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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Emulate DAP and quit whining, Zahid scoffs at Muhyiddin

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairperson Muhyiddin Yassin to emulate the DAP instead of being power-crazy.

“Muhyiddin and his allies need to feel ashamed that they are so power crazy to extent of disputing the wisdom of the Malay Rulers.

"They need to emulate DAP- which has shown that it cares more about the nation’s interest rather than the party and individual interest,” he said.

Instead of whining, Zahid urged Muhyiddin to accept the fact he lost the bid to become premier and focus on becoming an effective opposition instead.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin criticised Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and accused him of “pawning” principles of good governance for appointing a "kleptocrat" to the cabinet, in reference to Zahid.

"This is the most disappointing cabinet line-up in the country's history, when a person who has been told to enter his defence on 47 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), corruption, and money laundering, is appointed DPM.

"Anwar's act is akin to selling the country's dignity so that he can remain the prime minister," the Pagoh MP was reported as saying.

Zahid was appointed as deputy prime minister by Anwar.

In countering Muhyiddin’s statement, Zahid said the former should stop disputing Anwar’s appointment as premier and accept reality.

"Muhyiddin seems to continue complaining after he failed to be appointed as prime minister. Less than 24 hours after the cabinet was sworn in, he claimed the formation of the new government was fraudulent and against the people’s mandate.

"He forgets that the power to appoint prime minister lies with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong - which is provided under Article 40(2)(a) and Article 43 (2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.

"The appointment was done by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, after a special discussion with other Malay Rulers at Istana Negara," the Bagan Datuk MP stated.

"As for the cabinet, the prime minister presented a list of all members of the cabinet for the King’s approval, and after getting the approval from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Anwar made the announcement.

"This is different from the situation of the appointment of the supposed Indonesian ambassador a while ago, which seemed didn’t have approval from the Istana Negara," he said.

This was in reference to the initial announcement of then Pasir Salak MP, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman as Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia, which was then withdrawn in July.

As for Anwar helming the Finance Ministry, Zahid reminded all quarters of the former’s successes in helming the portfolio back in the 1990s.

“It was during Anwar’s time as finance minister back then did Malaysia recorded budget surpluses, where our nation’s income exceeded expenditures.

"Anwar was also recognised as the world's best finance minister by Euro Money Magazine and Asia's Best Finance Minister by Asia Money Magazine.

“Thus, it is certain that foreign investors will be more confident to invest when Anwar holds the post," said Zahid, claiming Malaysia’s economy went south during Muhyiddin’s tenure as prime minister. - Mkini

Private hospitals urge new govt to address acute nursing shortage


Private hospitals urge new govt to address acute nursing shortage
Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said the nursing shortage is increasing pressure on already overcrowded public hospitals. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — The Association of Private Hospitals today called on the new minister of health to bring in trained foreign nurses to address the severe nursing shortage in private hospitals, which it said is causing delays in patient admittance.

Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, group president, said the shortage is unprecedented and that the problem could increase pressure on the already overcrowded public hospitals as more patients are forced to seek treatment at government facilities.

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"We hope there are immediate steps taken by the Ministry of Health under the new leadership on human resources in healthcare throughout the country, particularly the acute nursing shortage at private hospitals," Dr Kuljit said.

"We urge the government to facilitate training more nurses and make the processes to be trained in post-speciality basic seamless with better incentives for local nursing schools. In the meantime there should be an immediate effort to have foreign nurses brought into Malaysia regardless if they are post basic specialised training.

"This will immediately assist both private and public healthcare to cope with the current challenges we are all facing," he added.

The group is also urging the new government to "outsource" the screening of diseases, particularly non-communicable diseases, to private hospitals.

"The strength of private hospitals in assisting the government in managing patients who are awaiting treatment beyond a reasonable time through the public private partnership should be strengthened and continued as it was successfully conducted during the peak of the pandemic.

Malaysia has one of the cheapest public healthcare systems in the world. Because of the highly subsidised healthcare, patients often prefer to do screening at public hospitals because the cost of screening at private hospitals can be beyond what most people can afford.

Despite a litany of complaints about expensive charges, private hospitals have never indicated an intention to lower their service fees.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim appointed a fresh face — Dr Zaliha Mustafa — to head the Health Ministry, one of the most important portfolios under the leadership of a so-called "unity government".

Upon her appointment, Dr Zaliha told several news outlets she wants to get straight to work.

The Sekijang MP said her focus would be on improving infrastructure, medical supplies and the longstanding problem around contract doctors. - malaymail

Six BN reps in 28-member Cabinet for stability will not unduly influence govt policy or reform, say analysts


Six BN reps in 28-member Cabinet for stability will not unduly influence govt policy or reform, say analysts
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (right) signing their letters of appointment after taking the oath of office in front of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al- Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara December 3, 2022. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — Despite Barisan Nasional (BN) being disproportionately represented in the new Cabinet, with major portfolios given to its representatives, political analysts said that they would not exert undue influence on the government’s decisions, policies, or reforms.

Senior fellow at the Nusantara Academy for Strategic Research (NASR) Azmi Hassan explained that the appointment of six BN representatives to the 28-member Cabinet announced on Friday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was merely done to ensure the stability of the unity government.

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“Yes, BN got the most sought-after portfolios plus a deputy prime minister’s post. I think Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must be there due to political concerns.

“We know Umno would always be a problem should the president not have any post in the Cabinet. So the BN appointments are to ensure that the support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister is always there,” he told Malay Mail.

Meanwhile, University of Malaya Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel) sociopolitical analyst Associate Professor Awang Azman Awang Pawi said that BN representation in the newly formed Cabinet is fairly balanced.

“The BN members in the Cabinet are based on the hierarchy of the party this time. We have the Umno president, his deputy and vice-presidents, and also the party’s supreme council members in the Cabinet.

“What we don’t see is any representative from MCA or MIC. However, we know that before the unity government was established, a few MCA and MIC leaders signed statutory declarations in support of Perikatan Nasional (PN) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“So, in this context, it is obvious Anwar did not want this group of people to be in the Cabinet as the prime minister’s target is to have a stable, harmonious Cabinet, and not a prejudicial one,” he said.

Awang Azman also said that having hierarchical BN representatives in the Cabinet will help the unity government to amend or establish new and proper policies and reforms.

He also said the new Cabinet has more advantages than disadvantages in developing the country due to inclusive participation from all territories regardless of ethnic or religion.

However, senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs Oh Ei Sun said that the appointment of BN representatives to major portfolios in the Cabinet would bring unwarranted influence in government decision-making.

“BN’s main goal would be to preserve its vested interests, and this could take the form of influence (in government decision and policy making),” he said.

He also described the new Cabinet as a compromise to keep the coalition government afloat for a while at least.

On Friday, Anwar announced a total of 28 ministers, four fewer than his predecessors Muhyiddin and Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, but more than the 25 originally targeted.

Anwar also said deputy ministers will be named at a later date.

Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the most seats of any coalition in the November 19 general election but still fell short of the 112 needed for a simple majority to form the government on its own.

After several days of negotiations, PH finally reached an agreement for a coalition federal government with BN and Gabungan Parti Sarawak, with Gabungan Rakyat Sabah and Parti Warisan joining later. - malaymail

A new dawn begins

 

Unity in diversity: Anwar displaying a list of new Cabinet members on Friday night. The lineup has been welcomed as a reflection of the diverse unity government that the Rulers had suggested. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

You can’t please everyone all the time, but Malaysia has, at least, resolution and a way forward now.

IT’S infinitely unnerving when politicians rely on a combination of race and religious issues to garner support.

Social media is littered with videos of these politicians dangerously peddling their lethal and toxic sentiments to push their desperate agendas.

Unfortunately, these tactics appear to have worked for certain parties, as evidenced by the votes in the recent 15th General Election (GE15).

It may seem preposterous but there’s certainly a market for such toxic stories, buyers of which, tragically, include young voters.

The majority of Undi18 votes, unfortunately, went to those who advocated hard-line religious practices.

Ironically, one of the prime movers of Undi18, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, nearly lost his seat.

It’s one thing to attack corrupt politicians and suggest an alternative, but the treacherous level it has degenerated to is an entirely different prospect.

From promising a passage to heaven to Jewish plots and an alleged Chinese-led unity government, it has become a no-holds-barred onslaught.

The Prime Minister has found himself accused of being an Israeli spy, while others have been called LBGT+ supporters and communists, thanks to one imaginative and fertile mind.

Even the Rulers have been criticised, although in a more subtle way, but the tone of discontent is palpable. They have ignored the line, for sure.

The election is over. His Majesty called for a unity government with Perikatan Nasional – comprising Bersatu, with PAS – invited to join the government, but Perikatan declined.

It was no surprise because Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wouldn’t have fancied playing obliging subordinate to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was the choice of the Rulers for PM.

While Bersatu leaders have stated their preference to be in the Opposition, PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang’s hysterical outbursts haven’t quite tickled Malaysians’ funny bones.

He may have 49 Members of Parliament but he must surely feel anguished at being out of power at the federal level, especially with such a big block of lawmakers.

But PAS needs to get a grip.

The events of GE15, which led to an inconclusive result, have proven that no single political coalition can form a government without the participation of all Malaysians, including Sabahans and Sarawakians.

No doubt Perikatan has won over the Malay heartland, especially the “fixed deposits” of Felda settlers, and even the Putrajaya constituency, the government’s seat.

But Perikatan can’t hope to form a government if the rest of the country doesn’t subscribe to PAS’ politics.

It’s unfortunate that the Opposition is now nearly all- Malay, but, fortunately, the government bench is more diverse. There’s obviously nothing for PAS to brag about.

The party needs modern and progressive leaders if it hopes to achieve its aim. It needs a kinder and more open narrative to win over the rest of Malaysia, and not just the East Coast of the peninsula.

PAS is arguably regarded as a party dominated by religious leaders with qualifications from West Asia, but lacking strong fundamentals in finance, economics and the sciences.

A constant barrage of statements reeking of Talibanism isn’t going to help them.

Umno will now need to work on its lost Malay ground. It must cleanse itself of its tainted and corrupt image which has scarred the party.

President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, like it or not, has plenty of work to do. He can’t preach the virtues of being in a unity government and be seen as the person who almost single- handedly killed Umno and Barisan Nasional.

Perlis fell to Perikatan by default, and now the state has a PAS Mentri Besar for the first time.

The polls are over. Malaysia needs to get back to work and brace itself for a tough 2023. There’s simply no time for unproductive politics.

It’s better for the new Federal Government to dedicate itself to making Malaysia a country we can all be proud of, with the rest of the world viewing us favourably.

Leave the dogmatic religious hardliners alone. Stop talking of banning PAS or arresting its leaders, as we will only create martyrs of them, an because, ultimately, it’s more important that the unity government proves its mettle.

If needed, appoint good PAS lawmakers who can contribute to their positions. Why not? There is good talent in all parties, and on both sides of the divide, too.

Let bipartisan politics be a part of a developing, mature democracy, where substance matters more than form.

As Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said in The Art of War, “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer”.

If the unity government is genuine, let it be an inclusive government.

Those of us who know Anwar will concur that he doesn’t give up on anyone. He will meet everyone, including those who’ve bad-mouthed him, to win them over.

His policy has always been that if he can’t have them aligned with him, he would want them to, at least, not oppose him. It will be harder this time, though. - Star

Wong Chun Wai

Wong Chun Wai

Wong Chun Wai began his career as a journalist in Penang, and has served The Star for over 35 years in various capacities and roles. He is now group editorial and corporate affairs adviser to the group, after having served as group managing director/chief executive officer. On The Beat made its debut on Feb 23 1997 and Chun Wai has penned the column weekly without a break, except for the occasional press holiday when the paper was not published. In May 2011, a compilation of selected articles of On The Beat was published as a book and launched in conjunction with his 50th birthday. Chun Wai also comments on current issues in The Star.

Hentilah ‘bernostalgia’, terima hakikat, Khairuddin beritahu PN

 

Khairuddin Aman Razali berkata sekiranya PN masih belum berpuas hati, maka tarikh 19 Disember menunggu mereka untuk mengusulkan sesuatu di Parlimen nanti.

PETALING JAYA: Bekas pemimpin PAS, Khairuddin Aman Razali meminta Perikatan Nasional (PN) berhenti ‘bernostalgia’ susulan kegagalan mereka membentuk kerajaan selepas pilihan raya umum ke-15 (PRU15).

Beliau berkata, PN perlu menerima hakikat bahawa mereka hanya mendapat 73 kerusi dan jumlahnya terlalu jauh bagi membolehkan mereka membentuk kerajaan yang memerlukan 112 kerusi.

“Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) dan Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) sebelum ini bersama PN kerana menyangkakan Barisan Nasional (BN) bersedia untuk menyokong.

“Apabila menyedari bahawa ia adalah sokongan sebahagian individu wakil rakyat BN yang “dicuri” dari pintu belakang mereka beralih sokongan kepada PH dan BN,” katanya di dalam hantaran di Facebook semalam.

Sebelum ini PAS dilaporkan berkata kerajaan baharu sekarang bukannya kerajaan perpaduan, sebaliknya adalah kerajaan minoriti.

Setiausaha Agungnya, Takiyuddin Hassan, yang dipetik Berita Harian sebagai berkata ia kerana tiada parti yang mempunyai kerusi cukup untuk membentuk kerajaan.

Khairuddin berkata sekiranya PN masih belum berpuas hati, maka pada tarikh 19 Disember menunggu mereka untuk mengusulkan sesuatu di Parlimen nanti.

“Sementara itu terimalah keputusan pembentukan kerajaan perpaduan ini.

“Jika masih mahu menubuhkan kerajaan pujuklah BN menerusi pintu depan lalu akan diikuti oleh GPS dan GRS namun berbangkit persoalan bolehkah kerajaan tersebut stabil atau mengulangi pergolakan 2020-2022?,” soalnya.

Dalam perkembangan sama, biarpun ada dakwaan bahawa kerajaan perpaduan sekarang adalah kerajaan minoriti, namun Khairuddin melihat sebaliknya.

“Tidakkah dengan pelantikan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai perdana menteri mewakili Pakatan Harapan, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi mewakili Barisan Nasional dan Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof mewakili GPS sebagai timbalan perdana menteri menunjukkan kerajaan ini mempunyai angka 82, 30 dan 23 sekali gus menjadikan jumlah sebanyak 135 ahli Parlimen.

“Apabila dilantik lagi menteri mewakili GRS menjadikan jumlah semua sebanyak 141 kerusi. Itu belum dikira Parti Warisan (3); Parti Bangsa Malaysia (1); Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (1) dan Bebas (2). Maka semuanya 148 ahli Parlimen, telah mencapai dua pertiga majoriti,” ujarnya. - FMT

2 lelaki Nepal maut akibat hentakan di muka

 

Anggota polis mengusung mayat mangsa yang ditemui mati di sebuah rumah kedai di Pusat Komersial Oakland di Seremban.

SEREMBAN: Dua warga asing ditemui maut dengan kesan kecederaan hentakan di muka di rumah kedai Pusat Komersial Oakland di sini hari ini.

Ketua Polis Daerah Seremban Nanda Maarof berkata pihaknya menerima maklumat daripada orang awam kira-kira 6.45 petang tadi dan sejurus tiba di tempat kejadian polis menemukan tiga warga Nepal termasuk seorang lagi yang tidak mengalami kecederaan.

Katanya kedua-dua mangsa itu merupakan pengawal keselamatan berusia 35 tahun dan 46 tahun berada di lokasi kejadian yang merupakan tempat pekerja mengambil makanan.

“Setelah tiba di lokasi kejadian, polis mendapati dua lelaki bangsa Nepal telah mati dan seorang lagi tidak mengalami kecederaan. Motif kejadian masih dalam siasatan.

“Keadaan kedua-dua mangsa adalah terlentang berada berjauhan antara satu sama lain dan terdapat kecederaan di bahagian muka dipercayai ada kesan hentakan tetapi polis masih memerlukan pemeriksaan forensik,” katanya kepada pemberita.

Beliau berkata polis mendapati lelaki yang berada bersama mangsa tersebut dipercayai di bawah pengaruh alkohol selain turut menemukan tukul yang disyaki senjata digunakan dalam kes itu.

Kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan. - FMT