveal the truth,” said Tong. “On behalf of all Malaysians, I would like to say thank you to him and his family.

“I would also like to add that Justo has confirmed to me that the accusation that he stole the data is untrue. My lawyers had tried to reach PetroSaudi on their past claims and they had chosen repeatedly not to respond.”

Justo expressed his appreciation for the gesture by Tong.

“I would like to say thank you to Tong. The gift from him will go a long way in helping me and my family rebuild our lives,” he said. “I take comfort (from the fact) that I have not suffered in vain. Malaysians got to learn the truth (about 1MDB) and I eventually got my freedom back.”

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The fact is that Xavier Justo stole the data (e mails) from 1MDB database server. He then manipulated them.

Then he tried to sell them, for a lot of money.

Now, Justo is being ‘rewarded’ for all those wrongs?

It is travesty of our value system, if not decency. Much could be said about integrity and professional and the reward for that.

It is interesting what MACC has to say about this. It is already interesting what MACC felt about the Federal Government doing away with the National Integrity Plan for National Anti-Corruption Plan and the creation of a brand new agency, on top MACC and IIM.

Published in: on January 31, 2019 at 21:00  Leave a Comment  

Periok memanggil kuali legam

Pemimpin politik tinggal wajar cuba berlagak suci sedangkan diri sendiri pernah bergelumang ‘mengotori’ dengan kancah permainan korporat, yang masih menjadi tanda-tanya bagaimana ianya bermula tatkala asas permulaan itu sebenarnya adalah alat proksi pengamal kroni kapitalism (capital cronysim).

Tindakan terhadap jenayah korporat

Penulisan ini konon-konon sebagai peringatan penjarah pasaran modal dan sektor permodalan.

Penulis yang hari ini menjadi politikus dengan menggunakan pengaruh kewartawanan untuk memanjangkan agenda politik, beberapa menyundalkan aspek kewartawanan dengan penulisan yang tidak adil dan termasuk penulisan yang disifatkan penghinaan institiusi Raja sehingga disiasat polis bawah laporan kerana percubaan menghasut.

Pendefinisan peribadi melalui penulisan yang tiada asas untuk membelakangi hujah dah pendapat sebenarnya mungkin akan lebih mengelirukan pembaca, sekiranya tidak agenda peracuni minda pemikiran orang ramai.

Hakikatnya, aktiviti dalam pasaran modal dan permodalan saham tiada definisi dah takrifan jelas membezakan dan memberikan sempadan mutlak antara perdagangan, permainan dan kegiatan mencari untung pasaran (market trading, rigging and profit taking).

Kemungkinan besar ianya akan atas pentafsiran pihak yang berwajib pada keadaan semasa, untuk mengariskan sempadan berasasnya peruntukan perundangan dan andaian pihak penyiasat.

Ianya akan menjurus kepada menghampakan peserta dan pengendali pasaran modal dan permodalan baru, terutama mereka yang akan melapesi industri dengan modal baru dan kedudukan kewangan dan pembiayaan kewangan akan datang.

Ini termasuk peserta Melayu dan dikalangan professional muda dan baru berjaya menjayakan perniagaan dan perusahaan mereka, terutama dalam zaman digital dan perdagangan elektronik, yang memberikan begitu luas peluang meneroka kekayaan baru.

Kekayaan dan dana baru serta akses kepada derivatif dan instrumen kewangan baru dan canggih akan mudah disalah tafsirkan sebagai amalan capital cronyism dan permainan proksi, terutama sebagai topeng dan boneka politik.

Ianya mengungkit sejarah gelap lepas pasaran modal dan eksesais korporat tatkala, Melayu Baru mula mendapat kedudukan dukungan pasaran modal yang semakin kukuh dengan peluang perusahan dan perniagaan mencanak naik terbit dari dasar politik dan peluang yang dipelupuri kerajaan memerintah.

Laporan Straits Times:

Lawsuit sheds light on UMNO Inc

Mr Khalid (above) is suing Mr Rahman for payment for a block of Realmild shares. — PHOTOS: NEW STRAITS TIMES, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, REUTERS

The Straits Times, August 28, 2010

Among the disclosures: How nominees hold shares on behalf of leaders

By Leslie Lopez, Senior Regional Correspondent

KUALA LUMPUR: A court battle here over shares in a company that once controlled Malaysia’s most established media group is offering a rare glimpse into how Umno’s business empire worked.

Specifically, it is shedding unusual light on the ruling party’s use of nominees, who held stakes in companies on behalf of leading figures like the former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The dispute in question centres on a block of shares of Realmild Sdn Bhd, a private entity which, at one time, owned controlling stakes in publishing group New Straits Times (NST) Bhd and Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd, or TV3, two media entities affiliated to Umno.

Businessman Khalid Ahmad, one of four original shareholders of Realmild, is suing another businessman, Datuk Seri Rahman Maidin, for reneging on an agreement to pay roughly RM10 million (S$4.3 million) for Datuk Khalid’s 5 per cent interest in the investment holding company.

The sum involved is paltry for business disputes involving large corporations in Malaysia. The court case also does not affect control of the two media entities, which are now in the hands of the state’s Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

But the testimonies and court documents have shown the extent of influence senior members of Malaysia’s political elite, including Dr Mahathir, had in the running of large Malaysian conglomerates.

Some of the more startling disclosures in the Realmild case included a letter Mr Rahman wrote in early 2002 to Dr Mahathir, who was then premier and Umno president.

In the letter, Mr Rahman said he would abide by instructions from Tan Sri Nor Mohamad Yakcop, currently Malaysia’s Economic Planning Minister, to surrender his entire shareholding in Realmild because the shares were held in trust for Umno.

Separately, another nominee, Datuk Nazri Abdullah, a former editor of the NST Group and one-time Realmild shareholder, told the High Court he had held 70 per cent of Realmild in trust for Dr Mahathir.

‘I transferred all my shares. I would have kept them if they were mine,’ he told The Straits Times later.

Umno’s corporate holdings have long been a subject of keen interest among bankers and foreign investors because of the party’s dominant role in government and its control over the national economy.

The party has been in business since the late 1960s. But its corporate expansion went into overdrive only after Dr Mahathir became prime minister and Umno president in 1981.

Under him and then-finance minister Daim Zainuddin, large state contracts were awarded to corporate affiliates of the party under Malaysia’s privatisation programme.

In the case of Realmild, it shot to prominence in early 1991 when it emerged as a private vehicle used by close associates of the then-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim to take control of NST and TV3, both of which were at the time part of the Renong group, a larger, public-listed segment of the Umno business empire.

At the time, Datuk Seri Anwar was widely considered to be Dr Mahathir’s heir.

However, both men fell out bitterly in 1998. Mr Anwar was subsequently jailed on charges of corruption and sexual misconduct, while his closest associates were purged from their privileged positions in politics and business.

Among the fallen were Mr Nazri and Mr Khalid of Realmild.

Questioned in court this week, Mr Nazri acknowledged that he was a victim of the Mahathir-Anwar fallout.

He also said that he was ordered by Tun Daim, who was also Umno treasurer then, to transfer his 80 per cent holdings in Realmild to new business nominees for the party.

‘I was holding 70 per cent in trust for Dr Mahathir,’ he told the court, adding that the other 10 per cent were his own shares.

Mr Rahman was later picked as the new nominee for the Umno shares and he negotiated separately to acquire roughly 5 per cent of Mr Khalid’s shares in Realmild for RM10 million.

According to court documents, Mr Khalid received half the settlement amount and is now suing Mr Rahman for the remainder.

Mr Rahman himself later fell victim to the vagaries of Malaysian politics when Dr Mahathir and Mr Daim had a falling-out.

He is refusing to settle with Mr Khalid because he claims that he himself was not paid when he was ordered to surrender his holdings in Realmild back to Umno. He is also disputing that Mr Khalid was the rightful owner of the shares.

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Haikatnya, sehingga hari ini pasca suku abad setelah ianya berlaku eksesais korporat dimana seorang wartawan pemakan gaji (salaried journalist) yang tiada modal dan rekod sebagai usahawan boleh terlibat dan didanakan dalam skima pembiayaan berjumlah RM806 juta melalui pembiayaan dana sindikasi.

Ianya masih menjadi tandatanya dan misteri bagaimana proses meluluskan pembiayaan saham oleh sektor perbankan dan pasaran kewangan masa itu dan bagaimana kuasa politik dan eksekutif Kerajaan boleh mempengaruhi keputusan sektor perbankan, pembiayaan modal dan pasaran saham, dana dan laba.

Sekiranya diri sendiri dan gerombolan tertentu telah terjerebak dalam kancah korporat menjadi keparat capital cronyism dan menjadi bahan perbincangan yang hangat setelah sekian lama, termasuk media antarabangsa, maka tidak wajar untuk hari ini berlagak suci.

Konco-konco kroni sealiran dan sebakul musim yang sama begitu tamak menagih-agihkan sesama mereka peluang untuk menjarah sektor permodalan, dengan modal dan amalan capital cronyism yang sama dan bertopengkan untuk kepentingan dan kelangsungan politik pihak tertentu.

Apakah hari ini, ‘tangan ghaib’ dahulu menjelma semula dan sedang mengorak langkah untuk menguasai samada secara langsung atau tidak pasaran modal, permodalan, dana dan laba.

Ianya lebih menjadi misteri terutama pasaran modal, dana dan laba hilang lebih RM200billion sepanjang dua belas bulan kebelakangan ini dan dikatakan pemain asing telah melepaskan pegangan dan pengaruh mereka kepada pasaran dan industri dana dan laba tempatan.

Kelompongan ini memberikan ruang kepada kuasa kroni kapitalis, untuk menguasai dan mengaut banyak peluang dalam pasaran modal dan saham, terutama apabila harga dan nilai pasaran amat rendah dan tidak menberikan kesaksamaan pada nilai asset bersih (net tangible asset).

Hari ini, percaturan dan perlumbaan pengaruh, penguasaan dan pertentangan politik antara dua pemimpin politikus tertinggi lebih suku abad lampau kembali mengunjung dan akan menyundalkan semula senario politik Malaysia, terutama orang Melayu.

Allahualam.

Published in: on January 28, 2019 at 23:45  Leave a Comment  

Waterloo in the Highlands

The ruling party Pakatan Harapan not only lost the Cameron Highlands by-election in a humiliating defeat of failed political play using racism card and gross inability to deliver 14GE Manifesto as Malaysia dwindles south, in a vicious cycle.

Joceline Tan analysis in The Star:

Disturbing signals from Camerons



THE Cameron Highlands by-election ought to have been a cautionary tale on what not to do in an election campaign.

The fact that it was called because of a corrupt act of money politics brought into sharp focus the need to play it by the rules.

Instead, there were simply too many incidents of rules being flouted and it was ironic that a number of these incidents involved the very party whose complaints of wrongdoing led to the by-election being called.

“This by-election could have set the tone on what a clean and fair election should be like. But it was a cautionary tale that seems to have been wasted on the political players,” said political commentator Khaw Veon Szu.

Both sides, said Khaw, are still struggling to live up to the expectations of New Malaysia.

Barisan Nasional’s Ramli Mohd Nor, the first orang asli to join Parliament, won with a majority that was five times more than the winning majority in the general election (GE14).

But as Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Sharkar Shamsuddin admitted, Barisan won on the strength of Malay and orang asli votes.

Pakatan Harapan candidate M. Manogaran’s support came largely from the Chinese and Indians. 

“The racial divide makes me worry for the future,” said Sharkar, who is also the assemblyman for Lanchang, Pahang.

It is evident that the majority of Chinese still refuse to support Umno while the Malays reject DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.

There are several conclusions to be drawn from the polls outcome.

The orang asli vote was very important but the glaring fact is that when Umno and PAS join forces, they can win without the help of the Chinese or Indians.

But Pakatan, even with overwhelming Chinese and Indian support cannot win without Malay votes. 

There has clearly been a retreat in Malay support for Pakatan. The anti-Icerd rally was proof of that – and the ruling coalition could be inching towards dangerous terrain unless it can regain the confidence of the Malays.

It was quite a shock to Pakatan that despite the endless play-up of the FGV or Felda Global Venture scandal, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is still popular among the Felda settlers in the Cameron Highlands area.

The reason is that their lives were better under Najib than under the current government.

Another stunning thing about the by-election was the thrashing that Pakatan leaders had to endure from netizens, be it on Facebook or Twitter.

It has to do with the fact that the people judge you differently when you are in power and they expect more of you.

Moreover, this is the age of social media where everything and anyone is fair game, be it Pakatan’s attempt to use the forestry department vehicles to campaign or Chef Wan’s remark about wanting to slap Najib.

Both incidents were roundly scorched by Najib’s Facebook followers.

Things that netizens used to hurl at Barisan are now being directed at Pakatan leaders and it has been hell for them to be at the receiving end.

At the same time, much of Pakatan’s troubles were a result of own goals. 

Manogaran scored the first own goal at the start of the campaign with that racist remark that Malays do not even want to buy kuih from orang asli.

Then, he broke election laws by entering a polling area wearing a shirt with the Pakatan logo.

And after all that, he accused Barisan of playing the race card, causing a storm on the Internet.

One netizen said: “Barisan played the race card, you played the stupid card.”

In contrast, his opponent Ramli could be the first Barisan candidate to have not said anything stupid during a campaign. 

Actually, he did not say anything of significance at all but his credentials as an ex-police officer from the Semai tribe put him in a class of his own.

Even the once untouchable Lim Kit Siang was not spared especially after he made what could be one of the greatest boo-boos of his career when he offered to give full citizenship to the orang asli if they voted for Pakatan.

The DAP leader was also heckled by Malay diners when he and Manogaran tried to lead a lion dance troupe into a restaurant.

Lim and Najib were the two leading and opposing figures throughout the campaign.

Lim has been so successful at blackening Najib’s image among the Chinese base but nothing Lim said seemed to resonate on Malay ground.

He looked ancient, his speaking style is out-of-date and his Bahasa Malaysia is terrible. 

DAP needs a younger and more contemporary face and voice to reconnect with the Malays and to connect with the millennials whom, as former Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi pointed out, will decide the next general election. 

There is no denying that Najib, despite his 1MDB troubles, played an important role in the Barisan campaign.

He was the one the orang asli wanted to see, hear and touch.

He has somehow mastered the art of social media and his FB postings can draw as many as 25,000 likes within hours as well as thousands of comments.

A video of him driving a jeep through the rushing waters of a river got more than 53,000 views.

He has four million followers on Twitter, 3.7 million on Facebook and 556,000 on Instagram.

But more than that, he has ignited some sort of Malay groundswell especially after the way he took on Pakatan leaders like the Lim father-and-son team as well as Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad during the highland campaign.

Some imagine that he is trying to make a comeback but they could not be more wrong. 

Najib’s resurgence has to do with the fact that he is willing to be the opposition voice that Malays are looking for to articulate their discontent with the current government.

Najib’s “Malu apa Bossku” slogan has struck a chord with the younger set of the B40 who obviously do not like leaders who constantly label them as lazy.

Malu apa” means “so what?” and it encapsulates that anti-establishment sentiment of the underclass.

He has tapped into the discontent of this group of young Malays who feel marginalised at the moment.

The Cameron Highlands polls gave Najib the stage to project his newfound role as a leading opposition figure and it is possible that he helped Barisan extend their Malay support beyond Cameron Highlands.

But will he be able to bring his opposition voice to the next stop in the Semenyih by-election?



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There are other interesting factors in this political test.

The Federal Government leaders all out gone down to Cameron Highlands, for the campaign.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali, Minister of Agriculture Salahuddin Ayob, Human Resource Minister Kulasegaran, all and sundry.

Chinese Chauvinist DAP Emperorissimo Lim Kit Siang was very active of them all in Cameron Highlands, even in the Orang Asli settlements. That is not withstanding PKR President Dato Seri Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s campaign, trying to wrestle the western most Pahang parliamentary constituency from BN.

It was a full force, trying to capture a seat which BN marginally able to defend in 14GE just nine months ago.

Now with lesser men and women in the fields and much lesser resources, BN gone to the trenches for the defence of Cameron Highlands.

What interesting is the analysis of the Cameron Highlands by-election. Institut Darul Ehsan did an extensive research before, during and a post by-election analysis:

The conclusion is very interesting. Even as the ruling party and Federal Government, PH failed to win over the confidence of the Orang Asli.

What is even more interesting, the Malays demonstrated ‘Political Wisdom’.

It was already a known fact all along PH even as the Federal Government won’t do well in the FELDA areas, all on the East of the constituency.

Especially with an arrogant DAP candidate like Manogaran, who don’t even have the audacity to register as the local voter in his third straight attempt to represent the Cameronians.

The UMNO strategy during Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak’s tenure then as UMNO President VII to befriend and work with PAS finally paid off.

Tactically, it was an MT UMNO and MP for Pasir Salak Dato’ Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman who managed to get UMNO President Dato Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Dato Seri Haji Hadi Awang and 30,000 of their members to converge for solidarity as an Ummah in Pasir Salak nine weeks ago.

It was a thunderous show of force the Malay-Muslims could be united for a common cause.

Thereon, under UMNO President VIII Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi the close co-operation finally gel into tactical when the massive Malay-Muslim rally against ICERD six weeks ago saw 300,000 people converged in Dataran Merdeka.

Of course, it’s translated further in the bond for the cause of Fireman Muhammad Adib Kassim tragic murder which escalated from racism and seditious calls by HINDRAF and DAP leaders still yet to be solved.

The Malay-Muslim bond tactics which saw shifts in votes from traditional PAS voters is very apparent.

The Malay Mail Online story:

After Cameron, MP sees long road ahead for Pakatan

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 — Pakatan Harapan’s failure to secure the Bumiputera support needed to win the Cameron Highlands by-election exposes the pact’s continued weakness among the country’s majority, according to DAP’s Ong Kian Ming.

The Bangi federal lawmaker said the Saturday outcome also confirmed his earlier prediction that the pact’s fortunes would hinge on its ability to improve on the Malay and Orang Asli communities’ support from last year’s general election.

DAP’s M. Manogaran was easily defeated by Barisan Nasional’s direct candidate, former Orang Asli police officer Ramli Mohd Nor, by a margin of over 3,000 votes or a magnitude more than the 597 votes from the 14th general election.

From a preliminary analysis of the result, Ong said it was still too early to deduce the complete reasons for PH’s inability to crack the BN stronghold.

“One thing, however, is clear. Just because PH is in power at the federal level, we cannot assume that there will be a natural shift in support towards the federal government among those groups who have been seen to be more reliant on the support provided by the federal government.

“This would include the Orang Asli communities and the Felda settlers, two of the most important voting groups in Cameron Highlands,” Ong said in a statement.

He added that the ruling coalition must now redouble its efforts to win the “hearts and minds” of voters from Malaysia’s dominant indigenous communities in addition to retaining its current support from others in the country.

Ong also said lessons from the Cameron Highlands poll will provide the basis for the pact’s action plan to retain federal power four years from now.

According to Ong’s study of data by voting districts, PH largely retained its support from Chinese voters and improved among the Indian community, but was not able to gain any ground among Malay voters.

The Cameron Highlands poll was the first won by BN since its general election defeat and provided a glimpse into the possible political shift that could be achieved through an organised partnership with Islamist party PAS.

PAS sat out the by-election and threw its full support behind Ramli. The Islamists had secured over 3,000 ballots during the 14th general election or approximately the same number gained by BN in this poll.

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The writings were already on three wall. Post the two massive Malay-Muslim rallies and demonstrated the cohesiveness of tactical co-operation between UMNO and PAS and coupled with the public dismay on the murder of Fireman Muhamad Adib KASSIM still unsolved and the rakyat’s grouses on the PH’s delivery of promises, it was just about getting there.

Intact, MT UMNO member and Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin already nearly precisely projected BN’s win of 3,000 votes majority nine days before polling.

Utusan Malaysia story:

BN mampu menang majoriti lebih 3,000

KETUA UMNO Bahagian Pasir Salak,Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman

KETUA UMNO Bahagian Pasir Salak,Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman bercakap pada sidang akhbar pada majlis minum petang di Ben’s Restauran Bangsar Shopping Centre di sini, hari ini. – UTUSAN ONLINE/AZLAN HADI ABU BAKAR

KUALA LUMPUR 17 Jan. – Barisan Nasional (BN) diyakini mampu mempertahankan kerusi Parlimen Cameron Highlands dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) kali ini pada majoriti yang lebih besar.

Perkara tersebut bersandarkan kepada beberapa faktor antaranya tiada pertembungan tiga penjuru, selain faktor calon yang juga merupakan penduduk tempatan.

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO (MT), Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman menegaskan faktor pengundi yang semakin ‘muak’ dengan Pakatan Harapan (PH) kerana gagal membela nasib mereka juga dilihat mampu membantu kejayaan BN.

“Kita yakin mampu mempertahankan kerusi dengan majoriti 3,000 ke atas. Lebih banyak daripada yang kita miliki dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

“Jentera pilihan raya UMNO dan Barisan Nasional (BN) berada dalam keadaan baik, calon pun Orang Asli tempatan, mana mungkin mereka tidak sokong calon sendiri,” katanya

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemui dalam Majlis Santai Teh Tarik Bersama Media, di sini hari ini.

BN meletakkan bekas pegawai kanan polis yang juga wakil kaum Orang Asli, Ramli Mohd. Nor sebagai calon PRK Parlimen Cameron Highlands pada 26 Januari ini. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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Emperor Bonaparte and Marshall Ney saw their Waterloo in the fields ten miles south of Brussels in the afternoon of 18 June 1815.

On the afternoon of 26 Jan 2018, Dr Mahathir, Kit Siang, Guan Eng, Anwar, Wan Azizah, Kulasegaran, Mat Sabu, Salahuddin, all and sundry, got their egg straight in the face.

Unlike in plains of the farm in Belgium 203 years earlier, the got rotten tomatoes in the highlands.

Published in: on January 28, 2019 at 11:30  Leave a Comment  

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.

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