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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Selangor Sultan decrees daily congregational, Friday prayers at mosques in the state will remain suspended

KLANG: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah decrees that daily congregational and Friday prayers in mosques in the state will remain suspended.
“It is with a heavy heart that His Highness has decided that the restrictive period for Friday and daily prayers in mosques and surau is extended until June 30," said the Ruler’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani in a statement Monday (June 1).
However, the 39 selected mosques that were allowed to hold congregational prayers with not more than 12 people, beginning mid-May, will be allowed to continue.
The 12 people allowed to attend the prayers in these mosques consist of the mosque officials and committee members only, said Munir.
Sultan Sharafuddin had allowed the 39 mosques to have congregational prayers in mid-May, after there was a decrease in Covid-19 infections in the state.
According to Munir, the decision arrived by Sultan Sharafuddin was based on the views and advise of the Selangor Mufti and Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).
“The decision to prohibit Friday and daily congregational prayers in mosques and surau is a difficult and heavy decision for His Highness to make.
“His Highness understands the people’s disappointment in not being able to perform prayers in mosques for 12 weeks up to now," said Munir.
However, Munir added that the decision had to be made to ensure the spread of the dangerous Covid-19 epidemic can be contained and controlled.
He said Sultan Sharafuddin goes through current data on the spread of Covid-19, including new cases, in Selangor, which is indicating a decrease.
Munir said the state Ruler was worried of the risk of Covid-19 infections if the restrictions are loosened.
Even though congregational prayers cannot be conducted, the daily calls to prayer will continue with the presence of the Imam, bilal and siak (assistant) in mosques and surau in Selangor.
Munir said the situation will be rechecked after the first week of June and in the event the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic is found to be on a consistent decline, there is a possibility the number of people attending congregational prayers in permitted mosques my be increased.
Munir also added that mosques may also be opened in stages in areas that have been categorised as green zones if the decline in the number of infections is consistent.
“To ensure that the situation recovers and Muslims can return to performing prayers in mosques, His Royal Highness urges the people to continue practicing social distancing, wear face masks and adhere to every instruction and guideline issued by the Health Ministry and Jais," said Munir.- Star

Suspected Covid-19 positive Rohingya refugee escapes Tg Rambutan quarantine centre



IPOH: A Rohingya refugee suspected of having Covid-19 has escaped from a quarantine centre in Tanjung Rambutan here.
Perak CID chief Asst Comm Anuar Othman said Rohim Mohd Zokaria, 27, was found to have been missing from his room at the Health Ministry Training Institute on Sunday (May 31) around 11am.
"Health personnel were about to conduct tests on those being quarantined there, and he was not to be found in his room.
"They searched but could not find him within the premises," he said, adding that the man was sent to the centre from Slim River Hospital, Muallim on Saturday (May 30) at 5pm.
"A search party has been launched to look for the man," he added.
ACP Anuar said Rohim, from Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, and two others had been stopped at a roadblock on the North-South Expressway near Behrang last week and was investigated for defying the movement control order (MCO) and immigration-related matters.
"He was given police bail because he had complained of shortness of breath and showed symptoms of Covid-19.
"He was sent to the Slim River Hospital and initial tests came back negative and was sent to Tanjung Rambutan to be quarantined for 14 days," he added.
ACP Anuar said Rohim weighs about 65kg, is between 165cm and 168cm in height and has short black hair.
"He was last seen wearing a blue-coloured ward attire," he said, adding that about 57 people were at the quarantine centre awaiting swab test reports, with none having tested positive so far.
"The case is being investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code and Section 22(b) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations," he added. - Star

KEMUNCULAN PEMIKIRAN MELAYU YANG MENYOKONG LIM KIT SIANG JADI PERDANA MENTERI

Cadangan berani dan luarbiasa ini telah dibuat oleh seorang anak muda Fauzi Abdul Kadir yang menulis blog Permadu Malaysia. Sila klik di sini.

Saya mengulang penulisan sdra Fauzi dengan sepenuhnya.




SAYA orang Melayu. 
Saya penganut agama Islam. 
Saya sayangkan bangsa Melayu. 
Saya juga sangat mencintai agama suci yang dibawa oleh 
Junjungan Besar Nabi Muhammad SAW. 
Saya bersaksi bahawa tiada Tuhan yang disembah melainkan Allah. 
Dan saya bersaksi Nabi Muhammad itu adalah Pesuruh Allah.

Atas dasar inilah saya mengemukakan cadangan yang mungkin tidak disenangi ramai orang Melayu yang beragama Islam, majoriti penduduk Malaysia. 

Suka atau tidak, orang Melayu yang layak mengundi merupakan kuasa penentu pemerintahan. 
Apa pun, negara ini tetap diketuai oleh ketua bukan eksekutif (yang mempunyai kuasa-kuasa tertentu), iaitu Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Cadangan ini adalah satu cadangan yang serius. 
Bukan kerana kecewa dan bukan juga untuk menguji pasaran (test market).

Ianya semata-mata untuk kebaikan, keterjaminan dan keselamatan bangsa Melayu dan agama Islam itu sendiri. 
Sudah tentulah, ianya turut memberi manfaat murni kepada bangsa-bangsa lain, termasuk Cina, India, Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak, serta lain-lain kaum.
Secara lebih telus. 
Penganut agama lain boleh menjalani ibadah agama masing-masing tanpa rasa bimbang, takut atau gundah gulana.

Bersesuaian dengan prinsip asas Permadu Malaysia -- Berani, Bebas dan Berkecuali (tidak memihak) -- saya bukan ahli mana-mana parti politik.
Saya juga bukan penyokong parti DAP yang didominasi kaum Cina. 

Saya memilih dan mencadangkan seorang pemimpin veteran dari parti tersebut atas beberapa sebab.
Pertama, individu bernama Lim Kit Siang mempunyai segala kelayakan yang diperlukan. Berusia 79 tahun, beliau berpengalaman luas melebihi setengah abad dalam arena politik Malaysia.

Kedua, Kit Siang adalah seorang ahli parlimen yang sah di sisi undang-undang yang melayakkan beliau menjadi perdana menteri.

Ketiga, Perlembagaan Malaysia tidak menghalang warga negara bukan Melayu Islam memegang jawatan perdana menteri.

Keempat, Lim Kit Siang dilihat seorang pemimpin berintegriti tinggi tanpa kepentingan peribadì dan boleh diharap membawa Malaysia bebas dari rasuah.

Kelima, beliau adalah pemimpin tulen yang mempunyai semangat patriotik yang tinggi, mematuhi dan menghormati Perlembagaan, Raja-Raja Melayu serta kesucian agama Islam.

Keenam, Lim Kit Siang seorang pemimpin berjiwa Malaysia yang tidak berfikiran sempit memperjuangkan untung nasib kaum Cina semata-mata; dan

Ketujuh, DAP adalah parti politik yang mempunyai paling ramai ahli parlimen selepas berlaku perpecahan dalam PKR.

Walaupun tokoh veteran ini diberi kebebasan memilih barisan kabinet, ada syarat-syarat penting yang perlu dipatuhi.

Salah satu syarat penting untuk membolehkan Lim Kit Siang menjadi perdana menteri ialah beliau tidak memilih bulu, maksudnya, Angkatan Tentera, Polis, Ketua Hakim Negara, Peguam Negara, Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah dan sebagainya diberi kebebasan penuh tanpa sebarang pengaruh politik dalam melaksanakan tugas masing-masing dengan amanah. Mematuhi peraturan dan undang-undang.

Tidak terhad kepada ahli politik yang ada kes mahkamah berkaitan rasuah, mereka yang masih dalam siasatan juga tidak layak berada dalam kabinet. Ini termasuklah anak beliau sendiri, Lim Guan Eng yang memegang jawatan Setiausaha Agung DAP.

Satu lagi syarat ialah jawatan perdana menteri digalas Lim Kit Siang hanya untuk tempoh sehingga 2023 sahaja, iaitu sehingga PRU15.

Membubarkan parlimen sekarang hanya satu pembaziran. Ini kerana, selepas pilihanraya umum, ahli-ahli parlimen bebas melompat ke sana dan ke sini, seperti Tik Tok menteri yang meniru kata-kata Muhyiddin Yassin. Inilah yang sedang berlaku. 

Sekaligus, memperbodohkan rakyat yang memberi mandat.

Bolehkah pemimpin bukan Melayu menjaga kepentingan Melayu dan Islam? Jawapannya boleh, selagi kita ada Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Mengapa tidak pilih pemimpin Melayu? 
Jawapannya, bukan tidak mahu pilih pemimpin Melayu, tetapi hampir semua pemimpin Melayu sekarang sudah terjebak dalam politiking paling tidak menguntungkan rakyat. 
Mereka semua hilang kelayakan. 
Nak harapkan Dr Mahathir? Anwar Ibrahim? Najib Razak? Zahid Hamidi? Hadi Awang? Mat Sabu? Nik Abduh? 
Muhyiddin yang sedang tersepit?

Cadangan Lim Kit Siang sebagai perdana menteri bukan kerana beliau bukan Melayu. Tetapi kerana beliau antara sisa-sisa pemimpin yang tinggal untuk diberi harapan.

Setelah melakukan beberapa analisis, DAP sebenarnya bukanlah musuh Melayu atau musuh Islam. 
Ia hanya satu propaganda yang sangat tidak bertanggungjawab.
Sebaliknya, DAP adalah musuh kepada pemimpin-pemimpin yang bertopengkan Melayu, Islam dan ketuanan Melayu.

Kepada 222 ahli parlimen, ini adalah peluang terakhir anda untuk menyelamatkan Melayu, Islam dan Malaysia. 

Berilah sokongan anda kepada Lim Kit Siang.

oleh Fauzi Kadir 
untuk Permadu Malaysia
● 2020 Permadu Harmony Bersepadu
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My comments :  Saya melihat pemikiran baru seperti ini sebagai satu 'wake up call' bagi politik, pemimpin dan pemikir Melayu. Orang Melayu sendiri sudah fed up dengan apa yang mereka melihat dalam negara kita. 

Pada pendapat saya  pemikiran seperti yang diluahkan oleh sdra Fauzi Abdul Kadir sudah mula menular di kalangan orang Melayu. Saya rasa it will become a growing phenomenon.

Man charged with killing Alam Flora supervisor in counter-traffic collision

Teoh Kian Peng being brought to the Magistrate’s Court in Kuantan today. (Bernama pic)
KUANTAN: A fish wholesaler was charged at the Magistrate’s Court here today with killing Alam Flora supervisor Irwan Herman Kamarudin, whose car was rammed by another vehicle going against traffic flow at Jalan Pintasan Kuantan last week.
Teoh Kian Peng, 42, indicated that he understood the charge read out to him before magistrate Najwa Hashim.
No plea was recorded since murder cases are under High Court jurisdiction.
Teoh, who is from Tanah Putih here, was charged with committing the offence near a Petronas petrol station at Jalan Pintasan Kuantan here at 9.20pm on May 25 under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Nasrul Hadi Abd Ghani offered no bail for the charge which is a non-bailable offence and requested that Teoh be remanded at the Penor prison here while awaiting trial.
“We also request a mention date for the prosecuting team to obtain four reports, namely the post-mortem report, chemistry report, forensics report and a report from Puspakom,” he said.
Teoh was represented by counsel Tay Yi Kuan.
The court set July 8 for re-mention of the case.
Irwan Herman, 41, was killed after his Toyota Yaris collided with a Toyota C-HR four-wheel-drive vehicle driven by a man believed to be under the influence of alcohol.
Initial investigations found that the C-HR had been travelling against traffic flow for about 7km from the slip road heading to Jalan Pintasan Kuantan in Semambu before colliding into the car of Irwan Herman, who was going to Gebeng here for his night shift. - FMT

Sepang turns red with 64 Covid-19 cases

A district is classified as a red zone when it has more than 40 active cases.
PETALING JAYA: The Sepang district in Selangor has been classified as a Covid-19 red zone following an increase of 24 new cases from the day before.
A district is classified as a red zone when it has more than 40 active cases.
A health ministry infographic shows that there are currently 64 active cases in Sepang.
The increase in cases is related to the new Covid-19 cluster at the Sepang detention depot where 36 individuals have tested positive for the disease.
The other active red zones in the country are:
Hulu Langat (Selangor)
Bukit Jalil and Ibu Kota (Kuala Lumpur)
Rembau (Negeri Sembilan)
There are now 131 green zones with zero active cases nationwide.
To date, 7,819 Covid-19 cases have been recorded with 115 deaths. Some 6,353 people have recovered while 1,351 are still being treated. - FMT

MACC to probe leak to politician over tycoon’s frozen accounts

MACC says it views seriously the leak of confidential investigation details.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed a report by FMT on exchanges between two top officials under the Pakatan Harapan government which led to the anti-graft body’s decision to unlock a tycoon’s frozen bank accounts, saying it is concerned about the leak of confidential details and the possible influence of politicians.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya said the agency would investigate how confidential details of its investigations into a tycoon over some RM4 million received from 1MDB were leaked to a politician.
“And the politician used his influence to lead the attorney-general (AG) to issue MACC instructions to release the tycoon’s four accounts,” he told FMT.
FMT reported today that former finance minister Lim Guan Eng had in 2019 asked the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to lift restrictions on the tycoon’s four bank accounts which were frozen to facilitate an investigation into money laundering.
The report said Lim last year asked then-AG Tommy Thomas to lift the freeze on the tycoon’s accounts.
Thomas responded two weeks later, informing Lim of case details and instructing MACC to lift the freeze.
This was despite MACC informing Thomas that the bulk of the money – some RM3.9 million – could not be recovered as it was no longer in one of the bank accounts said to have received the funds.
Khusairi confirmed that MACC had lifted the freeze on the tycoon’s accounts on the instructions of the AG at the time.
But he said MACC viewed seriously the leak of confidential investigation details.
“We will look into the leak of confidential investigation details to a politician in the interest of the person being investigated.” - FMT

Migrants were never offered ‘sincere’ amnesty, says rights group

The government says its offer for undocumented migrants to get tested for Covid-19 ‘ended’ when none of them came forward..
PETALING JAYA: A rights group has disputed senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s statement that Putrajaya had offered undocumented migrants amnesty to encourage them to come forward and get tested for Covid-19.
Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) questioned if Putrajaya’s offer for amnesty was sincere since it came at a time when immigration authorities were conducting raids at locked-down areas.
“Since raids and detentions continued despite the offer for amnesty, of course, no migrants would voluntarily come out to get tested as they cannot trust the authorities to not arrest them if they do come forward.
“They have failed to show any goodwill on their so-called amnesty offer. The migrants are not to blame here,” LFL coordinator Zaid Malek said in a statement today.
LFL said that despite heavy criticism from various human rights groups locally and internationally, Putrajaya was stubborn in insisting that it had the right to detain the undocumented migrants.
It said Putrajaya must suspend all raids and detentions until the pandemic was resolved if it was serious in getting migrants to cooperate and come forward without fear of repercussions.
Ismail had said yesterday said the government’s offer for undocumented migrants to get tested for Covid-19 “ended” when none of them had come forward to be tested.
He said the announcement had been made ever since authorities found that there were undocumented migrants who tested positive in enhanced movement control order (EMCO) areas. - FMT

High Court to hear challenge on one-day Parliament sitting on July 30

A lawyer and a social activist are challenging the legality of the May 18 sitting of the Dewan Rakyat.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed July 30 to hear a suit brought by two individuals to challenge the legality of the May 18 Parliament sitting.
Counsel T Gunaseelan, who is appearing for another lawyer R Kengadharan and social activist D Arumugam, said the date was fixed following case management today before judge Nordin Hassan.
Senior federal counsel Mohammad Sallehuddin Md Ali appeared for the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).
Gunaseelan said he had served the court papers on defendants Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff on May 21
“We informed the judge the papers were served via registered post as the court rules allow for that,” he told reporters.
Nordin has also directed Muhyiddin and Ariff to file their affidavits in reply to the plaintiffs by June 22.
Kengadharan and Arumugam are allowed to file any further affidavits by July 6.
Nordin also instructed the parties to file their written submissions on July 20 before hearing the oral submission on July 30.
Sallehuddin informed the judge the AGC could not confirm whether they would be representing Muhyiddin and Ariff but had no objection on the hearing date.
On May 18, Kengadharan and Arumugam filed an originating summons and sought a declaration that the notice issued to MPs on May 13 was against the Federal Constitution and standing orders of the house.
They also said it was public knowledge that the opposition intended to pass a motion of no confidence against the prime minister, and that the one-day sitting would not fulfil the constitutional requirement for the discussion of important matters other than the royal address.
The no-confidence proposal by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was accepted by the speaker on May 8.- FMT

Ban on prayers at mosques, suraus extended till June 30

A maximum of 12 people are allowed to congregate for prayers at selected mosques and suraus in Selangor.
SHAH ALAM: Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has consented for the ban on Friday prayers and the five daily prayers in mosques and suraus in Selangor to be extended to June 30 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The sultan’s private secretary Mohamad Munir Bani said the ruler had given his consent for Friday prayers to be allowed at 39 selected mosques only, with the number of worshippers as previously announced.
“The ban will be reviewed after the first week of this month. If the number of Covid-19 cases drops consistently, the number of worshippers for Friday prayers can be increased and mosques can be opened up earlier in stages, especially those in green zones,” he said in a statement today.
Munir said the azan or call for prayer would be sounded as usual although for the time being, only the imam, bilal and siak will be allowed to perform prayers in mosques and suraus in the state with religious talks continued on social media.
He said Sultan Sharafuddin also urged the public to observe social distancing, wear masks and comply with the instructions and guidelines issued by the health ministry and Selangor Islamic Religious Department to improve the situation so that Muslims can return to pray in mosques.
On April 13, Sultan Sharafuddin ordered a ban on Friday prayers, congregational prayers and religious lectures in mosques, suraus and musollah (prayer rooms) in the state until May 31.
On May 14, following a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases, Sultan Sharafuddin consented for Friday prayers to be held at 39 selected mosques in the state, with congregations of not more than 12 people comprising mosque officials and committee members only. - FMT

DAP Youth leader lodges MACC report over alleged offer of govt posts to Umno leaders

DAP Youth national secretary Teh Hoong Kiat after lodging a report at the MACC office in Kuala Lumpur today.
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP Youth national secretary Teh Hoong Kiat lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today over an unconfirmed audio clip of PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin allegedly encouraging the promise of government positions in exchange for the crossover of Umno leaders to his party.
“Section 23 of the MACC Act states that any public official who uses his post for offers for himself, his family or those around him is committing a crime.
“I hope investigations will be opened as soon as possible,” he said at the MACC office here.
In the recording which began making the rounds on social media last Saturday, Muhyiddin is purportedly heard offering Umno leaders positions in the Cabinet as well as in government-linked companies.
The recording was allegedly made at a PPBM Supreme Council meeting on Feb 23 – a day before Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as prime minister and chairman of the party.
DAP’s legal bureau chairman Ramkarpal Singh (second right) looks at the report filed by DAP Youth national secretary Teh Hoong Kiat (left) as Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng (third left) looks on.
PPBM subsequently pulled out of PH, triggering a political crisis which led to the Agong appointing Muhyiddin as prime minister.
Teh said he would also lodge a report at the Dang Wangi police station later today.
DAP’s legal bureau chairman Ramkarpal Singh, who accompanied Teh, said the first task of the authorities would be to verify the authenticity of the recording.
“If proven true, this would be very serious as offering and receiving positions is a form of gratification amounting to corruption under the MACC Act 2009,” he added.
According to the audio clip, Muhyiddin had encouraged PPBM leaders to try and convince Umno MPs to switch sides. If they succeeded, he was alleged to have said, PPBM would be the largest Malay party in the government.
FMT is awaiting a response from Muhyiddin’s press secretary. - FMT

Recovery plan raises hope but we need a new socio-economic model!

Malaysiakini

The clear announcement yesterday by finance minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz of his 6R economic recovery plan is most welcome, especially at this time of concern and anxiety!
The first four R's – covering Resolve, Resilience, Restart, and Recovery, are presently on track and could be achieved with a stronger political will to move faster.
These aspirations will raise our hopes and expectations for better economic growth, fairer income distribution, and higher human welfare for all Malaysians, regardless of race!
But to fully achieve all these six goals and especially the last two R's - Revitalise and Reform, our present economic model must be transformed significantly!
We cannot do more of the same. We cannot carry on with business as usual. Some old norms must be radically reformed and new thinking adopted to be more successful.
Uncertainty
The world economic recession, our own impending recession, and the Covid-19 crisis have all caused a great deal of uncertainty regarding our future well-being. The political turmoil currently experienced in our country has further eroded our confidence and reduced our hope for brighter futures.
Hence the finance minister’s (above) 6R recovery plan is very welcome, as a light in a dark tunnel.
However, the 6R plan together with the 2021 Budget, and the now postponed 12th Malaysia Plan cannot and should not be the repeat of old norm policies.
The world economies, including Malaysia, are facing socio-economic crises, largely due to some wrong policies in the past and bad implementations. Some of these weak policies and mistakes have been as follows:
1. Income gaps between the rich and poor have widened and worsened. The new norm economic model should narrow this unfair income and wealth disparities. This would mean taxing the rich much more in order to raise the standards of living of the poor who are struggling to make ends meet!
2. The basic needs of the rakyat have to be more adequately met in the recovery plan. The Covid-19 crisis has revealed more starkly, the large numbers of poor, hungry, and homeless living among the rest of us, who are embarrassingly better off. In fact, the cramped and dirty housing provided by wealthy contractors has largely caused Covid-19 to spread even more. Surely we could do better to build more low-cost but safe and clean houses for the poor!
3. Budgets and five-year plans are not exclusively about economic growth and boosting incomes. More importantly, they are meant to improve the quality of life of all Malaysians. Hence our human rights, our many unfulfilled social reforms, and our environment have to be improved and protected more effectively. This can easily be achieved by adopting and seriously implementing the many United Nations proposals that we have been somewhat neglecting in the past. This includes the UN's 17 sustainable goals that we should implement with stronger political will!
Revitalise and reform?
4. The 6Rs are great aspirations, but the question in most of our minds is - will the new government be able to implement the last two most important R's - to Revitalise and Reform?
Revitalising and reforming the economy should mean:
a) Restructuring our education system to make it internationally competitive.
b) Reforming our labour policies especially in regard to employing such large numbers of foreign labourers.
c) Reorganising the public services to make them much more multiracial and multi-religious to better reflect our national population composition.
d) Redefine the role and scope of the private sector. Should we depend so much on government-linked companies that squeeze out the business sector?
e) Ensure out national institutions are more professional, honest, and fair in upholding a more efficient administration that is free from politicisation and corruption.
Conclusion
The government's 6R strategy is encouraging, promising, welcome, and needs our full support.
But unless the strategy fully takes into account the above and many other public policy issues that should be discussed more openly with NGOs, universities, and business and community leaders, we will not progress much.
Instead, we may end up sticking to the old normal, playing old records, and losing our momentum to move to the new socio-economic model that we desperately need for the benefit of all Malaysians, especially the poor in our society!

Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam is chairperson of the ASLI Center of Public Policy Studies. - Mkini

'M' is for menace to Malaysia

Malaysiakini

On Friday, Dr Mahathir Mohamad made his way to the Bersatu headquarters and challenged party officials to tell him to his face that he was getting sacked.
For all intents and purposes, it was a perfectly-choreographed media event. The press lapped it up. The optics of a nonagenarian, twice prime minister spoiling for a fight with those young enough to be his children was too much to resist for the press. This helps to sell copies, boost web traffic and raise viewerships.
But beyond the political theatrics, towards what end was Mahathir's public relations exercise? Do we need such distractions at a time of national health and economic crisis, with the PM himself being quarantined?
The fact of the matter is that Mahathir and four other renegade Bersatu MPs voluntarily chose to go against the party by opting to sit with the opposition during the May 18 Parliament sitting. That amounted to a breach in party discipline and protocols that resulted in the automatic revocation of their Bersatu membership.
In any organisation, there are rules and regulations to follow. In the UK for example, one who is found driving above permissible alcohol limits face a driving ban of at least one year. It doesn't matter if you are an ex-PM or not. Rules are there for a reason.
Perhaps the former dictator thinks there is one rule for himself and another for the rest of us. Perhaps he is angry that his son Mukhriz Mahathir was given the boot as Kedah menteri besar just before that.
And now, the ex-PM is trying to scheme his way back to Putrajaya for the third time by way of enticing Perikatan Nasional MPs to cross the floor and rob Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin of sufficient support in the Dewan Rakyat.
Seriously, we don't need this now. By all means, test Muhyiddin's legitimacy in Parliament but not when we are facing a crisis of unprecedented scale and complexity. Not when we need a semblance of stability at a time of global health and economic crises.
There is a time to be spoiling for a fight, whether your match is "rogue" currency traders like George Soros, the Zionists who repress Palestinians, or a neighbouring country which shortchanges us in water deals. But now is definitely the time for Mahathir to hold his punches and not be a menace to Malaysia.
by : Abdullah Yunos, Mkini

Gov't camouflaging its politicking as 'doing national good'

Malaysiakini

MP SPEAKS | Yesterday, the Thai Parliament passed a RM252 billion economic support package to ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which included aid to farmers and informal workers such as street vendors and those employed in massage parlours and bars who have seen their work dry up.
A week ago, the Singapore Parliament passed a $$S33 billion supplementary budget aimed primarily at helping workers and businesses to tide over the Covid-19 crisis and the bleak economic outlook ahead.
Called the Fortitude Budget, it is Singapore’s fourth Budget in less than four months after the earlier Unity, Resilience and Solidarity Budgets, totalling close to S$S100 billion – or nearly 20 percent of gross domestic product – to support Singaporeans in the battle against the Covid-19 outbreak.
In the Philippines, the House of Representatives has continued to sit, using a combination of remote and face-to-face meetings since March 23 to pass legislation to give the government the necessary tools to fight Covid-19. A parliamentary "Defeat Covid-19" committee has been set up and meets by videoconference at least twice a week.
In Indonesia, the House of Representatives continued to meet focussing on regulations related to the Covid-19 outbreak, such as endorsing a bill revising the Disaster Management Law which will give more authority to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and increase the minimum budget allocation for disaster management in the state budget.
Only in Malaysia is the Parliament locked down, with members of Parliament unable to perform their constitutional role to provide oversight and scrutiny of the executive during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although Malaysia was the leading nation in Southeast Asia in the number of Covid-19 infections when the movement control order (MCO) was imposed on March 18 (when Malaysia had 790 cases, Indonesia 227 cases and Philippines 202 cases), we improved compared with the Philippines on April 13 it had a cumulative total of 4,932 infections as compared to Malaysia’s 4,817 cases. This was also in comparison with Indonesia on April 15 when the republic recorded a cumulative total of 5,136 cases as against Malaysia’s 5,072 cases.
Today, with 7,819 cases, Malaysia is way behind Indonesia (26,473 cases) and the Philippines (18,086 cases). We have also done better in terms of Covid-19 deaths: Malaysia (115), Indonesia (1,613) and the Philippines (957).
Can Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin offer a rational reason why the Malaysian Parliament is locked down and MPs prevented from carrying out their role of oversight and scrutiny of the executive?
In London, a political crisis is developing with the United Kingdom’s top public health leaders warning British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that trust in government had been shattered by the Dominic Commings affair and posed a new danger to life when lockdown measures were lifted this week.
Cummings, Johnson’s top aide, has been embroiled in a scandal after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had coronavirus symptoms.
What about public trust and confidence in the government in Malaysia?
Without touching on the ignominious Sheraton Move, it is now clear that the backdoor PM and cabinet are the worst offenders in “politicking” although camouflaged initially under very noble terms – with Muhyiddin claiming that since becoming PM, he had not thought about politics as the people were “sick” of it.
It is now clear that since becoming PM on March 1, Muhyiddin had not stopped thinking about and acting on politics although he knew that the people were “sick” of it.
Hence the following “politicking”:
- The lockup of Parliament and paralysis of MPs’ constitutional role of oversight and scrutiny of the executive during the pandemic.
- Criminal acts of gratification to induce support by MPs through the enticement of ministerships and government-linked company positions.
- Abuses of power, rampant corruption, the revival of kleptocracy and widespread of human rights.
- The unconstitutional “nullification” of the Bersatu membership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Mukhriz Mahathir, Maszlee Malik, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Amiruddin Hamzah.
All these acts have one result - the shattering of public trust and confidence in the government, especially with regards to its bona fides in the various aspects of the invisible war against Covid-19 outbreak.
Will the government come clean with the surfacing of an audio recording on the enticement of ministerships and GLC positions?
Public trust and confidence in Malaysia have been shattered by a government which is the worst offender of “politicking” although it is camouflaged as “doing national good”.

LIM KIT SIANG is the member of Parliament for Iskandar Puteri. - Mkini