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HARI MERDEKA 2019

31 August 2019




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Monday, December 31, 2018

Cabinet to decide tomorrow on petrol prices

Retail prices of RON97, RON95 and diesel will remain unchanged at RM2.50, RM2.20 and RM2.18 per litre respectively for several days until the Cabinet meeting.
LANGKAWI: Petroleum retail prices will be determined at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, after considering the interests of both buyers and sellers.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government hoped to be able to reduce the price of petrol, but that all aspects needed to be considered.
“We (the government) would like to bring the price of petrol down, but people who sell it must also make some profit.
“If they do not, they will not sell it and we will not get any petrol.
“So we have to balance between the buyers and the sellers (before making a decision on the price of petrol),” he told reporters after attending the Langkawi eKasih Back to School programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kedawang here today.
Yesterday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said in a statement that the retail prices of RON97, RON95 and diesel would remain unchanged at RM2.50, RM2.20 and RM2.18 per litre respectively for several days until the Cabinet meeting.
In a separate development, Mahathir said the statement by PPBM vice-president Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman on granting contracts to cronies was his own personal view and did not represent the view of the party.
“It was not a party decision.He gave his opinion and we are not keeping to it. We do not want to do what Najib (former prime minister Najib Razak) did, giving projects to friends.
“We will consider all projects according to tenders. Whoever is capable can submit their tenders and if they can provide the best, then we will award them the contract,” he said.
In his winding-up speech at the second PPBM annual assembly in Putrajaya recently, Rashid said the Federal Development Department must return to its original role so that the system would benefit division and branch leaders who could “return” the benefits to the local community.

He was reported as saying contracts for development projects should be granted to PPBM division and branch heads. - FMT

Establish Dewan Rakyat committee to seek answers to Seafield temple fracas

Yayasan Perpaduan Malaysia (YPM) welcomes the announcement by Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that Attorney-General Tommy Thomas will order an inquest to determine the cause of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death after a post-mortem uncovered a “few clues.
An inquest has also become necessary since no one has been charged for Adib’s death which has been classified as murder.
As important as, and related to, Adib’s inquest is an honest and comprehensive investigation into the riot that occurred at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya, on Nov 26, 2018. An independent investigation should establish the factors that led to the riot, the groups and individuals involved, their motives, the sequence of events that resulted in the loss of a life and the destruction of property, the role of the media, including the social media, and the response of the police and fire departments to the incident.
It is a pity that more than a month after the incident, the general public still does not know what actually transpired from the early hours of Nov 26. In the absence of an authoritative account, rumours, distortions and half-truths have gained currency. These, in turn, have shaped public perceptions which have impacted negatively upon ethnic relations in certain circles.
Some Malay-Muslim and Indian-Hindu groups have suggested the convening of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Nov 26 riot. An RCI will take time to be set up and its inquiry may be long drawn. There is an alternative that is worth exploring.
The Dewan Rakyat can investigate the riot. This will require a resolution of the Dewan under Standing Order 88A which will enable the Dewan to establish a committee under the chairmanship of the speaker comprising members of Parliament chosen by the Dewan Rakyat itself. Though the Dewan Rakyat is in recess at the moment, it can be summoned to assemble for this specific purpose. The committee will have wide powers of investigation and will report to the Dewan when its findings are ready. Though the report will not amount to a verdict as such, its findings will carry considerable moral weight. They can be the basis for subsequent legal and judicial action.
It is important to carve out this new role for the Malaysian Parliament. The Dewan Rakyat, in particular, is the highest legislative body in the land and has an unparalleled place of honour in our system of governance. Moreover, it is, collectively speaking, a multi-ethnic and multi-religious institution. It is better qualified than most other institutions to play an effective role in resolving ethnic challenges in the country. The idea of a Dewan Rakyat committee to probe a specific issue which, unfortunately, has assumed a communal colouring will bring Parliament into the very crux of the management of ethnic relations.
As we reflect upon the temple riot, there are a few valuable lessons we can draw from the incident.
One, accurate information about the background to an incident, its evolution and its impact should be provided to the public immediately, preferably by a body in authority.
Two, the lies and distortions should be countered effectively and immediately. This may entail taking drastic action against irresponsible social media users.
Three, those who are in a position to shape public opinion, whether they are political leaders or social activists or media commentators, should adopt a national rather than a sectarian or parochial approach to the issue at hand.
Undoubtedly, in the temple incident, a number of individuals reacted to the issue from a sectarian perspective and as a result, exacerbated the situation.
Four, in finding a solution, the parties concerned should act fast without unnecessary delay. They should not drag their feet. When ethnic challenges are allowed to fester with no sight of a solution they tend to heighten the ethnic temperature.
Five, while the urgency of finding a solution cannot be emphasised enough, one should also ensure that it is just and fair to everyone, especially the principal ethnic actors involved. As a general guideline, one should adhere to the Malaysian Constitution and the aspirations and principles of the Rukunegara.
Chandra Muzaffar is the former chairman of the Board of Trustees of YPM
Suresh Kumar Govind is the new chairman of the Board of Trustees of YPM.
-FMT

Once upon a time in Kampung Bersatu



Once upon a time, there was a farmer called Pak Det who produced the best pumpkins in a place called Kampung Bersatu. Every year, he would compete in the national pumpkin festival to see whose farm produced the largest pumpkin in the district.
Sadly, although Pak Det’s pumpkins grew big and healthy, he kept losing to the same competitor every year.
The farmer who had been producing the biggest pumpkin at the festival for several years now and putting Pak Det’s pumpkins to shame was his old friend, Uncle Lim.
One day, Raju, a new farmer who planned to join the upcoming festival for the very first time, decided to meet Pak Det and Uncle Lim, in order to get some advice.
First, Raju visited Pak Det’s farm.
“Pak Det, can you share your secret of how to grow healthy pumpkin plants which can produce big fruits?” Raju asked. “I too would like to join the festival next year.”
Pak Det was quite upset about having his daily routine at the farm disturbed and lashed out, “How dare you ask me for my secret? I have come a long way in this race and I am still struggling while others are already way ahead of me!
“You must be dreaming if you think I would share anything that is solely mine with anyone who isn’t one of my own!”
Raju felt upset and humiliated being treated badly by Pak Det. It made him feel as if he was an outcast and did not belong. However, his desire to join the festival remained strong. Hence he decided to meet the next person on the list – Uncle Lim.
Truth be told, Raju was worried in the beginning – if a runner-up like Pak Det could lash out after being asked for his secret, what more a multiple-time champion like Uncle Lim?
Depending on each other
However, Raju was completely shocked when his arrival at Uncle Lim’s farm was attended to with kindness.
“How can I help you, young man?” asked Uncle Lim.
So Raju went ahead and asked him about the secret behind the gigantic pumpkins growing in his farm which secured his win year after year.
Uncle Lim laughed upon hearing Raju’s question.
“I have heard this same question so many times. The truth is, there is no big secret except that I share the seeds of my pumpkins with my neighbours.
Raju was shocked. He understood why Pak Det refused to share his secret, but sharing winning seeds with others just did not make any sense to him.
So he asked, “Why would you do that? What if your neighbours start producing pumpkins bigger than yours? Aren’t you afraid of losing?"
Uncle Lim smiled.
"I want them to produce pumpkins of high quality because that's the only way I can assure my plants get the best quality of pollen to be fertilised. If my neighbours produce pumpkins of bad quality, my pumpkins too may end up being of a lower quality," explained Uncle Lim.
Raju listened to every word uttered by the old wise man standing in front of him.
“You see Raju, just like the pumpkin plants, living in a close-knit society like ours, we depend on each other. When we are doing well, we should contribute towards our community members who aren’t doing too well – we should lend them a helping hand. That way, our neighbours will prosper and we will also benefit from their well-being.
“Likewise, when there are people doing well in our community, we should not despise their success and grow hatred towards their accomplishments – instead, the success of others should pave the way for us to put in more effort to be successful too.
“When everyone in a society starts contributing towards the betterment of the society without picking sides on who deserves to be helped and who should be left stranded, only then can we proudly call ourselves a valuable member of our society.”
Raju nodded. Uncle Lim’s answer made perfect sense to him.

FA ABDUL is a passionate storyteller, a growing media trainer, an aspiring playwright, a regular director, a struggling producer, a self-acclaimed photographer, an expert Facebooker, a lazy blogger, a part-time queen and a full-time vainpot. - Mkini

Malaysia, Singapore to discuss airspace dispute on Jan 8


The dispute between Malaysia and Singapore over airspace will be discussed on Jan 8, said Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.
He said the issue would be discussed during his meeting with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
He added airspace was also one of the issues that was discussed in the meeting between Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in Putrajaya, yesterday.
"My visit to Singapore is a continuation of the meeting yesterday. There are several issues, but the one that must be given immediate attention is Singapore’s plans for the Seletar Airport which will pass through the airspace over Pasir Gudang, Johor.
"We protested and declared the airspace a restricted area, and this will be a problem to Singapore. I am confident the issue will be discussed well to find a win-win solution for both countries,” he said.
Saifuddin who is Indera Mahkota MP was speaking to reporters after visiting SMK Astana in Kuantan today today. Also present was Pahang Education Director Tajuddin Mohd Yunus.
Malaysia wants Singapore to withdraw its plans to implement the Instrument Landing System (ILS) or change the flight path to its Seletar Airport.
On Dec 12, Transport Minister said the flight path for Seletar Airport would have a huge impact on development in Pasir Gudang because of the height restrictions on development there.
He said the Pasir Guang Port would also be at high risk and there would be restrictions on the landing system. - Mkini

DBKL facing multi-million ringgit lawsuit by parking contractor


A company engaged to manage parking and carry out clamping exercise in the capital city has reportedly filed a multi-million ringgit suit against Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for breach of contract.
Vista Summerose Sdn Bhd is claiming over RM80 million for breach of contract for special damages and damage to reputation and interest, reported The Star.
This was following the indefinite suspension of clamping operations by Kuala Lumpur mayor Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan on Oct 1 despite an agreement between Vista Summerose and DBKL that the company would manage parking and carry out clamping exercises until September 2020.
The company claimed to have suffered losses and damages related to the clamping contracts, its right to summon illegally parked vehicles and compensation to staff who were terminated as a result of the cancellation of the contract.
The daily reported that a writ of summons was filed through counsel Tetuan Haizan Choo & Co at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
The company managing director Nik Haidi Nik Mohamad told The Star that DBKL had issued them a termination notice without discussion or due notice and that they had no choice but to take the matter to court.
"We terminated more than 100 staff last month and we are still servicing loans taken to purchase the technology and equipment that was needed to manage parking in the city," he was quoted as saying, adding that there were baseless allegations made against them that hurt their reputation.
Nor Hisham is reportedly aware of the suit but is not privy to the details.
The suspension was reportedly effective in November and the DBKL's enforcement team would take over the clamping job using its own standard operating procedure and by-laws.
Nor Hisham cited the parking operator as "too aggressive and unreasonable" as the reason why DBKL was taking over the job, reported The Star.  - Mkini

Guan Eng says 3 more years needed to mend fiscal state


It would take at least three more years before Malaysia's fiscal health can be restored following years of endemic corruption, RM1 trillion worth of accumulative debt, and failed policies, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has said.
In a new year's message in his capacity as DAP secretary-general, Lim said that this was despite stating that the Pakatan Harapan had "notched up some clear successes" under the premiership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
These successes include finding extra savings of RM1.6 billion, the multiple prosecutions in relation to the 1MDB scandal and recovery process of stolen monies, replacing of GST with SST as well as plans to return RM19.4 billion in allegedly unpaid GST returns in 2019.
"Whilst endemic corruption and abuse of power were amongst the causes for the stunning victory of the opposition Harapan coalition on May 9, 2018, the real reason is still the economic hardships suffered by the people caused by failed policies, crony capitalism and of course the infamous 1MDB financial scandals.
"[...]Malaysia will require three years to restore our fiscal health and take our place as the most promising emerging economy to achieve high-income status," Lim said.
The new regime has been under pressure to restore the economy, especially after having campaigned on the platform of public dissatisfaction over rising costs of living and fiscal mismanagement.
It has also been accused of reneging or delaying various promises made in its election manifesto related to, among others, creating a more competitive economy and looking after the needs of the marginalised.
The Bagan lawmaker today noted, however, that Malaysia's economy was on the mend, stating that Bloomberg has placed the country as top amongst 20 emerging economies in the world, while other credit ratings agencies have maintained its ratings.
"This vote of confidence is evidenced by the resurgent growth in exports in October 2018 to a historic high in a single month of RM96.4 billion and a record trade surplus of RM16.3 billion.
"Approved Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the manufacturing sector increased from May to September 2018 by RM 27.7 billion or 379 percent, from RM7.3 billion in 2017 to RM35 billion in 2018," he said.
He further claimed that the new government, which came into power after defeating Barisan National in the May 9 general election, had been committed to the welfare of the low-income B40 community as well as civil servants, rubber tappers and smallholders, Felda settlers and parents.
"Petrol prices and highway toll hikes were frozen and not allowed to increase [...] the government managed to find extra savings of RM1.6 billion at the end of the year, which has been disbursed and shared with civil servants, rubber tappers and small-holders, Felda settlers and parents earning less than RM3,000.
"More importantly the B40 group will for the first time in history, enjoy free health insurance protection in the form of a one-off payout of RM8,000 spread over a yet to be determined time frame, and yearly 14-day hospitalisation income of RM50 per day or RM700 annually," his statement read. - Mkini

Dr M: Govt hopes to lower fuel prices but must consider all aspects


LANGKAWI (Bernama): Petroleum retail prices will be determined at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, after the interests of both buyers and sellers are taken into consideration.
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said the government hoped to be able to reduce the price of petrol, but would have to consider all aspects of the matter.
“We (the government) would like to bring the price of petrol down, but people who sell it must also make some profit.
"If they do not, they will not sell it and we will not get any petrol.
“So we have to balance between the buyers and the sellers (before making a decision on the price of petrol),” he told reporters after attending the Langkawi eKasih Back to School programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kedawang here today.
On Monday (Dec 31), Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said in a statement that the retail prices of RON97, RON95 and diesel would remain unchanged at RM2.50, RM2.20 and RM2.18 per litre respectively for several days, until the Cabinet meeting. – Bernama

MAHATHIR ONLY KNOWS HOW TO POLITICK & GOVERN BY RACE – AGREE OR DISAGREE?

‘Mahathir is a one-trick pony: he only knows governance based on race.’
Frank: What did Albert Einstein say about doing the same thing and expecting different results?
The outcome of this ‘new bumiputera agenda’ mooted by Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin will likely be as tragic as anything spawned by Umno – leaders will become filthy rich beyond anyone’s imagination, and the rest of the bumiputera will be worse off than before.

Hasn’t history taught us better? What we need is a new Malaysian agenda. And everyone who is Malaysian – and their friends overseas – can come together to help the poor no matter what ethnic group they come from.
It would be just like what happened on May 9, when a big section of the Malaysian people came together for a singular goal: to bring down the old kleptocratic regime.
But of course, Bersatu leaders do not want the whole of society to come together and fight poverty. They want the bumiputera poor to continue to be dependent on them, as they were under the Umno-BN regime.
It’s truly sickening to hear the same old song from the same old people who seem unable to start anew.
To the young people of Malaysia, your time is now – or else the country will continue to move in the same direction prior to GE14. There is truly no hope anymore in Pakatan Harapan.
To God the Glory: I’m downright confused. How does one reconcile a bumiputera agenda and benefitting the entire nation? A bumiputera agenda by definition benefits the bumiputera.
Muhyiddin’s statement that “this is not a racial agenda, but a national agenda” is contradictory, and made to appease both sides of the divide.
Remove the word ‘bumiputera’ and the opposition will have a field day, which might cause Bersatu to lose bumiputera votes. Remove the word ‘national’ and you lose the non-bumiputera votes. So this is really just a sales pitch.
Malaysian: Prime Minister and Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad is back at it again, using racial politics to maintain political power.
Mahathir peddled the ‘ketuanan’ agenda for 22 years and failed. Malays are not lazy, but bumiputera dependent policies are forcing them to be.
Special rights undermine the Malay character, heart and soul. And it will be the same 1,000 years from now if such policies are still on the agenda.
The bumiputera community is being led astray by people like Mahathir for their own selfish political agenda.
Anonymous_1529132749: Help all those who need help while not differentiating according to race, creed and religion. Why do Mahathir and Umno past and present insist on race-based politics and policies?
How much more would it cost for the government to help all who those who need help? Compared to losses from corruption, leakages, and theft from government coffers, it does not look like it is beyond the government to help everyone who needs it.
Eradication of race-based politics is one critical step to ensure long-term security, stability, and perhaps even the survival of Malaysia. It is doable, yet the government is perpetuating it with all sorts of deplorable excuses.
To me, it all goes to show Mahathir is a one-trick pony: he only knows governance based on race.
It looks like young Malaysians need to wait longer for these old outdated politicians to fade away, and a younger, more universally exposed generation to take over the reins of governing Malaysia.
Vijay47: We have heard countless similar speeches since time immemorial. They offer us no assurance whatsoever, especially when we recall that every new turn of office seems to demand the same ritual of profound, lofty promises rife with platitudes never to be fulfilled.
We also remember with a sneer how any attempt at change is inevitably met by a barrage of strident protests shrilly baying that fairness, justice, and equality are alien concepts unpalatable to Malay interests.
Yet we wonder. Is there a glimmer of hope, a touch of sincerity, that perhaps this time words spoken will be matched by appropriate action?
First, the baby, now an effete adult, must be weaned off the breast, he must be taught in no uncertain terms that the age for rapacious suckling has long passed, he must fend for and feed himself now.
We acknowledge that Rome was not built in a single day but a hard start must be made.
A simple testimony to the breaking of a new dawn would be if that shameful policy of giving Malays universal discounts in property purchase were restricted to only assets costing say, RM300,000 and less.
Let the poor be sheltered, the rich can heal themselves.
Hearty Malaysian: How can Muhyiddin proclaim the new bumiputera agenda will not hold back other ethnic groups if public university admission is still skewed favourably towards bumiputera?
Not all non-Malays are rich enough to support their children to attend private universities locally, let alone overseas.
Promotion within civil service is also very much based on the New Economic Policy (NEP), hence now it is predominantly occupied by Malays, and likewise in GLCs (government-linked companies).
All these opportunities are denied to other races and it smacks of apartheid. New Malaysia should not be held back by the same NEP, or ‘Never Ending Policies’, whereby even rich Malays can enjoy special discounts on high-end properties.
Voice of a Rakyat: We’ve heard the same before in 60-odd years of BN rule. Now it continues again in the new Harapan government – the only difference is the noises are coming from the minority party in the coalition.
There goes the hope of a meritocratic government. PKR should take over administration now to strengthen its grip before party president Anwar Ibrahim gets played out by his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Clever Voter: Bersatu’s agenda is clear. They need to compete for the remaining 60 percent Malay votes that went to both Umno and PAS. This has become a national agenda, but it is obvious this is for the party, not the coalition.
Race-based policies are wheeled out to enlarge Bersatu’s membership size. Within the coalition, Bersatu panders to Malays only, unlike PKR or DAP.
Whether they will win votes depends on the bidding war, but the problems of dependency and rent-seeking remain. The entitlement agenda will be reinforced, and once again we will back on familiar ground.
It looks as if the leadership at Bersatu has run short of ideas.
Anonymous_63975706158502: Yes, once again, Bersatu falls into the trap as Umno did. If Bersatu go the New Malaysia way, the whole coalition is guaranteed about 40 percent of popular voters (the non-Malay votes). I am sure progressive bumiputera can contribute another 11 percent for Harapan to win.
But if they go the Umno way with the Malay agenda, Harapan partners will lose. This is because it is uncertain if Bersatu will gain the 40 percent of Malay votes to make up for the shortfall.
Across the Straits: Every word in every gathering is always about bumiputera, ad nauseam. It is never about wealth creation, only distribution.
There has never been any talk about how to move the race forward by industry, down-to-earth programmes, and hard truths. It seems there is nothing worthwhile to celebrate.
TehTarik: The problem is that the NEP is similar to a protective bubble. It’s a sort of a cradle-to-grave support system with free healthcare, education (preschool to tertiary), job guarantee (the bloated civil service and GLCs) and generous pensions.
Indeed, the focus is on wealth distribution rather than wealth creation.
Like many socialist societies, such a system will ultimately deplete its finances and begin to degenerate or entropy. Corruption, nepotism and cronyism is also rife in any such system.
Due to rapid population growth, such a system is today simply unable to absorb any more new entrants, with the outsiders struggling to make ends meet.
And because of a mediocre educational system and lack of skills and resources, millions of Malays outside the protective bubble are struggling economically.
The government is essentially ‘bankrupt’ and just doesn’t have the financial resources to cater to the millions who are outside the protective bubble. Consequently, discontent and anger are rising amongst those who are outside the system.
Abasir: Here we go again with the obfuscation and the doublespeak. If this is a “national agenda,” then why does Muhyiddin call it a new bumiputera agenda?
How and where is it different from the failed policies of the last 60 years, the results of which Mahathir is always whingeing about?
How do we trust you when you can’t even come clean on what exactly it is you are selling? And what is stopping you from coming up with a Malaysian agenda?
Is it because you know that Malays have been programmed by you and Umno to recoil from anything that says ‘Malaysian’?
– M’kini

MAHATHIR IS NOT ANTI-MONARCHY: ‘BUT OUR KING IS SAFE ONLY IF HE REMAINS ON THE THRONE – STATE RULERS TOO SHOULD NOT COMPETE WITH THE PEOPLE FOR CONTRACTS, CONCESSIONS OR ANNEXE STATE LANDS’

I HAVE read somewhere in the social media of somebody praising the Prime Minister “for his bravery against the rulers”.
I would like to put it slightly differently.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is brave in the face of adversity and challenges.
He is brave not because he is foolhardy but because he believes in doing the right thing.

He is a very practical person and is able to work with just about anybody for the good of the country.
It is for this reason that he was able to put together a coalition of former adversaries and won the May 9 General Election.
Many had tried for six decades or more to unseat the Alliance/Barisan Nasional government but failed. He successfully did it in less than three years.
In as far as the Rulers are concerned, I think I can state with some authority that Dr Mahathir is not anti-monarchy.
The King swears by the Quran
On the contrary he has established, over his very long political career, cordial and productive working relationship with almost all the Kings that he served under.
Even the one King, with whom he had unhappy relation – the late Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail of Johor – they ended up being “good friends”.
It is recalled that twice he amended the Federal Constitutions over matters directly related to the Sultan – the first was in 1983 and the second 10 years later.
In both instances the Rulers put up a spirited challenge. But armed with a strong mandate from the people, he managed to put through the amendments and patched up with Sultan Iskandar and other Rulers.
The Gomez Affair
I was fortunate to be there when these amendments were pushed through. In fact in some ways I believe I was partly responsible for causing the second amendments be made.
It started rather harmlessly as a daily routine of running a newspaper when the New straits Times’ correspondent in Johor Bahru, Yusof Taib, told me that he heard rumours of the Sultan “roughing up” a Johor hockey coach by the name of Douglas Gomez.
I told him that if he could get the confirmation from either the police or the hospital, I would consider publishing the news. He did and I published the news.
It immediately became a hot topic and compelled the government, in particular Dr Mahathir, to take notice.
It was a trying moment for me as editor and a risky one for Yusof. He was harassed and threatened by people claiming to represent the palace. It forced me to call him back to Kuala Lumpur and closed the new NST office temporarily.
The Constitution was amended to limit the immunity of the Rulers to the performance of official duties only.
They would no longer be immune from prosecution if they harm other people or cheat their business partners.
In so doing, we protect the people from abusive Rulers and restrain them from doing things that would harm the respect for the monarchy.
We did not take away the Rulers’ power as being claimed from time to time by ignorant people or by people who want to suck up to the Rulers.
All that we took away way was their power to harm their own subjects and other people. Interestingly they were known to have caused harm to their own kind.
The Throne
Recently the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia erroneously described me as being critical of the Malay Rulers.
I am not.
Like all Malaysians I respect the Constitution and the Rukun Negara. The constitution acknowledges the King and the state Rulers as constitutional monarchs. I have no problem with that.
What I am critical of is the “unroyal” conduct of the monarchs and their close family members.
The Federal Constitution is supreme and, therefore, it is above the State Constitution should any state proclaims to have its own constitution. We are a federation and the Federal Constitution is the supreme constitution.
As I have said before, the place of the King, and by the same token the state Rulers, is on the throne.
The national anthem, Negaraku, clearly states:
“Rahmat Bahagia
Tuhan Kurniakan
Raja Kita
Selamat Bertakhta.”
Our King will be safe only if he remains on the throne.
Our King and state Rulers should not destroy their dignity by competing with their subjects for contracts and concessions, annexing state lands and taking part in IPPs and IPOs.
Least of all they should not allow themselves to be made used of by unscrupulous businessmen and hangers-on.
I don’t think Malaysians in general mind having so many constitutional monarchs around.
They don’t even mind providing a reasonable sum of money to keep the King and Sultans and their royal consorts happy and comfortable.
In fact I myself enjoy the pomp and pageantry associated with constitutional monarchs as often seen in the United Kingdom and Japan.
Incidentally, I had audiences with both the Japanese and English monarchs, not once but twice.
As I had said in my earlier writings, we should emulate the English and Japanese monarchs as examples of what the 20th century constitutional monarchs should be.
Thank you.
– https://kadirjasin.blogspot.com