Thursday, October 31, 2019

Now Minister, no more people's rep


2,000 lorry drivers demand to meet transport minister at Putrajaya

The lorry drivers want to discuss issues like the demerit points system and licence renewal with the transport minister.
PUTRAJAYA: About 2,000 lorry drivers from across the country gathered outside the transport ministry here today to wait for the minister, Loke Siew Fook, who had promised to hold negotiations with them.
Jayasim Tanapal, the leader of a Pahang lorry drivers’ group, said they were demanding a meeting with Loke following a few decisions by the ministry which he said discriminated against them.
These included the implementation of a demerit points system for errant drivers and the licence renewal process which requires them to undergo a medical checkup.
“We have called him (Loke) three times but he only sends a representative. He knows we wanted to come here today to protest. A (ministry) officer said he will come down, but where is he?

always at side of Atuk

DAP members in Tg Piai to vote for MCA?

Wee: DAP supporters tell me they'll vote for MCA

Wee Ka Siong says many DAP supporters have told him they will vote for MCA's candidate in Tanjung Piai by-election 

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 (Sin Chew Daily) -- MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said when he was in Tanjung Piai, many DAP supporters told him they would vote for MCA's candidate this time because MCA had expressed their frustration towards their leaders.

“We need to have stronger opposition in the Parliament in order to tell the prime minister his policy is not right and he has not fulfilled his election promises.”

When asked about MCA's chance of winning the Tanjung Piai by-election, Wee said, “I don't want to be too optimistic. I would say it's 50:50.”

Wakakaka - yes, the voting strategies cum tactics of Chinese Malaysians have been legend. In old Pulau Pinang, they would have voted MCA-Gerakan-MIC and even UMNO in state elections, while voting mainly DAP for federal parliament.

The objective was to ensure local developments were unimpeded (with BN representatives having access to federal money) while 'Chinese voices' were heard loud and clear in federal Parliament with once DAP noise-makers like Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh and various others. The Chinese in Penang wanted the best of both worlds, wakakaka.

So in a way, I would say Wee Ka Siong has not been bullshitting because I too sense a deep anger within the Chinese community at Mahathir's old UMNO policies and the generally useless boe-laam-phah-nes of the top DAP leaders - only grassroots heroes like Ronnie Liu remain respected by DAP grassroots.

Ronnie Liu - a DAP salt-of-the-earth member 

Thus, at best for Pakatan, the Chinese voters will play mahjong or p'ah kau, or watch Hongkie TV dramas, or worse, they will vote for either MCA or Gerakan, and to eff with Parti Pribumi (nothing personal against the candidate but virtually spitting at Mahathir).

As I mentioned before, if the Parti Pribumi candidate Karmaine Sardini wants to win, he has to secure 50.1 of the overall votes, but where all of that have to come from the 57% registered Malay voters in Tanjung Piai.

However, berhati-hati, my dear Wee, there's many a slip twixt cup and lip, and the MCA candidate may yet lose due to one, two or perhaps a combination of the following reasons:

(a) PAS and UMNO voters play renegades and vote for calon Melayu yang berIslam, wakakaka,

(b) Chinese voters staying back at home,

(c) Chinese voters voting for Gerakan candidate Wendy Subramaniam, though it has to be said Wee Jeck Seng, the MCA candidate is well-known in Tanjung Piai and had been the Pekan Nanas ADUN from 2004 to 2008 and Tanjung Piai's representative before (2008 to 2013; then 2013 to 2018).

In the humongous Pakatan tsunami of May 2018, Wee Jeck Seng only lost by 524 votes in a constituency of 45,858 votes cast, or 1.14%, which had been quite a sterling Herculean effort.

But with everything going his way today, he should win, though alas, the Malays today are more ethnic-conscious.

So, Wee Ka Siong has been cautiously wary and thus humbled in saying the MCA candidate's chances are at only 50:50.

I wonder which DAP member will be campaigning for Pribumi's candidate Karmaine Sardini, wakakaka.

Lim KS? Lim GE? Teo Nie Ching? Wakakaka. Better send the non-Chinese DAP politicians there - at least they'll still receive support from the Chinese Malaysians in Tanjung Piai.

The Kerbau of Malay Unity


Malay Unity My Foot! – PAS Refuses To Give Any Seat To Partner UMNO, Despite Zahid’s Apology & Begging.

Unity my kahchnooi [@$$] 

Malay unity is nothing but empty rhetoric trumpeted by Malay politicians desperate for gullible Malay votes, as did “Buy Muslim-made First (BMF)” campaign triggered by UMNO’s racism and extremism initiative to put Malays and non-Malays at loggerheads. Clever, moderate and right-thinking Malays do not believe in Malay unity, let alone a domestic trade war with non-Malays.

Like it or not, the Malays and non-Malays are too intertwined to decouple after 62 years since independence in 1957. It would be easier for the U.S. to decouple from China completely in their trade war than for the Malays and non-Malays to dissociate from each other. Utusan Malaysia, the country’s oldest Malay newspaper, would not have gone bankrupt if BMF works.

Despite BMF campaign, Malays continue flocking to Chinese shops like NSK, Giant, Econsave, Sogo, 7-Eleven, 99 Speedmart, KK Super Mart, Mr. D.I.Y., Secret Recipe, Manhattan Fish Market, Chicken Rice Shop, Tealive and whatnot, not to mention they religiously queuing at Magnum, Sports Toto and DaMaCai every Wed, Sat and Sun to try their luck betting on 4D and 5D numbers and Jackpot.

Smart Malays knew the so-called “Malay Unity” was a scam hatched by UMNO after the Malay nationalist party lost its power for the first time since the country’s independence 62 years ago. Prior to the May 2018 General Election, the arrogant and corrupt UMNO had never bothered about Malay unity otherwise former premier Najib would not have had been defeated.

Yes, had former UMNO president Najib Razak and PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) president Hadi Awang joined forces against the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, the crooked prime minister would not be looking at spending years in prison today. But Mr. Najib thought he was super-smart paying only RM90 million to PAS to engage in three-cornered fights with PH.

Mr. Najib had admitted that the strategy to go for three-cornered fights had resulted in the coalition losing the 14th general election. He had confessed that his strategy was to split non-UMNO votes between PAS and Pakatan Harapan so that UMNO would get the majority. But clearly the simplistic strategy had backfired spectacularly. And UMNO lost its shirt.

Since its defeat, UMNO talks about Malay unity every week because they need PAS zombielike-obedient voters. PAS talks about Malay unity every week because they need Mahathir government’s attention to get funding for the state of Kelantan and Terengganu. And Prime Minister Mahathir, due to his desperation for Malay voters, has recklessly played racial and religious extremism.

When PAS and UMNO, two largest Malay-based parties in the country, officially signed a political pact on September 14, the 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad was incredibly panicked. He blinked. After all, the last time UMNO and PAS cooperated was during the 1974 General Election, when PAS candidates contested under the Barisan Nasional banner.

So the Malay Dignity Congress was hatched under the nose of Mahathir. The congress, which was jointly organised by Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), opened with a bang when the chief organiser – Zainal Kling – issued a warning to non-Malays about the suspension of their citizenship.

Today, it has proven again that PAS and UMNO, despite their less than 2-month marriage, don’t actually trust each other. It seems Mahathir has become a sucker. PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Ibrahim has essentially told his new ally to fly kite when he announced that PAS administrations in Kelantan and Terengganu do not have space for UMNO lawmakers.

The No 2 strongman of PAS said – “The people have given us mandate in the 14th General Election and we agreed that PAS and UMNO will work as a team. They are not Opposition in the state, even if they are not directly involved in the running of the state. The “exco” (executive council) positions are full. Every quota is filled.” It seems UMNO has become a sucker too.

After the May 9 2018 general election, PAS won 37 seats while UMNO captured 7 seats in the 45-seat Kelantan State Legislative Assembly. PAS also won 23 seats while UMNO grabbed 10 seats in the 33-seat Terengganu State Legislative Assembly. So why can’t the stingy PAS give at least 1 seat in the executive council in both states to UMNO, its newly married partner?

More importantly, the refusal to include UMNO in the government Terengganu is a humiliating slap in the face of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the president of UMNO. Just 3 days ago (Oct 26), Mr. Zahid hinted at PAS to include his party’s lawmakers in the state government of Terengganu during his opening speech at UMNO Terengganu Convention.

Yes, not only did the Java-immigrant Zahid plead with a begging bowl to PAS Islamic party to be given some space in the administration of Terengganu, the former prime minister had also openly apologised – from head to toe – to PAS for “past deeds”. However, it appears Zahid’s sucking up to PAS leadership was seen as a sign of weakness – worse than a pariah beggar.

Interestingly, a day after both PAS and UMNO formed their grand political alliance on Sept 14, it was PAS president Hadi Awang who told all and sundry that his Islamist party planned to include bedfellow UMNO in the two states it currently rules, adding that they will make a public announcement in the near future. But nothing happened until Zahid begged three days ago.

So what had happened within a short span of 6 weeks since the fanfare signing ceremony of the UMNO-PAS charter at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), where thousands of their supporters attended and even cried at the historic cooperation? What type of nonsense is the Malay unity that PAS has been chest-thumping if it can’t even allows UMNO in the Terengganu government?

At best, the mistrust between PAS and UMNO finally rear its ugly head. Hadi Awang could be toying with Zahid Hamidi when he promised to include UMNO in the administration of Kelantan and Terengganu. Even if the PAS president wanted to, he probably realised how much the PAS grassroots members reject and despise the idea of sharing power with their once bitter enemy.

At worst, PAS has started sabotaging ally UMNO to help PM Mahathir wins the coming Tanjung Piai by-election. Earlier on Oct 24, in order to stop prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim from becoming the next premier, 18 MPs from PAS and 6 MPs from UMNO have expressed support for Mahathir to remain prime minister for the full electoral term of five years.

An embarrassing defeat in the Tanjung Piai by-election could be used as a referendum that Mahathir’s premiership and leadership are rejected, pressuring him to pass the baton to Anwar. PAS’ latest rejection of Zahid’s request to running the state of Terengganu together could be a signal to PAS Johor machinery not to take the by-election seriously.

If PAS can’t even agree to a small sacrifice like sharing one “exco seat” at the state level, exactly how could both PAS and UMNO agree to a bigger sacrifice at the national level – seat negotiations and allocations for the next 15th General Election? This is precisely the reason why smart Malays do not believe in this junk called Malay unity.

There are simply too many greedy and corrupt Malay leaders wanted to become the next prime minister. Do you really think Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar Ibrahim, Azmin Ali, Hadi Awang, Najib Razak, Zahid Hamidi, Hishammuddin Hussein, Khairy Jamaluddin and whatnot really care about the Malay welfare, let alone the Malay dignity, as screamed by that Professor Kling?

A Chinese idiom says, “One mountain cannot contain two tigers.” But in the case of Malaysia, there are at least eight Malay tigers fighting each other to enrich their families and cronies. Only a fool would think Mahathir, Hadi or Zahid genuinely desires Malay unity for the sake of the community. If they are genuine about it, UMNO, PAS and Bersatu would have been “merged” already.

Politics is the most lucrative business in Malaysia, especially for Malay elite politicians. Najib Razak provides the best example that a career in politics is the formula to become a multi-billionaire. What you need to do is to stir up racial and religious sentiments among the Malays that the Muslims and Malay Rulers have lost power to the “Chinese, Christians and Communists”.

Charlie Brown wins this time, wakakaka

MM Online:

Oh, BN’s candidate ‘recycled’? Look at who is PM, Umno sec-gen tells Pakatan


Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa was defending BN’s choice for the by-election in the form of MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng

Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 ― Pakatan Harapan (PH) has quite the nerve to label Barisan Nasional’s Tanjung Piai candidate as “recycled” given that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is prime minister for the second time, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today.

The Umno secretary-general was defending BN’s choice for the by-election in the form of MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng.

“It's okay, we have a Prime Minister who was recycled many times so it's not a big issue. It's good to have a ‘recycled’ PhD holder who has an excellent record of service and is a local,” Annuar told reporters at Parliament today. 

Wee, who received his Doctorate in Public Management from University Utara Malaysia recently was previously a two-term Tanjung Piai MP and one-term Pekan Nenas assemblyman before losing to Bersatu’s Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik by 524 votes last year.

Annuar also dismissed the complaints of discontent by Umno grassroots over the candidate’s choice, saying that it is normal.

“(Disappointment) is normal in every candidate selection because there's bound to be differences of opinion. I understand their (Umno) wish to have a candidate from the party and they communicated this wish.

“We discussed at length and at last we reached a consensus and we think it's important that the basic principles and party's struggle must be prioritised.

“And after our discussion we agreed to take Wee to represent Barisan,” said Annuar.

Wee, 55, will be contesting against Tanjung Piai Bersatu chief, Karmaine Sardini, 66, for PH and and Gerakan’s Wendy Subramaniam, 38.

The polling day is fixed on November 16 after a two weeks campaign period that will start this Saturday.

My mistake & disappointment in Saifuddin Abdullah


Adakah PAS akan bantu calon Cina BN di PRK Tg Piai, soal PH

Saifuddin Abdullah berkata, lebih mudah untuk PAS menyokong calon PH, Karmaine Sardini yang merupakan calon Islam dan mempunyai rekod baik 

KUALA LUMPUR: Ketua Setiausaha Sekretariat Pakatan Harapan (PH), Saifuddin Abdullah mempersoalkan PAS jika ia akan menyokong calon Cina Barisan Nasional (BN) pada Pilihan Raya Kecil Parlimen Tanjung Piai kerana parti Islam itu pernah berkempen untuk calon Islam.

Katanya, lebih mudah untuk PAS menyokong calon PH, Karmaine Sardini yang merupakan calon Islam dan mempunyai rekod baik.

“Masalahnya adalah dengan PAS, bagaimana mereka akan berkempen di Tanjung Piai kerana mereka menyokong dan bekerjasama rapat dengan Umno. Saya rasa PAS perlu sokong calon PH.

“Mereka pernah berkempen menggunakan isu kaum dan agama untuk memilih calon di tempat lain. Jadi, terserah kepada rakyat untuk lihat parti mana yang berterus-terang,” katanya di lobi Parlimen hari ini.

Pada 25 Jan lalu, Presiden PAS, Abdul Hadi Awang meminta pengundi Islam di PRK Cameron Highlands wajib menyokong calon yang mempunyai sifat keagamaan dan rekod bersih, iaitu calon BN, Ramli Mohd Nor.

Katanya, umat Islam tidak sepatutnya memilih calon DAP yang didakwanya menunjukkan tanda-tanda negatif yang tidak dapat disembunyikan terhadap Islam.

Tetapi, Hadi hari ini dilaporkan bersetuju dengan keputusan BN yang sekali lagi memilih Ketua MCA Bahagian Tanjung Piai, Wee Jeck Seng bertanding di kerusi Parlimen itu dalam PRK pada bulan depan.

“Sokongan ini adalah selaras persefahaman yang dipersetujui dalam Muafakat Nasional antara Umno dan PAS yang ditandatangani pada 14 Sept lalu,” kata Setiausaha Agung PAS, Takiyuddin Hassan dalam satu kenyataan sambil menambah parti itu berharap pemilihan Wee akan membawa pendekatan politik matang dan tidak melampau.

Wee pernah menjadi ahli Parlimen Tanjung Piai selama dua penggal mulai 2008, sebelum tewas tipis kepada Mohd Farid Mohd Rafik daripada PPBM pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 tahun lalu dalam pertembungan tiga penjuru membabitkan calon PAS.


Saifuddin Abdullah adalah seorang politik yang saya (sebelum hari ini) sangat menghormati, memang pun pada masa beliau berada di UMNO. Sering saya telah menyebut bagitu di blog ini.

Tetapi hari ini, beliau telah menunjukkan rahsia perasaannya yang begitu rasis, dimana, aiyoyo, beliau menghasut PAS untuk menyokong calon Pilihan Raya Kecil Parlimen Tanjung Piai yang beragama Islam.

Di Bahasa Inggeris, perasaannya yang beliau mendedahkan (mungkin yang tidak sengaja/sedar)  di sebutkan  sebagai 'showing his true colours'.

tidak sangka bahawa Saifuddin Abdullah seorang yang mempunyai ciri2 ras melampau

Malaysia Baru? Wakakaka ... sob ... sob ... sob.

BEST political statement 2019 (18)

In my previous post Real Father of Kleptocracy exposed one of Malaysiakini readers Proarte wrote in the readers interactive section to say about Mahathir taking away the GLCs from the Finance Ministry to directly control those gravy-train GLCs (as follows):

The same old kleptocronyism which Mahathir instituted in Malaysian governance is alive and kicking.

Mahathir was Najib's mentor, but the problem was that Najib was killing the goose which laid the golden eggs, which is why he had to go.

Mahathir believes in 'sustainable' kleptocracy in order that the elite 'Malay' gravy train keeps happily chugging along.

Of course, this means Malaysia can never be a fully developed nation with the majority of Malays forever being in a state of victimhood and with a begging bowl.

Kleptocrats like Mahathir have devised a political philosophy which is immoral, which gives unjust privileges to people who do not deserve it by relying on a perverted interpretation of the Constitution and amending it at the drop of a hat to suit their kleptocratic agenda.

UMNO or PRIBUMI - same same 

I deem Proarte's statements which follows as the BEST political statement thus far for 2019:

Mahathir believes in 'sustainable' kleptocracy in order that the elite 'Malay' gravy train keeps happily chugging along.

Of course, this means Malaysia can never be a fully developed nation with the majority of Malays forever being in a state of victimhood and with a begging bowl.

Kleptocrats like Mahathir have devised a political philosophy which is immoral, which gives unjust privileges to people who do not deserve it by relying on a perverted interpretation of the Constitution and amending it at the drop of a hat to suit their kleptocratic agenda.

Best political statement (2019) series:

Real Father of Kleptocracy exposed


Yoursay: GLC reforms? Same old, same old

YOURSAY | ‘They continue to play the same game, only with a name change.’

Yoursay: Dr M's GLC reforms appear to benefit Bersatu Pribumi, study finds.

Shovelnose: Not a total surprise, is it? For those who thought a wholesale change was coming after GE14, they just have unrealistic expectation.

From the word go, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's justification for Bersatu Pribumi was solely to capture the Malay votes. They continue to play the same game, only with a name change.Our urgent, immediate intent was to dislodge the irritant that was Najib Abdul Razak and Umno. There has always been this niggling itch that Bersatu Pribumi will be a handful. Let's resolve that next.

Kim Quek: Najib’s oversized power over the national purse strings that almost bankrupted the nation is now replicated in Mahathir.

Though the latter has split the PM’s former dual role of PM and finance minister in fulfilment of Pakatan Harapan’s reform pledge, he has craftily re-distributed the government-linked companies (GLCs) and statutory bodies to various ministries to ensure he has personal grip on them through his loyalist ministers and his loyalist political appointees to these entities.

We can see that the Umno political and corporate culture is still intact, except that Umno is now replaced by Mahathir and his political cronies, thus making a mockery of Harapan’s much-touted reforms.

Is it any wonder why the handing over of the reins to PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim is such a painful and dreadful thought?

Proarte: The same old kleptocronyism which Mahathir instituted in Malaysian governance is alive and kicking.

Mahathir was Najib's mentor, but the problem was that Najib was killing the goose which laid the golden eggs, which is why he had to go.

no no, it was Najib, never my beloved Atuk 

Mahathir believes in 'sustainable' kleptocracy in order that the elite 'Malay' gravy train keeps happily chugging along.

Of course, this means Malaysia can never be a fully developed nation with the majority of Malays forever being in a state of victimhood and with a begging bowl.

Kleptocrats like Mahathir have devised a political philosophy which is immoral, which gives unjust privileges to people who do not deserve it by relying on a perverted interpretation of the Constitution and amending it at the drop of a hat to suit their kleptocratic agenda.

FairMalaysian: This report reaffirms what everyone knows.

While the non-Malays have been at the receiving end of an almost daily bashing from the Malays on the assumed "grab" by the non-Malays, the non-Malays are essentially and effectively "office boys" or peons.

Even the PKR leadership raised their eyebrows when Azmin Ali was appointed the economic affairs minister. Lim Guan Eng is a lame duck sitting in a stripped-off Finance Ministry.

It looks like it is better to have lost GE14 rather than this phoney win. The win is meaningless. It is a raw feeling that we have been taken for a ride.
Many of us were upset with PKR leader Rafizi Ramli's caution about the prime minister deciding the candidates for cabinet positions when it should have been the Harapan presidential council's prerogative. How true he was.

OMG!: It would more instructive if we can see the total market capitalisation (of the listed entities) as a percentage of Bursa Malaysia. That would bring into sharp relief the relative weight of the bumiputera sector listed on Bursa Malaysia.

Article 153 of our supreme law, the Federal Constitution, was specific as to the "reasonable proportion" (that is, weighted by population) of scholarships, jobs in the federal government, licences and so on.

The Reid Commission made what they thought, in 1957, to be an equitable gesture to the Malays, to recognise their economic backwardness and give them a public helping hand.

But after 1969, and thanks to blatant "communalists" within Umno, in particular Mahathir, that has morphed into a pervasive bumiputeraism and a sense of entitlement.

The racialists have used a stealthy approach to encroach on the business activities of entrepreneurs and surreptitiously taken over large swathes of the economy that way.

By introducing race-based laws supporting Malays in 1957, the well-intentioned but flawed approach cemented racism.

The Reid Commission did recommend that such differential treatment be reviewed in 1972, but that clause was omitted by the Legislative Assembly of 1957 that adopted the Federal Constitution.

Then Razak Hussein post-1969 and Mahathir from 1981 and again from 2018, have continued the stealthy state capture of Malaysia by well-connected Malays.

It is clear who gets the cream and who gets the crumbs. Meanwhile, Singapore passed us years ago, and now Vietnam (with 16 percent GDP growth last year) is soon going to be looking at us through their rear window.

Appum: All these moves are nothing but to protect the ‘Malay’ GLCs as if other Malaysians don't own anything in them and their taxes are not used to form and capitalise them.

But I want to look at it this way. Let them do it. One day it will turn out to be another episode of 1MDB 2.0.

We are so exposed to such methods of running the country for so many decades that we are all numb now. So the best message to Bersatu Pribumi and the racist masters is to show them in the Tanjong Piai by-election - vote anyone but Bersatu Pribumi.

Anonymous_1544340881: I thought DAP controls everything.

United Examination Certificate (UEC) still not accepted. Finance Ministry hollowed out. DAP assemblypersons arrested for links to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

While PAS and Umno racists still walking free despite stirring up racist and bigoted divisive feelings through numerous official "channels". I am still waiting for Malaysia Baru.

Newday: Yes, this just goes to show how much influence DAP has in these matters. Will this make any difference to the far right who spout a completely different story? Probably not.

MS: But even if you hit the rural folks with facts exposing the thieving by their patrons, nothing will change.

They will simply dismiss it all by saying that it is the "rezeki" (good fortune) of the thieves. That is why so many of them voted for Najib and gang, despite knowing just a bit of what the rest of the world knew.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mahathir castrated powers of Finance Minister


Corporate sector, big business in Mahathir’s grip, says economist

by Nicholas Chung

Edmund Terence Gomez calls Dr Mahathir Mohamad the ‘de facto finance minister’

KUALA LUMPUR: A prominent economist says Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has a strong grip on the corporate sector following what he called were “covert” reconfigurations after the change of government last year.

Edmund Terence Gomez also called for greater transparency and accountability on government-linked companies (GLCs), citing promises made in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto.

Presenting a report on GLCs prepared by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), of which he is a senior fellow, Gomez said the number of GLCs under the finance ministry had reduced significantly after many were moved under the Prime Minister’s Department.

“Although Lim Guan Eng of DAP was appointed finance minister, effective control of key government enterprises under its jurisdiction, including the sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional and the leading Bumiputera-based investment fund Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) were transferred to Mahathir’s Prime Minister’s Department,” the report said.

Mahathir castrated powers of Finance Minister 

He said the economic affairs, rural development and entrepreneur development ministries – which he said are led by ministers allied to Mahathir – have been critical in ensuring the prime minister’s grip on the corporate sector.

“These ministries are led by PPBM members Rina Harun and Redzuan Yusof, and Azmin Ali who is a close ally of Mahathir’s.

“The Prime Minister’s Department controls big businesses. The Ministry of Economic Affairs controls Bumiputera GLCs.

“The Ministry of Rural Development controls statutory bodies, giving them significant influence in rural areas, and the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development controls the small medium enterprises (SME) industry.

“The entire corporate sector is under control of PPBM, and with Azmin,” said Gomez, who also called Mahathir the “de facto finance minister”.

Gomez said Lim was just the figurehead of a “dismembered” finance ministry, adding that his ministry was more of a regulator for government spending.

He also pointed out that several political appointments had been made in GLCs under the rural development ministry, with up to eight representatives from PPBM, PKR and Amanah given director roles.

“PPBM is doing exactly what Umno did. They’re using the same system, they’re playing the same patronage games.

“And they’re giving directorships to people who lost to keep them loyal to the party. In other words, there’s no change to the system. It’s a reinforcement of the system, in fact,” he said.

“Is this the reconfiguration we wanted to see? This is a power reconfiguration. The same system abused by politicians is being abused by the current government. Now you know why they don’t want to make changes in the GLC world. It’s too important.”

He said GLCs should be placed under parliamentary select committees, adding that ultimately it has more to do about control than about professionals on board.

“You can appoint professionals, but ultimately are they really fully in charge or do they take the cue from the prime minister?

“I don’t think they have the autonomy. It’s these kinds of things we want to address,” he said, citing Mahathir’s self-appointment as Khazanah’s chairman.

Australia a big Hypocrite on human rights

As a schoolkid in MBS (Penang of course, wakakaka), I was taught that "PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES LAH", though during my time the 'lah' was not taught, wakakaka again.

The government (not people) of Australia has shown its disgusting double standards hypocritical behaviour. Read following:

FMT - Australia says it will hold China accountable on human rights.

Australia Marise Payne insists staying quiet on sensitive issues is not in Australia’s national interests (Reuters pic) 

SYDNEY: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Canberra will hold China to account on issues such as human rights, insisting that staying quiet on sensitive issues is not in Australia’s national interests.

Relations between Canberra and its most important trading partner have deteriorated in recent years amid accusations that China is meddling in Australian domestic affairs. Canberra also fears China is seeking undue influence in the Pacific region.

Souring relations have strained bilateral trade, prompting some business executives to call on Australia’s conservative government to prioritise economic policy above social advocacy.

However, Payne said late yesterday Australia would not be silenced.

“We must respect each other’s sovereignty, but we will consistently continue to raise issues such as human rights, including, as I have said, with China,” she said in a foreign policy speech in Sydney.

“Turning a blind eye to all human rights violations means an acceptance of behaviour that undermines the foundations of international peace and stability. Where there is no challenge, there is no progress,” Payne said.

China’s embassy in Canberra did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

China has been widely condemned for setting up complexes in remote Xinjiang that it describes as “vocational training centres” to stamp out extremism and give people new skills. The United Nations says at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims have been detained.


SBS - Australia has ignored the UN's request to release the Tamil family from Christmas Island.

The family of four are currently the only people detained on Christmas Island. Source: Supplied 

The United Nation’s Human Rights Committee asked the Australian government to release the family from detention within 30 days. That time limit has now passed.

Priya and Nadesalingam and their two children Kopika, four, and Tharnicaa, two, who were both born in Australia, have been fighting deportation to Sri Lanka since March 2018 when they were placed in a Melbourne detention centre after their parents’ visas expired.

The UN committee, which is tasked with monitoring breaches of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), wrote to the family’s lawyer on 1 October in response to a complaint made on behalf of the family against the government.

The committee said they had requested interim measures to have the family removed from detention within 30 days. That timeframe has since expired.

The family have submitted a complaint to the UN's Human Right Committee alleging a breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 

When asked by SBS News why it had not acted on the committee’s request, despite being a party to the ICCPR, a department of Home Affairs spokesperson declined to comment further and pointed to the departments earlier statement, which said it was aware of the UN's request.

In the statement, published on 2 October, the spokesperson said the family would remain on Christmas Island “whilst the judicial review proceedings are before the court”.

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Leading international refugee law expert Mary Crock told SBS News it was not surprising the government had not upheld the committee’s request.

“The problem is that for many years now … Australia has taken less and less notice of what UN human rights committees say,” she said.

“At the moment, you have a government that really does not believe in the system at all … they take the view that a complaint to the UN system can work its own course, but it won’t interrupt whatever our domestic immigration procedures are.”

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While the committee has the authority to offer recommendations and make rulings on complaints alleging breaches of the ICCPR, the UN cannot force a country to comply.

Professor Crock believes it is likely the committee will find Australia is in breach of its human right obligations but added the ruling would make little practical difference to the family.

“Australia has been found to be in breach of our obligations under the ICCPR so many times now, and under the torture convention, that it doesn’t make any difference,” she said.

"We’re not living in an age where respect for human rights has any currency. That’s the problem. So the poor old UN, all they can do is keep bleating away and hope one day things will be get better.”

The committee said it was unable to comment on the case until a final decision was made, but confirmed a Sri Lankan family held on Christmas Island had submitted a complaint under the ICCPR’s optional protocol, which allows for individuals to make complaints against states.

According to the UN, signatories to the optional protocol recognise the “competence” of the committee to hear complaints from people who “claim to be victims of a violation of that state party of any rights set forth in the covenant [ICCPR]”.

Australia has been a party to the protocol since 1991.

The complaint remains in a preliminary phase, during which the committee may request the government take provisional measures if it considers there is a risk of irreparable harm.

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Lawyers acting on behalf of the family also declined to comment while the complaint was being investigated but said there had been no major updates to their situation.

The family’s future is currently in the hands of the Federal Court after a judge ruled there was enough evidence for Tharnicaa’s bid for asylum to be taken to trial. A date for the trial has not been set but the next hearing will take place on 16 December.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has repeatedly said the family, who had settled in the rural town of Biloela, Queensland, would remain on Christmas Island until the case is finalised, which may take many months.
Professor Crock, who is also a practising migration lawyer, believes the high-profile nature of the case will mean the family have little chance of a quiet resolution or the opportunity to move to a third-party country in the interim.

Last week it was revealed the reopening of the Christmas Island detention centre this year had cost the taxpayer $27 million, despite the family being the only people detained on the island.

Home Affairs Department officials told a Senate estimates committee that more than 100 staff have been on hand at the centre.