Monday, June 14, 2021

No to Pork but Yes to Leng-Nui's meat

FMT:

PBS man slams PAS rep over call to segregate shopping trolleys


Sabah PAS representative Aliakbar Gulasan had urged supermarkets to be sensitive to the needs and sentiments of the various religions in the state. (Rawpixel pic)

KOTA KINABALU: A Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) leader has slammed a state PAS representative over his remarks on segregating shopping trolleys for non-halal products in local stores.

PAS’ nominated assemblyman Aliakbar Gulasan had urged all supermarkets and stores to be sensitive to the needs and sentiments of the various religions in Sabah.

He issued the statement after an incident at a supermarket in the interior Keningau district which, according to Aliakbar, was selling pork without segregating the trolleys used by its customers.

He said this was an insult to the sensitivities of the Muslim community, adding that the supermarket should have understood matters related to religion or checked with the religious authorities first.

PBS vice-president Johnny Mositun criticised the remarks by his Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) ally, saying he was concerned over what he described as “the beginning of signs of extremism creeping into the state”.

In a statement, Mositun, a former state deputy speaker, said that as a Sabahan, he condemned this sort of religious extremism, and nobody should take a holier-than-thou attitude.

He said the 32 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups in Sabah had always been able to live and work together as one family, despite coming from different backgrounds.

“In fact, Sabah is the best example of religious tolerance and unity. In the past, we never heard the word ‘segregation’ as far as supermarket services are concerned in the state.

“We must maintain this at all cost and be cautious of certain groups trying to break this harmonious relationship.

“These people are trying to sow the seeds of hatred and divisions in others, be it on religious, racial or ethnic grounds.”

Aliakbar, in his statement on Monday, thanked netizens for playing a proactive role in speaking up over the incident at the supermarket.

He also congratulated the Sabah Islamic religious affairs department (JHEAINS) and the Keningau district council for resolving the issue.

Aliakbar said his statement had been misinterpreted and that he never called for stores and markets to stop selling non-halal products.

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kt notes:

As we know, Muslims in Pakistani and India are far more devoted, or fanatical if you like, than Malaysian Muslims. Yet one day when I asked a Pakistani Muslim colleague whether there was any circumstance a Muslim could partake of pork or haram food-drinks, he answered in the affirmative. He narrated that it would be the duty of a Muslim to survive and not to perish, say, out of hunger or thirst when there's food even if the food was pork. So my matey answered rather clearly a Muslim could eat pork to survive (though not out of choice or pleasure; likewise with alcohol if the alcohol was medication).

Yet here in Malaysia, we oft hear of threatening porcine DNA in Cadbury chocolates and various trivial issues of non-halal-ness such as an non-JAKIM certified birthday cake being taken into an already JAKIM-approved MacDonald restaurant, and of course the ridiculous kerbau of popular pretzel store franchise Auntie Anne, which was refused halal certification unless it renamed its "Pretzel Dog" to "Pretzel Sausage". Even Covid-19 vaccine has not escaped such porcine allegations.

Once RPK related his experience of a visit to China, its Muslim community and its mosques. During lunches and dinners RPK said many in his party would 'make mucho noise' at the Chinese food for its probable non-halal-ness though I wonder why would their Muslim Chinese hosts allowed that. But RPK laughed at those people looking for women at night, hence my title "Yes to Leng-Nui's meat". Non-halal "meat" in such women were lovely and tasty but not in Chinese food, wakakaka.

And the FMT article above continues the seemingly unending fault-finding for 101% halal-ness in everything.

In Australia, one can see tudung-ed women working in supermarkets like Costco, Woolworth, Coles, Aldi, etc, handling pork (in plastic wrappers or sealed packages) - & of course the Sweeties wore gloves.

Then on several occasions I saw with my own two eyes tudung-ed ladies eating in Chinese roast-pork restaurants - of course they did not order nor partake of siew yoke or char siew, but non-porkie stuff (chooks, beef, veg, tofu, fish, etc). But there was none of the Malaysian-style Telly-Tubby distancing from pork.

In my office there are a couple of Muslim sweeties from Lebanon
 (all tudung-ed up nicely) who would join my office lunch groups in Chinese restaurants. One did thank me for selecting non-pork dishes for our lunches, whispering to me the Aussie mates never did that, not because they were disrespectful but because they didn't even know or weren't aware of the fact that Muslims don't eat pork and didn't bother to ask - when those occasions occurred she just avoided the non-halal dishes but alas, that severely cut down her choices.

Of course I am not suggesting that Malaysian Muslims do likewise but please don't nitpick and find fault to such an absurd degree like non Jakim-certified cakes not being allowed into MacDonald's or that Auntie Anne mustn't call its sausage rolls hot dogs.


Hisham waking up to become more prime-ministerial?





Curious Hisham now touching on Covid-19 policy amid PM talks - PKR MP

Hang Tuah Jaya MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said it was curious that Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was now getting into discussions about the country’s Covid-19 policy.

The PKR lawmaker noted this amid talks of a push for Hishammuddin to replace Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister. Hishammuddin had dismissed such talks as “rumours”.

“I find it curious that prior to this, Hishammuddin had not commented on issues unrelated to his portfolio as the foreign minister but since talks emerged that he was a prime ministerial candidate to replace Muhyiddin, we are now hearing his views about the Covid-19 pandemic management,” Shamsul said in a statement.

Hishammuddin had said that the country appeared to have “lost the delicate balance” between lives and livelihood. He also said the standard operating procedures (SOP) needed to be consistent while the people also expected a faster rate of vaccination.

However, Shamsul said many of the arguments have already been previously raised and was more intrigued at Hishammuddin’s timing.

Hishammuddin was the second minister to publicly criticise his own government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last week, Special Functions Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof also aired his unhappiness at the government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

These developments came as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was interviewing the country’s top political leaders and the coming Conference of Rulers meeting on Wednesday to decide on the emergency which expires in August.

The emergency, which came into force in January, had neutralised worries about the Perikatan Nasional government's stability despite its fragile majority as Parliament was suspended. However, that could end in August.

Shamsul, who is also the PKR information chief, said Hishammuddin should press the prime minister to reconvene Parliament.

“As someone who loves the country and democracy, I am confident that Hishammuddin, who is speculated to be a prime minister in waiting, would share the same spirit.

“Therefore, I hope he too can play his role in pressuring Muhyiddin to end the emergency and immediately restore democracy by reconvening Parliament,” he said.


Sexual pervert to 13-year old kid: I'll wait for you





'I will wait for you': Coach tells former national swimmer when she was 13


At 13 years old, former national swimmer Cindy Ong was voiceless to speak up against sexual harassment and assault allegedly by a coach assigned to the Malaysian team.

It took nearly 25 years for Ong, now 37 and a mother of three, to recently open up about her story.

Speaking as a panellist at an online discussion hosted by PKR Youth legal bureau, she said she now understood how attempts to groom victims will start at a young age, and it could escalate many years later.

"He was grooming me. That he was interested in me. At 13 years old and I clearly remember this, he said, 'I will wait for you'.

"I felt a bit weird even at that time at 13. Now thinking back about it, wow! How sick do you have to be to tell a 13-year-old girl 'I am going to wait for you to grow up...'"

Ong later furthered her studies in the US but remained in touch with the local swimming fraternity that still included the coach.

In the session today, she revealed another alleged incident involving the coach which she said happened in her early 20s upon her return from the US.

"For some reason that I cannot remember, I think he told me he wanted to show me something in his house [...] somehow I ended up in his apartment.

"He took a shower, came out in his towel, grabbed my hand and had me touch him. He definitely tried to rape me," said Ong.

"I never told anyone about this because I just can't. Not when I was in my 20s, not when I was 13... especially not when I was 13.

"And I had so many people backlashing at me asking 'why did you not tell anyone then?'"

Ong reminded her critics that not only was the topic of sexual harassment seen as a taboo, there was also a realisation that such allegations against the coach was an open secret but no actions were taken to stop it.

'Put an end to permissive society'

PKR legal bureau chief Fadhlina Siddiq said activists should focus to change a permissive society that allows incidents of domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault to continue.

She said this was on top of dismantling deep-rooted cultures behind rape jokes and overall perversion, including through social media comments directed towards Ong and others who spoke up about their experiences as victims.


PKR legal bureau chief Fadhlina Siddiq

"We must come up with a new narrative that upholds the basic human dignity," said Fadhlina, an activist and a syariah lawyer by profession.

"We must know when to be an active bystander. To call out such acts when we come across them. What is happening today, we lack that push to speak out when such things happen," she added.

Addressing the issue of sexual harassment in the sports industry, Fadhlina said parents have an active role to play in identifying and setting physical, social and sexual boundaries, particularly for young athletes.

She said doing so would help to prevent attempts at sexual grooming, or inappropriate relationships outside the training process.

The third panellist at today's forum hosted on PKR Youth Facebook page was sports law expert Richard Wee who noted that incidents of sexual harassment also extended to e-sports athletes, particularly women gamers.

Ong earlier admitted her courage to finally speak up was partly inspired by 17-year-old student Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam who made headlines after her initial TikTok video that exposed a male teacher who allegedly made a rape joke while teaching in class.

"As a parent myself, I am a parent of three kids [...] I want them to be safe, that is a very heavy responsibility on parents.

"We would hate for something like this to happen to our kids," she said.

Responding to Ong's initial expose, as well as those by several other national athletes, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal previously said he will not compromise with those who tarnish the nation's image.


Old Man still lusting for power


Dr Mahathir pitches Mageran again but under another name


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad waves at members of the media as he leaves 

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 ― Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad continued pushing for a National Operations Council (Mageran) but suggested it be named the National Rehabilitation Council for neutrality.

He said that the council would be apolitical, come directly under the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and expire once Malaysia achieves herd immunity against Covid-19.

“Council members will consist of medical experts including psychiatrists, non-partisan economists and experienced in helping the country overcome the crisis, experienced investment experts, social mobilisers who have proven ability to help the people during pandemics, figures non -partisan legislation and some political figures who did not act on behalf of the party.

“Membership will not be more than 20 members. There is no politics in the Majlis Pemulihan Negara,” he said in a blog post today.

Dr Mahathir said the original Mageran formed after the 1969 riots by Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had been supported by the Opposition and helped to stabilise the country for the next 40 years.

He said this time, the situation was worse as the Emergency declared in January has failed to solve the problem.

The president of the unregistered Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) added his proposed council would only focus on four things: the pandemic, economic actions, chaotic politics and education problems.

“The council will not replace the government. The council is tasked with reducing new cases until herd immunity is reached.

“In addition, the problems of economic and financial downturn will be remedied by the council,” he said.

Dr Mahathir then added that with no political interference, attempts to abolish the National Rehabilitation Council will not be pursued by Parliament.

“What is a political problem is the attempt to seize power.

“Unfortunately if the government is changed, the new government will also be weak because of the slim majority. Political action will only perpetuate the problem,” he said.

On June 10, Dr Mahathir said he proposed a Mageran to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during an audience, as a potential solution to the issues Malaysia is currently facing.

He said he proposed the idea to the Agong as a way to consider suggestions from those not in government in addressing the social, economic, political and other issues brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking in a virtual press conference, he said the party has some solutions of its own which could address these issues, although these solutions cannot come to light unless the party has an avenue to voice its proposals.

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kt notes:

I sometimes do agree with one of my fiercest critics, blog visitor-commentator Monsterball, wakakaka, and in his recent comment at "Anwar effs Mahathir for proposing Mageran, the path to absolute dictatorship" Monster wrote (slightly edited):

Mahathir, like increasingly many people around the world, has always really believed Authoritarian Government is the best form of government. That is why during Harapan's brief tenure, Mahathir was busy sabotaging, undermining or footdragging on what he saw as Harapan's dangerous "Liberal" manifesto. DAP especially, kena tipu kau-kau by Mahathir.

I cannot agree more, wakakaka again.



Sunday, June 13, 2021

Total Intotal MCO 3.0 lockdown an abysmal disaster

FMT:

Anyone surprised? Najib mocks govt over lockdown extension


There wouldn’t be heavy traffic on the roads if the total lockdown is imposed properly, says Najib Razak.

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak took a sly dig at the Perikatan Nasional-led (PN) government tonight after the lockdown was extended for two more weeks, asking if anyone was surprised by the announcement.

“Is anyone surprised by the PN government’s announcement that the total lockdown, which isn’t that ‘total’, has been extended two more weeks,” he said in a Facebook post.

In a later posting, Najib urged the government to quickly dispense aid to the people, as they brace for another two weeks of lockdown.

He called for Putrajaya to announce extensions to the i-Sinar and i-Lestari Employees Provident Fund (EPF) schemes and for government aid to be expedited and increased in amount.

“Direct banks to give automatic loan moratoriums with no added interest for three months,” he added.

He also urged the government to offer discounts on electricity bills for everyone and for bottled cooking oil to be subsidised to lighten the people’s load during this time.

“Lastly, if you want to do a total lockdown, then make it a total lockdown. Understand what total or full means. It shouldn’t be a lockdown where we have traffic jams, like now,” he said.

Meanwhile, PKR MP Wong Chen said the government has clearly failed to contain the pandemic despite the two-week total lockdown and movement control order (MCO) imposed over the Klang Valley since early May.

The Subang MP said the erratic “yo-yo” Covid-19 cases also suggested that daily infections were linked to the number of tests conducted instead of whether the lockdown has been effective.

“After 11 days of total lockdown and the fact that Selangor and KL have been under MCO since May 3, the data is clear: this PN government has completely failed to contain the pandemic with the MCO.

“Will this PN government buck up and do the total lockdown properly? How can you have a total lockdown when thousands of non-essential companies have been exempted?

“These exemptions are public health risks and highly unfair to the employers who have adhered to the lockdown and closed their businesses. Now the same responsible employers are burdened further by the lockdown extension,” he said in a Facebook post.


How US belligerence is driving China and Russia closer together

SCMP:

How US belligerence is driving China and Russia closer together

  • Biden has been proclaiming that his trip to Europe is aimed at promoting an ‘alternative to China’ while confronting the ‘harmful activities’ of Beijing and Moscow

  • In response, China and Russia are strengthening ties and seeking to safeguard core interests



Illustration: Craig Stephens

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet his US counterpart Joe Biden on June 16Putin has already said not to expect any breakthroughs at the summit, while US officials have argued that “really significant deliverables” need more time to manifest themselves.

Despite low expectations for the meeting, both sides see it as a timely opportunity for an in-person exchange of intentions on the most pressing issues of shared interest.

Each side’s ambitions for the rendezvous seem different. Putin has been promoting the summit as an opportunity to improve heavily damaged relations, claiming that American attempts to “hold back” Russian development are Moscow’s only disagreement with the United States.

One more destabilising factor now adding to the tensions is American suspicion that Russia is behind the recent ransomware attacks in the US, claims that Putin has described as absurd.

In contrast to Russia’s approach, Biden seems to be opting for more hardline tactics, vowing to press Putin on human rights and stand with European allies against Russia, as well as responding to its “future harmful activities”.

If the US pursues such rhetoric, the summit is likely to be in the same vein as the US-China talks in Alaska and result in nothing but more rancour.

Both sides have been reinforcing their positions. Biden has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the White House in July, after the talks with Putin, while also promising he would advocate for
Ukraine’s territorial integrity during the summit.

This is likely to irk Russia, which faces intensified opposition to its Nord Stream 2 pipeline amid reports that a recent waiver of sanctions might be re-examined.

In this light, Putin is also keen to bolster ties with China. Speaking at the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, he restated his long-time appraisal of Russia-China relations.

He underscored that bilateral ties have reached an “unprecedentedly high level”, adding that Russia is eager to deepen cooperation with China in more areas.



Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shakes hands with then-US Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow in March 2011. 
Photo: Pool via AFP

Both sides have benefited from advanced technological cooperation in space researchmilitary-to-military exchanges and nuclear energy.

The latter is exemplified by the recent launch of Russian-designed nuclear power units, and the two nations are heading towards the ambitious goal of reaching US$200 billion in bilateral trade by 2024.

In the first five months of 2021, Russia-China trade grew 23.6 per cent year on year, after having fallen 2.9 per cent in 2020 to US$107.8 billion. China’s post-pandemic recovery is flowing smoothly, while Russia is lagging behind. For the 2024 trade milestone to be achieved, Moscow needs to revive its economy.

In a demonstration of closer interaction, Foreign Minister Wang Yi personally thanked his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and said he appreciated Moscow’s support in criticising “perverse acts” by the US in blaming China when discussing the origins of Covid-19. In what seemed a first, China publicly vowed to give Russia “full political support to its defence of legitimate rights”.

If interpreted broadly, such a promise might be extended to Moscow’s claims over Crimea. That would reinforce Russia’s position ahead of the talks with Biden. China also called on Moscow to join forces against a US-led front constructed “under the guise of democracy” to intervene in domestic politics and exercise unilateralism.

The fact that such an initiative comes from Beijing shows Moscow can be assured of Beijing’s support, whether ahead of the Biden summit or in other geopolitical circumstances.



Gloves off at top-level US-China summit in Alaska with on-camera sparring

Equally, Russia has echoed China’s rhetoric. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova recently said the US State Department respects only those “who implement a destructive American agenda”.

Importantly, Putin noted that Moscow and Beijing will “safeguard common interests”. This aligns with comments during the Lavrov-Wang phone conversation, when they vowed to support each other on issues concerning “core interests”.

Such mutual reassurances to buttress each other’s core interests have become something of a catchphrase during high-level interactions, the most recent example being State Councillor Yang Jiechi’s remarks during his conversation with Putin.
Gravitating closer is a natural reaction from China and Russia to growing pressure from the US and its allies.

Noticing this trend, Nato Secretary General
Jens Stoltenberg has called the growing Russia-China political and military cooperation “a serious challenge”.

In what has been called the transatlantic security alliance’s “pivot to China”, it appears to be shifting priorities for the first time since its founding in 1949, prioritising China rather than focusing on the Soviet/Russian threat.

The US has been doing the same, with Biden  proclaiming that his upcoming trip to Europe is aimed at promoting an “alternative to China” in all areas of cooperation while confronting the “harmful activities” of China and Russia. Kurt Campbell, Biden’s top official for Asia, has said the era of engagement with China is over.



Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, is seen outside the White House on Monday. Photo: Bloomberg

Before meeting Putin, Biden is set to participate in the
Group of 7, European Union and Nato summits – all with Russia and China on top of their agenda. The theme of Biden’s trip is “America is back” to “rally the world’s democracies to tackle the greatest challenges” – Russia and China included.

Such assessments are inevitably driving China and Russia into a closer embrace as they feel a sense of greater alienation and rivalry with the US-led coalition.

Their relations may lack formal alliance status, but as Russian ambassador to China Andrei Denisov said, they help “effectively and flexibly” realise common interests on an “equal and mutually beneficial basis”.

Facing the implementation of Biden’s efforts to unite democracies against authoritarian states, and threats to their core interests, Russia and China have demonstrated the depth and strategic significance of their bilateral ties.


Danil Bochkov is an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council

Takiyuddin Hassan's kerbau: No NO, Not ‘shifting goalposts’, just 'correcting rules of the game' - one for you, two for me, wakakaka

MM Online:

What is the Special Independent Committee for if it’s Cabinet’s duty to advise Agong on Emergency? PKR sec-gen asks



PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail speaks to reporters during a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya February 24, 2020. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today demanded an explanation from de facto law minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, following his remark that it is the Cabinet that would advise the King on the extension of the Emergency.

In a statement today, Saifuddin, who is also a member of the bipartisan committee which was formed to advise the Agong, questioned if the group is still relevant, following Takiyuddin’s statement.

Saifuddin said the committee has a very clear and specific responsibility which is to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the continued existence of an Emergency or its termination, pointing out that until now, this committee still exists and functions to carry out its duties with the ultimate goal of presenting a report to Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Takiyuddin’s remarks came following speculation that the Emergency would be extended. The Emergency was proclaimed on January 11 and is supposed to expire on August 1.

“It is noted that under the Federal Constitution the role or duty of advising the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is allocated to the Cabinet in accordance with Article 40 (1) of the Federal Constitution that is, His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong acts on advice. On Jan 12, 2021 the Prime Minister announced a state of Emergency being enforced in our country.

“This is after the Yang di-Pertuan agreed with the advice of the Cabinet delivered by the Prime Minister, and in accordance with Clause (1) of Article 150 of the Federal Constitution, a Proclamation of Emergency was declared. Subsequently on Jan 14, 2021 the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 was made and came into force.

“Based on Section 2 of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021, the establishment of an Independent Emergency Special Committee is provided. With this establishment the government has made an exception for this Committee to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on emergencies as compared to under normal circumstances, wherein this advising role is the role of the Cabinet,” he said.

Saifuddin lamented that given such circumstances, Takiyuddin’s statement is “very confusing and raises several questions”.

He questioned if the functions of the Special Independent Emergency Committee to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the date the Emergency had been terminated, resumed or taken over by the Cabinet.

Saifuddin also asked Takiyuddin to clarify if this means that even under the Emergency Ordinance 2021, the power of the Cabinet to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong according to the Federal Constitution is applicable, including in matters of ending or extending the Emergency period.

“If that is true, what is the need for this Independent Special Independent Committee to be created? As a member of the Special Independent Committee appointed by His Royal Highness the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, I would like to request Minister Takiyuddin Hasan to come forward and provide an explanation. This will help me to make a decision regarding my position and role in this committee,” the Kulim Bandar Baharu MP said.

Takiyuddin, after his initial statement, had denied that the government was ‘shifting goalposts’ to influence when the Emergency should come to an end.

However, he said the Cabinet is “correcting rules of the game to aid the referee in making a fair decision.”

He was responding to Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, who had also questioned the need for the bipartisan committee to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the Emergency Ordinance that is currently in place after Takiyuddin remarked that it is the Cabinet that would advise the King on the extension to the Emergency situation.

Takiyuddin had in a statement yesterday said that any decision on the duration of the nationwide Emergency will be based on the Cabinet’s advice to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He said the Emergency was proclaimed in accordance with the Federal Constitution for public health and safety to halt the spread of Covid-19.

He gave an assurance that the government will continue its focused approach to more effectively fight the spread of the viral disease.

He added that any decision regarding the Emergency will continue to be based on the law and will take into account all the latest circumstances surrounding public safety and the country’s socio-economic situation.


Anwar effs Mahathir for proposing Mageran, the path to absolute dictatorship

FMT:

Anwar slams Dr M over Mageran proposal


Anwar Ibrahim says the Mageran proposed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad would give rise to authoritarian and dictatorial powers.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has hit out at former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his proposal for a Majlis Gerakan Negara (Mageran) to be set up to temporarily govern the country.

In a video posted on Facebook, Anwar said there was no rationale for Mageran to be established at the expense of democracy or parliamentary proceedings, adding that it would give rise to authoritarian and dictatorial powers.

“Don’t sacrifice the people just because we want a shortcut to power through the use of the Emergency or Mageran,” he said.

The PKR president said continuing with the Emergency would cause the economy to suffer even more, and result in the confidence among foreign investors and local players to decline even further.

He said Malaysia needed a stable system of government with clear direction and the guarantee of civil freedoms to be established in order to boost investor confidence.

“Maintaining the Emergency and enacting laws without any (parliamentary) debates and with just two or three individuals deciding the fate of 32 million people will not help revitalise our economy,” he added.

Commenting on the opposition party leaders who were granted an audience with the King recently, Anwar said the details of their discussions cannot be revealed, but their stand on certain matters can be publicly stated.

“Some people are taking advantage of this situation though. When asked if they agree with the Emergency, they say no. But they then call for a Mageran under the framework of an Emergency,” he said, taking a jibe at Mahathir.

“Why did we ask for Parliament (to sit)? Because we are a parliamentary democracy. Why did we have an audience with the King? Because our system is a constitutional monarchy.”

He also said that it was clear that Pakatan Harapan leaders were on the same page with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi based on their discussions with the King.

“End the Emergency, reconvene Parliament immediately, and set a clear policy to alleviate the people’s burdens in facing this pandemic,” he said.


WILL DARURAT END ON 01 AUGUST 2021?

MM Online:

Law minister denies ‘changing goalposts’, says merely correcting rules to help ‘referee’ make right call on Emergency


Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan speaks during a press conference on the Emergency Ordinance in Putrajaya March 12, 2021. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — De facto law minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan today denied that the government was ‘shifting goalposts’ to influence when the Emergency should come to an end.

However, he said the Cabinet is “correcting rules of the game to aid the referee in making a fair decision.”

He was responding to Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, who had questioned the need for the bipartisan Special Committee to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the Emergency Ordinance that is currently in place after Takiyuddin remarked that it is the Cabinet that would advise the King on the extension to the Emergency situation.

“If that’s the case, what’s the point of forming an Independent Special Comm to advise the YDPA under Sec 2(1) of the Emergency Ordinance 2021? Stop shifting the goal post!!! @takiyuddin61,” Azalina who is also a former de facto law minister said on her Twitter account.

In response today, Takiyuddin replied: “No one is shifting the goalposts, what is done is correcting the rules of the game to aid the referee in making a fair decision. To achieve goals does not mean to change the goal post,” he tweeted.

Takiyuddin had in a statement yesterday said that any decision on the duration of the nationwide Emergency will be based on the Cabinet’s advice to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He said the Emergency was proclaimed in accordance with the Federal Constitution for public health and safety to halt the spread of Covid-19.

He gave an assurance that the government will continue its focused approach to more effectively fight the spread of the viral disease.

He added that any decision regarding the Emergency will continue to be based on the law and will take into account all the latest circumstances surrounding public safety and the country’s socio-economic situation.

“Therefore, the question of whether the Emergency will end on that date or is continued at the discretion of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, should not arise,” he said in a statement.

The minister’s remarks follow speculation that the Emergency would be extended. It was proclaimed on January 11 and is supposed to expire on August 1.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told Malay Mail earlier this week that there would be nothing stopping elections from happening once the Emergency is lifted.

Dr Noor Hisham also asserted that only Yang di-Pertuan Agong has the discretion to decide if the Emergency should continue.

“It’s up to the King to decide,” he told Malay Mail.


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Open letter: Please resign, Muhyiddin; You failed in everything

Focus Malaysia:



FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wearing a protective mask arrives at a mosque for prayers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Putrajaya, Malaysia August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

Open letter: Please resign, Muhyiddin; You failed in everything

by Ronnie Liu

It is indeed with a heavy heart I have to be the bearer of bad news. This is about your dismal performance which has endangered your own legacy, undermined survivability of Malaysia and may erode the peoples’ trust of the royal institution.

I am writing this letter as an individual, not as a state assemblyman of Sungai Pelek or representing the views of DAP. My opinions are reflective and representative of the feelings, fears, tribulations of the rakyat from villagers, traders, businessmen, professionals from all walks of life during this pandemic.

You have publicly said some people had called you “bodoh” and you accepted it. Personally, I feel you are not stupid because you have outsmarted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed to become prime minister. You are smart to wrangle, wriggle and wiggle your way to the top. In the process, you betrayed your friends in Pakatan Harapan, for which does not speak well of your own integrity.

To stay in power, you needed more “friends” which you enticed with Cabinet and GLC posts. As a result, you now have the biggest Cabinet in the world – based on population size and gross domestic product (GDP), larger than China, the US and Japan. Of course, all at the expense of taxpayers’ money.

You are now in a dilemma and stuck in quagmire created by yourself. Although you are smart and certainly not “bodoh”, you were gifted with a set of skills in politics, backstabbing, betrayal and other underhanded tactics to climb to the top.

In simple management lingo, you have been “promoted” to your level of incompetence. As prime minister, you need to have different “skills set” to power Malaysia to greater heights.

I would recommend a book for you to read during lockdown – Peter’s Principles. Basically, the author expounds several principles to climb the corporate ladder, political hierarchy or even public service.

One of which is – a person can be “promoted” or sometimes “elected” like former US President Donald Trump, to his or her own level of incompetence. The reason is every person has a different set of skills for a certain type of job.

For example, a good salesman can sell very well but the moment he is promoted to become a marketing director he needs to manage people, make marketing strategies, budgeting etc. In short, he will fail because he does not have the requisite skill sets for the higher job.

It is the same with you, as you have failed big time as you do not have the requisite skills set for a prime minister.

You were appointed as a boss because bosses use people and abuse them and that’s why you have a jumbo-sized Cabinet. You admitted to the country once that you are not the prime minister voted in the last general election.

You are not a leader, Muhyiddin. A man who leads looks out for the people’s wellbeing, inspires and improves his people. You do not even have a vision for our country.

Since our Independence, former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman taught us that if only we are united, we can shape our destiny and take on the world, becoming a model of success for the rest of the world to emulate.

Unfortunately, you are neither a nation builder nor are your Cabinet members. Most of them are opportunists and have no interest in nation building.

You have failed us on unity, economy and in containing COVID-19. Let me elaborate:

Unity

When Malaya was formed, our Cabinet was multi-racial, with sizeable number of them holding important portfolios.

Your Cabinet now boasts of a Malay-Muslim Government, having little input from the minorities. Your infamous quote “Saya 1Melayu, 2Malaysia” does not spring confidence that you will be fair to the minorities.

On the other hand, Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country and yet it is pluralistic under its Pancasila, the principles of which were incorporated in our Rukun Negara.

Economy

Under your watch, our foreign direct investment (FDI) has dropped and even Hyundai has shifted its car production.

Giant corporations like Google and Amazon are investing billions in Indonesia. High tech companies like Dyson making electric vehicles (EV) cars and German BioN are going to Singapore. We are losing or have lost our competitive edge to other Asean countries because of your flip flop and infamous U-turn leadership.

Mismanagement of COVID-19

We can compile a new book entitled “Comedy of Errors Of A Backdoor Government’s Mismanagement of the COVID-19”- things you won’t even learn in Harvard University.

We are the only country in the world that instituted a war-like Emergency Ordinance and suspended the Parliament for this but our total infections have quadrupled to 639,562 confirmed cases and 3,684 deaths as of June 10.

Name of all our lockdowns; MCO 1, MCO 2, MCO 3, EMCO, CMCM, TMCO and whatnot. It is indeed a comedy of errors and guffaws. For starters, Kuala Lumpur KL is a Federal Territories carved out of Selangor.

For example, Taman Tun Dr Ismail is in KL and across the road is Petaling Jaya’s is 1Utama- the world’s 4th biggest shopping mall.

District boundaries within states are not demarcated properly. Anyone with some common sense will just impose a 10km radius boundary from your home address to meet the lockdown criteria, by verifying it on Google maps.

Vaccine transparency and vaccination chaos

The MySejahtera app, though a brilliant idea, did not work as expected due to huge rush for vaccination appointments in tandem with rise in COVID-19 infections. The app crashed or hangs often.

Senior citizens (husband and wife) were separated and directed to different vaccination centers far away from home, with last minute change of centres and overcrowding at the places.

There are more than 8,000 private general practitioners (GP) who offered to help as part of “national service” but received lukewarm response from the Health Ministry. Common sense tells us if each GP vaccinate 20 persons per day, we can have 160,000 inoculations a day.

The pricing of our vaccine procurement has become a “national secret”, which created a lot of suspicion and confusion. When the Belgian Government announced its purchase price of Pfizer, Malaysians wonder why are we buying at higher price.

When a Hong Kong philanthropist wanted to donate two million doses of Sinovac, Malaysians were surprised why the price of Sinovac for two doses sold to Government, reported on social media, to be RM380 while the Hong Kong donor can get them four times cheaper? Malaysians would like to know the truth.

Why Sinopharm vaccines, which are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), but not approved by the Malaysian Government? Strangely, Sinovac vaccines are approved in Malaysia even before WHO approved them on June 1.

And why is there a need of mega vaccination centres, creating problems with social distancing when we can rope in 8,000 GPs? In the UK, the GPs and pharmacists were roped in to do vaccinations. As of June 8, 61% of its population had at least one dose and 42% had completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Private hospitals and state governments like Selangor, Penang and Sarawak wanted to buy directly from China but Putrajaya imposed various red tapes to it.

The way forward

I humbly request that Tan Sri should resign because the rakyat are hungry, angry from loss of jobs, sad from the loss of loved ones and financially constrained. The current situation is volatile and may lead to civil disobedience.

You should resign to protect your own legacy, Malaysia’s future and the royal institution which has been the strongest pillar of our foundation.

Your dismal performance has made you the worst prime minister and your continued stay in power will only cement it forever.

Rest assured that your dismal performance is not a reflection of your capability but more of you being promoted to your level of incompetence which requires a different set of skills which you do not possess. Mahathir is another classic example of getting promoted to his level of incompetence.

You can salvage your tattered image by resigning, allowing Istana Negara to appoint another prime minister who commands the majority of MPs at Dewan Rakyat.

You are fully aware who is the anointed successor to Mahathir and it is public knowledge that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has announced he has the majority support.

On that note, you should know that using race and religion to stay in power is a dangerous explosive cocktail which you and your coalition partners have used before. Coupled with the crumbling economic situation, we should maintain race and religious harmony.

I pray that you will make the gracious sacrifice by resigning for the sake of country. This noble and selfless act will be forever be engraved in the hearts of all Malaysians and that your legacy ended with a supreme sacrifice which will be remembered forever. – June 12, 2021.


Ronnie Liu is the state assemblyman of Sungai Pelek.



Zaid: The King has to act





COMMENT | What’s all that drama going on with our politicians descending on the Istana in the last few days? What do they want? They all want the king to tell the PM to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible. After all, Hamzah Zainudin has already said Bersatu is not afraid of Parliament.

But let’s start with Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He still wants to be the boss. He pleaded with the king to establish the National Operations Council (NOC) in the manner it was set up to deal with the 1969 racial riots. Mahathir is always very frank about what he wants. His supporters are excited with the idea; they think in this way Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be out, and so will his ministers. They expect Parliament to be recalled with a regular sitting. They believe by having a one-man rule, effective Covid-19 measures will be put in place, and we will all live happily ever after.

To make the NOC idea more appealing, Mahathir’s supporters tempted us by saying NOC will allow Parliament to be opened for regular sittings like in the earlier 1969 NOC. This is false. Parliament was reopened in 1971, 21 months after the NOC was established in 1969. There is nothing to suggest that under the new NOC, Parliament will be convened at all.

If we condemn the “Sheraton Move” where the government was set up by enticing MPs to defect from Umno, PKR, etc and regularly attract other political frogs to their side, how can we support a more brutal and shameful assault on democracy, which is a rule by one man and a committee? I hope the Istana will just dismiss the proposal and not waste precious time on it.

It is not our democracy that is hampering the effort to deal with the pandemic. What is hampering our efforts is having a government that probably has no majority. When a government has no majority, the prime minister is not a proper PM, but a pseudo one. The Constitution says the prime minister who governs must be one that has majority support in Parliament. It does not matter if he has popular ratings in all the surveys published by “friendly newspapers”. The question is - does he have support in Parliament?

When a country has a pseudo prime minister, he will be busy trying to maintain his government’s survival. He will not be focused on the pandemic. He will have to make do with incompetent ministers or officials in managing the crises because he can’t afford to remove them. This is not the way to manage a national crisis. A pseudo PM is by definition a weak leader. His weakness attracts the attention of other political scavengers (which may include the PM’s closest lieutenants) who will move in to take his place at any time, ensuring continued instability in the government. This is not the way to manage a pandemic.

So what does the king together with other Malay rulers need to do before their "lunch" on Wednesday? They need to answer a straightforward question which is the root of all our problems. Does the current PM have the support of the majority? The king’s extensive interviews with all the politicians, (including notably the MIC president, which has one seat in Parliament) should give him a fairly accurate picture as to whether the prime minister is a real one or a pseudo PM. This is important to determine for the sake of the dignity of the Malay rulers.



Why is that determination so important? Constitutional monarchs are required to act on the advice of the prime minister or the menteris besar at the state level. That’s what the Constitution says. What happens when a PM who has lost support refuses to advise the king to convene Parliament or end the emergency?

The king is not required to listen to or act on the advice of a pseudo prime minister or menteri besar. He is only required to act on the advice or listen to the real PM. A real PM is someone with majority support. And when some factions in Parliament question his support level, a real prime minister will say “vote on the matter”. A real prime minister does not run away from being tested on his support level; nor does he hide behind an emergency proclamation.

The chances are high that our current PM does not have majority support. Otherwise, the motions in Parliament for a vote of no-confidence would have been allowed. Chances are high the support is below the majority level because of intense efforts launched a few months back to recruit other MPs to support the government. Umno, too, may have a sizeable number of MPs who do not support the PM.

The king and the Malay rulers must know if our current PM has majority support or not. They are aware of the claim by an opposition leader that he has the support of 120 MPs. The easiest way to find out who has real support (as opposed to statutory declarations of support) is for the king to summon Parliament to convene. He no longer needs to wait for advice from the prime minister to do so. Let Parliament decide who actually has majority support. Why this simple process was not followed earlier astounded many people.



It’s not too late. To best manage this pandemic we need a government that is legitimate, accountable, and not distracted by political scavengers.

Gough Whitlam was the people’s prime minister of Australia but was removed as PM when he lost majority support in the senate. The governor-general, as the queen’s representative, had to act in accordance with Parliamentary rules. He sacked Whitlam. The governor-general then appointed Malcolm Fraser, then opposition leader as interim PM. Fraser was told to hold an election soon after. Elections were held soon and Australia was able to get back to its feet after years of political infighting.

If Parliament can be convened in June, the country will have the answer if we have a real PM. I am sure the rakyat are ready to support the current prime minister if he is a real PM. If someone else has the majority, the king can ask him to be the new prime minister. In the event that no one can command a clear, workable majority, the king can always appoint anyone he thinks will be suitable as interim PM to deal with the pandemic and at the same time prepare the country for a general election.

The people need to have direction in which way the country is heading. They need to be assured we are coping with the crises well. The king can provide the direction, remove the present uncertainty, and restore the confidence of the people in their leaders.


ZAID IBRAHIM is a former de facto law minister.



The Ass-binte Gambit again





Former Azmin associates deny being poached for another crossover

An alleged renewed move to collect statutory declarations (SDs) from MPs has seemed to rock PKR’s boat, with suspicion growing among party members that some of their own would be jumping ship.

As PKR’s wound from its internal rift has yet to properly heal, those aligned to party president Anwar Ibrahim claim that MPs who were loyal to ex-deputy president Azmin Ali are the chief suspects to be part of the “shopping list”.

The MPs rumoured to have been approached for their support, however, have denied this.

According to sources within the party, they believe among those approached are Sungai Buloh MP Sivarasa Rasiah and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, who are known to be Azmin’s followers when the latter was PKR deputy president.

“I heard that the two MPs have been approached by their (old) gang,” said a source.

An MP who is known to be an Anwar loyalist also said similar things when asked if they have heard about Azmin’s former allies in PKR being offered to leave the party.

“I have yet to get confirmation on this, but theoretically, they would be the usual targets,” said the parliamentarian, who is also a party leader.

However, the leader believed that it won’t be easy for those fishing for support to get the SDs from PKR MPs, saying that those rumoured have been approached before but they stayed loyal and reported the attempt to the party.

Both Maria and Sivarasa were in Azmin’s “caidan” (preferred candidate’s list) during the 2018 PKR elections. Azmin’s camp won handsomely.

All MPs on Azmin’s list have defected to Perikatan Nasional save for Sivarasa, Maria, and Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, who is the PKR information chief.

Malaysiakini have spoken to Sivarasa and Maria following the rumours. However, both denied that they had any intention to abandon PKR.

Sivarasa also said that he has not been approached by anyone in the latest round of political moves.

“I am very surprised to hear that my name is being mentioned. For the record, nobody has contacted me regarding this shopping for MPs.

“The last time I was approached was in February last year, when I was offered to leave PKR. But I have turned it down, and since then, no one else has come to me to make such an offer again,” he told Malaysiakini.

Sivarasa stressed that his stand is “very clear”, and wants those who are still wondering to understand that he will always stand with PKR and Pakatan Harapan.

“If I had wanted to jump ship, I would have done it before,” he said.

The MP said that he had voted for Anwar when all MPs were called to the Istana Negara in February last year.

Maria, meanwhile, was upset that she was still being subject to such a question over her loyalty to PKR.

“No. I will not entertain such moves as my priority is to get over this pandemic,” she said in a short reply to Malaysiakini’s request for her comments.

Another MP whose name was mentioned as among those who may be targeted for his SD was Batu representative P Prabakaran.

However, the first-time parliamentarian, who won in the 2018 general election as an independent candidate before joining PKR, also denied that he was approached to shift his support.

“I have not been approached. If anyone does this later, I will inform you,” he said.

On Thursday, PKR issued a strongly-worded statement condemning what they said as an attempt by several MPs to solicit SDs from other parliamentarians.

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said that this move was made by the MPs allegedly to acquire positions in the federal government.


No sane Malaysian will put up with Mahathir's vicious MAGERAN proposal




Dr M is no saviour, he just lusts for power and attention!

By Prof P Ramasamy

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohammed was the Prime Minister for the country twice.

He was mainly responsible for sowing the seeds of the political, social and cultural decay.

The present vicious and antagonistic religious between the Malays and non-Malays were primarily due to his misguided notion of what was best for Malaysia.

It was his selfish resignation that sealed the fate of Pakatan Harapan (PH) in 2020 and it would be miracle if PH comes back to power again.

Although he has been completely discredited in the Malay and non-Malay circles except for some misguided individuals and groups behind him, he is a spent force in the arena of Malaysian politics.

But he refuses to believe this.

Nobody takes him seriously, but yet he has the gall to think and act as though he is the ultimate saviour of the country.

This is the reason why in a recent meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, not surprisingly, he proposed the idea of the establishment of a National Operations Council (NOC) or MAGERAN as an interim measure to administer the country.

He took the opportunity to suggest that he should head the NOC until such a time the Emergency could be ended and parliament can be reconvened.

The proposal by Dr Mahathir to the Agong was not only antithetical to the very functioning of democracy or whatever that is little left of democracy under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government.

Dictatorial slant

However, even the little needs to be saved and built upon, not destroyed under NOC.

Mahathir wants to head the NOC; he proposed his own name to the monarch without any shame or feeling of remorse as to his earlier role.

Although he might not have given up the idea being a Prime Minister, but at the same time he has no qualms to become dictator.

The head of NOC is essentially one of dictator with concentration of administrative and security powers.

Just imagine a person like Dr Mahathir with these kinds of powers!

He had administered the country twice as the Prime Minister but in actual fact with all the attributes of a dictator, just imagine what Dr Mahathir will be like as the head of the NOC?

He will discard all semblances of democracy to fit in a new role that would be most suitable for him to damage that Malaysia will never ever recover for a long time.

There is limit to political greed but such limit is nowhere to be found in the character of Dr Mahathir.

He lives in a make-belief world of grand illusions.

It this detachment from reality that propels Dr Mahathir to think and act as though he is the ultimate saviour to the myriad problems faced by the country.

The illegally constituted backdoor government was not bad enough as it needed an emergency to shore up its longevity.

Now you have proposal from Dr Mahathir not to enable democracy or return to parliament but diabolical initiative that would ensure dictatorship.

No Malaysians in their right minds will put up with the vicious proposal of Dr Mahathir.

It was essentially the lack of democracy that prolonged the Government’s ability to deal effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic.

My question is simple: how is another omission of democracy in the form of NOC going to resolve the problem of pandemic?

Enough is enough.

One man’s deluded and bizarre thinking should not be permitted to dampen or kill the march towards democracy. – June 11, 2021


Prof P Ramasamy is the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang and Perai state assemblyman.



The Wrath of Malaysian Doraemon-ites

MM Online:

Dr Amalina cyberbullied after criticising Prof Muhaya’s ‘act dumb’ advice for single women


Dr Amalina became a target for keyboard warriors after she criticised Dr Muhaya’s outdated views on gender. — Picture via Instagram/dramalinabakri

PETALING JAYA, June 11 — London-based Malaysian surgeon Dr Amalina Che Bakri is being cyberbullied after she criticised eye specialist Prof Datuk Dr Muhaya Mohamad for telling women to “act dumb” to attract a husband.


Doraemon No 2

The 33-year-old posted screenshots on Twitter yesterday showing her Instagram direct messages (DMs) filled with foul language and malicious texts from strangers.

“Please, can I ask you guys for a favour. Can you please report these Instagram accounts. Thank you,” Dr Amalina wrote.

One of the DMs came from a person who accused Dr Amalina of having an “inflated ego” and attacked her for not wearing a tudung.

Another person told Dr Amalina to “shut up” in a text laden with exclamation marks and claimed that her statements sound like they come from a “kampung (village) girl.”

Many also targeted Dr Amalina’s husband in their remarks, with one Instagram user saying he “pitied” her partner for “having to put up with her pretending to be smart.”


Some of the screenshots Dr Amalina posted on Twitter, which has been edited to conceal the identities of the users.

Dr Amalina said it was bad luck that she had turned into a punching bag for those who supported Dr Muhaya’s old-school views on gender.

She also retweeted a video of former Universiti Sains Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail saying that successful women need supportive and understanding husbands or risk getting their “wings clipped.”

The wave of cyberbullying came after Dr Amalina called out Dr Muhaya for saying that women need to be docile and tone down their ambitions if they want to land a husband.

“I’m sorry but my mum didn’t raise me to be ‘bodoh-bodoh sikit’ in front of men so that I can ‘bertemu jodoh.’

“You are sending the wrong message to girls and young women. Women should definitely not lower their intellectual level just so that they can attract a man,” she wrote.

Dr Amalina has a large following on social media where she frequently shares science-based knowledge and snippets of her life in the UK.

She played a critical role in bringing Malaysian infant Ainul Mardhiah Ahmad Safiuddin to London in 2019 for a life-saving operation to remove a 200-gram tumour.


The USA should be willing to accept Rohingyas stranded in Malaysia

MM Online:

Immigration DG: No country willing to accept Rohingya refugees from Malaysia


Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said Malaysia could not deport ethnic Rohingya refugees being held here as no other country including Myanmar was willing to accept them. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 ― Malaysia could not deport ethnic Rohingya refugees being held here as no other country including Myanmar was willing to accept them, said Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

In an interview with Sinar Harian, Khairul said this also meant the Rohingya would continue to see Malaysia as their number one destination when fleeing Myanmar.

“Since 2019, all Rohingya refugees who have been detained are being held at Immigration detention depots all across the country.

“There are currently 1,998 refugees in our detention depots right now,” he told Sinar Harian.

Khairul was responding to a report by Sinar Harian last friday on a Rohingya refugee who paid RM10,000 to an agent or syndicate to enter the country illegally.

On June 1, Khairul said that all Rohingya refugees held in detention depots will not be sent back to Myanmar as the country is reluctant to take them back.

He explained that even though they are undocumented migrants, Malaysia could not forcefully repatriate them if their home country of Myanmar refused to accept them back.

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kt notes:

When Mahathir was DPM he had a scheme to get rid of unwanted refugees, at that time Chinese-Vietnamese making attempts to escape the communist regime there by sailing across the South China Sea to Malaysia.

Mahathir mentioned using the RMN ships to tow the refugee boats back out to sea or alternatively, to shoot them. After the World's outroar at his inhumane proposals, his aides averred he was misunderstood when he had said "to shoo them".

Would 'shoo' be a commonly used word of Malaysian Malays (Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tunku Aziz excepted)? Wakakaka.

I have a less inhumane proposal - let's send the Rohingyas to either the USA or Europe, especially the USA. The American Administration has shown its love for Uyghur Muslims so presumably it should also love Rohingya Muslims. 

Yes, get the US Ambassador to make the arrangements.