“Balai, cerita…..!”

In the long standing of many myths about how former UMNO Vice President Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein wasn’t doing what he was expected to do, but went to do something opposite.

When Barisan Nasional failed to retained the Federal Government and most State Governments except two on 10 May 2018, then the UMNO President and BN Chairman Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak conceded defeat.

He resigned from both posts.

UMNO Vice President fill in for the Deputy President Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi assume the Presidency in an acting role.

UMNO Vice President Dato Sri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein assumed the Deputy Presidency in an acting capacity.

Their first job was to keep the ship together. Several BN component parties decided to jump ship, for obvious reasons.

Some states that BN retained power, had issues appointing the Menteri Besar. Hence the two top leaders had to travel back-and-forth to Istana Arau to resolve the stand off.

Then it came the moment of truth. The party elections came up and everyone was expected to throw themselves into the ring and fight it out.

That’s when Hishammuddin already Vice President filling in for Deputy President chickened out. He withdrew from the race and gave an obscure excuse of “I want to take care of Johor, only”.

Months went on and UMNO President Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid painstakingly took time to consult party leaders, for the direction of the party.

He present his inaugural speech as UMNO President on 29 Sept 2018 which incorporated 27 items, collated and amalgamated from all the UMNO arms, as a direction.

However, there on many used this and the authorities hauled President Dr Zahid up as many excuses they created on their own, like “The Party is directionless”.

Strings of UMNO MPs and a small number of UMNO ADUN jumped ship towards PPBM, in the haze quest of getting greener posture and making in up for the smallest party in the ruling coalition.

Hishammuddin has been said to have asked UMNO members to jump ship.

He is also has been said to facilitate his agent, Dato Zulkifli Alwi who was the UMNO Youth Secretary when the former was UMNO Youth Chief, to recruit UMNO members over to PPBM.

UMNO MT Dato Lokman filed the complaint with UMNO Disciplinary Board.

Despite Dato Seri Hishamuddin’s active role in the recent Tanjung Piai by-election which saw BN won by a tsunami of 15,000 majority, the subsequent events came as a shock.

A day later, Hishammuddin is believed to facilitate 16 other UMNO MPs to have intimate dinner and consultation session at the home of the Minister of Economic Affairs Dato Seri Azmin Mohamed Ali.

Talk about having the “Back door Government” surfaced. It created another air of doubt and possibility of uncertainty.

On 26 Nov 2019, UMNO President Dr Zahid invited UMNO MPs and to clear all doubts. All have agreed for what ever decision, the party shall do it ‘en bloc’ and not through ‘salami tactics’, layer by layer.

UMNO Disciplinary Board Chairman Tan Sri Apandi Mohamed Ali issued a show cause letter to Hishammuddin on 13 Dec 2019 and the latter is expected to present himself on Boxing Day, to answer all these complaints.

To many, it’s a season to be Jolly! Or as they say, when ignorance is bliss, it’s wise to be folly.

Published in: on December 16, 2019 at 10:00  Comments (1)  

In defeat, Malice. In victory, Revenge!

The attitude of Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad leadership of being vindictive against former Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak has proven to be more personal and childish.

The privileges accorded to former Prime Minister Najib have slowly been withdrawn.

FB of former Prime Minister Najib’s Special Officer Isham Jalil



The latest is the Police outrider/(s) provided to Dato Sri Najib, as the former Prime Minister.

This is a clearly a personal vindication is Gerontocracy Prime Minister against his predecessor, who happens to be once a preferred successor when the former was trying to unseat then the Fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi more than a decade ago.

For the record, Tun Abdullah retired to pave way for Dato Seri Najib to succeed him on the 9 April 2009, exactly three years after Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir openly wage a ‘war’ to unseat his successor.

When Prime Minister Najib was in office, Federal Government policies and treatment of former Prime Ministers still remained as per entitled privileges, despite then Dr Mahathir was on the Opposition side.

The Star story:

PM’s Department: All former prime ministers given same privileges


  • NATION
  • Thursday, 09 Nov 20178:44 AM MYT

PETALING JAYA: All former prime ministers are being provided the same privileges and that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been treated no differently, said the Prime Minister’s Department.

“The Government has not revoked any facility whatsoever to any former prime ministers, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic),” it said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 9).

It said that the former prime minister has been provided personnel, numbering 21 people, for his office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation and his private residence.

All of this, it said, was in accordance with the Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act 1980.

“These personnel are fully borne by the Government, including payroll, claims and other privileges enjoyed by civil servants. 

“The Government also bears the utility charges for the Perdana Leadership Foundation as well as his private residence,” it said.

On top of this, the department said that the Government also pays for all food allowances and other costs for outriders, bodyguards, medical staff and assistants to special officers for Dr Mahathir’s visits abroad.

Dr Mahathir had posted on his Facebook page Nov 1 that his Special Action Unit (UTK) police bodyguards had been withdrawn.

The personal bodyguard service is a privilege provided to all former prime ministers.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, however, said on Sunday (Nov 5) that the Royal Malaysia Police still maintained Dr Mahathir’s UTK service.

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By law, all former PMs are entitled to two police outriders. Former Prime Minister Abdullah still have two.

As a former PM, Former Prime Minister Najib is privy to many secrets of the government and pulling his security puts him and the country at risk.

Most likely, Gerontocracy Prime Minister De Mahathir was not telling full truth that his police outriders were completely pulled. The restriction only applied when he was traveling to political events.

At all other times, he still had his outriders which many people can see for themselves even after Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir complained his outriders were pulled.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s track record shows that he cannot be trusted to tell the complete truth and in the case of his outriders being pulled, he again misled the Rakyat for his political gain and to gain sympathy.

In former Prime Minister Najib’s case, one of the two police outriders were pulled right after 14GE’s even though it was against the law as all former PMs are entitled to this for their protection.

However, the government were apparently angered at the big reception to former Prime Minister Najib when he traveled to Tanjung Piai.

Therefore the decision to completely pull all last outrider is to restrict his mobility and to limit his influence.

It is a very politically motivated move that is against the law but this is not a government that follows the law.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir had use of outriders except when going to political events even when he was leader of the opposition.

But now Prime Minister Najib has no outriders for any purposes because this government does not follow the rule of law.

Then again, IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s credibility as the Top Cop quickly eroding as more he talks about getting the ‘bandit-about-town’, which is making him more laughable by the day.

NST story:

Jho Low now looks like a bear?

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 @ 2:38PM 
BY ABDUL RAHEMANG TAIMIN

TAWAU: The authorities in the country where fugitive financier Low Taek Jho is believed to be hiding in, is refusing to cooperate with the Police.

According to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, they are reluctant to provide information and have been giving “ridiculous excuses”, which includes claims that the 38-year-old Low has undergone plastic surgery and now looks like a “bear”.

“Among the excuses they gave include Jho Low apparently having changed his looks by undergoing facial surgery to look like a bear.

“They say his face looks like a bear. I don’t know, but apparently he has now changed his looks,” Abdul Hamid said at an event in Tawau, here, today.

Abdul Hamid’s comments comes after reports emerged that Low or Jho Low as he is more commonly known as, is now moving around under a Cypriot passport.

According to Cyprus based Greek-language newspaper Politis, the businessman linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal had also been a Cyprus citizen for the past four years.

The report, reproduced by the Sarawak Report blog, said Low had obtained the passport through a well-known citizenship and passport broker Henley & Partners in 2015.

The firm had previously commissioned a passport from the Caribbean island-nation of St Kitts & Nevis.

Commenting further, Abdul Hamid said police believe the wanted businessman was still at the country he is hiding in.

“Sometimes when he walks, he looks like a Tambadau (seladang). So when we look at him from behind, that is how he looks like. Do you think this excuse (given by the authorities of the country Jho Low is hiding in) is logical?” the IGP remarked.

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Taking a line from BBC’s infamous character Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, “In defeat, Malice. In victory, Revenge!”

Published in: on November 8, 2019 at 17:00  Leave a Comment  

Upmanship

It is unbelievable of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’ obsession to lead by his own way having through all challenges, inherent inhabitive and obstacles, leading an army of quite incompetent politicians and party backers.

Yet he dares to shout out his mouth as his leadership with the Pakatan Harapan coalition desperately has to show a tiny bit of progress from any of the 100 promises in the PH Manifesto.

Yet, Gerontocracy Prime Minister had the audacity to sound out the Opposition for stop making false promises.

SCMP story:

Doubts over Mahathir’s handover to Anwar strain Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition

  • Malaysia’s ruling coalition came to power with a promise that Mahathir Mohamad would hand over the reins to Anwar Ibrahim
  • But the widely reported time frame of two years appears to be slipping, straining relations at the top levels of government
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Yet there is something very interesting about Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

Sixteen years ago, Dr Mahathir Mohamad retired as the fourth Prime Minister, after serving twenty two years, three months and fifteen days.

Now, he is the Gerontocracy Prime Minister for the second tenure, since 10 May 2018.

He need to stay in office at least till 2027. This is to match Sir Lee Kuan Yew’s tenure as Chief Minister and Prime Minister of Singapore.

(Yes. Lee was awarded Grand Cross of St Michael and St George).

He already outlived Sir Lee in age. Now, to outdo tenure in office as the Chief Executive.

Ekk….

Published in: on October 31, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Scrummed out

By and large, the Malays were disappointed with Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for admission of an instrumental role in the division and weakening the Malays but offer no substantial solution to get it better.

Yesterday ex-UMNO hoppers Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (Larut MP), Dato’ Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad (Mersing MP) and Dato Seri Mustapha “Bacul Lari Malam” Mohamad (Jeli MP) along with academic veteran Prof Dato’ Dr Zainal Kling, corporate leader Dato’ Yahya Jalil and UM VC Dato’ Dr Ir Abd Rahim Hashim successfully organised and delivered Kongres Maruah Melayu.

It was staged for Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to deliver his ‘The Last Address to the Malays’.

In a congregation of so many Malay political, academic, corporate, community and stakeholder leaders (with the explicit exception of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim (Port Dickson MP) and those in DAP), the Old Man continued his Malay bashing, in a lesser scathing tone but maintaining the ‘Surat Khabar Lama’ style and delivery, like he did as the UMNO President for over 22 years.

Malaysiakini story:

‘Walau Bersatu melukut di tepi gantang tapi ada garangnya’ – Hadi


Okt 7, 2019


(Dikemaskini Okt 7, 2019)

Presiden PAS, Abdul Hadi Awang memuji parti Bersatu pimpinan Perdana Menteri Dr Mahathir Mohamad kerana berjaya menunjukkan pengaruh mereka di dalam Pakatan Harapan.


Beliau menyifatkan penyampaian amanat perdana menteri dalam Kongres Maruah Melayu pada Ahad lalu melambangkan kuasa yang dimiliki oleh satu-satunya parti Melayu dalam pakatan itu.


“Kongres Maruah Melayu, anjuran para ilmuwan beberapa universiti, disertakan ucapan Dr Mahathir mewakili satu-satunya parti Melayu dalam kerajaan PH.


“Walaupun dianggap seperti melukut di tepi gantang, tetapi ada garangnya,” katanya dalam tulisan berjudul “Amanat muhasabah bangsa” terbit di Harakahdaily hari ini.


Bersatu pada PRU14 lalu menang 14 kerusi parlimen daripada sejumlah 117 kerusi parlimen yang dimenangi PH dengan PKR menjadi parti majoriti dalam gabungan parti pemerintah itu apabila mendapat 50 kerusi.

Abdul Hadi pada hari ini juga menjelaskan sebab di sebalik penyertaan PAS dalam Himpunan Muafakat Nasional, anjuran PAS dan Umno baru-baru ini serta Kongres Maruah Melayu.


“Walaupun dua pertemuan itu kelihatan berlainan dan tempatnya pula bebeza, tetapi sebenarnya satu sahaja titik pertemuan iaitu perpaduan bangsa Melayu dan menyedarkan Melayu bangkit bersama Islam.


“Sekurang-kurangnya PAS dapat merealisasikan konsep taawun yang dipraktikkan dalam konsep budaya politik matang dan sejahtera yang diperkenalkan oleh PAS,” katanya.


Menurut presiden PAS, beliau bersikap terbuka mendengar ucapan pihak lain yang juga Melayu Islam kerana “muhasabah diri wajib dilakukan, walaupun adanya kritikan yang keras dan pahit.”

Abdul Hadi berkata beliau mendengar dengan teliti ucapan perdana menteri pada majlis tersebut.

“Saya mendengar amanat Tun Mahathir dengan teliti dan agak berbeza dengan kalangan yang menunggu kecaman beliau terhadap bangsa lain yang menjadi saingan kita dalam masyarakat majmuk.

“Tiba-tiba ucapan beliau menyebut kesilapan bangsanya sendiri yang menjadi sebab mereka mundur ketinggalan, tercorot dan diperbodohkan oleh pihak lain dan diperbodohkan oleh bangsanya sendiri sehingga terkebelakang,” jelasnya.

Dr Mahathir ketika berucap pada Kongres Maruah Melayu antaranya berkata kerajaan dengan sendirinya walaupun dipimpin oleh Melayu, tidak boleh memulihkan maruah Melayu sekiranya kaum itu tidak mahu berusaha untuk mengubah nasib mereka.
Katanya, maruah Melayu dipandang hina atas kesalahan mereka sendiri.

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He did not raise about the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030, nor any of the many Resolutions from the series of discourse and workshops held by public Unis for politics, economics, culture, education and religion, which were conducted as precursor and the legitimate excuse for the ‘Amanat Terakhir’.

No substantial take away for the Malays. Otherwise, all and good and done in the custom and spirit of a Malay event (Majlis).

However, there is an indirect take away for the Malays. Considering that he wanted UMNO to be present and part of his demonstration of reconciliatory effort for the division of the Malays, as well sending a thumping message to Anwar and his Anwarites within PKR and most of all, DAP, it would be in terrible after taste and serious blow-back for Gerontocracy Prime Minister to get UMNO destroyed.

He needs UMNO now, more than ever, now that UMNO has demonstrated its magnanimity, for the sake of the Malays.

Unless Gerontocracy Prime Minister is ready to go down and be stoop in history as the Malay leader who eventually handed over the reins of the Land of the Malays (Tanah Aku), to DAP.

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

Stood up

In a single speech Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad stood up so many gullible ‘Kings and Queens of Wishful Thinking’ about him being a changed man

The Sun Daily story:

Only the Malays can restore dignity of the Malays: Dr Mahathir (Updated)

(more…)
Published in: on October 6, 2019 at 21:30  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for Muafakat

The ‘National Cooperation Charter’ to formalising the kick off the largest Malay political parties inked between UMNO and PAS Presidents at PWTC this afternoon would see the change of Malay hinterland politics-administration, with the inclusion of UMNO into PAS controlled states’ administration in the near future.

The Star story:

Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan


Hadi: We have plans to include Umno in Terengganu and Kelantan

NATION
Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
3:39 PM MYT
By TARRENCE TAN, HANIS ZAINAL and FATIMAH ZAINAL

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has plans to include its new political ally Umno in the two states – Terengganu and Kelantan – that it currently governs.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said such plans will be unveiled to the public in the near future.

“Wait for the time to come. We will look at the latest developments. There are definitely plans (to include Umno). We are family,” he said.


Abdul Hadi was speaking to reporters during a press conference after the joint charter between Umno and PAS was signed at PWTC on Saturday (Sept 14).


“Taawun (cooperation) is a phrase that was discussed by Nik Aziz when he was still alive because of the cooperation we had in the 70s in the form of tahaluf (coalition).


“We need to introduce a new approach which is cooperation. That was discussed by the (PAS) Syura Ulama Council when Nik Aziz was alive,” he added.


The last time Umno and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 General Election when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.


Also present at the press conference were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
On seat negotiations for the next general election, Ahmad Zahid said it was too premature to discuss such details at present.


Ahmad Zahid said Umno was in the midst of reaching out to grassroots members to explain the new political alliance with PAS.


Hadi Awang concurred, saying that most importantly, both parties should work towards garnering support from the people first.


Ahmad Zahid, who’s Barisan Nasional chairman, said that its component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political alliance.


“Although we (Umno, MCA, MIC) had already discussed this, we will officially speak about this in the soonest Barisan supreme council meeting.


“So far, these two parties (MCA, MIC) have no objections at all,” he added.


Ahmad Zahid also said that a negotiations committee and a technical committee will be formed to iron out details for its newly signed charter and a memorandum of understanding between PAS and Umno.


The charter between Umno and PAS was signed on Saturday (Sept 14), formalising the cooperation between the two biggest Malay-based parties in Malaysia.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/14/hadi-we-have-plans-to-include-umno-in-terengganu-and-kelantan#vhhUqWaS3EMmLYju.99

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It is a landmark political cooperation for the Malays effectively rolled out under UMNO under President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Tuan Guru Dato Seri Hj Abd Hadi Awang since the mega anti-ICERD Rally on 8 Dec 2018, which saw over 300,000 people congregated and demonstrated in Dataran Merdeka.

The National Co-operation Charter which was inked by UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid and PAS President Hj Hadi, is an effective progress of the series of consultations, meetings and cooperation fostered between the two leaders and their associates since 16 July 2019.

Of course, it was effectively rolled out at the Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau by-ejections which saw an increased BN performance with the direct co-operation by PAS and its election machiery.

At the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon saw over 35,000 people at its peak, predominantly Malays, thronged and packed the UMNO HQ convention complex.

It is a new Malaysian history being made. Needless to mention, a record for PWTC.

Amongst other objectives, the formalisation of the political co-operation between UMNO and PAS would translate to the support of the Malays, particularly in the hinterland being consolidated.

At the 14GE, UMNO obtained 2.525 million votes and PAS obtained 2.032 million votes.

Even by comparison either UMNO or PAS on their own, the Malay parties within Pakatan Harapan, PPBM and PAN, could only managed 718,000 and 655,000 votes respectively.

It is interesting that PAS only managed to secure 18 Parliamentary seats, considering the popular votes they obtained.

DAP, which obtained 2.098 million votes managed to win 42 Parliamentary seats. Despite securing most Parliamentary seats within PH with 49, PKR only obtained 2.046 million popular votes, which is only a tad more over PAS’s.

The strategic importance of the charter inked is that UMNO went into the political co-operation PAS with the syndication of BN’s coalition partners MCA and MIC.

The Star story:

Barisan Nasional will speak about Umno-PAS pact again, says Zahid


Published on 14 Sep 2019 5:46:15 PM

Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Saturday said that BN’s component parties – MCA and MIC – had no objections towards the newfound political cooperation between Umno and PAS.

He said the BN leaders had already discussed the matter and would officially speak about it again in the soonest BN supreme council meeting.



Read more at https://www.thestartv.com/v/barisan-nasional-will-speak-about-umno-pas-pact-again-says-zahid#ErlCs5AIya1pkYgU.99

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And The Malay Mail Online:

Zahid sees smooth road for PAS-Umno collaboration due to common ground


Published 1 day ago on 14 September 2019
BY IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi predicted an easier cooperation between his party and PAS than the fractious alliances the Islamist party had with previous partners.


Zahid noted that both Umno and PAS share a common ideology on Malay-Muslim interests, unlike the Islamists’ previous alliances with the secular DAP.

“When PAS was together with DAP, it was more difficult compared to PAS with Umno now, because we share the same philosophy.

“Our cooperation is in terms of common issues. It is much easier and simpler as compared to their previous collaboration with other parties, especially DAP,” said Ahmad Zahid at a press conference after the official signing of the PAS-Umno joint charter at PWTC, here today.

Zahid also said Umno’s Barisan Nasional partners, MCA and MIC, have not expressed objections to his party’s now-official alliance with PAS.

However, he said the matter will be formalised by the former ruling coalition in an upcoming supreme council meeting.

“They are components parties of BN, and though we had discussed on the matter, but we will announce it formally at the BN supreme council meeting in the near future.

“So far, these two parties have no objection at all,” he said.

MCA and MIC had previously opposed PAS, particularly over its attempts to expand shariah law in the country.

Today, Zahid insisted that the joint-charter was inclusive and would include non-Malays as part of its national agenda.

He sought to assure non-Muslims and non-Malays that PAS and Umno’s direction was not towards religious extremism or excessive Malay nationalism.

The combination of the country’s two largest Malay-Muslim parties is fueling concerns of increased racial polarisation in Malaysia.

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Even though it is believed that MCA and MIC still managed to retain their token Parliamentary seats with support from the Malays who are susceptible to UMNO’s politics, the BN coalition partners have their respective strength.

MCA obtained 653,000 and MIC obtained 167,000 popular votes respectively.

UMNO would never abandoned its partnership for new partners, but instead harness and capitalise on the strength. Especially, the history of the partnership that brought the nation to present position.

Using the 9 May 2019 results as a basis, BN plus PAS could derive to 5.4 million votes, all and sundry. Coupled with the appalling non delivery of PH with their failed promises and incompetency, a shift of 5% of votes obtained by PH to ‘BN Plus’ could translate to 5.65 million popular votes.

This is a new instrument of a fresh political deal for Malaysia.

The past track record of BN in the stability, development and prosperity of the nation, now coupled with the comeback of a partner of the original coalition in 1973, is the way to move forward.

There is now a new speculation that Parti Muafakat Nasional be formed and members are Barisan Nasional (UMNO/MCA/MIC) and PAS.

The formal political organisation could be the fresh ingredients to offer for Malaysia to move forward, based on over 65 years of effective political partnership and progress.

Muafakat Nasional would be a new deal for Sabah and Sarawak parties to align themselves, for the greater good of Malaysia.

Published in: on September 15, 2019 at 02:45  Leave a Comment  

‘M’ for Manipulative

There a good and prevailing chance that if and when ‘Piagam Muafakat Nasional’ is highly successful post 14 Sept 2019 that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would turnaround and instead ride on the force of Malay unity, to check on the anti-Malay and Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

It is interesting on the perspective of UMNO President Dato‘ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, on the success of leading UMNO to work and collaborate with PAS, the two largest Malay-Muslim political parties after parting ways forty two years ago.

The Star story:

Why Umno supports PAS, Zahid explains

NATION
Thursday, 12 Sep 2019
6:56 PM MYT
By Zakiah Koya

KAJANG: As I trailed behind the latest Mercedes into the driveway of a grand-looking bungalow in Country Heights, we were told this is where we will be interviewing the man who used to be one of the most powerful politicians in the country.


A man clad in a short-sleeved blue shirt, dark blue slacks and slippers, with his greying hair, emerged from inside the house and welcomed us.

It was former deputy prime minister and former home affairs minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Bring those mineral bottles of water, cold ones,” he directed one of the 10 people hovering around him as we sat down to do an exclusive.


“Here, we only serve Barisan Nasional water. We will always have them and Barisan will always exist,” said Ahmad Zahid, as he decided that he wanted the interview to be carried out on the simpler modern-looking sofa compared with the grand Chesterfield-looking sofa set.


It is now over two months since he returned from garden leave.


Ahmad Zahid was pressured by fellow party leaders to go on garden leave from his post, as he is facing a total of 87 graft charges in court.


However, six months later, Ahmad Zahid announced his return to duty on June 30.


The bungalow was his family’s foundation, Yayasan Falah – handsomely furnished.
Right next door stands a “surau”, which is almost as big as a mosque, clean and new, but deserted.


Ahmad Zahid had offered The Star an exclusive interview to explain himself why Umno had decided to consort with its once-sworn enemy, PAS.


As Ahmad Zahid ordered his aides to prepare prawns and calamari for tea later on, I showed him a picture when he graced the magazine “Men’s Review” in 1997.

“Ah, I used to be so young, and my hair was all black,” said Ahmad Zahid, obviously delighted to see his old picture.


Ahmad Zahid, then the Umno Youth chief, has come quite a circle, for he is now leading Umno as the Opposition leader after losing the last general election to a one-year-old coalition, Pakatan Harapan.


As the interview took place, Ahmad Zahid cried “political persecution” for the long list of graft charges he is facing.


He said, despite that, he knows very well that he is also a wanted man to explain whether he is sidelining the non-Muslims, as he rubbed shoulders with the leaders of PAS.


The Bagan Datoh MP pointed out that the upcoming Ummah Unity Gathering on Sept 13 and 14 is not the first time Umno and PAS will be on the same stage.


More than 10,000 Umno and PAS members are expected to converge at PWTC on those two days, and it will culminate in a rally.


“Ummah is not only Muslims – it means humanity as a whole,” said Zahid, when asked if he had left behind main fellow Barisan counterparts MCA and MIC when he decided to embrace PAS-style politics.


“We have tried to come together for more than 40 years, and there was never any political effort to bridge this gap. Personally, I took the effort to bridge the gap in 1998 with the late Datuk Dr Haron Din of PAS, and he came out with the idea on PAS and Umno working together. He suggested a joint mechanism.

“On Dec 4,2016, we came together officially for the first time for the Rohingya issue. Both the then Umno and PAS presidents came together, with the majority of Umno and PAS leaders,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He added that the other events that followed were “Himpunan Melayu Bangkit” (Malays Rising Gathering) in Pasir Salak and the rally to oppose the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) in Kuala Lumpur last year.


When asked why Umno chose PAS, he said it is because PAS has “long been an Opposition”.


He agreed that both Umno and PAS have differences, but insisted that they have grown on each other.


“We need to build our chemistry, not by force but ‘organically’. The organic growth of this chemistry was established after I took office in Umno.
“I not only ignited the chemistry, but managed to come to a natural understanding and it has been a good political dividend for Umno,” said Ahmad Zahid.


As to whether he accepted PAS leadership’s open support for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Ahmad Zahid said that friends should respect each other.

“PAS has its own reasons to support Dr Mahathir to continue until the end of his tenure. We feel that if promises of Pakatan are not fulfilled, then we expect that (a non-confidence vote against Dr Mahathir in Parliament) may happen. If anything happens, there may be divine intervention. In this matter, respecting a friend is more important than a pre-empt what we cannot control,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He also said that although Umno and PAS may not be similar in their approach to non-Muslims, they had decided to “marry”, because both agreed that Pakatan had failed to deliver promises it made in the last general election.


“What we are doing now is not so much of political marriage; neither is it marriage of convenience,” said Ahmad Zahid.


Although PAS had been in cohorts with PKR and DAP, Ahmad Zahid said Umno decided to join hands with PAS because they both agreed that DAP should not push the “Malaysian Malaysia” agenda.


“Malaysian Malaysia” of DAP is a campaign which called for equality among all races, and Umno said that it questioned the privileged position of Malays as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.


“Umno then realised that if it does not work with PAS on these issues (Malay and Islam), these issues will disappear and a country which is multiracial will lose its main race as the main force,” said Ahmad Zahid.


He, however, insisted that although Umno and PAS are both Malays and Muslims, the joint charter on their cooperation would still be based on the multiracial concept for the country.
He pointed out that there is a need to work on that “misperception” that Umno-PAS is only for the Malays as they need to capture the Sarawakian non-Malay parties.

Ahmad Zahid said that although he is open to the idea of a coalition, he will work on what he has now.


“Let us cross the bridge first (if Umno-PAS can win the next general election). In Islam, we have to work hard and work smart. Then we do our prayers,” said Ahmad Zahid.


At the same interview, Ahmad Zahid said there were those in Umno who questioned his return from garden leave to helm the party once again, despite the charges.


However, he said those who do not agree with his plans are a “pain in the neck” which had been dealt with.
“It is not of me burning myself, but it is about taking risks for the struggle. There will be a bright light at the end of the tunnel, especially now that we are working with PAS,” said Ahmad Zahid.


Asked whether the light he sees at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train, he said there are two tunnels.
“One is for the leaving train and one is for the coming train. Whatever it is, there will be no loggerheads between the two trains,” said Ahmad Zahid.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/12/why-umno-supports-pas-zahid-explains#YJpw9G6Jfw1H1kWT.99

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It is very interesting on UMNO President Zahid’s story on the beginning of UMNO-PAS co-operation, after over three decades of political bad blood especially in Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s first tenure (1991-2003).

The UMNO-PAS co-operation that would be casted in stone is much more than two political parties do away with outlined differences of ideology, for the strategic and common good of the Malays.

The unity on Rohingya’s cause (December 2015) must have started earlier, perhaps from a series of consultations and meetings.

It has been said that Gerontocracy Prime Minister has been briefed by specific authorities in the recent months.

What is interesting from sources that at best, his leadership and Pakatan Harapan’s administration could only amass 30% of Malay votes.

One of the senior officials who instrumented the information which was capitalised and manipulated to the fullest by Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and PH leaders which saw the rejection and downfall of Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and BN’s rule opined that PH would lose if a general election be called immediately or soon.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir who has been seen as a leader with no continuous development agenda but his own, on the other hand is continuously attacking the Malays.

As a marvellous Machiavellian, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir would be likely to manipulate the situation if it is strongly proven the Malays are united.

The Baron of Crony Capitalism and de facto Adviser to the Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin already sounded out on the incompetency of the Government.

There are bound to be some gullibles within the said “70% of the Malays not supporting the Government” would be soften and bought into Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s theatrics and drama, in the name of Malay unity.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) would know what to do. We should trust him!”, who be the best line of those who would be blinded about the fact that Gerontocracy Prime Minister has a personal vendetta against PAS for half a century.

Specifically, he has been very bitter since he was defeated by PAS in his home turf seat of Kota Setar Selatan at 3GE on 10 May 1969.

In short, PAS scarred him for life!

He would be bold in the interpretation of DAP’s stance, as well as the incompetency of DAP leaders as Ministers in strategic posts such as Finance, Transport, Communications abs Multimedia, Law, Primary Industries and Human Capital.

More over, when he starts to attack DAP leaders incrementally.

After all, the future of Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s own party PPBM is highly on the very long uncertainty list.

Being Amanipulative is what Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is at his best.

He got UMNO leaders to ‘revolt’ against founding father and first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman post 3GE. He manipulated his way, mainly through the ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy to remain in power for over 22 years.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir got his successor and Fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to prematurely give up his leadership.

Needless to mention, he got his own blue eyed-boy Prime Minister Najib to be ousted and almost dismantle BN completely.

Never to underestimate the man who has successfully manipulated the intelligence and emotions of many, especially the Malays for over half a century, despite being a Gerontocratic man of over ninety four years old.

At the current buzz and flavour, denying Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim for the Premiership would be the right objective for his manipulation to remain in power and hitching on the Malay Unity is the best option there is.

Published in: on September 12, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

‘D’ is desperation

It is abundantly clear that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad days are numbered from the more intense statement from him as the UMNO-PAS charter coming closer to be formalised and he and his party is becoming a minority within the minority of the ruling Government.

Dr M throws spanner in the works of proposed Umno-PAS charter


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September 10, 2019 5:32 PM
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Dr Mahathir Mohamad says ‘even the UN charter has been unable to stop wars, what more the Umno-PAS charter’.


ALOR SETAR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has thrown a spanner in the works on the proposed signing of a formal political pact between the opposition parties Umno and PAS on Saturday.


The prime minister said PAS has to first retract its statement labelling Umno as a party of infidels (kafir) before the two parties can finalise their cooperation with the signing of a charter.


He said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has yet to officially retract this statement to enable his party to forge an alliance with Umno.


“Even the United Nations charter has been unable to stop wars, what more the Umno-PAS charter. They were (political) rivals. PAS has said Umno is a party of infidels,” he said with a hint of sarcasm at a press conference here.


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The ‘Piagam Muafakat Nasional’, a charter inked between UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Tuan Guru Dato’ Seri Hj Abdul Hadi Awang in a landmark event on Saturday at Putra World Trade Centre would create not only a new for Malay unity but history for Malaysia.

History has proven that when the Malays became united and unified with a common cause, it change land marked and created history.

Right after World War II, the British came back and decided to formalise the colonisation of Malaya which was a collection of sovereign states before invasion of Japan, with the introduction of the Malayan Union.

HRH Malay Rulers were forced to sign and accept the Malayan Union, which was brought forth by High Commissioner Sir Edward Gent. HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor was the First Malay Ruler to ink the agreement on 1 Dec 1945.

The Malays came in droves to protest the Malayan Union, after one by one Malay Rulers were corerced to accept Gent’s plan.

They organised the First Malay Congress on 1 May 1946, which HRH Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah of Selangor addressed the congregation. In his titah, HRH Sultan Selangor reminded the assembled Malays about the threat of their position, custom, hereditary powers and most of all, Islam.

By 10 May 1946, the third Malay Congress was organised in Istana Besar Johor Bahru, under the auspicious of Sultan Johor.

On 11 May 1946, all attended and the representation of 29 NGOs agreed for the charter of the creation of United Malays Nationalist Organisation.

UMNO became the forefront of the Malay struggle.

There on, in July 1946 HRH Malay Rulers, Gent and UMNO leaders started a series of consultations and negotiations with derived the Federation of Malaya Agreement inked on 21 Jan 1948.

It is a landmark agreement, which became the basis of the Federation of Malaya Constitution.

Federation of Malaya came into force on 1 Feb 1948 and ceded the Malayan Union.

Persekutuan Tanah Melayu came into effect on 1 Feb 1948.

The key ingredients of FMA is identity indicators that together make up the HRH Malay Rulers sovereign DNA — the individuality of the Malay States, the Malay Sultanate, Islam, the Malay language— became part of the constitutional legacy that was inherited by the FMA and re-seeded into the Merdeka Federation of Malaya Constitution, which came into effect on 31 Aug 1957.

There on, it UMNO changed its cry of ‘Hidup Melayu’ to ‘Merdeka!’.

What is interesting, the Communist Party of Malaya heightened their rebellion and terrorism and on 16 July 1948, the Malayan Emergency was declared.

On 27 July 1955, the first Federal Consultative Council election was held. The Alliance Party (UMNO-MCA-MIC) won 51 out of 52 seats contested.

83% of the votes cast in the first free election were by the Malays.

It is fair to conclude the Alliance Party received a thunderous landslide near 100% percent because the Malays were unified and gave YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman the full force of mandate.

Self rule then was established where YAM Tunku Abdul Rahman was appointed the First Chief Minister of Malaya. He then appointed his Cabinet of Malayans.

With this mandate came about two significant events:

1. The Baling Peace Talks 28-29 December 1955.

Chin Peng and CPM rejected Tunku’s offer for peace and amnesty.

2. The negotiations for Kemerdekaan beginning Jan 1956.

The Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement was inked between Chief Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and Secretary of State for the Colonies Alan Lennox-Boyd at Lancaster House, 8 Feb 1956.

Thereon, the Federation of Malaya Independence Act was inked by HRH Malay Rulers and British High Commissioner Sir Donald McGillivray onbehalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at King’s House on 5 Aug 1957.

The Malayan Emergency did not end till July 1960, after more than four years of Malayan self rule and three years of Kemerdekaan and as a sovereign nation, is a member of United Nations.

It was said that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir received a briefing recently that at best, at the moment only 30% of the Malays support his leadership and his ruling party.

The professional advice also saw even that position in waning and sliding away, from the series of turnout of events such as Anti-ICERD, Adib’s death, Royals, Sekolah Tahfiz, Tulisan Jawi, faux pas of Chinese leaders, Zakir Naik and the more recent, ‘Buy Muslim First’ campaign.

Sources said a Tan Sri law enforcement chief, who was instrumental in the ousting of Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak’s administration and BN’s defeat in 14GE uttered “If there is a GE now, PH is sure to lose!”.

The cracks within leadership of all PH component parties, also adds to the fragility of PH’s and undoubtedly, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s position.

*Updated 1800hrs

Pakatan Harapan leaders, particular DAP is spewing more toxic and venomous opinion as the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah draws nearer.

MKini story:

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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.

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