Thursday, August 05, 2021

Malaysian politics - 1 + 1 + 2 = 7

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The maths behind Malaysia’s latest political drama


Anwar maintains that Muhyiddin has lost his majority, adding he has been informed that ministers have applied to switch their support at the protest in Dataran Merdeka on Monday. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 ― Yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin insisted he still has the support of the majority of federal lawmakers, in the form of their statutory declaration, to continue leading the government.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president said after disclosing that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah informed him that the latter was given statutory declarations from eight Umno MPs who formally informed the Dewan Rakyat Speaker they were withdrawing support for him.

Muhyiddin has also pledged to table a confidence vote when Parliament convenes in September, to dispel the continued doubts over his legitimacy to remain as prime minister.

Malay Mail tallied up the events that unfolded this week, as more and more Oppositions claimed that the Pagoh MP had lost his majority, to determine if Muhyiddin’s insistence was plausible.

Currently, the Bersatu-led Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition has 51 MPs including lawmakers from PAS, STAR and PBS.

However, the coalition was only able to reach a simple majority due to receiving support in matters of confidence and supply from outside parties, namely Barisan Nasional (BN) that consisted of Umno, MCA, MIC and PBRS, as well as the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition.

BN has 42 seats, GPS has 18, and PBS has one. Three independent MPs who recently left PKR have also declared for PN.

All combined, PN theoretically controls 115 out of 220 seats in Parliament. While the Dewan Rakyat officially has 222 constituencies, two remain vacant due to the deaths of their incumbents.

On Monday, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that enough of the party’s federal lawmakers have signed a declaration to withdraw its support for Muhyiddin.

Although the numbers are not revealed, several MPs are seen to be behind him and sources from the party verified that there are 11 MPs in Zahid’s camp.

They are Zahid himself (Bagan Datuk), Datuk Seri Najib Razak (Pekan), Datuk Ahmad Nazlan Idris (Jerantut), Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (Machang), Ramli Mohd Noor (Cameron Highlands), Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Gua Musang), Datuk Mohd Nizar Zakaria (Parit), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (Pengerang), Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (Baling) and Tan Sri Noh Omar (Tanjung Karang).

If these MPs are confirmed as withdrawing support for Muhyiddin, only 27 of the party’s MPs would still be aligned with PN.

On the other side, Pakatan Harapan and Opposition Lead Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim could count on 88 MPs from the coalition.

Including other Opposition parties such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), Parti Warisan Sabah, Parti Sarawak Baru as well as former ministers turned independents such as Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muar) and Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam), PH’s numbers would be 105.

Adding the 11 Umno MPs, those opposed to PN could number up to 116.

However, a source close to Umno told Malay Mail that there is some “fluidity” in the number of Umno MPs that support either Zahid or Muhyiddin.

“Some MPs have signed both letters and SDs supporting both leaders,” said the source without elaborating the names.


It is also unclear if all the Opposition lawmakers would rally behind Anwar should he attempt to present his level of support to the Agong.


Anwar maintains that Muhyiddin has lost his majority, adding he has been informed that ministers have applied to switch their support at the protest in Dataran Merdeka on Monday when the police stopped Opposition MPs from going to the Parliament that was closed because of Covid-19.

Last year, Anwar claimed to have support from enough Umno MPs to take over the government, but has yet to prove this in Parliament.






Man in India presumed dead in a 1976 plane crash to reunite with family after 45 years

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Man in India presumed dead in a 1976 plane crash to reunite with family after 45 years


Thungal (left) hugged by the kind pastor who welcomed him to stay in the shelter for the past 45 years. ― Picture via Twitter/MoisesLopez

PETALING JAYA, Aug 4 ― Kerala man Sajid Thungal who was feared dead in a 1976 plane crash wants to reunite with his family after not seeing them for 45 years.

Thungal, now 70, left his hometown of Kottayam, India in 1976 to head to Chennai with a group of artistes for an art project that he had organised.

However, tragedy struck when the Indian Airlines Flight 171 he boarded along with 94 other passengers from Mumbai to Chennai crashed on October 12 after the plane’s engine caught fire.

News portal Gulf News reported that Thungal is believed to be the lone survivor of the plane crash.

He told the news portal that he didn’t contact his family as he was overwhelmed by the trauma of the plane crash, the death of the artistes and felt like a failure for ruining his art project.

“I didn’t get in touch with the family because I felt like a failure.

“ I kept thinking I would make something of myself in Mumbai and then I would contact everyone.

“But that didn’t happen and the next 45 years passed just like that,” he said.

Since 1982, a kind priest allowed him to stay at a shelter in Mumbai but it was only a few weeks ago that the plane crash survivor expressed his desire to reunite with his family.

After the priest made some inquiries about Thungal’s family, they discovered that while his father had passed away, his mother, 91, was still alive.

When his family found out that he was still alive, they were shocked.

During a recent video call with his family members, Thungal was overwhelmed with emotions that he couldn’t even speak to them.

A face-to-face reunion is set to take place between Thungal and his family members this week.

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KT NOTES:

It's wonderful news. But I heard on the grapevine this Son of Kerala came to seek his fortune in Malaysia, and by sheer effort plus his intellect became a very successful politician after receiving his citizenship. He returned to India because (again it was heard) he was frustrated by non-recognition of his amazing leadership and able administrative skills. 😀😁😂 Would that be true?



Ain gets letter demanding RM1m over lewd jokes allegation





Ain gets letter demanding RM1m over lewd jokes allegation

Form 5 student Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam has received a letter of demand this afternoon from a male teacher for purportedly defaming him by alleging that he had made lewd jokes in class.

The teen and both her parents were named as respondents in the letter, which demanded, among others, an apology and monetary compensation of RM1 million. Failure to fulfil the demands will result in further legal action.

“So, currently we are seeking advice on what to do next,” said Saiful Nizam Ab Wahab, Ain’s father, when contacted by Malaysiakini today.

He added that the letter contained five demands.

Earlier, Ain had tweeted that she had received a letter of demand for “defamatory statements”.

“In the letter, Ain is given seven days for all these demands, among which is to pay RM1 million in compensation.

“All I ask is for everyone to pray for the best for Ain,” she had said in her tweet.

On April 24, Ain posted a video on TikTok where she said a male teacher had made jokes about rape during a physical and health education class, prompting widespread outrage on social media.

This included telling the boys in class that if they commit rape, they should target those above 18.

Since going public with her story, Ain has gained supporters but also suffered through criticisms and threats, including a rape threat from a fellow classmate, who later apologised for his remark.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Mafulat-ish MaKa-Laut Machiavellian Mahia playing delaying games to avoid confidence votes

theVibes.com:

Muhyiddin’s delayed confidence vote can be defeated now – P. Gunasegaram

Prime minister’s weak decision shows he does not have numbers despite his claims, and, no, he has not won yet


The political endgame can move in favour of those who oppose Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, provided they make the right moves now and in a hurry. – Bernama pic, August 4, 2021



IN yet another attempt to delay the inevitable and prolong the leadership crisis, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin claimed that he has the support of the majority of MPs, but inexplicably delayed the vote in Parliament to next month.

While it gives him some respite, the end game is uncertain, as there are options available to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong if those opposed to Muhyiddin can prove that they have the majority and choose a prime minister among themselves.

As Muhyiddin made the announcement, an array of senior ministers stood beside him, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan and Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. Most of them stood grimly and meekly with their hands crossed in front of them.

If he indeed has the numbers as claimed, then it is incumbent on him as the prime minister to reduce uncertainty and needless politicking by convening Parliament as soon as possible – say Friday – and settle this issue once and for all.

That way, all uncertainty and needless politicking can be removed, and the focus can be on governing in the time of Covid-19.


If Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin indeed has majority support, then it is incumbent on him as the prime minister to reduce uncertainty and needless politicking by convening Parliament as soon as possible. – Bernama pic, August 4, 2021

But that is not the case. It is easy enough for him as prime minister to summon an emergency meeting of the august House for the sole and express purpose of legitimising him as the prime minister by the most supreme body in the country – the Parliament.

Why is Muhyiddin not doing that? Wouldn’t any sane person who has majority support in Parliament welcome the opportunity to show that he has it and put a stop to this continuous incessant politicking, which has cost the country and rakyat dearly, in terms of lives and livelihoods lost?

The only reason that he is postponing the decision to September is because he does not have the majority now. In the month or so leading up to the sitting, we are going to witness one of the most, if not the most, brutal fights for power.

Money and power will be traded like never before for the votes of a few swing MPs, who will become fabulously rich beyond their wildest dreams. In the meantime, the Covid-19 situation will be exploited to the hilt to delay Parliament as long as possible.

If Covid-19 cases start to suddenly climb, it will be a good excuse to further delay things. Thirty days hath September, but Muhyiddin cannot even fix a particular day in that month. In the meantime, he can use the Covid-19 situation to further delay the confidence vote, even beyond next month.


There are options available to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong if those opposed to the prime minister can prove that they have the majority and choose a successor among themselves. – Istana Negara pic, August 4, 2021

If he indeed has majority control, he can put this immediately behind him. Instead, he chooses to continue to mire this country in dire difficulty and adversely affect the poor – especially in fighting the deadly Covid-19, where the situation has been allowed to deteriorate into chaos, with Klang Valley hospitals desperate and in total disarray.

This is a decision made in bad faith because a special parliamentary session called on – say Friday – could have easily established confidence in Muhyiddin or otherwise, instead of delaying the process.

Here’s the gist of what Muhyiddin announced:

In his usual trademark style where the press is not present to ask questions, he first apologised that he has to explain the situation in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I was informed by the king that eight Umno MPs had written to the speaker of Parliament to say they have withdrawn support for me.”

The king then made two references to the constitution – Article 40(2), which says: the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may act in his discretion in the performance of the following functions, that is to say: (a) the appointment of a prime minister. And Article 43(4), which says: if the prime minister ceases to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives, then, unless at his request the Yang di-Pertuan Agong dissolves Parliament, the prime minister shall tender the resignation of the cabinet.


If eight, and as many 14, Umno MPs have withdrawn support for the prime minister, how can he have majority? – File pic, August 4, 2021

Muhyiddin said he informed the king that he has received statutory declarations to show that he has the majority at the moment, and therefore, the question of his resignation does not arise under Article 43(4).

However, he showed no list. If eight, and as many 14, Umno MPs have withdrawn support for him, how can he have majority? That question, which must have been on everyone’s minds, was not answered.

He declared pompously: “My position as prime minister and Perikatan Nasional as government will be determined according to the law and constitution when Parliament convenes in September. The king noted this.”

There was no explanation as to why Parliament cannot convene earlier. Does it mean that we have to wait for it to sit sometime in September before things are decided? Not necessarily.

It is now up to those MPs who are opposed to Muhyiddin. If they can convincingly and demonstrably show that they have the majority and support one among them to become prime minister, then the king must exercise his discretion under Article 43(4) accordingly.

There is no need to wait for a session of Parliament, as I explained in this article yesterday.


Tan Sri Tommy Thomas has exhorted for a session of Parliament. – The Vibes file pic, August 4, 2021

Meantime, former attorney-general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas exhorted for a session of Parliament.

“...the 220 living MPs must debate, deliberate, horse-trade, bargain, and finally, reach a majority decision of at least 111 of them for our political future… Never in our post-Merdeka history have we required so desperately a competent, professional, honest, accountable, listening and good government,” he said.

Well put, but it should be a parliamentary session, which is sooner rather than later.

Muhyiddin’s move is not a checkmate, yet. The endgame can move in favour of those who oppose him, provided they make the right moves now and in a hurry. It is incumbent upon all MPs to do exactly that and bring to an end the misrule of this government, which has shown that it is interested in nothing but staying in power.

Muhyiddin’s delayed confidence vote can be defeated – now. – The Vibes, August 4, 2021


P. Gunasegaram is amazed at the level of treachery to stay in power. He is chief executive of research and advocacy group Sekhar Institute and editorial consultant of The Vibes


Mafulat MaKa-Laut Machiavellian Mahai distracting from fact he disobeyed king

theVibes.com:

Muhyiddin playing wag the dog with court jab to distract from fact he disobeyed king: Zahid

Umno chief slams PM for insinuating party members pulled support because their demands are not being met


Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the PN government has gone against the decree of the king. – The Vibes file pic, August 4, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR – Umno has nothing to do with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s claims that certain parties are unhappy because he is not entertaining their demands, including intervening in court affairs.

Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this in explaining to The Vibes that Muhyiddin should not divert the public’s attention from the fact that his Perikatan Nasional (PN) government had gone against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decree.

“It has nothing to do with anything except that the king’s decree must be obeyed.

“It has nothing to do with our court cases or whatsoever. The government has gone against the decree of His Majesty,” the former deputy prime minister said.

In a live telecast earlier this afternoon, Muhyiddin had said he is aware that there are parties who are unhappy with him for not entertaining some of their demands, which includes urging him to intervene in court proceedings.

The Umno MPs who are currently facing charges are Zahid himself, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan and Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

In today’s development of Zahid’s corruption case involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds, submissions after the prosecution’s case, initially scheduled for tomorrow at the high court, were postponed to August 24.

Zahid’s lawyer, Hamidi Mohd Noh, had said the hearing was postponed due to the temporary closure of his office after several staff contracted Covid-19.

Also earlier today, Najib had slammed Muhyiddin for implying that Umno MPs who withdrew support for him were doing so in the hopes that charges against them would be dropped.

“In the end, he (Muhyiddin) blames those that pulled their support for him as those who want their cases dropped, whereas the best way to drop charges is to flatter him instead of going against him,” Najib had said in a Facebook post.

Najib is currently facing multiple charges linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal. – The Vibes, August 4, 2021


Patriot demands probe into Muhyiddin’s claim on court interference



Patriot demands probe into Muhyiddin’s claim on court interference


Mohamed Arshad Raji said the claim could damage the reputation of the country in the eyes of global leaders and foreign investors.

PETALING JAYA: The National Patriots Association (Patriot) has demanded an immediate, impartial and transparent investigation over Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s claim on being asked to interfere with court cases.

Patriot president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji said the allegation was too serious and must therefore be investigated if Muhyiddin was serious about restoring the confidence of the public in his government.

“Patriot is shell-shocked and takes a very serious view of the prime minister’s statement that there were appeals for him to interfere in court matters to free several individuals charged with criminal acts,” he said in a statement.

Arshad said the statement made by Muhyiddin was a very grave matter that “cannot be left to the winds of unhealthy and potentially dangerous speculation”.

He said Patriot was also equally concerned that Muhyiddin’s statement was televised live as this could damage the reputation of the country in the eyes of global leaders and foreign investors.

“Patriot expects those implicated to step forward and own up even though it is most unthinkable. At the very least, they must pursue matters in court to prove their innocence,” he added.

Earlier today, Muhyiddin claimed he had received pressure from “certain parties” to intervene in matters of the court in order to set several individuals free from criminal charges.

In a national address, he said these individuals were uneasy over his strict stand in refusing to entertain their demands.

“This includes pressure for me to intervene in the matters of the court to release several individuals who are being charged with criminal offences,” he said.

Najib: Muhyiddin betrayed 3 PMs and the Agong, can we trust him again?





Najib: Muhyiddin betrayed 3 PMs and the Agong, can we trust him again?

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak said Muhyiddin Yassin has a history of betrayals and a premiership tenure chequered with unfulfilled promises.

This, said Najib, begs the question of whether anything that Muhyiddin said today could still be believed.

“He betrayed PM5, PM6, PM7 and Pakatan Harapan. His government lied to Parliament.

“He committed derhaka (treason) against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay rulers.

“So, which part of his statement (today) can be believed?” asked Najib.

Muhyiddin today made two startling claims - firstly, he maintained that he still commanded majority support of the MPs, and secondly, he insinuated that the withdrawal of support by some Umno MPs had to do with ongoing criminal trials.

Najib’s revisit of the past includes references to Muhyiddin’s role in 2008 which saw him pressuring Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign as prime minister.

In 2015, Muhyiddin was sacked from Umno after he was critical of Najib, then the prime minister, over the latter’s handling of the 1MDB affair.

Last year, Muhyiddin joined forces with Umno and other opposition parties to form the new Perikatan Nasional government and thereby ousting Pakatan Harapan from power and forcing Dr Mahathir Mohamad to resign as prime minister.

In trying to discredit Muhyiddin’s claim regarding the request for intervention in criminal trials, Najib said the proper way to do so is through brown-nosing the prime minister and not going against him.

Najib also insinuated that some MPs had done so and succeeded.

“The best way to drop (the charges) is to bodek (brown-nose) not fight him.

“Ask Xavier, the ‘Not-HD’ senior minister, Tok Pa and others,” he said.

Najib said an accused can only truly clear his name through a fair trial.

Najib was among 11 Umno MPs who openly declared their opposition to Muhyiddin yesterday.

There are three Umno MPs who are facing criminal trials while Najib has already been convicted and is appealing the verdict.

Meanwhile, Najib said some of Muhyiddin’s recent policy U-turns also cast doubts on the latter’s ability to tell the truth.

“He said the emergency ordinances (EOs) were revoked since July 21, but that’s untrue. He said the EOs do not need royal assent. He U-turned yesterday.

“He promised there will not be any more nationwide lockdowns, but came up with MCO 3.0, ‘total lockdown’ and the National Recovery Plan.

“He promised elections as soon as the emergency ends because the emergency can help control Covid-19,” wrote Najib.

Najib said Malaysia was the only country in the world which suspended Parliament but saw its Covid-19 numbers getting progressively worse.

“Malaysia is the only country where the longer the lockdowns, the worse the Covid-19 numbers are.

“Why should I support ‘world-class failures’ which have cost lives? Why should I support those who commit derhaka?” asked Najib.


Zahid says sent more declarations to Agong, demands immediate confidence vote

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Zahid says sent more declarations to Agong, demands immediate confidence vote


Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also disputed Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s insistence earlier today that the latter still possessed majority support in Parliament. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 ― Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said additional statutory declarations have been presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to solidify his party’s rejection of the Muhyiddin administration.

Ahmad Zahid also disputed Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s insistence earlier today that the latter still possessed majority support in Parliament.

He then challenged Muhyiddin to convene a special parliamentary sitting to table a confidence vote immediately instead of September as the latter proposed.

“After the (Umno) supreme council made the decision to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional government and the prime minister on the basis of wanting to side with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the number of declarations from Umno MPs have increased.

“Today, I have sent a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to present the additional declarations as an extension of the previous letter,” Ahmad Zahid said in a statement this evening.

Yesterday, Ahmad Zahid claimed that enough of his party’s federal lawmakers have signed a declaration to withdraw its support for Muhyiddin and the PN government, adding that the declarations were presented during an audience with the Agong.

He accused Muhyiddin and his government of defying and belittling the Agong by failing to abide by his decree that the Emergence Ordinances be tabled for debate in both Houses of Parliament.

Earlier today, Muhyiddin announced that a confidence vote will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat when it convenes in September, after insisting that he possessed statutory declarations from MPs expressing support for him to remain as the PM.

Since then, leaders of Opposition parties have called for another special sitting of Parliament to be held no later than August 9 to debate and vote on Muhyiddin’s motion of confidence.

They said that the special sitting should be held based on Standing Order 11(3), adding that it would be unfair for the government to delay until September the vote on the motion of confidence for Muhyiddin, whose current standing as prime minister is in doubt.


Opposition MPs set aside differences to demand immediate Parliament sitting





Opposition MPs set aside differences to demand immediate Parliament sitting

Setting aside differences, all opposition lawmakers and two independent MPs demanded a special Parliament sitting be held immediately instead of next month to decide on a motion of confidence against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

This came after Muhyiddin said he would seek a confidence vote in Dewan Rakyat in the upcoming sitting in September.

"We, the opposition MPs agree that a special Parliament sitting be held soon - no later than Aug 9 - pursuant to the Clause 11(3) of the Standing Order to table, debate and decide the vote of confidence against the prime minister.

"We cannot accept that the issue related to the support for the prime minister will be postponed until September," they added.

The joint statement was signed by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

Other signatories were Warisan president and Semporna MP Shafie Apdal, Upko president and Tuaran MP Wilfred Madius Tangau, Pejuang president and Jerlun MP Mukhriz Mahathir, Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) member and Selangau MP Baru Bian.

The independent MPs are Simpang Renggam’s Maszlee Malik and Muar lawmaker Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Mohamed Khaled Nordin (Umno VP) quits as Boustead chairman

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Umno VP quits as Boustead chairman


In a statement today, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the move was to fulfil his responsibility as a party member who must abide by and respect any of Umno’s decisions. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 ― Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin announced that he has submitted his resignation as the non-independent, non-executive chairman of Boustead Holdings Berhad effective tomorrow.

In a statement today, Khaled said the move was to fulfil his responsibility as a party member who must abide by and respect any of Umno’s decisions.

“On this occasion, I would like to thank the board members and management of Boustead Holdings Berhad who have given their excellent commitment and cooperation throughout my service as chairman to the company since May 2020.

“I am confident and believe the company is now on the right track to continue to play a role in contributing to the country’s economic development, especially in ensuring continued returns to the major shareholders of the military retirement fund, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT),” he said.

Khaled is the second Umno leader to relinquish his appointed post this week, after Datuk Seri Shamsul Anuar Nasarah resigned as the energy and natural resources minister following the Malay nationalist party’s decision to withdraw support for Perikatan Nasional.

Yesterday, Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin was reported saying that “two or three Cabinet members” have expressed their intention to do the same but have yet to hand in their resignation.

Prior to that, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed that enough of the party’s federal lawmakers have signed a declaration to withdraw its support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the PN government.

In January, Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub said he resigned as the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) chairman on principle.

In April, Pasir Puteh Umno division chief Zawawi Othman resigned as chairman of Kesedar Kilang Sdn Bhd in Pasir Puteh, believed to be the first Umno-men to resign from PN related GLC after a motion to sever ties with PN was brought up at the party’s Annual General Assembly earlier this year.


Mahia blames Najib, Najib ripostes





PM: Some want me to interfere in court proceedings

Embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin claimed that his critics are "uncomfortable" with him because he refused to accede to their demands, including interfering with the courts.

"This includes appeals for me to interfere in court matters to free several individuals who are being charged over criminal acts," said Muhyiddin during a televised address today.

Muhyiddin did not name these individuals.

Among the 11 MPs who publicly revolted against Muhyiddin yesterday, there are four Umno MPs facing criminal trials:

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Bagan Datuk)
Najib Abdul Razak (Pekan)
Azeez Abdul Rahim (Baling)
Ahmad Maslan (Pontian)

Of the four, Najib has been convicted and handed a 12-year jail sentence. He is appealing the verdict.

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Better to suck up than fight if we wanted our cases dropped, Najib tells PM

Pekan MP Najib Abdul Razak disputed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s claim that his critics were upset because he refused to interfere in their criminal court cases.

The former prime minister, who has been convicted for one of his 1MDB-related trials, said this would not be the approach of those who sought favours.

“He (Muhyiddin) blamed and lied that those who withdrew their support from him are those who want their cases dismissed when the best way to have them (cases) dismissed is by sucking up to him, not fighting against him,” he said in a Facebook post.

Najib was one of the 10 MPs who flanked Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as the latter announced that “enough” party lawmakers had withdrawn their support from the PM to cost him his Dewan Rakyat majority.

Among the Umno MPs who publicly revolted against Muhyiddin yesterday, there are four Umno MPs facing criminal trials:

Zahid (Bagan Datuk)
Najib (Pekan)
Azeez Abdul Rahim (Baling)
Ahmad Maslan (Pontian)

Meanwhile, Najib also questioned why Muhyiddin was only doing a vote of confidence in September.

“He (Muhyiddin) said he believed he still has majority support. But he promised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to table a confidence vote during the September Parliament sitting.

“Why not now seeing that we have just entered August?

“Is it because Covid-19 is still attacking Parliament? But I saw those who were exposed to Covid-19 in Parliament were free to move around for meetings every night at home,” he said.

Parliament proceedings were supposed to resume on Monday, but had been postponed indefinitely - with the prime minister citing Covid-19 risks.

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kt notes:

C'mon lah, Mahia needs at least 1 month to enable him to go to Gurun to buy its most popular ecologically friendly natural products 😀😁😂


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Salam Khalid, Moo-Moo lah


Nefarious Money

a poem by Dustin Down

Organized criminal guilds
plague your streets
and wander out
to the trade routes
plundering the free exchange;
money swaps hands
but never fast enough
to make it honest.

Deep beneath the temple
lies the golden plate
in a place where skeletons dance
and drink from empty cups;
no thief returns to claim his prize,
freedom for us all.

In the wee hours of the night
a black smith pours hot molten gold
into small molds,
tiny coins imprinted
with an all seeing eye;
rich visitors smelted out,
fuel to feed the fire,
their earnings are neglected.


Your numbers don’t add up, opposition tells Muhyiddin on majority claim - not true lah, Mahia always has 223 MPs backing him





The number of MPs who don’t support Muhyiddin Yassin is now the majority, say Pakatan Harapan and other opposition MPs. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Opposition MPs have rubbished Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s claim that he still has the numbers in the Dewan Rakyat.

They said that Pakatan Harapan MPs, along with MPs from PSB – Baru Bian and Masir Kujat; Upko’s Wilfred Madius Tangau and independent Maszlee Malik had rejected Muhyiddin’s leadership.

“It is therefore impossible for Muhyiddin to command the majority.”

The statement was jointly issued by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Wilfred, Baru, Maszlee and Masir.

They again reiterated their call for Muhyiddin and his Cabinet to resign.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Pejuang, in a separate statement, also denied they were backing Muhyiddin’s administration.

“We have never signed any statutory declaration in support of Muhyiddin,” its information chief Ulya Aqamah Husamudin said.

This afternoon, Muhyiddin said he would not quit despite being pressured to do so, adding that he had received statutory declarations from MPs that “convinced me I still enjoy majority support at this time”.

Umno, which has 37 MPs including those who are part of the Cabinet, had yesterday announced that it was retracting its support for the PN-led government.

On July 7, they officially withdrew their support for Muhyiddin and demanded he step down.

PH has 88 MPs and Pejuang four. Two seats remain vacant, Gerik and Batu Sapi.



Even deeper in Pandemic shit creek

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Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases hover round 20,000-mark today with record 19,819 infections


A general view of the Covid-19 Assessment Centre in Bandar Tun Razak July 25, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Malaysia today reported a new all-time high for the most Covid-19 daily infections in 24 hours, with the Health Ministry recording 19,819 cases.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 1,183,110 since the start of the pandemic.

Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor remains the state with the highest number of infection at 8,377 cases followed by Kuala Lumpur which recorded 2,467 cases.



Former PKR-turned-PRIBUMI Bersatu frog wants Penang to abandon its airport to focus on Kulim Airport

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Penang should consider scrapping airport, allow Kulim to become northern gateway: former exco



Afif Bahardin says there is a renewed focus on the mainland now because of what Covid-19 has done to the economy. – Bernama pic, August 4, 2021

GEORGE TOWN – Penang needs to consider shutting down its international airport in Bayan Lepas to allow the proposed Kulim International Airport to assume its role as the air gateway into the northern region, said a former PKR member.

This is because the state’s future regional growth is more likely to be in Seberang Prai and the hinterlands of Kedah and Perak on the mainland, said Afif Bahardin, a former Penang state executive councillor.

Afif, who defected to join Bersatu in June last year, said that Penang Island is facing an acute shortage of land, and extending land through reclamation may be ill-conceived due to its adverse hydrologic effect on the coastline and climate change.

“It has been proven that sand erosion has set in due to previous reclamation projects. Furthermore, there is also a property glut on the island,” said Afif.

The island should be allowed to focus on its existing conservation and preservation efforts in line with its World Heritage Site status – an international accolade the state should try to consolidate instead of neglecting, he said.

Afif added that the state also needs to create more jobs for the youth.

“We do not want to see an exodus of youth. This would make the brain-drain worse,” he said.

Chipping in on the debate on building a new airport in Kedah instead of upgrading the existing one in Penang, Afif said that the latter could be converted into an industrial park.

Penang’s airport is in Bayan Lepas, whereas the proposed new airport site is at Sidam Kiri in Kulim. The distance between both sites is about 60km.

Some elected representatives are open to a new airport, while others fear that it would erode the economic strengths of Penang if its airport’s role is diminished.

Afif also said that there is a renewed focus on the mainland now because of what Covid-19 has done to the economy.

“We need fast-tracked projects that can bring speedy returns and create more jobs to retain young talent in Penang,” he said.

Afif said the mainland brings new hope and development for the state, so it is best to focus more projects on the localities here. – The Vibes, August 4, 2021


Machiavellian Mahia Minta 1 Month Manipulate Money-sucking M'fer





Why September? Let’s vote now - opposition MPs tell PM


Several opposition MPs have urged Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to test his majority in the Dewan Rakyat with a confidence vote immediately.

This is instead of waiting a month till the scheduled September sitting.

DAP’s Bakri lawmaker Yeo Bee Yin proposed the vote be held tomorrow.

Actually all MPs should be free tomorrow to test your majority. @MuhyiddinYassin— Yeo Bee Yin (@yeobeeyin) August 4, 2021

Warisan’s Kota Belud MP Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis agreed and tweeted that she is still in the Klang Valley and would be able to attend a Dewan Rakyat sitting if it is held tomorrow.

am still here, can go to parlimen 😊 https://t.co/Rfa7GsY092— Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (@munirah_11) August 4, 2021

Batu MP P Prabakaran of PKR similarly questioned why the prime minister could not prove he had a majority today.

Why September? Why cant the PM prove that he has Majority today?— P. Prabakaran (@YbPraba) August 4, 2021

‘Delay tactic’

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii lambasted Muhyiddin’s plan as a “delay tactic” which will prolong the ongoing political crisis.

“He could have called for a special sitting to test it even now,” he tweeted.

Delay tactic,if he is so certain of a majority, he cud hv called for a special sitting to test it even now, rather than pro-long this political crisis & leave the people in a limbo.While political stability is important, it is not an excuse to stabilise incompetence and failure pic.twitter.com/sXVrjDN0pj— Kelvin yii (@Kelvinyii88) August 4, 2021

The DAP lawmaker also expressed concern that the delay will see more defections.

“Why am I so upset with the delay, basically not only is the PM leaving the country in longer limbo which is bad for economic [sic] and even people’s confidence.

“But more importantly, he is further enabling the ‘frog culture’ that is the source of our problems today,” he said.

Meanwhile, PKR Subang lawmaker Wong Chen challenged Muhyiddin to prove his claim of possessing majority support by listing down which MPs were on his side.

“Despite some Umno MPs having withdrawn support for him, the prime minister claims that he has still has a majority, which means he has at least 111 MPs supporting him.

“Please publish the names of at least 111 MPs now,” he said.

Breaking news: The Prime Minister has refused to resign.

Despite some UMNO MPs having withdrawn support for him, the prime minister claims that he has still has a majority, which means he has at least 111 MPs supporting him.

Please publish the names of at least 111 MPs now. pic.twitter.com/tIhl9pzKP9— Wong Chen (@WongChenPKR) August 4, 2021




Mafulat-ish MaKa-Laut Machiavellian Mahai Mati-Mati ta'Mahu resign

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Muhyiddin to table vote of confidence in Parliament next month, says still has backing as PM


A man watches a live telecast of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's speech in Kuala Lumpur August 4, 2021. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced that a confidence vote will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat when it convenes in September, while insisting that he still has the required majority support from lawmakers in the form of statutory declarations (SD) to lead Malaysia.

Muhyiddin said he was informed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah that His Majesty had obtained SDs from eight Umno MPs who formally informed the Dewan Rakyat Speaker they were withdrawing support for him.

“However, I am aware that my position as prime minister is always being questioned,” he said in a televised public address this afternoon.

“Therefore, I have informed His Majesty that I will determine my legitimacy as prime minister in Parliament. A motion of confidence vote will be tabled when Parliament convenes in September.


“Only through this manner, will my position as prime minister and the Perikatan Nasional ruling government be determined in accordance with the law and the Constitution,” he said.


During the address, Muhyiddin was flanked by his deputy Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri from Umno, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and ministers Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man from PAS and Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong from MCA.

Muhyiddin said His Majesty cited Article 43(2)(a) and Article 43(4) of the Federal Constitution in the official letter to him following the withdrawal of support from eight Umno MPs.

Both provisions concerned the requirement of the PM to resign if he no longer has majority support and for the King to appoint an MP as prime minister who he believed commanded majority support in the Lower House of Parliament.

Subsequent to the disclosure, Muhyiddin said he was summoned for an audience in Istana Negara at 11am.

“In today’s audience, I have informed His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that I had received a number of declaration letters from MPs assuring me that I still have the confidence of the majority of MPs at this time.

“Accordingly, my resignation under Article 43(4) of the Federal Constitution does not arise,” he said.

He added that the King consented to his proposal for a confidence vote in September.

Muhyiddin said his Cabinet and the current government bureaucracy will continue to function normally, with particular focus on reining in Covid-19 infections that remain above the 10,000 caseload daily.

The political turmoil comes after Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday claimed that enough of the party’s federal lawmakers have signed a declaration to withdraw its support for Muhyiddin and the Perikatan Nasional government.


Veterans demand Telly Tubby flogged





Patriot demands probe on Zuraida over Agong comments

The Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) has demanded for an investigation on Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin over her comments about the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

This came after her appearance on Astro Awani talk show "Consider This" where she claimed that the public statement issued by the king on July 29 regarding the proposed revocation of the emergency ordinances (EO) was "not proper".

“Patriot is demanding immediately that the police and MACC should investigate Zuraida (above).

“As defenders of our nation’s sovereignty, we the veterans of Patriot and our civilian members take serious objection to politicians like Zuraida who publicly bring our rulers and in this case Yang di-Pertuan Agong into questionable disrepute,” said Patriot president Mohd Arshad Raji in a statement today.

On Monday, Zuraida said the Agong, who was bound to act on the advice of the cabinet in most matters, could have engaged the cabinet first to seek clarification before issuing the statement.

She said as a cabinet member, she believed the revocation of the EO process was above board.

Zuraida added that due to Malaysia having a constitutional monarchy, the monarch had to get the advice of the cabinet and prime minister prior to any decision-making.

"I am a bit upset. Anything that they are not clear (with), they should always call the Prime Minister's Office. (Moreover,) the prime minister (is granted an audience by the Agong) once a week before the cabinet meeting," she had said.

Citing her quote, Patriot said her claim brought the palace into disrepute.



Patriot president Mohd Arshad Raji

“Patriot does not and will never tolerate any attempts by politicians – and especially those in government, to run down our constitutional monarchy. This is treasonous. It is unprecedented. It is dangerous and these attacks on our sovereignty must stop now.

“As defenders of our beloved nation, we demand stern action by the rule of law and in keeping with our long tradition of respect for our royal institution.

“By publicly stating that ‘the king is supposed to listen to what is being recommended by the cabinet’, the minister has not only shamed the integrity of the royal institution but also forced a perception in the public eyes – citizens and foreigners, that our king is not doing the right thing,” said Arshad.

On the talk show, Zuraida also claimed that Agong’s statement should not have been issued, as His Majesty is meant to listen to what is being recommended by the cabinet.

"There shouldn't have been any kind of public statement which, I think, is not that proper in this kind of constitutional monarchy system," she had said.

Patriot claimed that her emphasis on the Agong’s action not being proper in “this kind of constitutional monarchy system” further condemned the royal institution.

They added that politicians should be setting a good example of respecting the royal institution.

“Politicians should be the first line of defence for the nation in setting a good example of respecting, protecting and not shaming our royal institution represented by our Agong and fellow rulers.

“When the politicians and especially those in cabinet themselves deem that they are above the royal institution or think they can attack the Agong publicly by casting aspersions, our beloved country is shamed in the eyes of the world. This Patriot cannot and will never accept,” Arshad said.

On July 29, the Istana Negara issued a rare reprimand of the executive. Among others, the Agong was "deeply disappointed" that de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan claimed in Parliament on July 26 that the ordinances were revoked by the cabinet when royal assent was not granted.

Instead, the Agong argued that the EO had to be debated in both Houses of Parliament to fulfil Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution.

A debate would eventually result in a vote on whether to keep the EO which could have potentially exposed the extent of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's level of support in the Dewan Rakyat.



Parliament hamstrung by Putrajaya, Deputy Speaker Azalina expected to quit





Parliament hamstrung by Putrajaya, Deputy Speaker Azalina expected to quit

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Azalina Othman Said is expected to resign from her position.

Sources with knowledge of the matter told Malaysiakini that Azalina was frustrated with Parliament being hamstrung by Putrajaya.

This includes the legislature and powers of the speakers and deputy speakers being "amputated" of their role to keep the executive in check.

She was also reportedly disappointed with the suspension of Parliament which was viewed as an erosion of democracy.

The Pengerang MP had been appointed as deputy speaker last year following the change in government.

She has been a vocal critic of the government's move to shutter Parliament during the emergency, saying the legislature had been emasculated.

Parliament finally convened last week but was thrown into turmoil on Thursday after the King issued a royal rebuke against de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan over misleading the Dewan Rakyat.

This was after Takiyuddin claimed that the emergency ordinances had been revoked, despite not receiving royal assent.

Following this, Parliament went into recess, with the sitting disrupted after Covid-19 cases were detected among officers in the House.

The sitting on Monday was then delayed indefinitely, again due to Covid-19.

The opposition has accused the government of using Covid-19 to obstruct Parliament proceedings.

Parliament is expected to reconvene only in September, where the government said it would finally table the emergency ordinances for debate and revocation.



Resolving Malaysia's never-ending political crisis





Resolving Malaysia's never-ending political crisis

by Tommy Thomas

COMMENT | The resignation yesterday of a cabinet minister and the withdrawal of support by 11 MPs have finally and conclusively established that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin does not have the support of at least 111 MPs, which is both a legal and political requirement for him to hold and remain in office.

Accordingly, by virtue of our supreme law, that is, Article 43(4) of the Federal Constitution, as the prime minister “ceases to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the” Dewan Rakyat, the prime minister must immediately seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and “shall tender the resignation of the cabinet”.

The prime minister has no other option. He cannot stubbornly cling to the office. His political ship has sunk.

The prime minister advising the Agong, also under Article 43(4), to dissolve Parliament and hold GE15 is not an option during the deadly Covid epidemic which is ravaging Malaysians. Having general elections, with the vigorous campaigning associated with it, is criminally reckless at the present time.

In resolving this political crisis, we should learn the most fundamental error that occurred after Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as prime minister on Feb 24, 2020.

Rather than allowing the floor of the Dewan Rakyat to decide on the political future of the nation, as the elected representatives of the people expressed in GE14, the constitutional monarch in late February 2020 interviewed all the MPs on their choice of a new PM to replace Mahathir.

That process did not produce a result: apparently, the highest that a candidate received was 92 votes, well short of the requisite number.

Thus, when Muhyiddin was chosen by the Agong on March 1, 2020, he did not command the confidence of the majority of MPs. From his appointment until today, he has never enjoyed majority parliamentary support.

Hence, his reluctance for Parliament to sit, and the speaker’s refusal to ever table and vote on a motion of no confidence against the sitting prime minister. It is a miracle that he has somehow survived in office for some 17 months: but at what cost to our people and the nation.

The illegitimate origins of the PM’s hold on power must be kept in mind when considering the solution to the current political quagmire: they arose from the inception, and has been worsening over time.



Therefore, another exercise by the head of state interviewing MPs should be avoided at all costs. It will only result in further political instability, and very much a repeat of the problems that have plagued us since Feb 24, 2020.

In consequence, the only solution for the Agong is to direct the PM at their audience, that he should remain temporarily in office (since the nation must at all times have a head of government), but the Dewan Rakyat should sit urgently, say, as early as this Friday to deliberate on motions of no confidence or confidence as the case may be.

Such a direction from the palace must occur regardless of whether the prime minister resigns, simply because he has lost the confidence of the majority of the MPs.

In this way, the 220 MPs must debate, deliberate, horse-trade, bargain and finally reach a majority decision of at least 111 of them of our political future. This is done in most parliamentary democracies.

There is nothing novel if this occurs. Parliamentarians are our elected leaders, and they must be allowed to openly and freely decide on the floor and the corridors of the Dewan Rakyat of the government that they desire.

If the outcome is a grand coalition of all political parties under an acceptable prime minister, so much the better.

Never in our post-Merdeka history, have we required so desperately competent, professional, honest, accountable, listening, and good government.

With our one million cases of Covid-19, over 8,000 deaths and the resulting health, economic, financial, and social crisis, we deserve a working, stable political coalition.

It is the paramount duty of the 220 MPs to stitch a working government that can take us out of this crisis. Give them an opportunity to exercise that responsibility for the public good.


TOMMY THOMAS is the former attorney-general.


Is Mahia tendering his resignation to HM the Agong?



PM arrives at Istana for audience with King


Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin leaving his residence for his audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has arrived at Istana Negara for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Bernama TV reported that the Bersatu president entered the main gate of the istana at about 10.55am.

Earlier, Attorney-General Idrus Harun was spotted arriving at the palace at 9.30am.

Idrus was among the senior government leaders present for a late-night meeting at Muhyiddin’s house yesterday.

Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Acryl Abdullah and Malaysian Armed Forces chief Affendi Buang were also spotted arriving at the Prime Minister’s Office at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya this morning.

The IGP arrived at 9.20am and was followed by Affendi at 9.30am.

The purpose of their meetings was not immediately clear but follows Umno’s decision to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional government.

At least 11 MPs were understood to have made declarations that had been sent to the King that they were withdrawing their support for the prime minister.

While Muhyiddin is scheduled to meet the King for the weekly pre-Cabinet meeting today, it is uncertain whether it is related to the latest political developments.

It will also be the first time that he is meeting the King after the controversy over the revocation of the emergency ordinances.

Just resign when you next meet the King, Puad tells PM



Just resign when you next meet the King, Puad tells PM


Puad Zarkashi was silent on the next move by Umno ministers following the decision by the party to stop backing the Perikatan Nasional-led government.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should not ask for the dissolution of Parliament but just tender his resignation, an Umno Supreme Council member said.

According to Puad Zarkashi, this was the only appropriate move for the prime minister to make the next time he is granted an audience by the King, following Umno’s decision to retract its support for the Perikatan Nasional-led (PN) government today.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah grants the prime minister a weekly audience for a pre-Cabinet meeting at Istana Negara.

“Should Muhyiddin have an audience with the King, he should just hand in his resignation,” he told FMT.

Puad, however, refused to comment on whether more federal ministers from Umno would step down, following Shamsul Anuar Nasarah’s decision to resign as the energy and natural resources minister today.

He said that he was keeping mum out of respect for the other Umno Supreme Council members who hold ministerial posts.

“Let them announce it themselves.”

Earlier today in announcing Umno’s decision to retract support for the current administration, party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also said a sufficient number of its MPs had – via statutory declarations (SDs) – withdrawn support for Muhyiddin as the prime minister.


He said he had also presented these SDs to the King.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Where VELLFIRES congregate - Mahia's Residence (Part II)





DPM, AG and ministers flock to PM’s residence for meeting

A stream of vehicles was seen entering Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s residential area in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

This included Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Attorney-General Idrus Harun.

Others spotted were Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin, International Trade and Industry Minister Azmin Ali, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Education Minister Mohd Radzi Mohd Jidin, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun, MIC president SA Vignewswaran and Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

The late-night meeting comes in the wake of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi declaring that 11 lawmakers from his party have withdrawn their support for Muhyiddin and their letters have been submitted to the palace.

He added that more Umno lawmakers would retract their support for the prime minister, who came into power following a political coup early last year.

Prior to this, Umno’s Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, who is also the MP for Lenggong, quit Muhyiddin’s cabinet.


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Will Ku Li finally sit in PM seat? Agong will decide, say officials

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Will Ku Li finally sit in PM seat? Agong will decide, say officials


Gua Musang MP touted as possible successor to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, following Umno’s move to pull plug on Perikatan Nasional


Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is the longest serving parliamentarian in the country, and has been Gua Musang MP since 1974. – The Vibes file pic, August 3, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR – Will Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah finally fill in the prime minister post following Umno’s withdrawal of support for the Perikatan Nasional government and embattled leader Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin?

Tengku Razaleigh’s officers told The Vibes that the discussion lies solely in the hands of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

An officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said conventionally, when a sitting prime minister loses majority, he should step down.

“The appointment of his successor is pursuant to the discretion of His Majesty, who will select the candidate whom he thinks commands majority support among the 220 MPs.

“The king may invite all of the parliamentarians or customarily seek advice on who should be anointed as Muhyiddin’s successor.

“In the past, when the federal government was led by Umno – Barisan Nasional’s biggest component party – the post could be assumed by the deputy prime minister, but that was when the government enjoyed a strong two-thirds majority in the august House.

“Now, Muhyiddin’s entire cabinet needs to step down as it is believed that it no longer has the majority, unless there are backdoor deals going on as we speak.

It is also believed that the leader had lost his majority for some time, judging by the way Parliament was conducted last week, said the officer.

The officer also acknowledged that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob may also be in line to replace Muhyiddin.

Ultimately, the officials said the king, as the constitutional monarch, should decide.

“We will wait for the announcement by the palace. We should pray for the best, and hope the best decision can be reached to resolve the political crises in the country.

“Everybody may be eyeing the post, but we feel that the king is supreme on this matter.”

Meanwhile, Universiti Sains Malaysia political scientist Prof Sivamurugan Pandian agreed that Muhyiddin’s entire cabinet may need to step down because his government has lost its majority.

He said the deputy prime minister post does not exist under the federal constitution, and was formed under the prime minister’s purview.

He said it is now up to Muhyiddin to prove to the Agong that he has the majority, adding that until then, the administration should be able to continue.

Tengku Razaleigh, 84, who is affectionately known as Ku Li, is the longest serving parliamentarian in the country. He has been Gua Musang MP since 1974.

Ku Li was known as the man who almost clinched the prime minister post, long before PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was seen as a potential heir to the position.

However, he had lost the Umno president post to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in a close contest in 1987.

A key figure under the leadership of several prime ministers, such as Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Tun Hussein Onn and Mahathir, Ku Li – as former finance minister – was the architect behind the formation of key government-linked companies such as Pernas, Petronas and various Bumiputera-based institutions. – The Vibes, August 3, 2021