Thursday, May 28, 2020

But would DAP want Mahathir as a member?

Updated: "To quote Stephen King, 'To fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us.'" '- Time to move beyond Dr Mahathir by Terence Fernandez/The Star

Original article: 
Puchong, 28 May: Muhyiddin Yassin's move to sack his own party's founding chairman is nothing short of sensational. The only other time this was done to Dr Mahathir Mohamad was in 1969 when Tunku Abdul Rahman, then the PM and Umno president, kicked him out of the party. But 51 years ago Mahathir was relatively a nobody. He wasn't even a Member of Parliament, having lost in the general election of that year. Today, the year of his own Wawasan 2020, Dr Mahathir is not just the country's only two-time Prime Minister or the oldest man in the world to ever be a PM of a free country, the Old Man has the media, billions, and the DAP solidly behind him. To sack such a man - who clearly wants to be our PM for the third time - must take more than just courage; perhaps even a death wish. 
But sacked him Muhyiddin did!
One's immediate concern now is the fact that the Tun is without a party. He can try and form a new party. There would still be a lot of followers as Dr Mahathir at 95 is still a big draw for young and old, Malays and non-Malays alike. 
But to form a new party takes time.
A better idea, one political observer mentioned to me, in jest or otherwise I couldn't tell, is for Mahathir to join one of his old partners in Pakatan Harapan. Preferably the DAP.  No, forget PKR and Warisan. It must be DAP. After all, the Old Man has nothing but good things to say about the DAP these days. 
Now, just imagine if the Old Man decides to join DAP. That would be far, far more sensational than his sacking today. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Will the real Opposition Leader please stand up?

TTDI, 28 Ramadan: While we were extending our short doa for Muhyiddin, Dr Mahathir Mohamad was promising "very big trouble" for his successor and his 'back-door' government. The two-time Prime Minister said the Opposition (Pakatan Harapan) would seek to oust Muhyiddin Yassin at every turn. The Opposition will reject all bills that Muhyiddin brings to Parliament. "If everything he brings to Parliament is rejected, how does he continue?" he told Reuters in a Zoom interview. 
Muhyiddin's reply (I'm guessing):

I am fasting

But Ramadan will end soon and Muhyiddin will need to respond to the threat. He will not take it lightly. This is an angry Mahathir, one who is not as "helpless" as when he brought down Pak Lah and then Najib. Unlike then, today's Mahathir has the media, the billions, and the DAP solidly with him. 
If it's any consolation, Mahathir is not a threat to Muhyiddin only. Anwar Ibrahim, the rightful Opposition leader, the two-time (and two-timed) former future Prime Minister, should be feeling even more insecure and threatened by the Tun's recent antics. Before the Reuter interview, Dr M had held a press conference after Monday's one-day Parliament and spoke on behalf of the Opposition. The zoom press conference was attended by DAP and Warisan leaders together with remnants of Bersatu. 
Anwar's absence/exclusion stuck like a sore thumb and he knows it.

Anwar: Pakatan secretariat will lay down "a few rules we should follow"

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A very short doa for Abang Din

"Muhyiddin has done a goood job. If my view could represent the people's feelings, brother, then the people have no complaint against the Prime Minister. He is calm, displays great administrative skills and delivers results at the end of the day despite all the political ruckus around him. I never thought I'd say this, but I have only praises for him!" - Mr D from Sentul, KL

Puchong, May 20: You don't get calls like this one everyday, to hear someone singing praises for the Prime Minister, any Prime Minister. But this morning, after listening to Mr D, I realised that we actually have heard very little, if at all, badmouthing Muhyiddin Yassin. Much of the 'ruckus' comes from his former political bedfellows, mostly those who lost plum jobs and mighty positions after the so-called Sheraton Move (which landed Abang Din the unenviable job as Malaysia's 8th Prime Minister), and their faithful followers. Their drama, mainly, is about their fear of the death of democracy, their perceived betrayal of the Rakyat's mandate, or their resentment towards a so-called backdoor government that has no support of the majority (which was set straight in their red faces at the one-day Parliament sitting two days ago). 

Without doubt, the people's appreciation for their Prime Minister is due to his Administration's prihatin handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Lim Kit Siang tries to pin the blame on Muhyiddin (Covid-19 woes due to 'Sheraton Move' and ensuing political turmoil - Mkini, May 20) but he spits at the sky, as the Malays say it, and he ends up with phlegm and mucus on his own face. 

If anything, the so-called Sheraton Move saved us from a socio-economic failure that had seemed inevitable - even if there had been no pandemic - because we had too many nincompoops in the government. We shudder too, Kit Siang, to imagine the disastrous outcome for the country if we had to depend on the political leadership of the PH government to guide us out of the pandemic when the PH leaders themselves, Kit Siang and son included, couldn't even get their act together after coming to power in May 2018. 

In any case, I was listening to the FM yesterday while waiting for the azan to break my fast. It dawned upon me that this particular station had been replaying the same doa during bukapuasa (without announcing to the listeners who the doa reciter is). Most people heard this doa the first time when their Prime Minister addressed them on the 8th day of the Movement Control Order, when he told us that we could win this.

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْنَ. حَمْدًا يُوَافِيْ نِعَمَهُ وَيُكَافِئُ مَزِيْدَهُ
يَا رَبَّنَا لَكَ الْحَمْدُ كَمَا يَنْبَغِيْ لِجَلاَلِ وَجْهِكَ الْكَرِيْمِ وَعَظِيْمِ سُلْطَانِكَ 
Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Rahim Engkau ampunilah dosa-doa kami
Engkau rahmatilah diri kami, keluarga kami dan negara kami
Engkau lindungilah hamba-hamba Mu yang kerdil ini dari segala musibah
Engkau jauhilah diri kami dari penyakit yang merbahaya dan wabak yang mengancam nyawa
Engkau hindarilah kami dari bala yang berat dan takdir yang buruk 
Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Rahim
Engkau berilah kekuatan, kecekalan dan kesabaran kepada kami untuk menghadapi dugaan-Mu yang berat ini
Engkau tiupkanlah ketenangan dalam jiwa kami Sesungguhnya setiap dugaan yang Engkau turunkan kepada kami Ya Allah tiadalah ia melainkan untuk meningkatkan ketaqwaan dan keimanan kami kepada Mu 
Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Syaafi
Engkau berilah kesembuhan kepada saudara-saudara kami yang dijangkiti wabak Coronavirus walau di mana sahaja mereka berada
Sesungguhnya tiada penyakit yang tidak dapat Engkau sembuhkan Ya Allah
Tiada mara bahaya yang tidak dapat Engkau jauhinya dari kami Ya Allah
Kami bermohon kepada-Mu Ya Allah 
Lindungilah kami
Selamatkanlah kami 
Sejahterakanlah hidup kami 
 بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الذي لَا يَضُرُّ مع اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ في الأرض ولا في السَّمَاءِ وهو السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ 
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ 

Muhyiddin is not expected to have an easy time, with his enemies (who now include two-time PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad) working hard to fail him at every chance, from inside as well as outside PN. But for getting us out from the worst of the pandemic safe and sane,  I agree with Mr D that the Prime Minister deserves a tip of our hat. I'm not good with prayers but here's my doa for Abang Din's - and his loved ones' - safety and well-being. Amin.

Monday, May 18, 2020

One of the great legal mysteries that's Tommy Thomas

Malaysia, May 18: Tommy Thomas is trying too hard to defend his integrity over the DNA deal that his handpicked lead prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram made last week with Riza Aziz. The former AG says he "would never have approved sweetheart deal with Najib's stepson"
Words are cheap. The prominent lawyer Faisal Moideen took to twitter to remind the mudah lupa of what Tommy Thomas is capable of: 

Check the twitter thread here

Like a dear reader said, time to re-evaluate all the decisions made by this man when he was AG.



"Someone who is well-versed and familiar in numerous branches of private and public law, particularly the technicalities of corporate, commercial, banking-finance, contracts, property, trust and criminal laws." - Tommy Thomas. AG says 1MDB-Tanore a complex case that needs experienced prosecutor Sri Ram, Nov 2019

"(Harun) Idrus said he was subsequently advised by Sri Ram that Thomas had agreed to the suggestion in principle, with then MACC chief Latheefa Koya also suggestion the proposals laid down in the letter of representation be accepted by MACC." - AG: I acted upon the advice that Tommy Thomas agreed to Riza Aziz's settlement 'in principle17 May 2020

"Once AG (Harun Idrus) has made a statement, that should be the end of the matter." - GSR, Controversy over decision to DNA Riza Aziz should end with AG's statement, May 17


"The MACC would like to stress that the decision was made by the Attorney-General's Chamber, and not by the MACC." - Anti-graft agency 'shocked' at Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng's acquittal, 3 Sept 2018

Friday, May 15, 2020

Rise in bogus news: Is Hamzah looking to bring back Fake News Act?

Puchong, May 15: If you are looking for alternative take on Malaysian politics that's provocative but not fake, I suggest you give the Third Force a shot. Their news sense these days is quite spot on, right down to the selection of pictures accompanying their articles, I must say.  
Take their take on the warning issued by Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin against perpetrators of fake and seditious news:

Peningkatan kes hastan, berita pulsu aman kenara

The article is in Malay but a picture, they say, tells the story. And in this case, the story is about the sorry state of our social media so infested by fake and seditious news. Since 2018 (which happened to be the year Bersatu-led Pakatan Harapan took over the government), the Bersatu sec-gen said fake news has become "so rampant" among our Netizens. And he warned that he was in no mood to compromise with anyone who "deliberately tries to trigger provocations or threaten public safety and security".  
The Third Force included the full brief statement by Hamzah:

It would be hard to call it a coincidence that the statement was issued about the same time with the release of 73-year old media personality Patrick Teoh from police remand for allegedly insulting the Crown Prince of Johor.  
Since Hamzah was part of the government that pushed for the Anti-Fake News Act in 2018 (scrapped in Dec 2019 by the PH government) a lot of people will be wondering if he's going to propose for a similar legislation to deal with the issue. I'm not trying to be provocative here, but I'd wager all my salary during the MCO that the Home Minister  would do it.