04
Jul
20

Fresh proposition to rejuvenate PH

The Shafie opening

JULY 2 — Pakatan Harapan surprised many this week. It floated the idea of Shafie Apdal as its prime minister candidate.

What was still true to style was the uncertainty over consensus within the perpetually inconsistent coalition for the proposal, more so with a displeased PKR President Anwar Ibrahim. He’s wishing they’d prefer him as the truer saviour.

Many see this as the work of ex-PM and till late, candidate for said position Mahathir Mohamad. An ill-disguised stratagem to thwart Anwar’s ambitions and strengthen son Mukhriz Mahathir’s hopes as the designated second deputy prime minister. So, many claim.

However, neutrals cannot deny the freshness of the proposition. The Mahathir-Anwar leadership contest stupor has left Pakatan supporters numb. This may radically rejuvenate the cause as many pundits expect the coalition to struggle in a general election. A leg up, finally!

Yet, this remains premature, as Shafie asked for time to consider and Anwar’s agreement is pending.

Boleh bah, kalau kau

But if it’s him, the Sabah chief minister, can he undo the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government?

Quick fact, he’d be the first Borneo candidate vying to lead the country at a GE — or an improbable Dewan Rakyat ouster. Which goes beyond symbols.

Pakatan is at its lowest point.

With the 165 Peninsula parliamentary seats, securing 70 is a minimum to remain substantial, and hundred to run the table. That’s the game, for whichever Semenanjung coalition to reach that target and then to lean on Borneo to cross the 112-majority line. We’ll return to this, after a look at Borneo.

The last time Semenanjung-based coalitions had full control was in 2004, when the euphoric Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Barisan Nasional (BN) team secured 146 — or a 34-majority at least — before factoring Borneo’s 57.

The coalitions have wooed Borneo MPs since 2008, which is when no coalition was supreme in Malaya.

The events since February which include a government change relied heavily on support from across the sea.

If PN decimates Pakatan in Semenanjung akin to BN’s 2004 dominance, then Borneo factors less. East Malaysia would toe the federal line to self-preserve.

Still, while Pakatan’s west coast base will likely shrink, if they get enough from Selangor (22), Kuala Lumpur (11), Perak (24) and Penang (13), and pinch enough from the rest, they can cross the 75-seat threshold. Which is when attention turns firmly to Borneo.

The last 20 years has been a steady rise of state identity and demands. It’s no accident the Sarawak government defends steadfast religious plurality and asserts autonomy on oil and education for instance, or simply put, reminds all and Malaya that in Borneo things are different. Ruling coalition GPS has also ceased to contest as a BN party. Similar in Sabah as a first-time party, Warisan won on a state-first platform.

If the Malaya coalitions are in a relative stalemate and Borneo decides, will it pass the opportunity to pick the first prime minister from East Malaysia?

Power truly emanates from Putrajaya. A Borneo-based PM would mean for the first time in history Sarawakians and Sabahans can negotiate all development matters with one of their own. Regardless whether their parties are government or opposition in either states, all Borneo parties might find huge comfort to know their PM is from their island.

In that case of a draw, all 57 MPs will be tempted to support Shafie, the Pakatan PM choice. Politically, and from a personal place inside their hearts. It’ll be monumental to the six-decade struggle for equal partnership inside the Federation of Malaysia.

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The Shafie opening
Praba Ganesan
02 Jul 2020 – malaymail.com

28
Jun
20

How desperate! PM’s bid to remove speaker, deputy is to avoid no-confidence vote

PM’s bid to remove speaker, deputy is to avoid no-confidence vote, says ex-minister

PETALING JAYA: A former law minister claimed Muhyiddin Yassin’s move to remove the Dewan Rakyat speaker and his deputy was made to evade the no-confidence motion against him as prime minister next month.

Liew Vui Keong also argued that Muhyiddin’s motion was unconstitutional.

In a statement, the Batu Sapi MP said the timing of the unprecedented motion “reeks of executive interference in the affairs of the legislative branch of the state”.

He said the doctrine of separation of powers, which Malaysia practises, stipulates that the government, Parliament and judiciary are three separate and independent organs of a state.

These three branches, he said, could not simply meddle in the affairs of another.

However, Liew said this was what Muhyiddin had done, by seeking in his capacity as prime minister to remove Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and his deputy, Nga Kor Ming.

“His motion is hence mala fide (in bad faith) with a vested personal interest in its outcome.

“It unconstitutionally flies in the face of our Federal Constitution, breaching the doctrine of separation of powers, and is unacceptable,” he said.

Liew said Muhyiddin has neither offered any reason or grounds on the need to remove Ariff and Nga who, he said, have been extremely professional in executing their duties and have been impartial.

He called on the prime minister to explain in the public interest his motion to remove them.

He said Muhyiddin must stop showing blatant disregard and disrespect for the Federal Constitution and explain his interference in Parliament’s affairs immediately.

“He is not beyond reproach, nor is he above the Federal Constitution. He must be held accountable,” he said.

Ariff, who was appointed speaker after the 2018 general election, was quoted as saying that Muhyiddin had submitted the motion to his office.

In May, Ariff accepted the proposal by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for a motion of no confidence against Muhyiddin.

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PM’s bid to remove speaker, deputy is to avoid no-confidence vote, says ex-minister
June 28, 2020 – FMT

27
Jun
20

Doom for ‘traitors’ and possible return of ‘cash is king’

Dr M foretells doom for ‘traitors’, resurrection of ‘cash is king’ in GE15

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has predicted that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Bersatu would be vanquished in the next general election and from the rubble, Umno would reclaim the seat of power which it lost after six decades in 2018.

His warning comes in the wake of a growing number of Umno leaders urging Muhyiddin, who is the Bersatu president, to initiate a snap polls.

In a blog post this evening, Mahathir reiterated his decision not to work with Muhyiddin and claimed that his successor-turned-predecessor, Najib Abdul Razak, is hoping to become prime minister again.

“In GE15, Umno will fight against Bersatu, which is now rudderless without the support of Pakatan Harapan.

“Not only will Muhyiddin lose but all Bersatu candidates will be defeated. Therefore, this will mark the end of Bersatu and Umno will reign again with its ‘cash is king’.

“History will remember Muhyiddin’s treachery towards the people who gave Harapan victory (in the last general election).

“I do not wish to be with Muhyiddin and his band of traitors,” added the nonagenarian, who revealed that numerous quarters have advised him to support and work with the current premier.

Mahathir said Muhyiddin also betrayed his allies by plotting with former Umno members who joined Bersatu to topple the Harapan administration.

“Without Harapan, Muhyiddin may have not won (in the last general election) and may not have found the backdoor (to form a backdoor government),” he added.

According to Mahathir, Umno collaborated with Muhyiddin to rescue Najib, who is facing a slew of court charges, from prison.

“We can see that such an effort is ongoing. Far from the promise to topple Najib, Muhyiddin is now working to free Najib from all charges so that he can contest in GE15.

“At that point, Najib will no longer need Muhyiddin because Najib intends to become prime minister again,” he added.

The Harapan government collapsed in February after 22 months in power following Azmin Ali and his allies quitting PKR and Muhyiddin subsequently withdrawing Bersatu from the coalition.

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Dr M foretells doom for ‘traitors’, resurrection of ‘cash is king’ in GE15
25 June 2020 – Malaysiakini

26
Jun
20

URGENT to explore other political permutations more palatable for Malaysians

Sorry Anwar, with respect, I beg to differ

Opinion

By Professor Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi

This is the most difficult article for me to pen because I am torn between the feeling of loyalty, thoughts of rationality and utter desperation. I would never have written this article if I did not think that it is critically important because of my simple duty as a Muslim and a responsible Malaysian. I mean no disrespect to the greatest personality in Malaysia’s history, from my perspective at least, as well as to his most honored family especially Kak Wan and Nurul Izzah. This family was once in the hearts of all good Malaysians regardless of race and religion and they still are in many ways.

Malaysia is standing at a precipice risking total destruction whether one talks of integrity, morality, economic sustainability and spirituality. We thought we had it bad under Tun M’s dictatorship. We thought we had it bad under Najib’s rule of using the Malay and Islamic narratives as weapons while the country’s coffers became empty. But now we face the ultimate challenge of total mistrust of one ethnic group against the other 38 ethnic groups that forms the bulk of the Malaysian citizenry. To wait for another 3 years is no longer an option. The option is a sudden coup or a snap election in 3 months’ time. The opposition is not an inspiring group to good Malaysians because of the leadership tussle between the two trouble makers and historical figures of the country, Tun M and Anwar.

The DAP and Amanah are graciously offering Tun M another stint as PM although every Malaysian knows that Tun M was planning his own private coup ever since he took the oath as the PM for the second time. PKR has accused the DAP and Amanah of being disloyal to Anwar and the Reformasi spirit. Anwar, sadly and disappointingly, has said that he has ‘suffered so much’ and still thinks that Malaysians owe him a spotlight as the next PM. The PN is laughing at this situation while ordering more Mercedes and Lexus for their official cars. They are also bringing in their heavy weight weapon of war for the snap election in the form of the RUU355 to rally the Malays once again into their corner. Muafakat Nasional smells a landslide victory in the Malay majority seats. Muhyiddin and Azmin may no longer matter and will become a memory if that happens. Unless Sabah and Sarawak manage to steer the country’s election and narrative away from the toxic narrative of racial and religious extremist, there would be little hope for the next two generations of Malaysians.

I want to remind Anwar about his own words in the Deklarasi Permatang Pauh 20 years ago where the Reformasi movement was launched that eventually toppled both Tun M and UMNO from power. I also want to remind Anwar about what I understand from the meaning of the word ‘pengorbanan’ or sacrifice.

I am a hard core Reformasi supporter ever since it was launched. I owned 300 CDs and many publication of speeches and important events of the Reformasi. My house is an archive of Reformasi artifacts so that my children should never forget how one person can use the state apparatus to strip the dignity of one man but that man proved that his patience and courage outlasted such vile actions of a sitting public official. No individual should ever be put through what Anwar had gone through. But now we still have the far greater sacrifices of Teoh Beng Hock, Raymond Koh, Amri and others whose fate have been and suspected much worse than Anwar.

When Anwar read out the Deklarasi Permatang Pauh, the call of Reformasi rang clear in his voice. He listed that Reformasi was to reinstall the integrity, dignity and sanctity of the all people in Malaysia which can be as reflected and guaranteed by the original intent of the constitution after it was utterly destroyed by one sitting PM. Now, I want to remind Anwar that no where did the Deklarasi Permatang Pauh promised the PM ship to any one name. It was a people movement and the people will decide.

Secondly, I wish to remind Anwar about the meaning of pengorbanan or sacrifice. Now, it is not my intention to look at the word in a scholarly manner but in the manner off its inherent spirit and general acceptance. I understand pengorbanan to mean sacrificing everything we hold dear without expecting any personal reward. Is that not it? Because if we crave a particular reward and expect it to be awarded to us, then it can no longer be called pengorbanan but ‘investment’. Only in investing or investment that we expect a personal return of the said investment in terms of more wealth or/and better positions. If Anwar, and many others struggled and sacrificed during the Reformasi years then it was for ‘others’ to reap the benefit. Of course if, like Nelson Mandela, after 27 years of seemingly hopeless imprisonment, he came out, fought an election and became President, but that is for God to determine. Mandela could have easily died in prison.

Scholars, foes and friends view that Tun M is a weapon for the PH. He was the cause of compromising most if not all the public institutions with his web of patronage. Thus, he knows every nook and cranny of the system. He is like a Virus. Either you are infected by the Virus or you are the one sending out the Virus as a weapon of war. Anwar has no credibility as a weapon of war. Furthermore, Mahathir is stinging from being screwed by two of his trusted ‘budak suruhan’ who later on implemented the Sheraton Move toppling the old man with surgical and professional precision.

Of course, good Malaysians now knows that Tun M is also the wielder of this lethal weapon. He is a weapon to PH but he himself is the weapon for his own agenda. Dr. Maszlee Malik, a staunch Reformasi and Islamic Reformist was right in his political assessment. Maszlee knows Mahathir from the Reformasi years that caused him to be cold-storaged in academic promotion at his own university. And yet, Maszlee still believes that Tun M can be the ‘remedy’ for PH. Anwar cannot come close. He does not have the numbers. Even when he had no numbers and was surrounded by internal enemies, he still forged ahead to unseat the incumbent. His suicide attempt failed and good Malaysians suffer now in utter despair.

Whether Malaysians wait for 3 years or 3 months, the result will still be the same if Anwar does not make the final and truest ‘sacrifice’. In Islam, Muslims are to trust Allah after exhausting all deeds and efforts intelligently and considerately. Anwar should listen to his own religious advice and ponder whether he is into Reformasi for the people or for his own self. Good Malaysians are completely fed up and disgusted with these two leaders but at the same time they understand that this needs a final resolve for a quick end to our suffering. The path of Nelson Mandela may still be an option to Anwar by divine intervention perhaps (speaking as a Muslim, of course). Or, there may be ‘other’ political permutations being hatched that may result in a more palatable solution for good Malaysians.

The alternative is a one-for-only-one-Malaysia as opposed to a Malaysia for ALL.

(Professor Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi is Professor at a local university.)

Sorry Anwar, with respect, I beg to differ
25 June 2020 – sinchew.com.my

25
Jun
20

Say NO to the backdoor PN govt!

(cartoon by Zunar)

19
May
20

Malaysia: the price of treachery

Malaysia: the price of treachery

Seeing the way state governments are falling to Perikatan Nasional (PN) and the way some former Pakatan Harapan (PH) politicians are behaving these days must surely cause Malaysians no end of angst and disgust. We knew, of course, that our politicians were far from perfect but who would have thought they could sink this low.

Not so long ago, many of these same politicians descended upon our towns, our neighbourhoods and our community halls promising that they would be different from the corrupt and abusive regime they were seeking to replace. They said they shared our revulsion of UMNO-BN and their horrendous record of corruption and mismanagement. They said they understood our anger at the abuse of power, our distaste for anti-democratic legislation. They acknowledged that racism and extremism were killing our nation and had to stop. They said they wanted something better for our nation.

True, PH had its difficulties; it could have done a better job. And yes, mistakes were made. None of that, however, can justify the decision to abandon PH and join forces with UMNO-PAS or participate in something as perverse as PN. Certainly, nothing can justify handing power back to the corrupt regime that the voters themselves so clearly rejected at the polls.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin and his treacherous cohort can pretend all they want that they acted with the best of intentions, hide behind the cloak of patriotism or pose as defenders of race and religion but there’s no escaping the fact that they’ve broken faith with the voters. By their actions, they have shown themselves to be entirely unprincipled, dishonest and unworthy of the office they were elected to.

What is worse, having come to power on the promise of reform, they are now leading Malaysia down a dark road that might leave us even worse off than before. It is unforgivable.

The decision to convene parliament only long enough to hear the speech from the throne, for example, makes a mockery of our democracy. Fearing the verdict of parliament, Muhyiddin has moved to silence it. It’s an abuse of executive privilege, a scam to avoid parliamentary accountability and oversight, a rejection of the will of the people in parliament assembled.

It’s a sure sign that this backdoor government does not intend to play by the rules, that it holds nothing sacred, that it cares little for its moral legitimacy or what the people think. All Malaysians ought to be deeply offended and alarmed by his actions.

It is no less stunning too that the same people who once waxed lyrical about corruption and good governance are now sanctioning an iniquitous system of cronyism and patronage by giving away GLC and other appointments to their own members on a scale not even seen under UMNO-BN.

It legitimizes the plunder of government positions; it endorses the use of public office for personal gain; it condones the mass manipulation of the machinery of government for political advantage. In a single stroke, all the progress we’ve made as a nation in advancing the cause of good governance has been negated. It can only go downhill from here.

And let’s not forget as well that Muhyiddin’s own claim to integrity in politics derived from his apparent willingness to stand up to Najib and UMNO on the 1MDB scandal; what does it say of the man that he should now think nothing about finding common cause with those same leaders?

Devoid of political legitimacy and with uncertain support in parliament, Muhyiddin is now totally dependent upon a clutch of unprincipled men intent only on furthering their own ambitions. To survive, he will have to give more and more of the shop away.

He will have to buy the loyalty of politicians with all manner of appointments and sweetheart deals. He will have to buy the allegiance of powerful business elites with contracts and monopolies. He will have to endear himself to the bureaucracy with extra bonuses.

The more he compromises, however, the weaker he will become, a puppet held hostage by the very parties that he, as part of PH, defeated in the last election.

Only time will tell just how much Muhyiddin will have to give away for the privilege of sitting in Putrajaya. With many UMNO leaders facing serious jail time on corruption-related charges, it would be one area to watch closely. The outcome of a recent high-profile 1MDB- related case is certainly not encouraging. Already Malaysians are fearing the worst.

In the meantime, the nation will pay a high price for the treachery that has been perpetrated upon the electorate. Our national psyche has been deeply wounded. Public confidence has been shaken. Disenchantment and cynicism are at an all-time high. People have lost faith in our national institutions and in our elected officials.

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Malaysia: the price of treachery
18 May 2020 – dennisignatius.com

17
May
20

Malaysia’s Next Parliamentary Session: Show-time or Stalling for Time?

Malaysia’s Next Parliamentary Session: Show-time or Stalling for Time?

Malaysia’s next parliamentary sitting was supposed to have seen the tabling of a historic no-confidence motion against the government led by Muhyiddin Yassin. It appears that the premier has dodged the bullet – at least for now.

Come Monday, Malaysia’s parliament will convene for the first time since Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional (National Consensus) coalition came to power. Initially scheduled for 9 March, the session was postponed in the aftermath of the new prime minister’s unexpected swearing in on 1 March. Despite the delay, the Monday sitting will only last for one day – a departure from the standard duration of four weeks. This is purportedly due to the unfolding Covid-19 situation in Malaysia.

Adding to the sense of abnormality, the Parliamentary Speaker, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, tabled a motion of no-confidence against Muhyiddin Yassin last week. A no-confidence vote is unprecedented – it has never been passed or held in Malaysia’s federal parliament. Even more poignantly, the proposer of the bill is none other than Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister’s erstwhile ally and co-founder of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PBBM).

Rumours of a no-confidence bill have been circulating ever since Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as the head of an unwieldy agglomeration of parties. The constellation of parties is largely but not exclusively comprised of the Malay-based PPBM, the former political heavyweight United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the Islamic Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS). The nature of this grouping’s ascent to power has come under heavy flak. After all, it goes against the spirit of the 2018 elections, which saw the rise to power of the rival Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Dr Mahathir.

Given the lengthy deliberations between the Malaysian King and the different factions in parliament, it was also unclear whether Muhyiddin actually commanded a majority when he was sworn in on 1 March (according to the Constitution, the King must appoint the person he thinks is “likely” to command a majority in the House). Notwithstanding uncertainty about the actual size of the opposing Pakatan Harapan bloc, it is clear that its steadfast “core” is sizeable and could – if the conditions are right – muster the narrowest of majorities to topple the new Prime Minister.

While shifting loyalties and factional disputes make definitive conclusions difficult, our estimates indicate that Perikatan Nasional has 110 MPs – two shy of the threshold needed for a simple majority in the 222-member parliament. Pakatan Harapan meanwhile has 107 seats. The remaining five MPs in play are non-aligned – that is, they are either independent MPs or MPs who belong to non-aligned Sabah parties. The three independent MPs are Syed Abu Hussin (Bukit Gantang), Masir Kujat (Sri Aman), Baru Bian (Selangau), while the United Alliance (Sabah) party has two MPs. While it appears that 31 PPBM MPs are likely to stay with Perikatan Nasional, this is not cast in stone. Dr Mahathir remains the party chairman and commands grudging respect from many in the party’s upper echelons. The independent MPs (with the exception of Baru Bian) and United Alliance (Sabah) were previously elected on the Barisan Nasional ticket in 2018 and are likely – but not certain – to throw their weight behind Muhyiddin Yassin. The bottom line: if Perikatan Nasional can corral support from all the 31 PPBM MPs from Muhyiddin’s faction and the five non-aligned MPs, it would only have a narrow and unstable majority.

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Malaysia’s Next Parliamentary Session: Show-time or Stalling for Time?
Francis E. Hutchinson, Kevin Zhang
14 May 2020 – ISEAS

16
May
20

Is Muhyiddin coming or going?


(Illustration: Huy Truong, Source: SCMP)

As Mahathir plots, Muhyiddin faces a twist in Malaysia’s Shakespearean drama

It is hard to predict what will leap out to historians as particularly egregious in years to come when they review the internecine political battles that have gripped Malaysia for the past few months.

If the squabbles had ended in March, the shock ousting that month of the 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister by his own party would clearly stand out in any historical timeline.

The tussle saw Muhyiddin Yassin – among the dozens of politicians groomed by Mahathir in his seven-decade career – succeed him as the country’s leader under the aegis of a new Perikatan Nasional alliance led by Malay nationalists the duo had defeated in 2018’s watershed polls.

The move booted out the Pakatan Harapan bloc that won that election, and extinguished with it hopes of a more progressive and multiracial approach to governance.

Muhyiddin – an ardent Malay nationalist – triggered the political earthquake after he pulled the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) he co-founded with Mahathir out of Pakatan Harapan over supposedly intractable differences with the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP).

Even with such head-spinning events already having taken place in the first five months of the year, political insiders who spoke to This Week in Asia last week said the turmoil was likely to intensify in the medium term – with few signs of an entente among warring camps.

Some of the insiders suggested the Shakespearean political drama would continue for as long as senior politicians warring for years while constantly switching alliances remained in the picture.

Mahathir, for one, has signalled that he is not done even after the unceremonious manner in which he lost power in March, with the king appointing Muhyiddin after determining that Mahathir had lost the confidence of parliament.

Also on his side of the ring is his son Mukhriz Mahathir – the chief minister of Kedah state – as well as the former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who may soon be sacked by the PPBM.

Having initially distanced himself from his on-off ally Anwar Ibrahim – the de facto leader of Pakatan Harapan – after being ousted, Mahathir has now realigned himself with the younger politician with the aim of bringing a quick end to the tenure of Muhyiddin’s Malay-centric Perikatan Nasional alliance.

On the other side of the ring, Perikatan Nasional is battling to prove its legitimacy amid charges from critics of being a “back door” administration.

Muhyiddin was sworn in by the king on March 1 on the premise that his new bloc commanded a simple majority in parliament, though experts last week said their independent counts showed he did not have such support. Among these observers were Francis Hutchinson and Kevin Zhang of Singapore’s ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

In a commentary published on Thursday, the researchers wrote that the Perikatan Nasional alliance – which includes the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) ousted in 2018’s elections – now holds 110 seats, two shy of the 112 it needs for a simple majority in the 222-seat legislature. Perikatan Nasional might be able to command a “narrow and unstable majority” if it could gain support from at least two of five non-aligned MPs.

The governing alliance has a separate internal headache, with PPBM’s Muhyiddin seen as beholden to Umno – the coalition’s biggest component even though he is the prime minister.

Pakatan Harapan and its allied party Warisan – which together won 121 seats in the 2018 elections – currently have 107 seats, according to the two researchers.

Mahathir had sought to test Muhyiddin’s support with a no-confidence vote on Monday, but the administration blocked the move, saying it would only hold an extended legislative session in July when the Covid-19 situation improves.

For now, Monday’s session will only have one order of business: the king’s customary opening address. Mahathir’s immediate response was that the whole affair of a single-day sitting with no debates allowed showed that Muhyiddin and his government were “illegitimate”.

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As Mahathir plots, Muhyiddin faces a twist in Malaysia’s Shakespearean drama
Tashny Sukumaran and Bhavan Jaipragas
16 May, 2020 – SCMP

16
May
20

Backdoor govt ‘illegitimate’ until approved by Parliament

Backdoor gov’t ‘illegitimate’ until approved by Parliament

COMMENT | While the king has to use his judgement to choose the prime minister when there is a dispute over who commands the majority in Parliament, common sense and prudence dictate that this decision is ratified by Parliament which should sit normally after that.

Using procedures to deliberately delay Parliament and constrict its powers through nonsense restrictions to frustrate and postpone the inevitable no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is against all principles of a democratic government and may well be open to challenge in the courts.

Thus, the move by Muhyiddin to restrict Parliament to only the king’s address and not to conduct any other business via an amendment to the agenda sent to the speaker – he appears to have the legal power to do this, although some dispute that – is an utter mockery of parliamentary process and an abuse of his powers.

It prevents either the legitimisation of his government or the demonstration of his lack of majority. That must lead one to suspect that Muhyiddin may not have the majority especially given how whimsical some MPs become during such times when they can be swayed by promises of power, patronage and money.

In other words, the blunt truth may be that this is an illegitimate government which is prolonging its existence by delaying a proper parliamentary sitting which will decide once and for all whether Muhyiddin commands the majority in Parliament.

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Backdoor gov’t ‘illegitimate’ until approved by Parliament
P Gunasegaram
15 May 2020 – Malaysiakini

14
May
20

Malaysian government illegitimate, says Mahathir

Malaysian government illegitimate, says Mahathir, after no-confidence vote blocked

The former prime minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday described the ruling government that ousted him in March as “illegitimate” after it blocked his effort to call a no-confidence vote.

The parliamentary speaker Ariff Md Yusof earlier in the day announced that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government had elected to permit only one order of business in next Monday’s parliamentary sitting – the ceremonial opening address by the king.

Ariff said the Perikatan Nasional government took the decision “as the Covid-19 pandemic has not been fully cleared”.

“How can this be called a government when MPs are not allowed to speak even when there is a parliamentary sitting?” Mahathir asked in a pre-recorded video released by his aides late on Wednesday.

“[As a result] this government is in fact illegitimate,” Mahathir said. “I think Muhyiddin is illegitimate.”

With the legislature sitting only for one day, the move effectively means Mahathir will not be able to go ahead with a plan to table a motion of no-confidence against Muhyiddin, who took power in March and is a former ally of the 94-year-old.

The government’s move had been expected with observers saying it had planned to push back debates to July to delay the turmoil that would set in once parliament sits.

The law minister Takiyiddin Hassan last week said parliament would sit for at least 15 days in July.

The king made Muhyiddin prime minister after the politician triggered a power vacuum by pulling the party he and Mahathir co-founded out of the Pakatan Harapan alliance that won the May 2018 election.

The new Perikatan Nasional, which has teamed up with Pakatan Harapan arch-rivals, the United Malays National Organisation, has thus not proven it has the support of a simple majority of the country’s 222-seat legislature, as the house has been in recess since December.

A March sitting was delayed on account of the pandemic and the sitting next week is compulsory as the constitution stipulates that the legislature stands to be dissolved if it does not convene at least once in six months.

While Muhyiddin was handed power by the constitutional monarch Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on the premise that the politician had a majority, Mahathir in his video questioned whether Muhyiddin actually had such backing when he was sworn in on March 1.

He has previously suggested Muhyiddin was only now gaining the required support from backbencher MPs after offering them jobs in government-linked agencies and other state-backed institutions.

The country’s partial lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has been in place since March 18, was slated to end this week but has now been extended to June 9.

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Malaysian government illegitimate, says Mahathir, after no-confidence vote blocked
Bhavan Jaipragas
13 May, 2020 – SCMP




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is for good men
to do nothing.

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