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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

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

27
Aug
20

Most of direct tender projects worth RM6.61 billion inherited from BN!

What a load of bull! Pakatan MPs say most of the direct tender projects worth RM6.61b inherited from BN

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has spun a web of lies about the RM6.61 billion worth of projects allegedly procured through direct negotiations, Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs said.

The PH MPs claimed that this was the reason why Tengku Zafrul seemed reluctant to reveal the full list of tenders that were made through direct awards.

“Most of the projects that were procured through direct negotiations were not PH initiatives, but were projects inherited from the former Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.

“The PH government then had instead lowered the cost for some of the projects (projects that were necessary).

“So instead of the RM6.61 billion, as claimed by the finance minister, it’s actually only RM352 million,” said DAP’s Bagan MP who was the finance minister during the former PH administration, citing this as the first lie told by Tengku Zafrul.

Lim cited an example of a project that was initiated by BN under the Transport Ministry worth RM4.48 billion, the Klang Valley Double Tracking (Phase II) project (KVDT2), that was approved through direct negotiations.

He said that under the PH administration then, they instead managed to lower the project cost and saved RM790 million.

“This is the most shocking (tender) and PH had initially decided the cost was too high and had cancelled the contract.

“But after the contractor (Dhaya Maju and LTAT (Armed Forces Fund Board) had appealed to the government (regarding the contract), the PH government then agreed to carry on with the project but at a much lower cost,” said Lim.

He also cited 31 more projects worth RM1.753 billion which were inherited from the BN administration.

“With regards to the RM29.9 million spent on enabling the World Cup ‘live’ telecast, one which was once criticised by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the choice of vendor was chosen by stakeholders in Zurich, Switzerland, so an open tender negotiation was not possible in that context,” Lim clarified.

He also explained that out of the RM352 million, some of the projects which were awarded through direct negotiations were applied for by the Housing and Local Government Ministry, which was formerly and currently helmed by Zuraida Kamaruddin, one of the PH defectors.

“The minister involved who was vocally denying the direct tenders should explain what were the projects which were procured through direct negotiations,” he said.

When asked to comment on Zuraida’s denial over the direct tender, Lim said it was best that she dealt with Tengku Zafrul himself as he is in the Cabinet and he disclosed the list.

Also dismissing Zuraida’s claims that her ministry had no part in direct tenders, PKR’s Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the former was likely “sleeping” during Cabinet meetings.

“When I was a minister (domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry) even I was aware of my ministry spending RM160 million for the ‘Buy Malaysian Products First’ campaign.

“How can she (Zuraida) not be aware of the RM170 million? She was definitely sleeping then,” said Saifuddin.

When asked about books that were purchased through a direct negotiation, under the Economic Affairs Ministry whose minister was Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Lim said he had trusted the wrong person.

“He (Azmin) was the minister, and even with renovations for his office, I trusted him then, and now I know that I have trusted the wrong person,” said Lim.

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What a load of bull! Pakatan MPs say most of the direct tender projects worth RM6.61b inherited from BN
27 Aug 2020 – Malay Mail

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

10
Jul
20

Interesting option worth considering for Anwar and PH

COMMENT | Anwar PM, Mukhriz DPM 1, Darell Leiking DPM 2?

Francis Paul Siah

COMMENT | So, Pakatan Harapan has now reverted to its original stand and that is where it should be – Anwar Ibrahim as the coalition’s candidate for prime minister.

To Harapan supporters and sympathisers, it’s a relief that the merry-go-round over the choice of the coalition’s PM candidate has finally come to a halt.

I am also pleased with the decision of the Harapan presidential council meeting on July 6 because that was a commitment to the GE14 mandate – Dr Mahathir Mohamad was to be interim PM for two years and Anwar would take over after that.

Let me repeat. That was the mandate from the majority of Malaysians who voted for Harapan and I expect that to be fulfilled. It does not matter whether we love or loathe Mahathir or Anwar.

I am also glad that the council has given Anwar a full mandate to continue discussions with all parties in the best interest of the coalition.

Anwar is now the undisputed leader of Harapan; that mandate of leadership was necessary to allow the coalition to move forward as one. No more tussle between Mahathir and Anwar as to who is the real boss. That is over.

Here’s a personal message to the Harapan boss: Anwar, the real test of your leadership of Harapan is now before you. This is probably what you wanted and your wish has been granted.

Do not falter and let your Harapan allies, DAP and Amanah in particular, down. More importantly, the rakyat should come first. The burden on your shoulders is heavy. You have to act statesmanlike from now on, if your target is to lead Harapan to Putrajaya.

One more thing – be wary of what you do in your professional and private life. You have been through a lot of pain and agony in the past. People are watching your every move. Time to really wise up and leave the dark chapters of the past behind. Concentrate on the difficult job ahead.

One important task before Anwar (above) today is to build support for the coalition he leads and he should start by continuing to engage with Mahathir and Mohd Shafie Apdal.

We are aware of the existence of Pakatan Harapan Plus – the additional “Plus” was to include Mahathir and his group, as well as Parti Warisan Sabah.

Anwar and Harapan would do well to have Mahathir and Warisan on their side. The numbers game is crucial and Harapan should do its utmost to keep what they already have on their side.

I believe many of us have noted with great interest Mahathir’s proposal for Shafie to be the coalition’s PM candidate with Anwar as DPM 1 and Mukhriz Mahathir as DPM 2.

It is clear now that this is unlikely to happen, despite Shafie having said he believes he offers a solution to the PM-candidature impasse that has paralysed Harapan Plus.

Let me offer another option to the coalition. What about Anwar PM, Mukhriz DPM 1 and Darell Leiking DPM 2?

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Anwar PM, Mukhriz DPM 1, Darell Leiking DPM 2?
Francis Paul Siah
10 July 2020 – malaysiakini

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





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