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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Muhyiddin takes oath as prime minister before King

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin took his oath of office as the eight Prime Minister of Malaysia before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara.
The swearing-in took place at Balai Singgahsana Kecil (Minor Throne Room) at 10.33am.
Al-Sultan Abdullah appointed Muhyiddin as the new prime minister in accordance with Articles 40(2)(a) and 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad had been the interim prime minister after resigning as the seventh prime minister on Feb 24.

The video of the swearing-in:

- Bernama
[More to follow] 

It’s official, Muhyiddin sworn in as PM8

Muhyiddin Yassin takes his oath of office at Istana Negara today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Muhyiddin Yassin has taken his oath in front of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, becoming the 8th Malaysian prime minister following what has been described as the longest week in Malaysian politics.
After meeting 222 MPs and dozens of political leaders, Sultan Abdullah named Muhyiddin, 73, as the person who is “likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the (lower) House”, as spelt out under Article 40 of the constitution.
By yesterday evening, it was apparent that Muhyiddin, who was sacked as deputy prime minister in 2015 for questioning some RM2.6 billion deposited into the private accounts of his boss Najib Razak, had the support of most PPBM members, as well as the solid backing from Barisan Nasional and PAS. Sarawak’s ruling coalition GPS also backed Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin Yassin inks his signature on his appointment letter at Istana Negara.

While the numbers appear to be neck-to-neck, Muhyiddin’s swearing-in today is likely to see more MPs coming into his folds.
Separately, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whose comeback bid was thwarted after an eleventh-hour move by PH leaders to re-nominate him to lead a revived coalition government, conceded that PH has reverted to becoming the opposition. - FMT

The video of the swearing-in :

From Parliamentary Democracy To Failed State?

From Parliamentary Democracy To Failed State?
Just a week ago Malaysia could hold its head up high in the community of nations as a progressing state – a place to do business after having plummeted down the corruption tables and press freedom indexes over recent years.
Thanks to a peaceful transition of power through general elections a corrupt government had been replaced by a reforming coalition with an agenda for law and order.
Then a coup attempt took place. It has emerged that a complex web of plotting, that was none too surprising on the part of establishment kleptocrats facing now trial,  had successfully exploited the usual tensions within party politics to break away an ambitious duo of politicians to disrupt the ruling coalition and try to seize back power.
Now, thanks to the playing out of those events the Sultan a week later finds himself inviting a rebel, who is not even the legitimate leader of his own party, to form a government out of a raft of minority parties whose leading lights include some of the most famously disreputable alleged criminals in the world and some of the most backward and extreme religious bigots in Asia.
The first action of this proposed government is likely to be the appointment of a new Attorney General who will bring to a crashing halt a series of grand kleptocracy trials, which for the past two years have been conducted with scrupulous due process by the now rejected PH coalition government.
News bulletins across the world will cover how the crooks of 1MDB have been allowed off the hook, thanks to a blatant Malaysian government coup apparently supported by the establishment.
The Sultan must surely have paused to consider the consequences of endorsing such an outcome. The gravity of such lack of credibility has been emphasised by the awful reality that has emerged over the past hours over the lack of  genuine legitimacy on the part of his choice of designated PM8, a politician who simply does not command the majority backing needed to form a government.
The palace had spent the previous days engaged in counting MPs’ support amidst a series of changing allegiances as the coup played out.  Yet, having declared on Friday that no side had the numbers, the Sultan on Saturday radically revised that assessment in favour of the rebel Muhyiddin, even as his former colleagues buried their differences and restored their ruling coalition.
That restored coalition of the largest parties DOES now have a majority of MPs and has gone on to demonstrate that fact. However, in the meantime the Sultan had seemingly inexplicably selected Muhyiddin just at the very moment when all hope of him raising his numbers above those from the day before evaporated.
In the following hours it became clear that a terrible deception must have taken place as Muhyiddin’s obvious shortfall in MPs were tallied up. The present layout of parties means this sick and obvious front-man in the job (Muhyiddin is in remission after treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer) can barely command the support of more than 80 MPs (at best). By contrast, the revived PH coalition under current Prime Minister Mahathir has at least 113 MPs presently pledged to him.
Rubbing it in, Mahathir yesterday showed the full list of those MPs and demanded a review of the palace’s choice of his unconvincing rival.  The move further exposed Muhyiddin who has refused to show his own list of followers.
A genuine majority needs 112 and throughout the day concern had grown that Muhyiddin, who could not produce anything like the required numbers on Friday, had somehow produced a deceit on Saturday.
It is the constitutional obligation of the King to offer any party that demonstrates it has the support of the majority of elected MPs the chance to from a government. However, it appears the Agong has invited the wrong party to do so, one that is way off the required numbers.
How will that look to the wider world?
Is there a hope on the part of the ‘Coup Coalition’ of minority parties that with the chance now offered to form a government they will be able to beg, bribe and steal MPs to pack their benches?
You bet there is, but will they succeed? If they do not the former prime minister Najib Razak (who is seeking by hook or crook to get off scores of charges for outrageous theft) is crowing publicly on Facebook that the people behind Muhyiddin plan to use his dubiously acquired PM8 position to seek to dissolve Parliament and call an election.
Clearly, they prefer this opportunity to export popular anger and chaos in untimely elections rather than offer the majority a chance to take back control of government. For them this coup is about over-turning the disastrous outcome of GE14 for themselves.
Could the Sultan countenance such abuses of his own duty to offer the majority its right to form a government?  What about the right of the electorate to the government of their choice?  And how would it look to the outside world were such an agenda driven by famous criminals to proceed?
In the run up to this crisis there has been another way that wealthy disruptors have sought to destabilise a government that was bringing criminal charges against so many of them.
Toxic nationalism spread through social media has been the shock global development of the past through years and this tool has been blatantly employed for months in Malaysia, in order to build fear and stoke suspicion against the reforming government. Against this backdrop an outraged electorate is beginning to become vocal against what they rightly see as a stolen election.
The Sultan, therefore, not only has to worry about an embarrassing and unstable proposed minority government but also the consequences amongst an angry and cheated populace, already made unstable thanks to the sowing of discord.
With such issues at stake he needs to be seen by all Malaysians to have made the right and fair decisions in response to this crisis, according to the constitution and the spirit of the law, over the coming hours and days.  The consequences of failing to do so may be grave indeed on so many fronts.
Everyone wishes him well and much wisdom in that task. - Sarawak Report

Can the King change his mind? by GK Ganesan

Do read my comments below

Can the King change his mind?

Mahathir claims that there is something wrong with the numbers Muhyiddin showed the King. Can the King reconsider his decision? Can he change his mind? Can he examine the facts? Can he postpone the swearing-in this morning? This must be the mother of all the Constitutional riddles!

by GK Ganesan  February 29, 2020 12400 Views

Can the King recall his decision?

If Malaysians were on tenterhooks for the last 10 days, they are now sitting on a bed of nails.

The Game of Thrones marches on

Yesterday Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the Coalition of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) claimed that he and his estranged ally, Mahathir, [the ‘interim Prime Minister’] had enough MPs on their side. Together, they wished to nominate Mahathir as prime minister.

As this was a weekend, they planned to approach the monarch on Monday.

Muhyiddin Yassin beat them to it.

The List Muhyiddin had shown the King

The list and presumably supporting documents Muhyiddin showed to the King must have contained more than the minimum number of MPs required to support the aspiring Prime Minister: 112, or more.

By all accounts, Muhyiddin’s numbers were wafer-thin.

The King decides

This evening, Dato Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin,1 conveyed the King’s decision to the nation.

The letter announced that the King has determined that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was ‘likely to command the confidence of the majority of the MPs’ shall be sworn in as the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The swearing-in is scheduled at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow, at the Palace.

Now a new twist…

Last evening, Baru Bian, the Selangau MP from Sarawak, claimed that he did not support Muhyiddin. He has now thrown his weight behind Mahathir.

There are similar, other claims. One is not sure if these are true or false.

Mahathir claims that when he no longer has the requisite majority so as to invoke Article 43(2)(a) which reads…

This creates constitutional uncertainty

Mahathir’s claim now creates uncertainty.

It raises the awkward question whether at the time the King made his decision to appoint Muhyiddin; he did not have before him,  the correct facts or the evidence to support those facts – namely that Muhyiddin had the requisite numbers.
This raises another constitutional conundrum

There is very little authority on whether the King can…

(1) change his mind on the appointment of a prime minister, and if so,
(2) whether he can ‘recall’ his decision [read, ‘change his mind’] made earlier in favour of Muhyiddin.

Can the King’s decision be recalled?

Some lawyers make a two-point argument:

First, that once the King has made up his mind on the subject, His Majesty’s decision cannot be questioned; and must be obeyed. That argument suggests that the King can never make a mistake or recall his decision.

The second part of the argument repeats what the letter from the Palace states:
His Majesty had concluded that ‘in the [King’s] judgement … Muhyiddin is ‘likely’ to command the confidence of a majority of the MPs’.

First things first – Muhyiddin has not been sworn in

The first and most important decision is that Muhyiddin has not been sworn in.
That provides the King with an opportunity to examine the basis of his decision: it could be right, or erroneous.

So this removes any need for haste.

Second – The King must ‘act in accordance with the Constitution and the Rule of Law’

The other side of the argument is, the King must act in accordance with the law. The King must act in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the country.

When the King took his Oath of Office, he promised that he would rule the country in accordance with the Constitution and the rules of law: [Article 37 (1)].2
You will note that the words,

‘We shall justly and faithfully perform Our duties in the administration of Malaysia in accordance with its laws and Constitution, … and uphold the rules of law and order’ –
… mean the King is bound to perform his duties in accordance with the rule of law

Third, Article 43(2)(a)

The second point of importance is the way Article 43(2)(a) is worded. It states that the
‘[The] Cabinet shall be appointed as follows, that is to say:

(a) the (King) shall first appoint as… Prime Minister to preside over the Cabinet a member of the [Dewan Rakyat] who in his judgement is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House….’.

Fourth – The King’s judgement under Article 43(2)(a) as to ‘likelihood’ is based on a Two-Phase process

First, the two phrases. The King has the discretion to appoint as PM someone…

(1),  ‘who in his judgement is likely to command the confidence,’ and
(2),  ‘of the majority of the members of that House’.

Fifth – Phase One

Under Phase-1, the King has to ensure that the numbers are accurate and free from error.

Otherwise, how would his majesty know that Muhyiddin has a ‘majority’?

Sixth – Phase Two

Having dealt with Phase-1,  in Phase-2, the King examines the ‘likelihood’ question: and then the King exercises his ‘judgement’.
That is how Article 43(2)(a) works. Step-by-step.

Seventh- But we cannot even get to Phase-2

We need to deal with some simple, and outstanding,  issues in Phase-1 still.
So let us go there…

Eighth – The question of who has the ‘majority’ is an objective fact – it can be independently tested
The phrase, ‘of the majority of the members of that  House’ must exceed or be equal to the number 112.
It is a simple arithmetic issue.
It is straightforward.
The King can test it.
It is a matter of factual accuracy.

Ninth – Dispute over numbers

Mahathir and Anwar say that Muhyiddin’s side got their numbers wrong. They say that when Muhyiddin advised the King, the King was not shown the right numbers.
Muhyiddin obviously denies this.

So there is a dispute on the numbers.

Only the King can resolve this question. Leave that for the moment.

Tenth – Three questions arise from this

These are the constitutional questions that come to mind.
(1)  What is the significance of this dispute?
(2)  Should the King resolve this dispute?
(3)  And if so, how should the King resolve it?

Eleventh – A fallacious argument

In answer to this, some lawyers might argue, that under Article 40(1) of the Constitution,

‘the [King] may act in his discretion in … (a) the appointment of a Prime Minister’.
This argument is incorrect.
‘Discretion’ does not mean ‘capriciousness’.3
The King’s duties are constitutional.
His Majesty must act within the four corners of the Constitution.
We will come to that point in a moment.

Twelfth – A serious question exists over the concept of ‘majority’ – does this mean the King’s decision is not a ‘constitutional decision’?
There is now a serious question over the factual accuracy of Muhyiddin Yassin’s claim over his numbers.

For the King to exercise his ‘judgement’ over the ‘likelihood’ that Muhyiddin was ‘likely to command the confidence of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat’, the numbers have to be right.

Thirteenth – A decision made on an erroneous factual assumption is not a ‘decision’ under the Constitution
If the numbers are wrong, with respect, the King’s decision could not have been ‘in accordance with the Constitution’.
The moment the King’s discretion is said to be exercised outside of the Constitution; that decision is not a ‘decision’ in law.
It is a nullity.

As such the decision made by the King was not a decision ‘in accordance with the Constitution’ – as has been promised by the King in his Oath of office: [Article 37(1)] 4

Since an erroneous decision made by the King is not ‘decision’ in law.
“The King, therefore, has in fact made ‘no decision’.

Fourteenth – There is an allegation of a serious flaw in how Article 43(2)(a) & 40(2)(a) have been ‘applied’
If this allegation is true, then any decision made by the King, with the greatest deference to his Majesty, would not fall within the definition of ‘a decision under the Constitution’.
It is as if the King had made no decision.

Fifteenth – Can the King re-examine this question and ask for more information?

I think so.
The King, in my respectful opinion, may choose to examine the issue all over again.
Under Article 40(2)(a),
‘the King may act in his discretion on the performance of the following functions, that is to say: (a) the appointment of a Prime Minister…’.
Under Article 39, the right to govern the country is vested in the King, and it is subject to the Constitution.
Second, under Article 40(1), the King can ask for particulars and examine them. This is because the Constitution says that: –
‘in the exercise of his functions under this Constitution… [The King] shall act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet [this is not relevant in this dispute],
[and here come the important words]
‘except as otherwise provided by this Constitution [these words are crucial];
but shall be entitled, at his request, to any information concerning the government of the Federation …. 5

Sixteenth – The question the King is asked to decide is one ‘concerning the government of the Federation’

Because of that, the King is entitled to ask for,
‘any information concerning the government of the Federation’.
Therefore, the King can now ask the parties that he wants more information about whether their claims are justified, accurate, empirical, and can be objectively examined.

Seventeenth – King can recall his decision, or at least, postpone his decision pending his further investigation
Consequently, there seem to be proper grounds for the King to recall his Majesty’s decision, examine the facts, and come to such decision as the King thinks is right.
What now?
It seems now that any other MP may now appear before the King and:

(1) request his Majesty to ‘vacate’ what has been a decision which was outside the constitution decision, and further:
(2) prove to the King that he, and not Muhyiddin, is the person who should be made the Prime Minister.

Remember the Third Question we spoke of earlier? [How to resolve this dispute?]

Question (3) has a simple answer.

Gather the entire Parliament in the Palace.
Give them a numbered sheet – so the voter can be identified.
All the MPs have to do is to write the name of their candidate and drop it in a box.
Then count.
If the numbers are all wrong, re-vote, recount.
If the numbers do not match, re-vote, recount.
If the numbers do not show any clear majority, ask for a snap election.
How much can the King do?
His Majesty has tried his best.
He has been at this for days on end now.
The nation owes him so much for that.

My comments :

Firstly this will be a great test for the King and the whole idea of a Constitutional Monarchy. How the King performs his role here will have great impact. These are exciting times.

This is not a question of cut off times. This is putting in place a government. The Constitution is clear - an MP (it is singular) who has majority support in Parliament is invited to be the PM and to form a government.

If a PM does not have majority support, then he will be voted out with a vote of no confidence at the very first sitting of Parliament. The whole exercise becomes futile. 

You do not even need a vote of no confidence. 

If the PM does not have majority support in Parliament any bill tabled before Parliament can be voted down. The Budget can be voted out. The government will not be able to function The government will fail.

So a minority government is a non starter. Hence the King has to determine one thing and one thing only. Does a PM have the majority support in Parliament?

The other matter to bear in mind is that we are a democracy and a Constitutional Monarchy. 

The roles of the Constitutional Monarchy are functionary. They perform an important function. But the roles are very precisely defined. 

The Monarch does not have much discretion in decision making. 

For example determining who has majority support in Parliament requires a simple head count. It is a functionary duty.

Even if an MP has a majority of one seat that is called a simple majority. 
That MP still becomes the PM and forms the government.

The issue at hand seems to be the method of counting. 
How does the King determine with certainty who has the majority?
How does the King count the heads?
Via Statutory Declaration? 
This is to show support - something that is not tangible.
There is no law that prevents an MP from shifting his support. 
SDs become quite irrelevant in this case.

Of course a situation without a government cannot go on for ever. 
There must be a resolution. 
More importantly there must be a firm resolution.   

For a certainty putting in place a PM who has does not have majority support in Parliament will give rise to a very short lived government.


Muhyiddin Yassin just made it with 1 or 2 extra lawmakers to be appointed 8th Prime Minister.

CONGRATS to Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin should immediately form a hardworking and capable Cabinet. 

To strengthen the Malaysian economy should be his priority. Most Malaysians are currently facing hardship and the Muhyiddin's government should find ways to reduce prices of household goods and services which will be affordable to the rakyat.

Education system should immediately be revamped so that the students secure knowledge which will help him/her to secure a good job and income. Computer coding should immediately be introduced to Primary One to Primary Six students.

Corruption and cronyism must be wiped out completely.

Unity among the multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious society must be preserved and greater focus must be given while any attempts to disrupt this unity must be dealt with severely and promptly.

Muhyiddin need to strive hard to please the people in order to serve the full term. Political problems must be dealt with in the bud. 

Mahathir lost the 'game' because he was "selfish" and was a "spoil-soup". Many promises were broken and never bothered. Malaysians have lost trust in him and his ability to bring this New Malaysia forward.

Only time will tell. - Mohd. Kamal Abdullah

Muhyiddin’s bruising ride to the top

Centre of attention: Muhyiddin talking to reporters outside his house in Kuala Lumpur. — AP
A new Prime Minister will be sworn in by today, but the political drama is likely to go on because the other side is claiming that they also have the numbers.
THE mood at Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Bukit Damansara house was upbeat upon his return from the Palace at around 4pm yesterday.
He had returned with good news – he was able to show that he had the numbers and the King had invited him to be the next prime minister.
Even then, some of those around him were restrained in their celebration.
The dizzying roller-coaster ride of the past week had taught them that things can change in the blink of an eye.
They only breathed a little easier when at about 4.30pm, the Palace’s decision was officially announced.
Even the official press release from the Palace seemed to recognise the fluid state of affairs when it acknowledged Muhyiddin as “the one most likely to have received the trust of the majority of MPs”.
It has been a heart-stopping couple of days for the Bersatu president ever since he decided to go for the Prime Minister post and especially when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared yesterday morning that he had changed his mind and was also offering himself as the prime minister candidate.
It was another stunning turn of events in the craziest week in Malaysian politics.
The final stretch is often the most slippery and Dr Mahathir’s change of heart sent a chill through the leaders of various political parties who had gathered at Muhyiddin’s house in preparation for his audience with the King.
Dr Mahathir’s renewed bid for the premiership set off a tide of rumours that Muhyiddin’s support from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Warisan was wobbling.
These two parties were seen as king-makers and Muhyiddin would be in trouble if Sabah and Sarawak did not come along.
Fortunately, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg allayed their anxiety when he indicated that his group was willing to support any coalition but that he was not keen on leaders who keep changing their minds.
GPS’ problem with Pakatan is DAP. There is a lot of bad blood there and Abang Johari has yet to forgive DAP for claiming that Sarawak would be bankrupt “in three years’ time”.
Warisan was harder to read and its president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has yet to indicate where he stands.
It is learnt that two MPs from Amanah have also been talking to Muhyiddin.
It is still unclear what sort of numbers Muhyiddin presented to the King. He will have to show his cards in the coming days to prove that he commands the majority in Parliament.
This is important because the Pakatan side also claims to have the numbers and has gone back to backing Dr Mahathir for the top job.
It has been a long and winding road, but Muhyiddin has finally reached the pinnacle of his career.
He not only pipped Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the coveted post, but he also outmanoeuvred Dr Mahathir.
It would have been a very satisfying moment for him were it not for the fact that his own Bersatu party is now split between him and Dr Mahathir.
His deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman are not with him.
Muhyiddin’s faction is bigger, but Dr Mahathir’s supporters are fanatical in their adoration for him.
The country is deeply divided and the Prime Minister’s seat, which has always been known as the hot seat, will be even hotter after what has happened.
Muhyiddin’s immediate priority is the economy, but his biggest problem will be none other than Dr Mahathir himself.
Dr Mahathir is a dangerous man when he is angry and there is no telling what he may do to exact revenge.
The elder man still believes that he has the numbers to be Prime Minister and he truly wanted to implement his unity government idea.
The Chinese have a saying that when you ride a tiger, you cannot get off or else you will be mauled and devoured.
Muhyiddin rode the old but still ferocious tiger into Putrajaya. He has now dismounted, but he has to watch his back.
Most of all, Muhyiddin is leading what some have slammed as a backdoor government. This means he comes in with quite limited goodwill.
His government will also be an almost purely bumiputra-dominated government that will come with its own set of problems in multi-racial Malaysia.
The image of politicians on both sides of the divide has been horribly battered in the fiasco of the past week.
In the eyes of the people, there are no more angels left in politics.
“We have truly become the laughingstock of the region, if not the world. We can only watch and remember their acts of valour or deceit, guided by principle or perversion, and when the time comes at the next general election, vote accordingly.
“Until then, the rakyat are mere spectators to the show, ” said entrepreneur Datuk Mohd Omar Mustapha. - Star

The games politicians play

Calmer days: In this May 9,2018, photo, Dr Mahathir with Muhyiddin speaking to reporters after the results of GE14 was announced. Yesterday, the King declared Muhyiddin as the Prime Minister. – AP
By Philip Golingai
“WATCH for the game within the game, ” a tycoon who bankrolls political parties told me over coffee in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
On that afternoon, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad shockingly announced that he quit as the Prime Minister.
The tycoon and I were discussing the botched Sunday game plan to install a Perikatan Nasional (or is it Pakatan Nasional?).
Something awry had happened which went against the playbook of the Perikatan Nasional plotters.
Was it because the rule of the game was changed?
Was it that the politicians had played each other out?
Was there a game within a game?
In this fast-paced political game, the entire truth has not surfaced, but soon we’ll know.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s process of the King meeting 220 MPs (except for Dr Mahathir and Padang Regas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz who was overseas) individually looked like a done deal. Pakatan Harapan, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (which quit PH on Monday), sacked PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and his 10 MPs, and other minor parties had endorsed Dr Mahathir.
Then came the game within the game.
On Tuesday, after their MPs met the King individually, PKR, DAP and Amanah (which are in Pakatan Harapan) announced that it had backed PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
From a quick MPs calculation, PH with 92 MPs minus Barisan Nasional/PAS/PBRS with about 60 MPs (who not all are voting according to party line) which voted for bubar (Parliament dissolved), it was clear that Dr Mahathir had lost the vote count.
Many thought that the master of the game, Dr Mahathir, kena game (had been played).
On Thursday, Dr Mahathir – without waiting for the King to reveal the outcome of his majesty’s face to face meeting with individual MPs – declared there was no prime minister candidate with a clear majority. The interim Prime Minister announced there would be a special Parliament sitting on March 2 to determine who will be the next prime minister.
However, on Friday, the Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Mohd Ariff Yusof announced that there would not be a special Parliament sitting to determine who will be prime minister.
On that day, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah decided to give party leaders who have MPs in the Dewan Rakyat the opportunity to nominate a prime minister.
The frontrunners to be our next PM were Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PKR president Anwar. Seemingly, Dr Mahathir was out of the game.
The fight was shaping up to be Perikatan Nasional (a Muslim and Bumiputera majority government) versus Pakatan Harapan (a non-Muslim majority government).
From the WhatsApp messages I could barely have time to monitor, the rakyat choice depended on who they hated the most.
Some who hated DAP supported the Perikatan Nasional government and those who hated Umno and PAS preferred the Pakatan Harapan government.
Grassroots politicians were getting emotional. Some were hysterical that they have to swallow the hate words they uttered against their political enemies as they might be in the same government.
Last night, a retired veteran journalist WhatsApp-ed me: “Instead of the tik-tok of the horse race and the numbers, why isn’t anyone reporting what this is all about: a battle for Malaysia’s future and what kind of country we want to be?
“A Malaysia focused on race and religion, or a Malaysia focused on building a better tomorrow in the Digital Age?”
I agree with him.
But the game is played fast and furious that we’re trying our best to keep pace with it.
Based on a quick calculation of MPs from political parties, in the numbers game, Muhyiddin had more than Anwar.
Bersatu 36 MPs (from 26 overnight it increased by 10 MPs with Azmin and gang), Umno 39 MPs, PAS 18 MPs, Gabungan Parti Sarawak 18 MPs and minor parties, Muhyiddin won.
Whereas Anwar only had his Pakatan Harapan ally (PKR 39 MPs, DAP 42 MPs and Amanah 11 MPs).
Game over for Anwar?
No. On Friday night, it became clear that the party leaders had no control of their MPs who had different allegiance. Karma had struck Bersatu – it was civil war between Team Mahathir and Team Muhyiddin.
Some sleeper MPs were awakened to go against their party leader.
Some MPs are honourable.
Some are for sale.
Not surprising as this is the games politicians play.
The shocker was yesterday. Dr Mahathir was back in the game.
The interim Prime Minister had thrown his name in the Game of Thrones. He was now the game-changer.
Some of those who backstabbed him when they met the King on Tuesday and Wednesday were now backing him.
Yesterday, the situation was very fluid. Too many games played and play outs.
I would have preferred a bubar endgame.
Let the rakyat be the kingmakers instead of MPs.
The endgame turn out to be the king declaring Muhyiddin as Prime Minister.
To the winners of the Game of Thrones, I wish them: GGWP (Good Game, Well Played). -Star

Muhyiddin angkat sumpah jawatan perdana menteri di Istana Negara hari ini

Istiadat pengurniaan suratcara pelantikan dan mengangkat sumpah jawatan perdana menteri di hadapan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah dijadual diadakan di Istana Negara pagi ini.
KUALA LUMPUR: Selepas seminggu negara menghadapi kemelut kepimpinan politik, Malaysia hari ini bakal menyaksikan Muhyiddin Yassin, mengangkat sumpah jawatan sebagai perdana menteri ke-8.
Istiadat pengurniaan suratcara pelantikan dan mengangkat sumpah jawatan sebagai perdana menteri di hadapan Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, dijadual diadakan di Istana Negara pada 10.30 pagi ini.
Pelantikan Muhyiddin, 72, yang juga presiden PPBM sebagai perdana menteri ke-8 dibuat selaras Perkara 40(2)(a) dan Perkara 43(2)(a) Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Ahli Parlimen Pagoh itu dilantik ke jawatan tersebut susulan peletakan jawatan Dr Mahathir Mohamad pada 24 Feb, sehingga mencetuskan krisis politik tanah air yang menyaksikan kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) hilang kuasa dan perubahan gabungan parti politik. - FMT

‘New SDs Made After Agong’s Decree Do Not Hold Water’

(NST) – Any statutory (SD) declaration issued after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has issued his decision will have no effect on that decision.
Constitutional expert Assoc Prof Dr Shamrahayu A. Aziz said when it comes to the tabulation made with recent developments in the country’s political impasse, the King had taken enough time to come to his decision today.
“The latest SDs cannot abolish Tuanku’s (the King’s) decision. If there are those who are unhappy about it, they should put a motion of no confidence after Parliament convenes,” she said when contacted by Berita Harian.
She was asked to comment on Pakatan Harapan’s claim tonight in which it obtained SDs from 114 members of parliament who supported Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the prime minister candidate.
A statement issued by Istana Negara at 4.29pm today stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong consented to the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Malaysia’s eighth prime minister.
Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin was quoted in the same statement as saying that a swearing-in ceremony for the new prime minister would be held tomorrow.
Asked if there was still room for the king to consider the 114 SDs, which apparently supported Dr Mahathir ahead of the swearing-in ceremony tomorrow, Shamrahayu said it would all depend on the King’s discretion.
“But (in this situation), the King has decided. It is up to him (if he wanted to make a different decision),” she said.

Everything Else Irrelevant As Muhyiddin Chosen To Be 8th PM

Aziz Hassan, The Mole

Recollections & Reflections

THE longest week in Malaysian political history since 1957 has come to an end with the statement from the national palace on Saturday that Muhyiddin Yassin will be sworn in as the eight prime minister on Sunday morning.
The Pakatan Harapan coalition which governed until last Sunday appears to not respect this announcement by insisting that it has the majority support for Mahathir Mohamad instead and that Istana Negara, the palace, will compile the numbers. The fact though is the palace’s announcement on Muhyiddin’s appointment was made after the Agong had given the opportunity to all party leaders to put forward their case by proving the support for the candidates they favoured.
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim was to claim that Pakatan had more than 95 MPs supporting Mahathir’s candidacy. “I cannot divulge the numbers. The palace will compile it,” was how Star Online quoted Anwar.
Anwar, more than 95 is fine but the magic number is at least 112 – the simplest of majorities in our Dewan Rakyat. On the other hand the sessions the Agong had with the party leaders today were meant for them to put forward and prove their claims of support for their candidate. Even if subsequent to this one party somehow has some extra support, the palace cannot be expected to be going back and forth to entertain any claim beyond what was submitted during the sessions.
There has to be closure to the crisis within a certain time frame, especially when this crisis was testing the patience of ordinary Malaysians to the limits. It is also a crisis which has exposed the worst in our politicians, people who call themselves leaders aspiring to lead 30 million plus Malaysians supposedly to a better life in a country that can be proud of its image and reputation. One who until the beginning of this week was a minister was seen on television news this afternoon about bringing back dignity to the people. This after he and his cohorts were in fact responsible for turning Malaysia into a laughing stock by the world in just one week.
This has also been a week when netizens posted stories at Facebook or circulated them via WhatsApp on countries that have done reasonably alright and without turmoil despite not having a government for a few years. Northern Ireland was one and Belgium another. It would be nice if Malaysia could be another one…..

Mahathir finally outwitted himself

After scrutinising all the circumstances, one is left with little doubt that Pakatan brought this mess onto itself, with a friend saying that the coalition’s former chairman and interim prime minister Mahathir had finally outwitted even himself.
Yes, Mahathir stretched his luck too far this time, to the extent of earning the displeasure of the Agong, we were told, via his statement about the now off special Parliamentary sitting.
What he did and also what those in Pakatan did added more confusion to an already confused situation, all of which didn’t do anything to bring confidence among Malaysians of the government they had and the politicians leading it.
First it was Mahathir as Pakatan’s nominee to be the eight PM, then Anwar, and back to Mahathir.
First Mahathir was no longer Pakatan chairman and yet was invited to chair its presidential council meeting, which he rightly turned down, then he was invited yet again to chair the same council.
And a Mahathir whose next birthday in a few months will be his 95th still wanting to be considered for PM8 only goes to show that where he is concerned, there is simply no other Malaysian capable of leading the country.

Public perception of Mahathir now in stark contrast to the euphoria two years ago

May 9, 2018, was different, although at 92 he was going to be the world’s oldest government leader if Pakatan won. And it did. There was much euphoria because many voters accepted the fact that Mahathir was seen as the only one who could bring together a band of strange bedfellows, all in the determined quest to oust a Barisan Nasional led by an Umno most believed to be corrupt and had overstayed its welcome. Old adversaries and vocal critics decided to forgive and forget to the point of embracing him.
But nearly two years down the line the environment has changed drastically, with more and more losing faith in him and his coalition, notably for Pakatan’s failure to deliver most of the crucial promises, especially on institutional reforms. In many instances Barisan was cited as the reason for many of the problems plaguing the country but the general feeling was that Pakatan already had enough time since the elections to put things right.
So if indeed Mahathir was seen as the saviour in 2018, he no longer is perceived as one now. On the contrary there is the general feeling that not much has changed in Mahathir’s way of doing things.
Much has been made of his refusal to accept Umno en block into his coalition, the reason being the nonsense believed to have been committed by Umno kleptocrats. No arguments there but agreeing to form an alliance prior to the elections with his old arch enemies in the DAP, PKR and Amanah is no different from a possible pact with Umno now. But in true Mahathir style, he wanted the cake and eat it as well and that put a stop to a cooperation that would have kept him in power, while also keeping Anwar on the sideline for a little bit longer.

Muhyiddin Can Stay As PM8 If Mukhriz Is DPM And FM

People, my foot! Read my lips: IT IS ALL ABOUT MUKHRIZ! Tidak pernah saya jumpa manusia sebodoh rakyat Malaysia. Demokrasi konon. Kalau pasal demokrasi sudah lama Anwar jadi perdana menteri (PM5) dan bukan tertunggu-tunggu sebagai Prime Minister-in-waiting sampai mati.

Raja Petra Kamarudin
I have written about this subject many times over the years but not many seem to understand what I am saying.
The naïve and bodoh-sombong Pakatan Harapan supporters keep talking about rakyat’s choice, rakyat’s mandate, majority-elected government, and all that nonsense. They say 53% of the voters voted for Pakatan Harapan in the 2018 general election so that gives them the legitimacy to rule.
I keep telling everyone that 32 million Malaysians, or the 15 million registered voters, or the 20 million Malaysians of voting age, or the 12 million Malaysians who came out to vote, or the 5.5 million Malaysians who voted for Pakatan Harapan, get to choose their government. Only 112 Malaysians have the power to do that.

Malaysia is about only these four people — Mahathir, Anwar, Muhyiddin and Najib — and not about the rakyat, suckers!

But then these naïve and idealistic Malaysians keep moaning about rights, democracy, civil liberties and so on. Actually, democracy is the worst system even invented by humankind and is the tyranny of the majority over the minority.
And I am not talking about “the majority” of 32 million Malaysians, or 15 million registered voters, or 20 million Malaysians of voting age, or 12 million Malaysians who came out to vote, or 5.5 million Malaysians who voted for Pakatan Harapan. I am talking about “the majority” of 112 Members of Parliament versus “the minority” of 110 Members of Parliament.
So live with it, you Pakatan Harapan losers and moaners. Get real. The reality is 112 out of 222 Malaysians choose and His Majesty the Agong needs to endorse this choice.
It’s a done deal. If you are not happy get 112 MPs to pass a vote of no confidence against Muhyiddin at the next parliament sitting. If Muhyiddin loses, he can then request the Agong to dissolve parliament to make way for GE15. And Pakatan Harapan is going to get wiped out in this next general election.

The current political turmoil is not about the rakyat or democracy but about Mukhriz

If Muhyiddin wins, then accept it and keep quiet, like how Barisan Nasional accepted their defeat in GE14 on 9th May 2018.
What about the people? WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE? Since when do the people have a say in the democratic process? Read what Plato said about democracy.
This whole matter does not involve THE PEOPLE. It is about making Mukhriz Mahathir the next Prime Minister.
When Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi refused to help Mukhriz, Mahathir ousted him. Then Najib refused to help Mukhriz in 2009 and 2013, so Mahathir ousted him as well and took over himself.

Mahathir will agree to Muhyiddin as PM8 if Mukhriz is appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister

Mahathir is not sure he can trust Anwar Ibrahim to help Mukhriz so he refuses to allow Anwar to take over as PM8.
Mahathir then plotted with Muhyiddin Yassin that he (Muhyiddin) will take over as PM8 (instead of Anwar) and Mukhriz will be his Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
Now it looks like Muhyiddin will not keep his “promise” of making Mukhriz his Deputy Prime Minister cum Finance Minister after all. So Mahathir wants back the post of Prime Minister (and become PM9 after PM4, PM7 and PM7.5).
People, my foot! Read my lips: IT IS ALL ABOUT MUKHRIZ! Tidak pernah saya jumpa manusia sebodoh rakyat Malaysia. Demokrasi konon. Kalau pasal demokrasi sudah lama Anwar jadi perdana menteri (PM5) dan bukan tertunggu-tunggu sebagai Prime Minister-in-waiting sampai mati.