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25
Sep
20

Vote for a better Sabah and a better Malaysia

‘It’s the biggest battle for the future of Sabah’ – Sabahan youth

Let this election fully reflect our Sabahan values as a state that upholds unity, justice, diversity and all things good for our beloved state and country, Enoch Lim Ee writes.

Nomination Day is over. Candidates have been named. All parties will be vigorously campaigning until that fateful day of 26 September.

From a three-way battle in Usukan all the way to a 12-cornered fight in Bengkoka, this is a bizarre yet crucial election to shape a new future for Sabah. Regardless of the outcome, this state election will affect the electoral dynamics in the next general election, perhaps a snap election soon. Meanwhile, the battle in Sabah intensifies as the entire nation watches the proceedings closely.

In this piece, I would like to highlight not so much the election or the possible outcome but the values cherished that Sabah and its people cherish. This is more than just a state election; it is also a struggle to uphold our principles, values and integrity as faithful citizens.

I am a Sabahan born in the humble town of Sandakan, a place proudly referred to as the “Little Hong Kong” of South East Asia.

I am disheartened by the actions of self-serving MPs who sell themselves to the idols of Wealth and Power and those who undermine the democracy this nation upholds. We could have had a peaceful and stable government, but these people have ruined it all. If these MPs had been more sensitive and more self-aware of their actions and the implications of their actions, then Sabah would have been in a better place.

But the actions of the “frogs” who hopped around were irresponsible, especially during this time of pandemic. Alas, they do not care for the people, just themselves and their power. It is truly a sorry state, what our state politics has become. The actions of certain leaders reflect poorly on our values as Sabahans.

As a Sabahan, I am deeply embarrassed and mad. So, in this election, we must fight for the noble values many of us cherish.

From what I see, the lack of principles, unity and strong values among the Barisan Nasional-plus-Perikatan Nasional and other parties that are in line with them have resulted in much bickering and disagreement. Sad to say, they can’t even decide who should be their candidate for chief minister. Even if they do decide, such a decision would cause more disagreements. Leaving Musa Aman out of the picture has raised suspicion and left many puzzled.

Despite the infighting inside Warisan-plus and Pakatan Harapan-plus, they have at least maintained their composure and come together to fight against the “traitors” who jeopardise the people’s interests.

I applaud the efforts of the DAP and Amanah in standing united under the Warisan banner to contest the election. It shows the power of solidarity – a pragmatic approach to prevent the BN and PN parties from winning. The DAP and Amanah have set aside political differences to ensure a victory for Warisan.

Although PKR insisted on using its logo, its decision to accept just seven seats to put up its candidates and its willingness to work together against Warisan’s political opponents was commendable – though I cannot fully fathom its actions.

We must carefully choose as our leaders those who have excellent credentials and calibre. Pick leaders who have firm principles and high trustworthiness, those aligned to the voices of the people – not self-serving politicians. Clearly, the likes of certain BN politicians fall outside these criteria.

We need credible leaders to fight for the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and our state powers and who are capable of astute handling of foreign relations, especially the claim by the Philippines over Sabah.

I hope Sabah MPs and the government will break free from the curse of being labelled as “a land of kataks” (frogs).

I applaud efforts by the various parties, whether from BN-plus-PN or Warisan Plus, to pave the way for young people to lead Sabah into the future. As a young student myself, I am glad that the parties have now recognised the strength of the young people as viable leaders, instead of nominating senior incumbents. It is an excellent strategy to draw more support from young voters, and it is heartening that Sabah will have young leaders to be the voices of the people.

To the people of Sabah, both young and old, vote for people of integrity to lead Sabah into the future. It is a battle Sabahans must not lose if they envision a better Sabah and a better Malaysia. Reject what is detestable and wrong, legally and morally, such as dirty politics, corruption, coup attempts, racism and extremism.

Set our eyes on God, who is just – the ultimate judge of nations and people. I speak as an individual who integrates my Christian values with my daily life and rejects things that are lawless and evil in the sight of God, based on my interpretation of events. Fear God, rather than fear human beings.

The Sabah state election is the most important election since the 2018 general election and will set the tone for the next general election. Let this election fully reflect our Sabahan values as a state that upholds unity, justice, diversity and all things good for our beloved state and country.

Let us no longer live under the leadership of incompetent and divisive leaders, whose actions scream “rules for thee, but not for me”. No longer will we believe their blatant lies when they say they champion Sabah rights, but do not.

As we are in still in the season of Malaysia Day celebrations, let us reclaim the honour of Sabah by voting for principled leaders.

I bid all Sabahans safe voting during this pandemic, and may God bless us all. “In God we trust, united we must.”

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‘It’s the biggest battle for the future of Sabah’ – Sabahan youth
19 Sep 2020 – aliran.com

24
Sep
20

Is a change of govt imminent?

Anwar claims he has the numbers to form a government but what do the law experts say?

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — As questions loom as to whether PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim can legally take over the government and be the country’s next prime minister, Federal Constitution experts have weighed in, saying the final decision rests with the Agong when he returns.

Yesterday, Istana Negara confirmed that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was admitted to the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Monday as he had not been feeling well lately.

Malaysian Bar’s Constitutional Law Committee co-chairman, Andrew Khoo, said Anwar will have to wait until the Agong can grant him an audience.

“The Agong is not in such a situation that the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong has to take over,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.

Khoo was responding to public reaction after Anwar’s announcement yesterday indicating that he commands the majority support to form a new government.

However, Khoo said a hold-up could affect Anwar’s efforts at seeing through the return of Pakatan Harapan (PH) as the government.

“In the meantime, any delay gives Muhyiddin the time to try and persuade those who may now have pledged their support to Anwar, to return to support Muhyiddin,” said Khoo in reference to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“He (Anwar) has to hope his support doesn’t slip away while he is waiting.”

In response to the announcement, lawyer Sivahnanthan Ragava said if Anwar has the numbers, there are two things that could happen.

One, the prime minister can ask the Agong to dissolve Parliament with two choices at hand: consent to dissolution; or reject and appoint an MP who has the numbers as the new prime minister.

“But it depends on whether the current prime minister wants to cooperate and if he wants to dissolve his government.

“Also, just like how the ‘Sheraton Move’ (was orchestrated), they (Perikatan Nasional) took over the government, the same way Anwar can (take over the government), do that,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.

But to be fair, Sivahnanthan said Malaysians should be granted a fresh election.

“Previously, they (PH) called PN a backdoor government, because they took the powers of the previous government (PH).

“So the best thing is for a fresh election to be held and let the people choose who they want as the government. But with this game of politics, will the country get a stable government?” he said.

He also urged the government to come up with an anti-party hopping law in anticipation of the ‘Sheraton Move’ happening again.

“The ‘Sheraton Move’ will happen again because it is legal.

“Without the anti-party hopping law, this can repeat and is going to be a precedent,” he said.

In late February, then PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali led 10 MPs out of the party to support PN, triggering one of the country’s worst political crises and shortening the rule of PH, the coalition he helped put in power.

Sivananthan added that there is no need for the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong to step in unless the Agong is forced to extend his hospital stay.

“If it’s just a few days, then there is no need for the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong to step in,” he said.

Lawyer Lim Wei Jiet, while agreeing, pointed out that the Agong could also appoint a new prime minister straightaway before the request for a dissolution of the government is made.

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Anwar claims he has the numbers to form a government but what do the law experts say?
24 Sep 2020 – Malay Mail

20
Sep
20

DOJ goes after PetroSaudi and world’s largest yacht Topaz

BOOM! – DOJ Goes After PetroSaudi, Abu Dhabi’s Royal Topaz Yacht And More! EXCLUSIVE

The game-changing asset seizure filing issued September 16th by the Department of Justice has zeroed in on key players in the 1MDB scandal, who after several years of keeping below the radar have been seeking to escape censure and punishment.

These entities include some of the most powerful individuals and companies in the Middle East and one of the world’s most expensive super-yachts, Topaz (now renamed “A+”), registered as belonging to Man City Football Club owner Sheikh Mansour.

It also claims seizure of a clutch of further assets from Riza Aziz’s collection of rare posters and film memorabilia, just weeks after the PN government effectively let him off the hook with a ‘plea deal’ that demanded nothing further from him.

The accumulated filing, which now stretches to 300 pages, states that it is an update on several previous 1MDB asset seizures related to the money laundering of billions stolen from the Malaysian fund following the biggest ever joint investigation by the FBI and DOJ’s joint kleptocracy unit.

The new targets, mainly featuring the 1MDB ‘join venture partner’ PetroSaudi, address corrupt practices that have so far escaped the main spotlight of the investigation, despite numerous articles by Sarawak Report. These are named at the top of the indictment as “PetroSaudi International; PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd.; 1MDB PetroSaudi, Ltd.; Tarek Obaid; and Patrick Mahony.”

It is the first time that the two directors of PetroSaudi, Tarek Obaid and Patrick Mahony, have been specifically named as top targets of the criminal affair, despite having been identified as key players in the original billion dollar heists using the so-called joint venture between their company PetroSaudi and 1MDB.

Significantly, the DOJ cites the fraudulent deal in which PetroSaudi invested money from 1MDB in Venezuela through its company PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd. Thanks to alleged bribery and corruption involving Venezuelan officials PetroSaudi was able to reap vast profits which have been subsequently contested by the Venezuelan authorities.

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BOOM! – DOJ Goes After PetroSaudi, Abu Dhabi’s Royal Topaz Yacht And More! EXCLUSIVE
17 September 2020 – Sarawak Report

19
Sep
20

Sabahans Unite! Vote Warisan Plus!

19
Sep
20

Warisan Plus targets two-thirds majority in Sabah election

Sabah election: Shafie says Warisan Plus targets two-thirds majority

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 19 ― Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal is unconcerned about the possibility of an early general election if Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) wins the Sabah polls on September 26.

He said Warisan Plus has its eyes fixed on winning the upcoming state election and not on the probable general election, Shafie said.

“You think you can buy them just because we (Sabah) want an election. We don’t bother whether there is an election there or not. We want to win this election,” he said after the Kepayan Perdana Talk in Kepayan Square here yesterday.

Shafie, who is the president of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), said the Warisan Plus coalition was gunning for a two-thirds majority win to prevent political frogging.

“We do not just want to win a simple majority in this election.

“We want two-thirds majority so the people (assemblymen) will not jump here and there,” he said when asked to comment on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement that the outcome of the Sabah polls would determine when the next general elections would be called.

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Sabah election: Shafie says Warisan Plus targets two-thirds majority
19 Sep 2020 – Malay Mail

17
Sep
20

Arise Sabah on 26 Sept 2020

Online campaign goes into full steam in Sabah polls

KOTA KINABALU: As campaigning for the Sabah state elections proceed with candidates heading to remote areas as well as crowded coffee shops and markets to promote themselves, many of them are also turning to social media to spread their message.

Among the first social media-based initiatives was a four-minute video widely shared over WhatsApp that appeared to be a “soft sell” for the Warisan Plus coalition.

Though the video, entitled Bangkit Sabah (Arise Sabah), made no mention of the coalition, it features Warisan president Shafie Apdal calling on Sabahans to preserve their unity amid an onslaught of attacks.

The clip also features scenes of Sabahans of different ethnicities sharing meals together and churchgoers singing Selamat Hari Raya to their Muslim relatives and friends.

Also featured in the clip is Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman saying in Parliament that “In reality, this land is Tanah Melayu (Pada hakikat nya, tanah ini adalah Tanah Melayu).”

The clips ends with a group of children handing out red, white and blue balloons, representing the colours of the Warisan logo.

Many Sabahans have been enthusiastically sharing the video and graphic artist Les Lee said this was because the message in it has resonated with them.

“We have no issue about race and religion because most of us have different ethnic parentage. One person might have parents who are Bajau, Kadazan Dusun, Indian and Chinese and his cousin might have parents who are Murut and Filipino,” he said.

“But we are seeing politicians from the peninsula who are loudly making divisive racial statements. We wonder whether our Sabahan values are under threat from some of those across the South China Sea,” Lee added.

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Online campaign goes into full steam in Sabah polls
September 17, 2020 – FMT

29
Aug
20

How can quarantine-breaking Khairuddin claim that he has done nothing wrong?

An open letter to Khairuddin Razali ― Dharm Navaratnam

AUGUST 29 ― Dear Khairuddin,

It is somewhat disheartening to read reports in the media where you say you have done nothing wrong in regard to breaching the quarantine SOPs. You have been reported as saying that you have done nothing wrong with regard to your job and it was simply an error with following the SOP.

I am sorry, dear minister, but I beg to differ and I believe many of the rakyat feel the same way. You blatantly ignored the rules. You chose to do this in direct violation of the MCO Standard Operating Procedures. These are procedures put into place to help safeguard the rakyat. These are procedures put into place by the government of which you are part of. You chose to ignore these SOPs and have thus broken the law. How can you now claim do have done nothing wrong?

Regardless of what the police may find, the fact of the matter is that you contravened the SOPs. You are giving the impression to the rakyat that it is alright to ignore the said SOPs. You are not following the rules that have been put in place by the government of the day. The very same government that you are a part of. How do you expect the rakyat to follow rules when you are quite happy to break it? Not only that, but you come out publicly to say you have done nothing wrong.

What if you didn’t test negative for Covid-19? What if you did indeed infect a whole number of people with Covid-19? The SOPs are put in place for a reason. If you can claim that breaking it is acceptable, what is to stop so many other from taking the same approach?

By claiming you have done nothing wrong, you are condoning a system of double standards. Others have been charged for breaking quarantine and have been jailed and fined. Why do you feel you should be treated differently? How can you even try to claim that you have done nothing wrong? You are wrong, plain and simple. Don’t try to hide from that fact. As a minister, you should be held to a higher level of accountability than anyone else. Nothing less. You cannot expect or condone preferential treatment.

By breaking quarantine, you have shown a complete disregard for the law that is in place. A law that was put into place to protect the rakyat. You have shown arrogance in claiming that you have done nothing wrong. Hiding behind the statement that you did nothing wrong with regard to your job is akin to saying that committing a crime, not related to your job, is perfectly acceptable. It is not.

You broke the rules. You chose to disobey the law. You have blatantly ignored rules that your own government has put into place. No matter how you choose to spin it, you are wrong. That’s right, wrong. There are no two ways about it. The only honourable thing left to do is to resign. We do not need ministers that have no regard for the law. It not only puts the government in a bad light but the country as a whole in a bad light as well. If our leaders refuse to follow the law and make excuses, how can you expect the rakyat to follow the law?

Perhaps what this means is that you just don’t have any honour. Or perhaps you think that you are above the law.

Do the right thing. Resign.

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An open letter to Khairuddin Razali ― Dharm Navaratnam
29 Aug 2020 – Malay Mail

29
Jul
20

SRC trial verdict: Najib is guilty

(source: Bernama infographics)
SRC Trial

14
Jul
20

New Speaker should learn from Old Art Harun (Video)


Art of the Matter | Dewan Rakyat Speaker
July 2018 – The Malaysian Insight

12
Jul
20

What if Muhyiddin fails to remove the parliamentary speaker?

COMMENT | What if Muhyiddin fails to remove Ariff?

Wong Chin Huat

COMMENT | Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has made a move to remove the parliamentary speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof against the staunch objection by civil society and the opposition.

But what if a miracle happens that the motion – unprecedented for the Parliament – is narrowly defeated? Talk about unintended consequences in politics.

Would that backfire on Muhyiddin that a failed removal of the speaker, in turn, shortens his premiership or at least forces him into a snap poll, much like how Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s machination to derail Anwar Ibrahim’s succession ended in terminating his own?

Legislative defeat does not amount to a loss of confidence

Just like the rejection of Budget (supply bill), a legislative defeat was once treated as an informal vote of no-confidence, necessitating the prime minister to resign or seek fresh election.

In fact, the first prime ministerial resignation in Britain happened in 1742 when Britain’s first PM Robert Walpole lost a House of Common’s vote on the validity of a by-election. A year before that, the first-ever formal motion of no-confidence was tabled against Walpole but he survived.

In 1944, Winston Churchill forced the Parliament to vote on an amendment bill as a vote of confidence on his premiership and won the gamble.

As politics get more fragmented and government backbenchers more rebellious, it makes no sense for contemporary governments to resign over every legislative defeat.

A case in point: Theresa May resigned only after her fourth humiliating defeat in the House over Brexit, which would affect Britons for generations.

Hence, if Muhyiddin fails to remove the speaker, he needs not to be seen as losing the Parliament’s confidence, although it would look good for him to table and win a vote of confidence to silence his detractors.

In fact, as pointed out by PKR parliamentarian Hassan Karim, Muhyiddin even has a convenient precedent left by Mahathir, the first PM who lost on a constitutional amendment.

Much ado over nothing in changing speaker?

On the other hand, how much advantage would Muhyiddin gain by successfully removing Ariff (below)?

If Muhyiddin’s motivation to remove Ariff is an act of vengeance on the speaker’s decision to accept Mahathir’s motion of no-confidence on the original agenda for the May 18 parliamentary session, then it makes perfect sense.

After all, Ariff is the first federal speaker that defies sitting prime ministers, a bad example that must be removed if you want a rubber stamp Parliament.

However, if changing of the speaker is driven by a cool-headed calculation to keep Muhyiddin in office, I am afraid that the PM may have been ill-advised.

The opposition has two ways to unseat a government. A formal motion of no-confidence can be suppressed by pushing it down to the bottom of the agenda with government businesses – Mahathir’s motion of no-confidence is now the 27th item – and a partisan speaker is useful to avoid any fast track of such motions.

However, the second way – the defeat of the Budget – cannot be avoided by even the most partisan speaker in the world.

Every year, when the Budget is being tabled, technically the government’s head is on the Parliament’s chopping board.

When the Budget is passed, the Parliament’s axe stays in the air and the government’s head passes through the chopping board in one piece.

No speaker can stop the axe from falling down. What keeps the axe in the air is the government’s majority.

So, if Muhyiddin loses his majority, his government will end latest by early December when his budget must be put to vote. If the opposition has a majority, they can slowly humiliate the government by voting down every motion in the seven-week process right after Budget Day (Nov 6).

Strategically speaking, dishing out cabinet and government-linked company (GLC) positions to ensure the loyalty of government MPs is indeed the rational move in that “scheme of things”, not changing the speaker.

And if the government does have the majority, defeating the opposition’s motion of no-confidence will procedurally legitimise its power and stealing the latter’s thunder.

Where extending government’s lifeline is concerned, changing the speaker may be a placebo rather than a magic pill.

Government’s little gain, democracy’s big loss?

Some readers will now ask, how can it be possible that a little gain for the government turns to be a big loss for democracy that civil society and the opposition make a huge protest?

The answer is simply this: Parliament is more than just the electoral college of the prime minister.

Other than retaining/revoking confidence government and approving budgets (supply bills) – the so-called “confidence and supply” matter, we pay Parliament (RM145 million in 2019, of which RM44 million alone for MPs’ monthly allowance) to make laws and scrutinise the government.

Our Dewan Rakyat needs a speaker who is both impartial and visionary to unite the MPs from across the different parties and to continue parliamentary reform: more parliamentary committees, slots for non-government business, balloting for private members’ bills, recognition for shadow cabinet and a parliamentary service commission.

A partisan speaker alone can make the august House a rubber stamp by silencing the opposition and vocal government backbenchers.

We have seen enough of Ariff’s predecessors in Dewan Rakyat as well as speakers in state assemblies who block lawmakers from questioning the government even suspend them just to protect the executive from embarrassment.

Standing up to the executive is, therefore, the first quality that we must look for in parliamentary speakers.

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COMMENT | What if Muhyiddin fails to remove Ariff?
Wong Chin Huat
11 Jul 2020 – malaysiakini





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for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

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there is TYRANNY;
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there is LIBERTY.

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