Sunday, October 25, 2020

King: Not the time for Emergency, nor a time for politicking

Raja Kita Selamat Bertahta. Ampun Tuanku. 




Ke Bawah Duli-Duli Tuanku, condemn us not ...

 Ke Bawah Duli-Duli Tuanku,


Should your Royal Highnesses visit an Emergency upon us,
Pray deliver too a Razak as Hand of the King,
And insist the Tunku and his rivals be gone.

In place of angry old men,
Give us leaders of all ages,
Without grudges and only goodwill,
To learn from the past so not to repeat them.

We the people will walk weary the days ahead,
Shoulders raised and eyes forward,
So long as there is a glimmer of light,
Somewhere beyond the immediate darkness.

Condemn us not to an eternity of power without mercy,
And privilege without accounting,
This land is no more mine to toil,
For my children’s future, fragile yet precious, are in your hands.

Lead us we will follow,
Forsake us and we will walk alone.

Ampun Tuanku.


By Omar Ong
KL
25 Oct 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Good try, Prime Minister. Good bye, Prime Minister


Tun M, DSAI turn unlikely allies against "undemocratic", "dictatorial" Muhyiddin over state of emergency plan

Puchong, 24 October: Never thought Mahathir and Anwar would agree on anything ever again after their 22-month tale of betrayal upon betrayal that resulted in Muhyiddin sneaking behind both their backs to become Prime Minister in March. But today in history - the former PM and former future PM held hands once again against the future former PM. 

Anwar set the ball rolling just hours after word had gone out that a Cabinet meeting chaired by Muhyiddin was toying with the idea of imposing a state of emergency on the pretext of fighting the Covid-19. The Prime Minister hadn't even managed to see the Yang DiPertuan Agong to brief the King on the Cabinet's decision when Anwar fired his salvo, calling Muhyiddin's anticipated move "a slippery slope into dictatorship"

Then this morning, we woke up to Dr M's tirade, No justification for emergency, or for more powers, nor giving PM more powers.  

In between and since, there have been calls for Muhyiddin to resign and let the Agong decide and for Cabinet ministers who disagree with Muhyiddin's scheme to quit. There's also a plea to the Agong to be a King and do the right thing for, surely, the last thing we need now is an Emergency.
 
More will stand up to let Abang Din know they are not amused by his latest antic. By the end of it all, emergency or not, it will tough for the PM to salvage his reputation, and job. For now, though, I bless the day that Tun M and Anwar kiss and make up. (Which, for sure, will never happen, emergency or not).



Muhyiddin's Covid "cure" a slippery slope into dictatorship



KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin against declaring an emergency out of selfish reasons, saying such a call should be made only when there is a threat to national security.

“Today, we have a government that lacks legitimacy and knows it would fail to demonstrate majority support in Parliament, and is using the Covid-19 crisis as an excuse to justify its abuse of power,” said the PKR president in a statement.

“But when the government is itself the source of that threat, then a state of emergency is nothing more than a descent into dictatorship and authoritarianism.”

By resorting to the use of emergency powers, he said, the Perikatan Nasional administration is showing its incompetence in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

“While the rest of Asia is looking for ways to manage the virus and reopen their economies safely, Malaysia is heading in the opposite direction.

“I am deeply concerned about reports that the government is seeking to implement emergency measures to curb the parliamentary process.”

He said there has yet to be a solid strategy in place, and on the back of growing criticism, the government seems to think that curbing democracy is the best way forward.

“In fact, to overcome Covid-19, what we need is transparency, accountability and firm action by the various ministries.”

Instead of demonstrating strong leadership, said Anwar, PN is resorting to undemocratic means to stay in power. 

 


Covid-19 has been used to justify Parliament being delayed, shortened and avoid of any debates.

Now it is to justify declaring a state of emergency.  

But the power and authority in today's government have been adequate to deal with the pandemic.

We don't find the kind of objection by the people as seen in the US and Europe. Our people have very largely obeyed the restrictions such as the MCO.

What can emergency do to stop the pandemic more than what we can do now. Nothing.

But an emergency would give extra power to the prime minister. What he has done so far has not mitigated the political, economic and social problems affecting the country.

He has a huge cabinet which has contributed nothing to the well-being of the people and the country.

Most of the things done is about the political situation. This government is not the government elected by the people. It has come to power by undemocratic means. And now it is only concerned about staying in power.

Faced with the possibility of being overthrown, the prime minister wants the powers under a state of emergency. The only benefit would accrue to the prime minister, as Parliament would be paralysed. He would claim that it is the wish of the palace.

Already, the mere rumour of an emergency has resulted in the stock market taking a deep dive.

If emergency is declared then the market will collapse completely. The investors have no faith in the prime minister being able to manage the economy.

He messed up the Covid-19 situation by trying to grab the government of Sabah. The present spike is entirely due to the Sabah elections.

So, the government has been changed. What good has it brought to Sabah.

Countries with more severe Covid-19 problems have not declared emergency for the whole country but only for the affected areas.

That was specific for dealing with the local problem. But none have suspended laws and Parliament as it would if emergency is declared in Malaysia.

There are no riots or violence in Malaysia, no breakdown of laws and order to justify an emergency.

But there is a need for some changes to be made to the government which seized power through undemocratic means.


 Read also: An Emergency" Really, it's that bad?! by Aziz Hassan 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Covid-19 news: If the source is not from Ismail Sabri or Noor Hisham, it's FAKE news

 

Malaysia's 2 Guns in the fight against Covid-19. 

When in doubt, leave them others out!

[updated: But news from the police receiving an instruction from the Attorney-General to take No Further Action against Cabinet minister Khairuddin Aman Razali for alleged breach of SOP is certainly NOT fake,, I can guarantee. Read Minister gets off scot-free after alleged quarantine breach]

Kuala Lumpur, 21 Oct: I didn't say it, Ismail Sabri Yaakob did and it was widely reported by the mainstream media and the newsportals today and I say it's about time he did. 

"If the source is not from me or the Health director-general, it is fake news." - The Star

"I would like to inform the people that apart from myself, the other spokesman for the government is the Health director-general (Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah). I will speak on non-health issues while the health director-general will update the public on the daily new cases and other health-related issues." -  NST

It's a good thing that the Senior Minister cleared the air because the members of the public, already angry enough with politicians, are getting very confused (Deciphering Miti's convoluted, confusing statement for example) and very stressed by some of the statements they have been getting from various official sources. And very stressed people may not vote you in the next time. And we hear someone's planning to call for a snap general election real soon.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The biggest losers if Umno leaves the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition


 A lot of people stand to lose

Puchong, 18 Oct: Muhyiddin Yassin will probably be the biggest loser. If Umno leaves the PN coalition, his government will fall and he will lose his majority in Parliament, which means he will be forced to quit and someone else who has the majority support of MPs will replace him as Prime Minister. Which explains talk of a hurried, even panicky, Cabinet reshuffle tomorrow.

Abah, Atok: Both may end up losing

A possible bigger loser than Abah is Atok and Tun Mahathir Mohamad, the Old Man they fondly - and unfondly - called Atok or grand dad - probably knows it. The good doctor has been going around to say that it's Risky for Umno to side with Anwar. when, in actual fact, it's very dangerous for Mahathir himself as it could bring Anwar Ibrahim to power. His little party, Pejuang, has endorsed him to be interim PM, till GE15, to save the country

Even Ku Li has been brought back from the wilderness (after losing badly in last year's election for Umno president) to back up Mahathir, or that's what the Old Man's camp want us to believe. Ku Li has nothing to lose, really (Impressive resume - but Ku Li as PM, really?)

Umno stands to lose, too, of course, because leaving PN means it won't be in government anymore. If Anwar Ibrahim becomes PM, then those in Umno who have signed the Statutory Declaration supporting him may be part of a new government. But Anwar will not be PM if Mahathir and Ku Li can help it. Or if it turns out that Anwar doesn't have the numbers he claims to have.

Some in Umno will lose considerably more than others. These are Umno leaders who have been given important or cushy positions by Muhyiddin when he came into power in March. The ministers, deputy ministers, and those Muhyiddin has appointed as GLC chiefs. Every word they utter, in private or to the media - whether they support the party unconditionally or if they are with the party only if there's no  Anwar or DAP - is being closely watched. 


So some of the biggest losers in Umno if Umno pulls out are:

1. The nine Umno MINISTERS who are in Muhyiddin's Cabinet. 

Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister/Security


Annuar Musa, Federal Territories

Dr Adham Baba, Health

Hishammuddin Hussein, Foreign

Noraini Ahmad, Higher Education

Khairy Jamaluddin, Science, Tech & Innovation

Dr Shamsul Anuar Basarah, Energy & Natural Resources

Halimah Sadique, National Unity

Reezal Merican, Youth & Sports

2.  Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat Dato’ Sri Azalina Othman Said


3. The 8 Deputy Ministers 

Mastura Tan Sri Mohd Yazid (PM’s Department)
Mohd Shahar Abdullah ( Finance)
Ismail Mohd Said (Home Affairs)
Dr Masrizal Muhammad (Environment and Water)
Ahmad Hamzah (Agriculture and Food Industries)
Dr Ismail Haji Mutalib (Housing and Local Govt)
Abdul Rahman Mohamad (Rural Development)
Zahidi Zainul Abidin (Communication and Multimedia)

4. The Political Secretaries to the 9 Ministers

1. Syed Mohd Fazmi Sayid Mohammad (Defence/Senior Minister) 2. Abd Halim Abd Jalil (Foreign) 3. Budiman Mohd Zuhdi (FT) 4. Azizan Md. Zain (Energy & Natural Resources) 5. Maizatul Akmam Alawi @ Ad. Badawi (Higher Education) 6. Ahmad Darus (Youth & Sports) 7. Megat Firdouz Megat Junid (Science, Technology & Innovation) 8. Haliza Abdullah (National Unity) 9.  Shamsul Najmi Shamsuddin (Health)

5. Umno MPs appointed as GLC Chairman

1. Jalaludin Alias (Jelebu) UDA Holdings Bhd 2. Hasbullah Osman (Gerik) Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd 3. Ramli Mohd Nor (Cameron Highlands) Amanah Raya Bhd 4. Mahdzir Khalid (Padang Terap) Tenaga Nasional Bhd 5. Tajuddin Abd Rahman (Pasir Salak) Prasarana Bhd 

Prasarana chairman

6. Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif (Jempol) Risda 7. Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (Machang) MPOB 8. Ahmad Nazlan Idris (Jerantut) Malaysia Rubber Board 9. Mohamad Alamin (Kimanis) MyIPO 10. Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (Besut) Felda


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