Et tu Brute

At the rate of how the developments of sentiments and voracity of the ‘Rumblings in the Interior’ Deputy PKR President and a long time PKR staunchest leader Dato’ Seri Azmin Mohamed Ali has his numbered days, even sorted by decimals.

Joceline Tan’s Sunday column in the Star:

Knives are out for Azmin


IT has been an extremely agonising couple of months for Datuk Seri Azmin Ali with the political spotlight trained squarely on this once golden boy of PKR.

Despite his diligence to his ministerial duties, the sex video issue has yet to dissipate going by the nasty comments on his social media accounts while the rift between him and his party president continues to make the news.

He has lost some weight but has not lost his boyish good looks.

But make no mistake, the Economic Affairs Minister has survived the worst crisis of his career, thanks largely to the protection of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the man he used to address as “uncle”.

His Cabinet post is intact as long as Dr Mahathir is there but he will struggle to go beyond that in the coming years unless something miraculous happens.

Given that, his endorsement of the Opposition’s support for Dr Mahathir to go on for a full term did not come as a surprise but it has infuriated people in his party.

Many in PKR saw it as proof that Azmin does not support what Dungun division chief Rahman Yusof refers to as hasrat PKR – the party’s aspiration to make Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the next prime minister.

“All his tweets wishing Mahathir long life to do his job, that is fine with us because we also wish the PM well. But to align with the Opposition, that is crossing the line, ” said Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.The disciplinary board has been under pressure to act against the deputy president.

There has been a steady stream of complaints to the disciplinary board since last month when 28 signatories released an open letter supporting Azmin and reprimanding Anwar for not standing by Azmin over the video issue.

Selayang MP and Anwar loyalist William Leong said it sparked off a groundswell of criticism from the grassroots.

Azmin’s zero attendance at any of the party’s supreme council and political bureau meetings since November has also been dredged up against him.

Azmin may have realised that he has gone too far because he finally acknowledged Anwar as the future prime minister a few days ago.

It was the first time since the acrimonious party elections that he has publicly said something to that effect.

Telling pressmen not to make assumptions about him, he denied that he does not support Anwar for the top job, and said he has no problems with Anwar.

But the fallout between him and Anwar started almost immediately after the party congress last year.

When the top two met after the congress, they had apparently agreed that Datuk Mansor Othman, who is close to both Anwar and Azmin, would take over from Datuk Saifuddin Nasution as secretary-general.

Azmin was furious when Anwar later decided to reappoint Saifuddin to the key post.

It was the big thorn in a string of disagreements over appointments to the supreme council, political bureaus as well as the state chairmen.

“It is not healthy for a party to have to face this kind of politicking. I’m not sure how it can be sorted out but our job is to serve the people, not fight for power, ” said Selangor PKR Youth chief Najwan Halimi.

PKR took a bold step when it sacked Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz weeks after he confessed to being the man in the video.

But would PKR dare act against Azmin?

Haziq was a nobody in the party but Azmin is the No.2 and a minister who is being shielded by Dr Mahathir.

It is learnt that Dr Mahathir, who has developed a liking for Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, had advised her to remain in PKR and strengthen the party rather than seek an exit route.

The elder man knows that if Azmin or any of his key loyalists were to quit the party, he would not be able to keep them in the Cabinet because Cabinet members have to come from the coalition partners.

Strange as it may sound, the man who is most reluctant to act against Azmin is none other than Anwar.

“Members want Anwar to take a stronger stand on those seen as undermining the party or else there will be no discipline in the party. But he is too soft-hearted towards his enemies, ” said Leong.

For instance, Anwar has been reaching out not only to Azmin but also Zuraida who has been a ferocious critic.

When they crossed paths in Parliament recently, he said they should have a chat.

Half an hour later, his aide called Zuraida to Anwar’s parliament office where both of them spoke their minds on what went wrong between their two respective camps.

Zuraida used to be seen as a mere sidekick of Azmin.

But she has since emerged as a leader in her own right. She has strong views and is not afraid to speak her mind or stick her neck out for what she believes in.

Anwar understands the necessity of keeping the party in one piece.

Losing a deputy president would damage the image of the party and it is better to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Forcing out Azmin would also mean losing MPs who may choose to follow Azmin out.

Everyone agrees that Anwar is playing the game well the second time around – olive branches to his enemies, regular meetings with the Prime Minister while letting others do the hard-hitting.

His supporters were elated when Dr Mahathir said he would pass the baton to Anwar unless someone holds a gun to his head.

It was the strongest assurance on the transition thus far.

Anwar’s only challenge now is to play nice with Azmin and wait patiently for the big day.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Star.

image: https://apicms.thestar.com.my/uploads/authors/423.jpg

Joceline Tan

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/2019/08/04/knives-are-out-for-azmin#y32cCw1r3LFtEX6h.9

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The conundrum of which the ‘Semburit Scandal’ dragged Azmin’s political stardom turn down south sharply and digressed into desperation is abundantly clear.

PKR Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim May seemingly playing it cool and try to be nonchalant about the growing dissatisfaction amongst PKR upper echelon and leaders of Azmin’s game.

However, the mechanism is being mobilised and regardless how well networked Azmin’s faction is within the party, having the notion of being Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s blue-eyed-boy wouldn’t resonate well.

The Star story:

197 PKR division chiefs voice support for Anwar to helm party and be country’s 8th PM


  • NATION

  • Sunday, 04 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: PKR division chiefs have expressed their support to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the party president and as the country’s next Prime Minister, amid reports of an internal crisis in the party.

A joint statement issued by 197 PKR division chiefs nationwide said they felt compelled to express their solid support to Anwar to drive and lead the party.

The party has 219 division chiefs nationwide.

“This support directly proves that Keadilan (PKR) is still solid and united under Anwar’s leadership, and at the same time dispels the perception that the party is facing turmoil and is split.

A viral sex video controversy that allegedly implicated PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali marked the latest in an internal rift between supporters of Azmin and Anwar.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/04/197-pkr-division-chiefs-voice-support-for-anwar-to-helm-party-and-be-country039s-8th-pm#wpl8VkRHFCLpU4zE.99

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Many of them, particularly the ‘Otai Reformasi’ lot who have sacrificed a good part of the life for the cause of ‘Reformasi’ coming to twenty years now, wouldn’t take this ‘Not handing over to Anwar’ rather kindly.

In fact, they abhorred the notion that the coalition of DAP-PKR has decided to make Dr Mahathir as their front in their bid to ouster Barisan Nasional a little over two years ago.

PKR leaders are observing situation very closely. It interesting that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is wrangling up support from Opposition leaders to prop his position.

Particularly, in the growing development of demand for him to make the time table for handover of power to Mat King Leather.

Utusan Malaysia story:

Ahli DAP gesa Tun bersikap gentleman, hormati janji

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Ogos – Setiausaha DAP Selangor, Ronnie Liu mahu Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad bersikap seperti seorang lelaki terhormat atau gentleman dengan mematuhi janji beliau hanya menjadi Perdana Menteri sementara untuk tempoh dua tahun yang dipersetujui Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Ahli DAP itu mahu Dr. Mahathir tidak lagi menimbulkan keraguan termasuk seolah-olah menyebelahi Timbalan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali yang dilihat mempunyai konflik dengan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Liu yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sungai Pelek, Selangor berkata, pengundi yang memberi kemenangan kepada PH dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14) hanya mengundi Dr. Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri sementara, dengan Anwar kemudian mengambil alih.

“Dr. Mahathir, tolong menjadi seorang lelaki terhormat dan memenuhi janji untuk melepaskan jawatan selepas dua tahun supaya Anwar dapat mengambil alih sebagaimana dipersetujui.

“Inilah yang dipilih pengundi. Mereka tidak mengundi untuk lima tahun dengan anda menjadi Perdana Menteri. Mereka mengundi anda sebagai Perdana Menteri sementara, dengan Anwar akhirnya mengambil alih,” katanya dalam kenyataan hari ini.

Ahli DAP itu berkata, apabila PH memenangi PRU-14, terdapat peluang kepada Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri namun menolaknya kerana mahu mematuhi janji bahawa Dr. Mahathir akan menjadi Perdana Menteri sementara.

“Meskipun Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) mempunyai sedikit kerusi, kesemua komponen PH mengikut perjanjian janji yang dibuat untuk membolehkan anda (Dr. Mahathir) menjadi Perdana Menteri untuk tempoh selama dua. Mengapa? Kerana kita menghormati janji-janji yang dibuat.

“Setakat ini anda telah berkata akan menghormati janji. Namun, tidak mahu menyatakan tarikh penyerahan (jawatan Perdana Menteri).

“Sebaliknya, berkata mungkin dua hingga tiga tahun dan kadang-kala anda menjelaskan akan berlaku hanya apabila ekonomi pulih. Siapa yang tahu berapa lama (pemulihan ekonomi)?” soal Liu.

Beliau mengingatkan Dr. Mahathir bahawa janji yang diberikan kepada pengundi bukanlah Dr. Mahathir menjadi Perdana Menteri sehingga ekonomi pulih.

Liu berkata, baru-baru ini terdapat keraguan tentang sama ada Dr. Mahathir serius berpegang teguh pada kata-kata.

“Mohamed Azmin seolah-olah merasakan awak memihak kepadanya. Mengapa dan bagaimana beliau mempunyai pemikiran sedemikian? Mungkin kerana anda (Dr. Mahathir) telah memberikannya pemikiran sebegitu menerusi tingkah laku anda.

“Malah bukan hanya Mohamed Azmin yang mempunyai pemikiran sebegitu itu. Sesiapa yang memerhatikan suasana politik mempunyai persepsi serupa,” katanya.

Liu berharap Dr. Mahathir sedar di dalam PRU-14, Pengerusi Bersatu itu mempunyai peluang yang sangat jarang diperolehi iaitu dapat menebus diri di mata pengundi yang menganggap bekas Presiden UMNO itu melakukan banyak kesalahan semasa ‘tahun-tahun Mahathir’.

“Sila hormati hasrat pengundi dan turun dengan baik dalam tempoh masa yang dipersetujui,” tambahnya. – UTUSAN ONLINE

This ‘Fragile’ leadership and position is even propped further by Cabinet Minister from Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s own party.

New Straits Times story:

Investors may flee to Vietnam over Anwar-Azmin squabble, says Redzuan

AUGUST 4, 2019 @ 8:01AM 

BY ARFA YUNUS

KUALA LUMPUR: There is a possibility investors will choose Vietnam over Malaysia due to the political uncertainty in the country, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.

He said this “uncertainty” was caused mainly by the PKR infighting involving its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

According to the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) supreme council member, several investors have personally expressed concern to him over the issue, with one saying he might invest in Vietnam instead.

“I have investors asking ‘Hey, Redzuan, what is happening in Malaysia?’ Somebody even said, ‘If this is what’s happening in this country, we’ll move to Vietnam’.

“I am not trying to scare anyone but there are investors (who are) thinking about this. They are not shutting off Malaysia completely but they are waiting at the door.

“They are adopting the ‘wait and see’ approach. This is why you see today that although there are some investment proposals reported, they haven’t been realised. Approved but not realised,” he said in an interview with the New Straits Times recently.

Speculation has been rife that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad preferred Azmin to succeed him despite an earlier agreement that he would pass the baton to Anwar in “two or three years”.

Dr Mahathir, however, has repeatedly said he would hold his end of the bargain, but he needed time to ensure the country is heading towards the right direction.

Recently, Umno and Pas said they would support for Dr Mahathir to continue as the premier until the end of his term. This call was also supported by Azmin.

Commenting further, Redzuan said Anwar should “slow down” and not be impatient as the premiership would eventually be passed to him.

“It’s already resolved that Dr Mahathir will hand over the seat to Anwar, so why is Anwar busy trying to unseat Dr Mahathir?

“Give Dr Mahathir a chance to fix the country so that when Anwar takes over, it will be easier for him to carry out his duties.

“In my opinion, if this infighting continues, the most eligible candidate who can take over the premiership is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” he said.

Muhyiddin is currently the Home Minister. Previously, he was the Deputy Prime Minister but was booted out of the Cabinet on July 28, 2015 by former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Asked on why Pakatan Harapan did not fix an exact time for Anwar to take over so that the Port Dickson Member of Parliament would feel at ease, Redzuan questioned the need to rush the decision.

“Why the rush? When we took over, we saw all the weaknesses that need to be improved and he (Anwar) saw this too.

“Is the Prime Minister supposed to just do his work halfway and pass the rest to his successor who is not even a Cabinet member at the moment?

“When Dr Mahathir is ready, he will hand over the reins to Anwar. Firstly, we need to stabilise the country by empowering the B40 and the Bumiputera.

“If the Bumiputera are not stable, the country will be unstable, too, and as a result, investors will run away from Malaysia,” he added.

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Nevermind Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof has his own political agenda and now sees the opportunity opening way for him.

Regardless, Minister Redzuan is spot on. Political instability would create further investment and market to be more cautious.

This is compounded with so many examples of Federal Government gross slack in policies, the process of decision making and decisions made.

Then the ghastly followthrough of the policies and/or decision made, the implementation and eventually outcome and trickle effect to the market and rakyat.

Almost everything is on hold and/or pause mode.

Many of the notion that ‘Semburit Scandal’ is Mat King Leather’s faction to hurt Azmin and that would cause instability for Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to expedite the transition for Mat King Leather ascension as Prime Minister VIII.

However, it is slowly turning out that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is willing to stick his neck out for his blue-eyed-boy, and eye ball the agent of destabilisation and mount a flank attack.

It could be a situation where Caesar managed to stab Brutus instead and Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is extending his stay further with the explicit excuse of ‘the politics got to be stabilised first’.

Either that, in time, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir shall eventually come to a point of no return that Azmin is a bane instead of boon and throw him under the bus and stay on a little longer.

*Updated 1200hrs

Published in: on August 4, 2019 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

Fragile

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s game to remain as the Premier regardless how lame it would be and has to be propped by Opposition leaders, is very intriguing.

Malaysiakini story:

Dr M akui jumpa pembangkang, berahsia soal Azmin

Geraldine Tong
 (Dikemaskini )

Perdana Menteri Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengaku berjumpa dengan pemimpin pembangkang, yang dispekulasi mempunyai kaitan dengan perbincangan berhubung jawatan perdana menteri.

Bagaimanapun, Dr Mahathir menegaskan bahawa beliau sering mengadakan perjumpaan dengan pelbagai individu termasuk wakil dari NGO.

“Perjumpaan itu berlangsung tapi saya jumpa semua orang, bukan hanya pembangkang, tapi juga NGO.

“Seperti yang anda tahu, Presiden PAS Abdul Hadi Awang sentiasa kata dia sokong saya. Tak ada perkara baru,” katanya ketika ditanya pemberita mengenai laporan berhubung perjumpaan itu di sidang media di Putrajaya pagi ini.

Mengulas sama ada perjumpaan itu turut melibatkan pemimpin Umno dan Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Dr Mahathir berkata: “Mereka datang jumpa saya, jadi saya jumpa mereka. Saya dengar apa yang mereka nak kata. Ramai antara mereka yang menyatakan sokongan kepada saya. Terima kasih banyak.”

Bagaimanapun, ketika ditanya sama ada Menteri Hal Ehwal Ekonomi Mohamed Azmin Ali hadir dalam mesyuarat itu, Dr Mahathir secara sarkastik sekadar berkata: “Perjumpaan ini rahsia, saya tak boleh beritahu”.

Laporan The Star yang memetik sumber menyatakan pemimpin pembangkang berjumpa Dr Mahathir pada Selasa lalu untuk menyatakan sokongan agar perdana menteri itu berkhidmat sehingga habis penggal.

Menurut laporan itu, antara yang hadir ialah bekas naib presiden Umno, Hishammuddin Hussein, Naib Presiden PAS Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, Setiausaha Agung PAS Takiyuddin Hassan dan Ketua Whip GPS Fadillah Yusof.

Laporan itu juga mendakwa Dr Mahathir turut meminta seorang menteri kanan PH menghadiri perjumpaan itu namun nama menteri yang dimaksudkan tidak didedahkan.

Sebelum ini, Azmin berkata Dr Mahathir perlu diberi peluang memimpin hingga ke akhir penggal bagi menjamin kestabilan, kesinambungan dan ketuntasan dasar-dasar kerajaan.

Beliau berkata demikian bagi mengalu-alukan kenyataan Presiden PAS Abdul Hadi Awang yang menegaskan pendirian parti itu dan sekutunya Umno kepada Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir berulang kali menegaskan akan menepati janji untuk menyerahkan jawatan kepada Presiden PKR Anwar Ibrahim.

Bagaimanapun, peralihan kuasa itu terus dipersoalkan dengan beberapa pihak tampil menyatakan sokongan agar Dr Mahathir kekal sehingga habis penggal, sementara pihak lain mempersoalkan tempoh peralihan kuasa.

Terbaru, tiga Adun Selangor semalam menyatakan sokongan dengan cadangan Azmin agar Dr Mahathir kekal sehingga habis penggal.

Perkembangan itu hadir ketika PKR dilihat berdepan dengan konflik dalaman antara Azmin dan Anwar susulan klip video seks yang dikaitkan dengan timbalan presiden PKR itu.

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We have heard stories and saw photos over the past year Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir conferred and consulted with Opposition leaders.

It is abundantly clear that his position is fragile and the ‘understanding’ Gerontocracy Prime Minister has obtained either with Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and/or amongst the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council isn’t solid and a bankable proposition.

It serves to ascertain the notion that we have raised before several times, that the political instability arising from the uncertainty in the succession plan, timing and consideration, begets the inability for consistency in policies and decisions made.

Even if there were decisions made, the expectation of gross inability to followthrough and implementation is high on top of the long list of defects.

Needless to remind is grave failure in the delivery of the ‘Pakatan Harapan Manifesto’.

One example is the four concessions of tolled motorways under the Gamuda Group.

The humiliating process of this matter, is an evidence how the Gerontocracy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng don’t get along if not loggerhead in policies and implementation.

The Malay Mail Online story:

PM denies Guan Eng launched highway buyouts without Cabinet nod

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 1 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad refuted today a foreign news report claiming Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng initiated the proposed takeover of four highway concessions without informing the Cabinet.

The prime minister also denied that the proposal to buy out the concessions for an estimated RM6.2 billion was on hold pending a full review.  

“No such thing. The Cabinet was told about this plan by the Ministry of Finance and we have not said no.

“The date of the implementation is going to be decided by the Cabinet,” said Dr Mahathir said during a press conference here.

Yesterday, Singaporean news outlet The Straits Times published a report citing anonymous sources that claimed the proposed buyout was suspended due to concerns from within the government including ministers.

Dr Mahathir said Lim was convinced the proposed buyouts were viable but was constrained by the lack of public funds to purchase the concessions outright.

The prime minister then pointed out the proposal included a “congestion charge” that would make the entire exercise self-funding.

Lim’s ministry announced in June that a designated special purpose vehicle would raise the RM6.2 billion to finance the acquisition of the four concessionaires that would ostensibly cost taxpayers nothing.

The concessionaires involved are Kesas Sdn Bhd (Kesas), Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat Sdn Bhd (Sprint), Lingkaran Trans Kota Sdn Bhd (Litrak) and Syarikat Mengurus Air Banjir dan Terowong Sdn Bhd (Smart).

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The adversarial position between Gerontocracy Prime Minister isn’t new. The ECRL was another glaring example.

So many gullible throw their lazy-minded trust behind Gerontocracy Prime Minister with lame excuse of “Don’t worry. He’d know what to do and how to manage”.

The fact is that he isn’t the leader he used to be. Gerontocracy Prime Minister is very much older, physically and functionally isn’t how he was, he is now more overwhelmed with emotions and such.

The ‘triangulation cross fire’ for turf and control between MOF Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali and Chairman of ‘Majlis Orang-Orang Tua’, is believed to be heightened more than the eyes could see and not just mere storm in the tea cup.

Each of them are trying to serve their own agenda and it’s their own interpretation of the ‘Reforms’, warranted with the failed if not fake political cries of Malaysia Baharu.

Like majority within Cabinet, it is likely they could agree on anything with sincerity but serving each faction’s own narrow and shallow minded political interests.

That is not at all surprising as they came together and formed a coalition, for the wrong reasons and amongst them hesitantly agreed that Dr Mahathir should be face and front for them to get their political agenda through, especially amongst the gullible majority.

On 9 May 2018 their gambit followed through, for the ‘Peril of Democracy’ and Pakatan Harapan leaders are neither ready nor have the apt to carry on the torch as stewards of Government of Malaysia.

Most of all, Gerontocracy Prime Minister in the seat of out the ‘Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’.

In the Malaysian history, Gerontocracy Prime Minister is the weakest Prime Minister.

His Bill to amend the Federal Constitution failed miserably with humiliation. Recently, the Bill to allow voting age be reduced failed and had to be reintroduced after being tweaked by taking Oppositions’ proposal.

He is running out of time and resources, which include able lieutenants to get the job properly done.

Even his advisers aren’t what they used to be.

An example is Chairman of ‘Majlis Orang-Orang Tua’ Daim Zainuddin isn’t half the stamina and physical fitness what he used to be thirty five years ago.

A true Machiavellian who has in the past managed quite well by the principle and practice of ‘Divide and Rule’, it is believed that he won’t get far this round.

Fragile is a precursor before Fracture. Forces on a fragile entity would eventually fracture it.

Published in: on August 1, 2019 at 22:45  Leave a Comment  

Beruk Kena Belacan dan Cili Api

When Emperorissimo of Chinese Chauvinists Lim Kit Siang reacts very defensively trying to throw bits all over the places, then it is rest assured it’s a manifestation of the restlessness and guilt as the nation’s number one instigator, is on autoplay.

Malaysiakini story:

Thanks again, Zahid, for the latest explanation on ‘klepto-theocracy’

Lim Kit Siang
 (Updated )

MP SPEAKS | I must thank the Umno president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, for the latest proof of the meaning of ‘klepto-theocracy’ – which he has explained as the political alliance based on misuse of Islam to support thievery, corruption, intolerance, bigotry, lies and falsehoods.

After the Umno supreme council meeting yesterday, Zahid said that Umno will not “open the door” for negotiation and cooperation with any party that has a relationship with DAP.

The question Zahid should ask is, who will cooperate with a party that is headed by a president who is making history in having a total of 87 criminal charges related to corruption?

Or the further question, who will cooperate with a political coalition whose adviser is the person who had brought infamy, ignominy and iniquity to Malaysia because of the international 1MDB scandal – which was condemned in an international conference by the US attorney-general as “kleptocracy at its worst” – and who is on trial for 42 criminal charges relating to corruption, abuse of power and money-laundering?

The answer is simple and straightforward – only the advocates of kleptocracy and klepto-theocracy.

It is only these advocates who will swoon at the popularity of a global kleptocrat’s “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign and believe that this is the recipe for victory in the 15th general election.

It was only early this week that Zahid had provided the latest proof of the toxic politics of lies, falsehoods, race and religion to incite fear, suspicion, distrust and hatred in the script of klepto-theocracy, even resorting to the stupidest of lies and falsehoods.

This was Zahid’s rejoinder to Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that Umno practises a culture of becoming “dumb and dumber.” 

Zahid made the most ludicrous insinuation that Mahathir was obeying a DAP directive when the prime minister advised Bersatu to avoid being caught in a cycle of self-serving leaders who will prevent others with more capability to rise and succeed them, as happened to Umno.

I will like to know how many in Umno, PAS, MCA and MIC believe in such garbage?

Dare they identify themselves?

Instead of countering Mahathir’s statement that Umno leaders were becoming “dumb and dumber,” Zahid’s reply only confirmed Mahathir’s analysis.

It is significant that Zahid had not answered my question on Monday.

I had referred to Zahid’s reasons when he announced taking garden leave as Umno president seven months ago, when he had referred to “punishing” conditions imposed on Umno and the humiliation it suffered in a number of meetings he attended. 

In these meeting, he not only faced rejection and insults, but even “humiliation, as if Umno was as unclean as the faeces of animals deemed haram.”

I had asked Zahid whether these Umno indignities and humiliations were a vindication of what Mahathir said about Umno branch leaders becoming “dumb and dumber.”

I had also asked why Zahid must drag DAP into the picture, because whether Umno branch chiefs were getting “dumb and dumber” was no business of DAP and not within my ken.

He did this again yesterday, when announcing the klepto-theocracy political alliance in Malaysia.

I had contended that the best evidence that Umno leaders were getting “dumb and dumber” over the years is their continued silence – even now – on the 1MDB scandal.

Will Zahid now take a stand to denounce the scandal or he is prepared to sink with it?

Would a leadership that is not becoming “dumb and dumber” show no sense of remorse or contrition for the global kleptocracy of the 1MDB scandal, especially after the United States Department of Justice filed the largest-ever kleptocratic forfeiture litigation for US$1.7 billion of over US$4.5 billion of 1MDB-linked assets?

There are examples galore about the political hypocrisy of klepto-theocracy, which has arisen after the 14th general election to win the hearts and minds of Malaysians.

A most recent example of this new political hypocrisy is about the declaration of assets, with the PAS, Umno, MCA and MIC MPs in both Houses of Parliament opposing the motion requiring MPs to publicly declare their assets.

The PAS president (photo) said declaring assets is a communist, socialist concept that may have been dreamt up by DAP. 

The PAS deputy president said it was unIslamic to declare assets, until it was pointed out that the latter had, in 2015, dared the then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to declare his assets!

The misuse of Islam to support kleptocracy was best illustrated over the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) issue.

The PAS president had never answered my question as to what he really meant when he said that all Muslims must oppose the ratification of Icerd, despite the covenant having been ratified by countries representing 99 percent of the 1.9 billion Muslims in the world, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAB, Algeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Out of the 57 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) states, 55 have ratified Icerd, except for Malaysia and Brunei.

Was there a suggestion that somehow the 99 percent of the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims, who live in 55 of the 57 OIC countries, had been misled and are not true Muslims?

If the ratification of Icerd means condemnation of Muslims to a life of injustice and oppression, why did 48 of 50 countries, where Muslims make up a majority of the population, ratify Icerd?

The PAS president is the vice-president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. Had he ever called on 55 of the 57 OIC countries to repudiate their ratification of Icerd, which condemned Muslims in these countries to a life of injustices and oppression? And if not, why not?

But the most reprehensible instance of the misuse of Islam for the cause of klepto-theocracy is the support given to Najib for his 1MDB kleptocracy and his ‘Malu Apa Bossku’ campaign.

This is why in the poem, “An Evil Stalking the Land,” I had said:

But klepto-theocracy has come as a new evil stalking the land

Block the reset of nation-building policies

Sow distrust and hatred among Malaysians

Pit race against race, religion against religion.

Malaysians must save Malaysia a second time, in the 15the general election.


LIM KIT SIANG is the MP for Iskandar Puteri.

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We don’t have go point-by-point but the fact is this compulsive instigator over half a century of insidious and seditious materials designed to attacks the Malays, Islam and all the special previleges reflects his attitude and strategic goal.

He started the culture of sowing the hatred for over half a century, which is very divisive and some of the end-extender and recipients are not able to think otherwise.

Anywhere and everywhere, Emperorissimo Lim completely omitted the fact his son Secretary General of DAP was a convict and half way through a graft charge when the Public Prosecutor, suddenly one day walked up the judge to ask for the charge to be withdrawn.

Instead, he was given an acquittal.

The fact is that his graft trial was never given a full opportunity to be heard and tried before the P.P. withdrew it, conveniently after Tommy Thomas assumed the Attorney General P.P. Post, doesn’t exonerate there was a dodgy deal and the former Chief Minister benefited from it.

Published in: on July 25, 2019 at 20:00  Leave a Comment  

Kalau boleh ‘Pecah dan Perintah’ (Divide and Rule), buat apa serah…..

It is the most effective and productive strategy Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad the Lord of Machiavellianism ever deployed to remain in power for so long and there on, remained politically relevant.

The Star story:

Will Anwar become the 8th Prime Minister?


A discussion about a new book draws interesting perspectives on the much debated transfer of power from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. 

A DAY after Shahbudin Husin launched his book, Anwar PM Ke-8: Janji Serah Kuasa Yang Mesti Ditepati (Anwar The Eighth PM: A Promise To Transfer Power Which Must Be Fulfilled), I met the author to get some insight on this hot topic.

When we met in a cafe in Subang Jaya, Selangor, on Thursday, I jokingly asked him, “Is your book nonfiction or fiction?” to check if he really believed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would be Prime Minister. 

“It is nonfiction,” was the firm reply from the former journalist who has written seven books in Bahasa Malaysia on Malaysian politics.

In January last year, Pakatan had made the promise that if the coalition won, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be PM and Anwar would replace him later. 

“After PH won, it was ding dong, ding dong. At first, before GE14, Dr Mahathir said the transfer of power would be in two years. After winning, he said maybe in two years, or more or less. And then at a press conference, with Anwar by his side, he said if Anwar gave permission, he would get two and half years. And later he said three years,” the author said. 

With no fixed date set for the transfer of power, Shahbudin contends that Pakatan has a problem. He said that is why it is desirable for the Pakatan presidential council or Dr Mahathir himself to set a firm date.

“I don’t think Dr Mahathir has a problem with setting a date, as this is his second time as PM. Previously, he set a date when Pak Lah took over as PM. No problem,” he said, referring to Dr Mahathir setting the timetable for Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to replace him and become the fifth Prime Minister in 2003.

“The title of your book is ‘Anwar, the eighth PM’. Do you think it will really happen?” I asked. 

“I am confident it will happen,” Shabudin replied.

“Firstly, this time Dr Mahathir is already old, he is not like before – he ghairah (was passionate) to be PM for a long time. Then he got to be PM for 22 years.

“This time, his intention was to get rid of Najib Razak and bring down BN,” he said, referring to sixth Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Barisan Nasional. 

“Secondly, this time Dr Mahathir doesn’t have any strong men.

“Now, he only has Tun Daim Zainuddin. In 1998 when he fought with Anwar, he had Megat Junid, Aziz Shamsuddin and Sanusi Junid. This time he can’t afford to fight.

“For his own good, he should follow his plan (to transfer power to Anwar),” Shabudin said.

During the Dr Mahathir versus Anwar fight in the late 1990s, among the PM’s loyalists and strategists were Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, the late Tan Sri Megat Junid and the late Tan Sri Sanusi Junid. Back then, the outcome of the fight was that Anwar ended up in jail.

If indeed there will be a stable transfer of power and it is only about the date of the handover, why then in the last one year does it look like Anwar can’t be PM, especially with PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seemingly in the way, I asked the author. 

“This is mostly influenced by people surrounding Dr Mahathir who are afraid they will lose their privileges when he steps down,” Shabudin replied.

“But then why is there a pergolakan (struggle) in PKR, especially this week when it looks like the party is like retak menanti belah (a crack waiting to split)?” I asked.

“I’ve mentioned in my book that the perpecahan (split) in PKR is because of Dr Mahathir.

“Maybe because he has 13 (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) MPs, PKR has 50 MPs and DAP has 42 MPs, he feels he is not strong.

“To make himself stronger, he appointed Azmin as Economic Affairs Minister even though PKR did not nominate him, as he was Selangor Mentri Besar then,” Shabudin explained.

“Dr Mahathir made PKR shaky so that people will come to him. That is his style.

“But I don’t think he can last for two years. PH is different from BN. In BN, the PM determines who will replace him but in PH, the presidential council – which consists of DAP, PKR, Amanah and Bersatu leaders – decides who will be PM.

“I think Amanah might follow Dr Mahathir but PKR and DAP will follow Anwar.”

On what is Azmin’s gameplay, Shahbudin said the PKR deputy president indeed wants to be Prime Minister. But he did not think Azmin would get strong support from Pakatan.

“Between Anwar and Azmin, PH definitely will support Anwar and not Azmin,” he said. 

Shahbudin speculated that Azmin could even be sacked from the party: “It will happen soon, Anwar will suspend him for his move to attack the party president,” he said, referring to Azmin telling Anwar to “look at the man in the mirror” after the PKR president said his deputy president should resign as Economic Affairs Minister if he’s conclusively identified as one of the two men in a recent viral sex video.

The author also does not think Azmin would become Deputy Prime Minister in the next few weeks around Hari Raya Haji, as rumour has it.

“Tidak. Gaduh lah. Mesti pecah PH (No. It will be a fight. PH will break). If Dr Mahathir appoints Azmin as DPM, PKR and DAP will pull out of PH,” he said. 

Break it down in percentages, I said, for Anwar becoming PM. 

“I feel more than 70%,” he said.

Azmin?

“Below 10%,” he replied. 

How about a dark horse PM, I wondered.

“The most qualified is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. But he is not healthy. I think there is no choice (but Anwar).

“Unless Dr Mahathir wants PH to be destroyed. There is talk that Dr Mahathir wants to join Umno. But Umno doesn’t want him,” he said. 

On the day Anwar PM Ke-8 was launched at a restaurant in Shah Alam, a panel discussion of the book took place. One of the panellists, Prof Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman of Institut Darul Ehsan, revealed the findings of his think tank’s survey of 1,600 people in Peninsular Malaysia on who they preferred to succeed Dr Mahathir.

Redzuan said 45% were for Anwar, 16% for Muhyiddin, 11% for Azmin and 1% for Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

The rest of the results were: 6% for Najib, 3% for Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, 2% for any Barisan candidate, 1% for DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, 1% for Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, 3% for “none qualified”, and 8% of the respondents did not want to answer the survey.

“It is clear that only Anwar can succeed Mahathir. Anyone else can dream of becoming PM but based on our survey, only Anwar is accepted by the people,” said Redzuan, who is a longtime friend of Anwar’s.

After Redzuan spoke, it was the turn of panellist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, who is special adviser on media and communication to the Prime Minister, to speak: “I see that 6% wants Najib to be back as PM. Shahbudin needs to rethink, as 6% wants Najib to be PM,” he pointed out.

Later, Redzuan defended his survey saying that it allowed the public to say whoever they wanted to support as the next Prime Minister: “For sure Najib still has his supporters. But 6% is still far from being a favourite. The majority feel that Anwar is qualified to be the eighth PM,” he said. 

Redzuan also revealed that his survey found that 75% of Malaysians did not want Dr Mahathir to stay on as Prime Minister beyond two years. Of that group, 44% said Dr M could go within the next six months while 20% want him to go immediately.

Interestingly, a survey by the Merdeka Centre that was published yesterday found that Dr Mahathir’s approval rating had jumped seven percentage points. Its monthly study revealed that the Prime Minister’s popularity rose to 62% in June compared with 55% in May. 

During the panel discussion, veteran newsman Kadir said he is confident that Dr Mahathir will hand over the premiership to Anwar. He also explained why he thinks there is no timetable for the transfer of power.

“Imagine if Dr Mahathir says that I am going to step down and hand over to Anwar on this date, the lobby for positions will be hebat (great). Maybe the surprise element is useful not only for Dr Mahathir but also for Pakatan,” he said. 

He said, based on his understanding, Dr Mahathir will give up power to Anwar in two years or slightly more than two years.

If Kadir hasn’t misunderstood Dr Mahathir, Anwar will become Malaysia’s eighth Prime Minister at the latest by 2020.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/its-just-politics/2019/07/21/will-anwar-become-the-8th-prime-minister/#l2qqS8OI1ZiQVkCY.99

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In the same paper, top political analyst Joceline Tan opined that if the Economic Affairs Minister Azmin “Semburit-Gate” Mohamed Ali is forced to be brought down, then he would take Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim with him.

The Star story:

Fallout at point of no return


ANOTHER bombshell has just fallen – the sex video, which has dominated the headlines, is more likely to be authentic than a deepfake.

The revelation will further rattle the situation in PKR which is being dragged down by the open warfare between president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

However, in a move worthy of a suspense movie, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Hamid Bador said there is a high likelihood that the video is authentic but that the identities of the men in the video have yet to be ascertained.

One of the men in the video has confirmed that it is him, another has denied that he is the other man, but the police are not 100% certain of their identities.

The video scandal has dented the image of the government and rocked PKR to the core.

The split in PKR has been laid bare for all to see and a number of party leaders admit that the animosity and distrust between Anwar and Azmin have reached the point of no return.

The battle lines are clearly drawn.

“It’s a very bitter feud. My fear is that it’s beyond any kind of reconciliation,” said lawyer and Selangor PKR politician Lee Chin Cheh.

The verbal warfare between PKR’s top two has escalated into a dramatic show of strength and numbers, with the two men out to show who has more support in the party.

A total of 28 people issued a joint statement yesterday that was read as a show of support for what Azmin is going through and also as a reprimand of Anwar for not standing by his deputy.

It was a pertinent statement, pointing out how Anwar himself had been a victim of sex allegations and how the party had defended his innocence, enduring tear gas, water canons and even jail time for him.

That was probably what Azmin’s jibe for Anwar to “look at the man in the mirror” was all about.

Among the signatories to the statement were several assemblymen and, more important, a total of 14 MPs. This is an impressive number because MPs have become a highly valuable commodity in the current game of numbers.

According to Lee, two more MPs requested to support the statement after it came out. 

They were Kuala Langat MP Xavier Jayakumar who is also a minister, and Alor Setar MP Chan Ming Kai.

However, the situation is quite fluid because two other signatories, Saratok MP Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo MP Willy Mongin, were seen at a press conference alongside Anwar hours after the statement came out.

Both Anwar and Azmin have their own carrots to dangle for support in the party.

Anwar’s appeal is that he is the prime minister-in-waiting and that is a big carrot to hold up.

Anwar is confident he has the numbers and he is sticking to the script that the transition is intact, saying that he and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meet ever so often.

He also told a senior journalist that there is even a written agreement that he will take over from Dr Mahathir and the document is in the safekeeping of his secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution.

In short, he is saying to his party that it would be wise to stick to the next prime minister.

Azmin has a bad habit of letting others, especially his loyal ally and Ampang MP Zuraidah Kamaruddin, do the fighting for him.

However, the last one week has seen him emerge to speak up and defend himself. That is what his supporters want to see him do.

But will he shrink back again like a tortoise into its shell given that the video may be authentic? The Anwar camp will surely ramp up the pressure for him to resign.

The Azmin camp insists that Dr Mahathir is with the Economic Affairs Minister. If that is true, it is a pretty awesome thing given the elder man’s clout over the coalition.

Dr Mahathir thought it wise to take a step back from the issue.

His excuse when waylaid by reporters for his opinion on the latest development was that he has “lots of other things to do”.

The Prime Minister is a busy man but you need to read between the lines when it comes to Dr Mahathir and some thought it was his way of saying that he has more important things to do unlike the warring leaders of PKR.

Others suspect that he might actually be enjoying the whole spectacle. At 94, he thought he had seen it all but politics continues to surprise him. 

The video scandal as well as allegations that the mastermind is a top aide of Anwar has somehow complicated the transition plan. If Azmin does fall because of the scandal, he will do what it takes to drag Anwar down with him. 

PKR is navigating extremely troubled and murky waters and doubts have resurfaced that Anwar’s ship may have difficulties arriving safely at the harbour.

Joceline Tan was an associate editor of The Star and continues to contribute political analyses. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Star.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/19/fallout-at-point-of-no-return/#5MlWYCtjI0AWX119.9

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It is abundantly clear this ‘Semburit-Gate’ is a very divisive element not only within the PKR party, which is the largest component of the ruling party but also to Pakatan Harapan itself.

Another case in point is that Gerontocracy Prime Minister managed to hoodwink the members of his own party from being democratic. Especially, in their zest to expand as the leading Malay and Bumiputra political power, when the expansion into Sarawak and Sabah.

The EGM in Serdang yesterday saw the aspiration for the grassroots to decide for the top leadership diminish when delegates voted for the ‘One Member, One Vote’ (Satu Ahli, Satu Undi -SASU) only stop short at branch and division levels.

Supreme Council posts are to be decided by delegation.

The party election would also be extended to a maximum of four years, which the fourth year of its inception considering all the Supreme Council leaders have been appointed and placed by only a few at the top.

Perhaps people in Johor, which is one of the two mainstay of PPBM May conveniently forget that Gerontocracy Prime Minister utilised the ‘Divide and Rule’ to put the party’s state leadership in disarray and disunited.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister already got them divided, so that he could rule quite a bit more.

It is also reflective in very strategic Federal Government agencies like Attorney General’s Chambers, Royal Malaysian Police and MACC.

With staunch Mahathirist Chief Constabullary Hamid Bador “Buang masa!” comment just yesterday on how some politicians demanded for the quick investigation on the ‘Semburit’ shocking, it would manifest the Machiavellianism in the Police Force, if not erode public confidence as well.

What is interesting in the EGM Chairman maiden speech yesterday Gerontocracy Prime Minister took swipes against UMNO, instead of addressing political issues which Pakatan Harapan is facing and threatened by, clear and present danger.

Malaysiakini story:

Dr M warns Bersatu against Umno’s ‘dumb and dumber’ ways

Alyaa Alhadjri & Haspaizi Zain
 (Updated )

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Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the party should avoid being caught in a cycle of self-serving leaders who will prevent others with more capability to rise and succeed them.

Addressing 1,215 delegates at the party’s Extraordinary General Meeting, Mahathir said the same situation had led to Umno’s eventual downfall as the people moved to reject self-serving leaders.

“In order to preserve his position, an Umno branch chief is not keen to allow others who are more capable to be members. The only ones who can join are those dumber than him…

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UMNO is quick to respond to both Gerontocracy Prime Minister and IGP Hamid.

FMT story:

Confirmation by cops that sex video is authentic enough, says Umno sec-gen

Gerontocracy Prime Minister warns PPBM shouldn’t be for self interest.

The Star story:

What Cabinet reshuffle? Dr M refutes rumours


SERDANG: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has refuted rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle following a viral photograph of the full Cabinet taken on Friday (July 19) before a meeting in Putrajaya.
 
“Yesterday was one of the few times where all of the Cabinet members were present, so we wanted to take pictures of all members,” he told press conference after the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) extraordinary general meeting (EGM) here on Saturday (July 20). 

Asked if there was a possibility of a reshuffle in the near future, Dr Mahathir said: What do you suggest? 

“I listen to people, you know, I am influenced by you,” he shot back, drawing laughter from the media.
 

The photograph showed the full Cabinet – with no absentees – together with Dr Mahathir before the scheduled meeting in the morning at the Prime Minister’s Office.

On Bersatu’s election, Dr Mahathir, who is the party chairman, said they had yet to fix a date. 

“We hope to be able to do it this year,” he added. 

Dr Mahathir said 79 out of 80 amendments to the party’s constitution were approved by some 900 delegates who attended the EGM. 

“While they agreed to have affiliated members from non-Bumiputeras, they will not appointed as committee members,” he said without explaining which committee. 

He also noted there were proposals of “one member one vote” system for the party election, but said it was not practical.

Earlier, in his opening speech, Dr Mahathir warned party leaders and members that they must not go down Umno’s path of putting personal aspirations ahead of the struggle for race, religion and country.

“We do not fight for our own interest but we fight for the race, religion and country, so when we succeed, so we will be looked upon highly and respected after sharing all the benefits amongst us,” he said. 

“Let us not be like Umno. We fight for the party’s strugggle and not for self-interest. 

“We always have to remember that the rakyat will not support those who fight for their personal interests,” he said. 


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/20/what-cabinet-reshuffle-dr-m-refutes-rumours/#kEafsz9WOCAApozw.99

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It is interesting quite nearly one and a quarter year after denying UMNO power in the Federal Government and most of the State Governments, Gerontocracy is still using the nationalist party that he helmed for twenty two and a quarter year as the ‘Bogeyman’.

It is now up to Gerontocracy Prime Minister to stir up his agents within UMNO, in the moment of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s systematic drumming up for the change-over of Premiership in PKR’s most vulnerable and lowest ebb.

At the same time, utilise and maximise the remaining 38MPs to gang up and fortify the notion ‘Lets stop Anwar from becoming PM’ by ‘encircling the wagon’.

Perhaps, ‘Demi kesinambungan kuasa Melayu dalam tunggak Kerajaan’ would be the quite apt excuse to sell.

Dr Machavellianist’s man in UMNO, would seize the moment.

Carpe Diem!

Published in: on July 21, 2019 at 18:00  Leave a Comment  

Trigger-no-metry

Is the game is afoot with the arrest of political aide to PKR President Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim in the high profile investigation of the ultra-sensational ‘Semburit’ shocking video during the Sandakan by-election?

The Star story:

Anwar’s aide arrested in connection with Haziq sex video case


  • NATION

  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Perak PKR leader Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak has been identified as the politician arrested by the police to assist in investigations into a sex video scandal that has embroiled Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.   

Farhash, who is the political secretary of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was nabbed along with two other suspects in Pasir Gudang, Johor on Tuesday (July 16), according to sources.

Farhash had previously asked Azmin to quit if the evidence over the sex video clips was overwhelmingly against him.  

Prior to this, Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, as well as five others, were picked up by the police as part of ongoing investigations into the scandal.

Haziq has confessed to being one of the two men involved in sexual acts in the video and claims that the other is Azmin.

Azmin has, however, categorically denied this.

Haziq was first detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on June 14, and three days later, the police set up a special task force, led by Comm Huzir to investigate the case.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/17/anwars-aide-arrested-in-connection-with-haziq-sex-video-case/#MrcCxpi0SozQkbxe.99

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It is very interesting to what the Police might find from the investigation after the arrest.

The permutation of questions is almost infinite.

Who is the person in bed with Haziq Abdullah Abd Aziz, who complained through his video posting viralled through the Facebook platform about his despicable act at the Sandakan Four Points Sheraton.

How is Wafa Salvador involved in this?

How is Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim?

Could it be the chap committing the Section 377A of the Buggery Act under Penal Code, is a Cabinet Minister?

Then, if there are any definitive answers to all ambiguities, individually all and sundry, most of the average person on the street watching stories about this topic would there on, asks a few more.

Is Gerontocracy Prime Minister really sincere about handing over the Premiership to Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim, now that the ambiguity of “Two years” is from the point PH took over from BN or the last time it was asked to the former?

Then again, what is the most likely ‘succession plan’ in the head of the Gerontocracy Prime Minister?

Is it to at some point of time, pass over the baton to Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim or stretch as long and create the opportunity for the latter falls into the conniving trap of “He is unfit to become Prime Minister again!”.

Of course, that could be the more likely succession plan in the head of the Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

This theory fits with the conspiracy of two different prongs manoeuvred by Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

The first one is about PPBM strengthening themselves, at least at Dewan Rakyat Level by ‘encouraging’ defectors from UMNO.

It is a serious change of heart (Or U-Turn on the policy of NOT accepting defectors outside PH upon their thunderous but schocking in toppling BN on 14GE).

So far 16MPs abandoned the nationalist party but only 14 out of the joined Mahathir’s party, which simply more than doubled PPBM’s seat in Dewan Rakyat from 13 to 27.

The second one is Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim didn’t waste much time to enthroned himself as the heir apparent by quickly getting to win the Port Dickson Parliamentary seat and the Presidency of the party that was created for and about him, PKR.

Regardless how eager and impatient Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is to ascend the PM VIII seat, he is trying his best to be nonchalant about it.

Which is not exactly successful. Politic pundits are giving the opinion otherwise, especially as Gerontocracy Prime Minister fortifying himself with manoeuvres and getting his agents in the likes of Chairman of Council of Elders Daim Zainuddin and Economic Adviser Dr Muhammed A Khalid to put their ‘hands’ all over the place within the Federal Government eco-system.

Back to the first bit of Gerontocracy Prime Minister strengthening his position. He and/or his agents managed to get UMNO MPs in the likes of Mas Ermieyati, Mustapha Mohamad, Nor Azmi, Ikmal Hisham, Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad, Hamzah Zainuddin and others to abandon UMNO in quite just sixth months after BN unable to retain power in the Federal Government and all but two State Governments.

It was said the exercise was ‘engineered’ by a ‘shadow’ UMNO. He either was asked or volunteered to broker the ‘exodus of UMNO MPs as Independent’, with the specific objective to quite soon there on join PPBM and strengthen the party which started as the most junior in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Many was made to believe that if this ‘shadow’ UMNO leader manage to create a ‘substantial UMNO crossover into PPBM’, then he would be part of the ‘equation for the succession plan’, which is very high on the stake by global eyes watching on the Malaysian politics.

‘Succession planning’ is utmost in the order of priority when Malaysia’s scorecard is measure. At present, it is substantially low as globally, the feeling on the:

1. Lack and defective of political stability and moving ahead

2. Lack of clarity of policies and decisions made

3. Grave lack of implementation and follow through of policies, which include knee-jerk reversals and cancellation, not withstanding mega projects and worse of all, the ones involving G-to-G as direct stakeholders

In the second act of the ‘Succession Plan’ schedule, it is believed that the DAP is throwing itself firmly behind Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and the substantial faction of PKR.

It means that this is the single most substantial component within the PH ‘unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenient-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’.

It was said the day after DAP thunderous win in Sandakan two months ago, some senior DAP leaders demanded that Gerontocracy Prime Minister announce the time table of the Succession Plan.

That, sent the PPBM inner circle helter skelter trying to manoeuvre their political position.0

The current ‘Semburit scandal’ is probably a major spanner thrown in the works of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s Succession Plan.

The man-of-the-season Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Mohamed Ali’s name has suddenly been peppered with shock and shame.

The Star story:

Video casts a shadow over Azmin


The beleaguered Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seems to have the support of the most influential man behind the Prime Minister but the burning question is why the police investigation into the sex video is taking so long. 

THE Hari Raya open house of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was one of the grandest he has hosted in his political career.

There were thousands of guests at his official residence in Putrajaya but notably absent were many of the top PKR figures, including party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Azmin team has been seething over the sex video issue and had apparently “rescinded” – the term used by the team – invitations sent out to PKR’s power couple.

Several PKR leaders and journalists who received formal invitations to the open house were also informed a few days before the event that they had been uninvited.

The move was the talk of PKR circles because to be uninvited is unusual to say the least. 

It was a rather petty and childish move but it showed how angry the Azmin team is about what they see as a plot to destroy their boss.

The video implicating Azmin in a sex tryst does not seem to have affected his appeal if the crowd at the open house was anything to go by.

But it was the presence of Tun Daim Zainuddin, arguably the most influential man behind the Prime Minister, that sent a potent signal that evening.

The low-profile tycoon, who arrived with his wife, was in one of his ill-fitting shirts that looked two sizes too big for him and which almost reached his knees. 

Daim’s silence on the video issue has been read as a sign of disapproval but his appearance that evening gave Azmin a much-needed boost.

The Azmin team is elated because they think that their man now not only has the support of the Prime Minister but also an influential man behind the Prime Minister.

Azmin also crossed an important hurdle last week when the police established that the bank transaction documents in the video accusing Azmin of corruption were forgeries. 

It would be tempting to think that the worst is over for Azmin, that the issue seems to be tapering off rather than escalating. 

But this is one sex scandal that just won’t go away yet.

“Nothing ever disappears once it gets into the Internet,” said political commentator Tawfik Ismail.

The hidden hands behind the expose have been relentless, systematically releasing more videos related to the sex allegations that are aimed at shaping public opinion.

There have also been protests calling for Azmin’s resignation and labelling him a “semburit” or homosexual.

“Azmin has survived as a Cabinet member but to go a step further, that is out of the question for now,” said a political insider.

In that sense, the “vicious libel”, as Azmin calls it, may have disqualified him as a prime minister candidate in the foreseeable future.

Many have noted the lack of outrage or urgency like when Anwar was slammed with all manner of sex-related accusations 20 years ago.

Lawyer Khaw Veon Szu said people are simply tired of the constant politics. 

“Things like the rising cost of living are more worrying to them. I sense people are also disgusted with this kind of politics,” said Khaw.

Back in 1998, Anwar came under fierce attack from the mighty Barisan Nasional while the Opposition, especially PAS, rallied to his support.

This time, the Opposition has gone to the sidelines to watch the show while those within Pakatan Harapan pretend that all is well, reluctant to judge or to show support for Azmin.

But the burning question at this point in time is the progress of the police investigation.

The impression, said Tawfik, is that the police seem to be tip-toeing around the matter.

This is a politically sensitive case and the first big test for Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Ab­­dul Hamid Bador since his appointment. 

He probably does not wish to make any missteps and has promised not to pressure the special taskforce set up to look into the case.

Azmin loyalist Dr Afif Bahardin has urged the police to also investigate the mastermind behind the accuser Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who is clearly not acting alone.

“We must identify who is behind it. These are dangerous people especially if they are bidding for power,” said Afif, who is also a Seberang Jaya assemblyman.

The police have kept a tight lid on their probe, including the all-important question of whether the video is authentic or a deepfake.

The veil over the investigation has also generated all kinds of rumours, including claims that there will be a cover-up.

The fact that the Prime Minister has pre-empted things by saying that he does not believe the allegations and declaring the video fake does not make things easy for the investigators. 

Those critical of the way the issue is being handled complain that Dr Mahathir has unfairly set the tone and that his statements are the soundbites that people will remember.

“Who would dare go against the narrative of the No. 1?” said a PKR division chief.

As of now, even the most seasoned of politicians are unable to predict how this issue will turn out.

What is clear though is that it has dented Pakatan’s image.

The ball is at the feet of the special police taskforce.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/07/video-casts-a-shadow-over-azmin/#8AmR4SUu8E67z0rj.99

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The tainted Minister’s role and place in the Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s Succession Plan is either at best compromised or worse still, fizzling away systematically.

What added to the ‘Succession Plan’ was the commentaries on the opportunity arisen from Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s 94th birthday.

The Star story:

Play for Malay votes on Dr M’s birthday


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was flooded with birthday greetings but the Malay parties probably gave him the best present by pushing for a Bill that will inject some 3.9 million new Malay voters into the voting pool. 

VIDEOS and pictures of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s birthday are still streaming on social media.

The “birthday boy” has been round the block 94 times but he is still able to bring on his own unique responses to the occasion that makes it a talking point each year.

However, Dr Mahathir’s recent birthday was probably the most scrutinised for hints of what lies ahead.

His tweet was accompanied by a trio of carefully picked photos – one of him seated at his work desk, another of him by the French windows in his office gazing out to the horizon and a close-up shot of him smiling broadly and flashing the V-sign.

The subtext to that was that his work and the country are his priorities, but what was the V-sign about?

The V-sign is associated with victory after Winston Churchill used it at the end of World War II.

Political aide and film-maker Syed Azidi Syed Aziz read it as an encrypted signal that Mahathir will be up there for “two more years”.

Dr Mahathir had described his birthday wish as “very simple” and that is to set the country on the road to recovery.

“Sounds like a journey that’s going to take more than two years,” said Syed Azidi with a laugh.

There was also a certain poignant tone to many of the birthday wishes coming in for Dr Mahathir. 

“For once, there was little nastiness or exchanges. People know that time is not on Dr Mahathir’s side, they want to celebrate the occasion while they can and if he is still around next year, then that’s good,” said former MP Jeff Ooi, who is also a widely-read columnist for several Chinese newspapers.

But the most interesting was the way those whose careers were built on running him down but are now fawning over him with sweet wishes.

Even opponents, including Datuk Seri Najib Razak, put aside their rivalry to wish him well. 

Some even suspect a grudging admiration on the part of Najib for the elder man, who at 94, is still up there and fighting.

“It was a gentlemanly gesture because birthdays are always a good occasion for all of us,” said Lanchang assemblyman Datuk Seri Sharkar Shamsudin.

Bersatu supreme council member Akhramsyah Sanusi said people out there see Dr Mahathir as a reliable pair of hands at the steering wheel given the burden he is carrying from the previous government and his largely inexperienced team.

“No need to read too much into politicians wishing each other well, that is politics. What the common people think is more important. There is some disappointment in Pakatan Harapan but this has been cushioned by the level of trust in Dr Mahathir,” said Akhramsyah.

Dr Mahathir’s return to the top post was initially seen as revenge politics and he spent much of last year adapting to his new partners and the new way of running things.

“He has shown he is in charge, he’s asserting his powers as PM. Other parties (in Pakatan) may be bigger but they know he is the boss. No one will be able to tell him to go off before he is ready, that much is clear,” said Syed Azidi.

In short, there is no way he will agree to naming the transition date until he is ready to call it a day.

Surveys and polls have pointed to a decline in ratings for Dr Mahathir. Yet, politically speaking, he is much stronger and more secure than a year ago. 

“Of course, he is stronger than before. The number of MPs in Bersatu shot up by 100%,” said Sharkar, referring to the Umno crossovers to Bersatu.

A great deal of Dr Mahathir’s clout in Pakatan also has to do with the way he has played the game. 

For instance, a senior Umno figure claimed that Dr Mahathir’s Malay unity call was less about getting Malay parties to come together than a veiled warning to his coalition partners.

“How can two big Malay parties join a tiny party? His message was aimed at DAP and PKR, that if they push him to the wall, he can rope in PAS and Umno for support. He is also telling Anwar to go slow if he wants to make it.

“There is also a message for Umno and PAS – he is saying that if the Malays continue to break up, don’t blame him because he has tried his best,” said the senior Umno man.

The Umno figure said Dr Mahathir is a stubborn creature who dislikes getting advice or being told what to do. 

He said that another thing to remember is that Dr Mahathir does not concede defeat in a fight. If you take him on, be prepared to go the distance.

Pakatan leaders know him well as a former arch enemy and are only now learning to work with him as their ally.

He is still springing surprises on them like what happened in Parliament a few days ago. 

He chaired a discussion with Opposition party leaders on the Bill to lower the voting age and when they emerged, they had reached a stunning decision to amend the Bill to enable the automatic registration of voters at age 18.

According to Sharkar, a whopping 3.9 million new Malay voters would be added to the voter registration list under the automatic registration move.

The main beneficiaries would be Malay-Muslim parties like PAS, Umno and Bersatu.

The Malay parties had basically come together in a sophisticated play for Malay votes ahead of the next general election. 

It will be like a huge blood transfusion for these Malay parties and pose a huge challenge to Chinese-dominated parties like DAP.

During the press conference to announce the decision, Dr Mahathir could be seen smiling indulgently at Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. 

It was a smile that said: Mission accomplished!

And suddenly, people could understand what was behind the cosy picture of Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman chatting with Najib on the sidelines of Parliament.

All this happened on Dr Mahathir’s birthday and the joke is that this might be his favourite birthday present.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/14/play-for-malay-votes-on-dr-ms-bday/#Dd5BT3UX1pBhSLBS.99

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Now comes to the interesting theory.

This week, saw the landmark Dewan Rakyat bi-partisan passing of the Bill to allow automatic voting age and qualification for 18 year olds.

After tweaking the original proposed Bill, Gerontocracy Prime Minister managed to obtain unequivocal support from the Opposition, UMNO, PAS and GPS.

It is a step up from the humiliating defeat for the amendment Bill to the Federal Constitution brought forth by Gerontocracy Prime Minister, not quite three months ago in the last Parliamentary session.

All the recent developments, independently or all and sundry, would be a ‘trigger’ on the move to ‘dethrone’ Gerontocracy Prime Minister?

More so, a little over a week ago Gerontocracy Prime Minister invited UMNO and PAS to join PPBM.

UMNO President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi rejected the invitation as “UMNO is not willing to work with DAP” and yesterday, PAS President Tuan Guru Dato Seri Hj Hadi Awang coyly said, “No appetite (Tiada selera)” to the invitation.

Hence, for the so called failed UMNO leader who aspires with the “Prime Ministerial quality”, his manoeuvres to amalgamate all the Malay and Bumiputra MPs from UMNO, PAS and GPS and fortify the Gerontocracy Prime Minister against the possible heightening pressure from Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim with his PKR faction and strong DAP plus PAN support is withering away.

At least for the moment.

And the latest arrest on the investigation of the ‘Semburit Scandal’ which is believed to include Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s own Political Secretary, is likely to diminish to trigger within PH to openly run Gerontocracy Prime Minister down?

Then again there are those who believe that however impatient Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is, he would not dare to try and run Gerontocracy Prime Minister down openly.

Not even when DAP is willing to do the bidding for him.

Published in: on July 17, 2019 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

Cross the Rubicon

The Malaysian Government created unnecessary confusion and further public discourse on the official position of the nation’s status regarding the ICERD and Rome Statute, which warranted the Rulers to stand up and give Titah on the matter and in the tone of violation of the Federal Constitution.

The Malay Mail story:

Johor Sultan warns against ratifying UN conventions, accuses Putrajaya of violating Constitution

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 —  Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has accused Putrajaya today of going against the Federal Constitution in its move to ratify several core human rights conventions, including the recent Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In an address at his birthday celebration in Johor Baru, he also harshly labelled those who are allegedly disputing the authorities of state rulers and governments when it comes to Islam, water, forestry, and land as “traitors”.

“Any party that touches the rights and powers of a ruler or state government, is breaking the law and can be considered as traitors,” he said.

“The action of the federal government to ratify ICERD and signed the Rome Statute is an action that is contradictory to the Federal Constitution because it touches on the power of the rulers and the special status of the Malays as well as the sanctity of Islam in the country.”

The text of his speech was published by his crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim on his Facebook page.

ICERD refers to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination — which Putrajaya has backed off from ratifying following pressure from Malay-Muslim lobby groups.

The ICERD seeks to oblige countries to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, is able to enjoy a long list of rights some may take for granted, including the right to freedom of expression, the right of peaceful assembly, the right to work, the right to housing, the right to medical care, social security, education and even the right to access places for the public’s use such as restaurants, theatres and parks.

“The government should remember on the social contract in the history of the formulation of the Federation of Malaya, where the special status of the Malays and the powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong along with the Malay rulers are not to be touched or infringed,” the sultan added.

The sultan’s remark came even after Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has decreed earlier this month to dispel any misinformation regarding the International Criminal Court Statute, including the claim that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will be exposed to the prosecution.

Wisma Putra has also repeatedly explained that the Agong cannot be held responsible towards the four core international crimes covered by the statute: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

Putrajaya also explained that ratifying the statute does not require the agreement of the Conference of Rulers, since it does not fall under the nine issues stipulated under Articles 159(5) and 38(4) of the Constitution.

Despite that, it said the Cabinet will still inform the Agong of the decision in respect of the principles of Constitutional Monarchy.

Sultan Ibrahim today warned the federal government against ratifying any international conventions just for the sake of foreign recognition, claiming it would jeopardise the rights and sovereignty of the country and its citizens.

Pakatan Harapan had in its manifesto pledged to ratify core United Nations conventions to in order to protect the human rights of Malaysians.

Sultan Iskandar then reminded members of the public that Johor is an independent sovereign state that has existed prior to the Federation of Malaya and Malaysia.

“This sovereignty means Johor has powers and rights in executing matters as enshrined in the state and Federal Constitution,” he said.

Despite the sultan’s claim, as one of the states in the federation of Malaysia, Johor’s jurisdiction is spelled out in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. Foreign policy is under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

The remark today came following a protest by Malay-Muslim groups yesterday in Johor, who submitted a memorandum to the sultan protesting against acceding the Rome Statute.

Recently, Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim has questioned Putrajaya’s ratification of the Rome Statute, causing Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to dismiss the statement made by Tunku Ismail as being his personal opinion, saying the prince is not an elected representative. 

NST story:

Msia accedes to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

MARCH 5, 2019 @ 12:04AM 

BY AZURA ABAS

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia on Monday signed the Instrument of Accession to the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court.

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah signed the instrument following the decision of the Cabinet during its meeting on Dec 12 last year.

The instrument was deposited to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the same day.

“Malaysia’s accession to the Rome Statute reflects its commitment to combating international crimes for global peace and security.

“As a responsible member of the international community, Malaysia stands firm by its belief in the rule of law and acknowledges ICC’s complimentary role to existing domestic laws.

“Malaysia stands ready to work together with all state parties in upholding the principles of truth, human rights, rule of law, fairness and accountability,” Wisma Putra said in a statement.

On Feb 15, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was informed by Saifuddin of the decision of the Cabinet on the matter.

“The prime minister had previously written to His Majesty, the acting Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (Sultan Nazrin Shah) on Dec 26, 2018, informing the latter of the Cabinet’s decision on the matter.”

The ICC was established in 2002 and is governed by the Rome Statute.

The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court, with the objective to end impunity against the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.

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Further confusion is added that a media report stated Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said there are a few paramount issues of reservation on Malaysia ratifying the Rome Statute.

NST story:

PM: We want to ratify Rome Statute, but…

KUALA LANGAT: Malaysia is keen on ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, subject to conditions and only if it is brings in positives for the country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This, he said, was because of the various freedoms spelt out under the statute, some of which could be at odds with Malaysia.

“We want to ratify but it is subject to our conditions in this country. There are certain things that they want to do that under the Rome Statute which we cannot do. For example, under the Rome Statute, there is absolute freedom for everybody to do all kinds of things.

“There are men marrying men, women marrying women. I do not know what they do when they marry. But they are very funny people. We do not have to be funny people like them. That, we do not accept. We only accept the good ones,” Dr Mahathir told a press conference after launching the Love My Palm Oil campaign in Pulau Carey on Sunday.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on a statement by the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, whom in his birthday speech, reportedly accused Putrajaya of violating the Federal Constitution by signing the Rome Statute.

Sultan Ibrahim was quoted as saying that the Rome Statute, along with the attempt to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), had touched on the monarchy, Malay privileges and sanctity of Islam.

He was also quoted as saying that “anyone who touches on the rights and powers of a monarch or state government has violated national laws and can be considered traitors.

“The federal government’s intention to ratify ICERD and sign the Rome Statute is a move that is against the Federal Constitution because it touches on the powers of the monarch, Malay special privileges, and the sanctity of Islam in this country.”

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee will keep his position despite making the move from Barisan Nasional to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

“This is not a legal matter. It is a promise made by Pakatan Harapan. We can do it anytime (replace the PAC chairman). We will stick to our promise but it is not necessary that when moment something happens, you have to drop everything.

“We will think about and we will find a good candidate. At this moment, he (Ronald) remains PAC chairman,” said Dr Mahathir, who is also PPBM chairman.

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The gross inconsistency and lack of clarity for the Federal Government policies, decisions made, announcements and serious doubts on the roll out and implementation brought forth worsening confidence on the Pakatan Harapan Government.

There is a strong rumour that Chinese top commercial leaders also expressed the grave lack on confidence to do business in Malaysia.

Recently, it was believed that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Political Secretary Tony Pua went to Hong Kong and met several leading Chinese global business owners.

The issue of the unilateral cancellation of Mega Projects was brought up and questioned during the meetings.

This include the ECRL highway project from Port Kelang to Tumpat in Kelantan is Malaysia Government’s is not reliable to follow through a decision and agreement made.

The incompetency of the Malaysian Government to plan and managed the nation on behalf of the rakyat is abundantly clear.

In this instance by acceding to the Rome Statute is a manifestation of inking a document and having after thought, which include not agreeing to the full set of terms.

On 8 December last year, half a million Malaysians, predominantly the Malay-Muslim converged and had a massive anti-ICERD demonstration in Dataran Merdeka.

Other issues which made the majority of Malay-Muslims very concerned had manifested their deep displeasure of not anguish.

It is time they converge again in a massive demonstration. The violation of the Federal Constitution, in letters and spirit is the matter of grave concern.

This violation include as Malay the official language.

DAP Ministers and Deputy Ministers have used Mandarin in their official Federal Government communique.

After all, Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia, the role and position of HRH Rulers and articles pertaining to the Malays are defining ingredients of the nation.

When they ‘Cross the Rubicon’, they have to deal with the wrath.

Published in: on March 24, 2019 at 20:00  Leave a Comment  

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)