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Their country on the brink of collapse, yet Malaysians have no idea what .. - -- [GC] - 20/06 12:18 am

Furious politicking over reconvening Parliament WHICH is the key word in the phrase as soon as possible? Is it soon or possible? On Wednesday, after a special meeting of the Malay Rulers at Istana Negara to discuss efforts to combat Covid-19, the King called for Parliament to be reconvened as soon as possible. For the Opposition and Umno leaders who arent fans of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassins Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia the key is soon. ..

For example, the Pakatan Harapan presidential council stated that Muhyiddin should not prolong the suspension of Parliament any longer. On the other hand, the Perikatan Nasional coalition government is focusing on possible. Soon is not possible because of the Covid-19 numbers. A day before the special meeting, Muhyiddin outlined that Parliament would open once the Covid-19 situation improves in September or October. For Prof James Chin, from the Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania, Australia, the statement as soon as possible simply means ASAP. The King has previously said that regardless of the state of emergency, Parliament can convene. All the MPs have been vaccinated, there is no reason they cant push for Parliament to be opened ASAP, he said. [...]

TIME FOR MPs TO MEET – BY NOW IT’S CLEAR EVEN TO THE BLIND .. - -- [GC] - 20/06 12:06 am

Time for MPs to meet IT should be obvious by now that extending the Emergency when it ends on Aug 1 is not an option. The Rulers have made it clear that they arent keen on an extension. And thats also the sentiment on the ground. Its safe to say the Establishment and supporters of the government would want the same. Theres still a good six weeks to the end of the Emergency, and the Prime Minister wont need to announce its conclusion. But Cabinet members must take the necessary ..

steps and plan the days leading to the end of this situation. Theres nothing worse than senior Cabinet members exhibiting symptoms of the dreaded foot-in-mouth disease contradicting and covering themselves in shame. The run-up to Aug 1 would be on engaging with stakeholders especially civil servants, policy makers, business groups and the media on preparations made leading to that date. This is where strategic communications come in, so a compromise beckons, and not because the government is perceived as reacting unwillingly to the advice of the Rulers. Politicians and lawyers will always have their arguments, and each time they make a statement, it doesnt mean theyre right [...]

The game is on! But what game – Anwar with His ‘grand total of .. - -- [GC] - 20/06 11:47 am

Its game on in Malaysian political football If you are a football fan, you will certainly welcome Euro 2020 as it gives you the opportunity to see some of the worlds best talent on display. You get carried away when your favourite team wins and a little despondent when they lose. When it is a drawn match, you live with the thought that the team you support is still in with a chance to qualify for the next round. More importantly, whether you are a fan of football, tennis, the Grand Prix, ..

golf or any other sport, you are temporarily distracted from the Covid-19 situation and the political shenanigans in the country. You are almost certain to console yourself with the thought of live and let live with regards to the political situation, as sporting events overshadow the power struggles that are taking place behind the scenes. While we can work towards addressing the pandemic, there is nothing we, the rakyat, can do about the unstable political situation until the next general election (GE15). There are, however, similarities between Euro 2020 and Malaysian politics. Euro 2020 was suspended last year and carried forward to this year. Malaysias Parliament has been [...]

Muhyiddin the next Marcos? ‘desperate & clutching at straws’ .. - -- [GC] - 20/06 11:01 am

Muhyiddin, its time to cut and cut cleanly Many will surely remember these words of US Senator Paul Laxalt to Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos in the dying hours of his presidency that fateful night on Feb 25, 1986. Mr President, I think you should cut and cut cleanly. I think the time has come, Laxalt responded to Marcos when the latter asked the senator over the phone, Should I step down? Senator, what do you think? It was 3am in Manila and a beleaguered and desperate ..

Marcos was attempting his utmost to cling on to power. But to Washington and then-president Ronald Reagan, it was clear that Marcos had lost the support of Filipinos and Corazon Aquino had won the election. It was at that poignant moment that Marcos seemed to realise that his downfall was inevitable. Peoples power had won in the Philippines. He was hanging on, Laxalt said. He was looking for a life preserver. I sensed he was a desperate man clutching at straws. Somehow today, I have this strange feeling of putting Muhyiddin Yassin in the same shoes as the late Marcos in 1986. Perhaps, students of political science could draw some comparisons too. The scale [...]

How far will Muhyiddin & His inner circle go? Already they are challenging .. - -- [GC] - 20/06 10:49 am

An evolving legitimacy crisis? Malaysias politics is entering uncharted waters. On the surface, the situation may appear to be the same the government of the day is going about its business (some of the time) and those in power have turned a deaf ear to the concerns being raised from above and below, echoing the ho-hum reality of lockdown amidst a devastating pandemic. Yet, over the last few months and epitomised most clearly in the acknowledgment-without-action response (so far) ..

to the ASAP statements from political elites on the emergency and Parliament, the powers that be are deviating from established practices. This ongoing shift is not about the personalities or changes in power but rather how they are wrestling with staying in power. Allow me to unpack this further. A concept of political legitimacy the right to rule is at the core of normative and substantive discussions of politics. Often captured descriptively in its forms or with attention to the sources of legitimacy, many a scholar have espoused on the morality and obligations of those in power and those consenting to power. The famous sociologist Max Weber is among those most known for his description of the different [...]

Bombshell – a dangerous move – pas vs Malay Rulers: terrified .. - -- [GC] - 20/06 10:28 am

Playing Race & Religion Cards Again The Racist & Extremist Hadi Is Upset He Could Lose Power Before Christmas PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has gonebonkersagain.This is the second time he had gone ballistic in less than 2 weeks.The first time he had gone mad was when the news flashed last week about thespecial meetingsbetween Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah and political party leaders, including the Oppositions.He was bedridden at the National Heart Institute (IJN) then. But ..

that didnt stop him from losing his patience.He was so horrified and terrified over the news that he almost fell off the bed.Mr Hadi had every reason to be extremely concerned over the royal meetings.The fact that the Palace had arrangedtwo meetings one with political party leaders, follows with an emergency meeting involving 9 Malay Rulers was absolutelya bad sign. Losing his bearings, the Islamist party supremo started quoting the Prophet, Quran, Islam and whatnot, and demanded action against the plotters.It was funny that the same man who had previously plotted with traitors to topple the legitimate and democratically elected Pakatan Harapan government is now whining, moaning and bitching about plotters trying tosnatch powerfrom him. The second time the fake holy man had [...]

See how corrupt Muhyiddin regime abuses its power – 13 political .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 8:37 pm

13 political appointments in public unis: Deplorable, says Nik Nazmi At least 13 individuals from political parties under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government have been appointed either to the board of directors or the board of governors of public universities, this based on checks on the varsities websites Among them are Wanita Umno vice-chief Norliza Abdul Rahim who was appointed to the board of governors of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Umno supreme council member Abdul Rahman ..

Dahlan, appointed to the board of governors of Universiti Malaysia Sabah, PAS Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin, appointed to the board of directors of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Terengganu PAS commissioner Husain Awang who was appointed to the board of directors of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin. Selayang Umno Youth vice-chief Mohd Sazili Shahibi, meanwhile, was appointed as deputy vice-chancellor in charge of student affairs at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). Former Selangor exco in charge of education, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, toldMalaysiakinithat the level of politicisation involving these appointments was deplorable. This is especially so when the Higher Education Ministry should be dealing with far more pressing matters faced by students under the Covid-19 pandemic, said the Setiawangsa MP. They (the ministry) havent done [...]

Next – UMNO to withdraw from pn govt before Aug 1 – if .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 8:14 pm

Drop PN support quickly if Parliament delayed, Puad urges Umno PETALING JAYA: Umno should bring forward its date to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional-led government if it continues to delay the opening of Parliament, says a Supreme Council member. Mohd Puad Zarkashi voiced his support for Umno Youth, which previously said it would urge its partys leadership to take action if the government failed to convene Parliament soon. This is because the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Malay ..

Rulers have called for Parliament to convene as soon as possible. Therefore, the Supreme Council should also expedite the date to withdraw support from the PN government, although the general assembly decided on Aug 1 at the latest, he told FMT. Puad noted that in Marchs Umno general assembly, party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was given the mandate to discuss on a more suitable date with the Supreme Council. He added that Umno now had strong reasons to make a firm decision and pull out from the government earlier. Umno has given PN the chance to rule for over a year. The party cannot continue to allow itself to be caught up in the peoples anger due to the governments failure and [...]

10 things Malaysia must immediately do or perish in the war against deadly .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 7:27 pm

Ten things Malaysia should do to win the invisible but lethal war against Covid-19 pandemic Malaysia has suddenly catapulted to be one of the worlds worst performing nations in the Covid-19 pandemic. Countries which have previously been regarded as the worlds worst performing nations have turned the corner and are addressing the Covid-19 pandemic in a more effective fashion as compared to Malaysia. At the end of March last year, the world Top Ten worst countries in the Covid-19 pandemic ..

were dominated by the United States and seven countries from Europe namely United States, Italy, Spain, China, Germany, France, Iran, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Belgium. Sixteen months later, the seven-nation European dominance of the Top Ten worst nations in Covid-19 pandemic has been replaced by three-nation South American dominance, namely United States, India, Brazil, France, Turkey, Russia, United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina and Colombia. There are now worldwide over 178.5 million Covid-19 cases and over 610,000 Covid-19 deaths. China, which had been No.1 nation with the most number of Covid-19 cases, is now ranked No 99 among nations with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases. China now has 91,534 Covid-19 cases and 4,636 Covid-19 deaths. On November 18, 2020, [...]

Bombshell – there goes Muhyiddin’s ‘emergency .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 7:15 pm

The Malacca State Legislative Assembly is expected to convene in the middle of July at the latest after the actual date is gazetted. Deputy Speaker Ghazale Muhamad said the date must be gazetted at least two weeks prior to the state assembly sitting after obtaining the consent of the Melaka Yang di-Pertua Negeri Mohd Ali Rustam. We at the state assembly level abide by the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who had directed the Parliament and state assemblies to reconvene as soon as ..

possible. We have discussed with the State Assembly Speaker Ab Rauf Yusoh to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertua Negeri to secure his consent to convening, he told reporters when met after the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministrys Prihatin Programme at the Malacca Zoo today. Ghazale said it was necessary and important for the state assembly to convene as soon as possible because the members need to discuss and settle many issues and problems faced by the people. He added that this was to ensure the welfare and continuity in the lives of the people especially those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, particularly during the movement control order period. On June 16, Istana Negara in [...]

Rais yatim chickening out – or is Muhyiddin regime throwing the hot .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 6:58 pm

Rais: King has power when to recall Parliament under emergency Senate president Rais Yatim is of the opinion that the Emergency Ordinance 2021 gives the King authority to recall Parliament. Rais, who is also the Negeri Sembilan Bersatu chief, cited Section 14(1)(b) of the ordinance which states: Parliament must be called, prorogued, or dissolved at a date deemed appropriate by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. This power was devolved to His Majesty. The devolution of power is ..

complete, he tweeted today. Rais opinion contrasts with that of the administration led by his partys president Muhyiddin Yassin which appears set on reopening the House in September. In a statement on Wednesday, the King did not state a specific date for Parliament to reconvene but said it should be done as soon as possible. The Prime Ministers Office said it took note of the Kings view and would act in accordance with the Federal Constitution. Section 40(1) of the Federal Constitution states that the King acts on the advice of the government. Lawyer New Sin Yew argued that this also applies to emergency powers, meaning that the King must still wait for the governments advice before recalling Parliament. Under the Federal Constitution, [...]

Sweet ‘revenge’ for Umno’s Tajuddin – no need to .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 6:22 pm

PASIR SALAK: There will be no motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the Dewan Rakyat sitting once it convenes, assured Umno Election director. As such, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman urged Muhyiddin to convene the sitting immediately. He also convinced Muhyiddin that there was nothing to be scared of since Umno is part of the government too. The sitting should be convened as soon as possible to discuss various problems and the issue of no-confidence ..

against him will not be raised. The government should not be scared on the possibility of having a motion of no-confidence because Umno has released a statement before that such a motion will not be raised as we want to focus on handling Covid-19 and the people. The opposition party such as PKR and DAP have also come out with statements and they have given their assurance that the motion will not be raised against the government, he said in a press conference after handing over food aid to frontliners at the Langkap Health Clinic, here, today. There is nothing to be afraid of, nothing to fear. The Prime Minister has been assured by everyone that there will be no [...]

Chilling news – Subang jaya mayor Noraini gets covid-19 – .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 6:01 pm

Subang Jaya mayor tests positive for Covid-19 SUBANG Jaya mayor Noraini Roslanhas tested positive for Covid-19. In a press statement, she said she contracted the virus from her husband, who was infected after being exposed to a Covid-19 positive colleague at his workplace. Noraini, who was fully vaccinated, said she was asymptomatic and doing well under self-quarantine, in accordance with the Health Ministrys procedures. She said the threat of Covid-19 was real and very worrying. Being ..

fully vaccinated is not a guarantee that one will not be infected. The community must have a high level of awareness about Covid-19 and play their part in flattening the infection curve by following the SOP that has been put in place by the National Security Council and local authorities, she said. She advised the people, especially senior citizens, to register for their vaccination via MySejahtera application as soon as possible, to enable the country to achieve herd immunity. Avoid public places, stay at home if there is no dire need to go out and adopt a smart working culture in completing tasks for work. Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has opened many online avenues for the public to continue seeking our services [...]

More confirmation for the royal ears – to act decisively: lack of .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 5:51 pm

5,911 new cases reported, Sgor still at top of list with 2,111 PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 5,911 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (June 19), bringing the total number of cases reported since the pandemic began to 691,115. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor still had the most infections in the country, with 2,111 new cases detected today. This was followed by Negri Sembilan with 770 new cases, Sarawak (569), Johor (498) and Kuala Lumpur (483). Perlis ..

recorded no new cases on Saturday while Putrajaya only had three new Covid-19 infections. ANN Dr Noor Hisham: Sense of unity in fight against Covid-19 still lacking among Malaysians KUALA LUMPUR The sense of unity among Malaysians in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic is still lacking thus contributing to the high number of positive cases, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.He admitted that the standard operating procedures (SOP) compliance among the public was still an issue today even though the pandemic had been around for more than a year. I think this is lacking because there is actually discordance in term of our unity, instead of fighting against the virus, we are fighting against each other [...]

UMNO, the largest Malay party, says it – ‘agong has the power .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 5:26 pm

King has power to call for Parliament at any time, says Zahid THE Yang di-Pertuan Agong has the power to call for Parliament to reconvene at any time, said Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He highlightedSection 14 of the Emergency Ordinance, which provides that Parliament can be reconvened, prorogued and dissolved at a date that is determined by the king during the emergency. He added that Section 15 of the Emergency Ordinance says that the King can reconvene, prorogue and dissolve ..

parliament after consultation with the Malay Rulers and heads of states. All these views affirm that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can indeed convene a sitting of Parliament at any time, Zahid said in aFacebook post. The Bagan Datuk MP also noted that Article 55 of the federal constitution stipulates that the king can summon Parliament to be in session, and since the Emergency Ordinance on Parliaments suspension during the emergency has superseded the constitution, the king therefore does not need to wait for advice from the prime minister. Since Article 55 no longer applies (during a state of emergency), therefore Article 40 stipulating that the Agong must follow the advice of the cabinet also does not apply, he said. [...]

Unreliable Muhyiddin regime flops after just 3 days! After All the .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 11:49 am

Govt falls below daily vaccine target after 3 days AFTER three days of hitting the government target of giving 200,000 Covid-vaccine doses per day, healthcare workers only administered 180,066 doses yesterday. This raises the total number of people to have received at least one jab to 5.51 million, according to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply in infographics posted on Twitter. The government had aimed to administer 200,000 doses per day by July, and achieved this on June 15. ..

The next two days also saw more than 200,000 doses administered under the national Covid-19 vaccination programme. However, only 180,066 doses were administered yesterday, some 147,616 were first jabs and 32,450 the second. Of the 5.51 million people to have received a jab so far, 1.55 million people or 4.7% of the population have been inoculated with two doses, while 3.95 million, or 12.1% of the population have received one dose. Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur administered 813,804 shots, the most by state, followed by Selangor with 809,285 and Sarawak with 688,027. In another tweet, the committee said another vaccination centre (PPV) will open at Bukit Jalil Stadium on Monday. The Bukit Jalil PPV will be able to vaccinate up to 10,000 [...]

Bombshell – as Malaysia bleeds – ‘the King can summon .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 11:38 am

Time is closing in for the Muhyiddin government to call for an emergency Cabinet meeting to comply with the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders with the requisite 28 days notice and to convene Parliament on July 19, 2021 and avoid any constitutional crisis in the country. The Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders provide that the Prime Minister will decide, at least 28 days in advance, when the Dewan Rakyat should meet, which means that tomorrow Sunday 20th June 2021 is the deadline for the Prime Minister ..

to convene Parliament on July 19 and comply with the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders on the 28 days requisite notice. If the Cabinet meets on Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, it will not be able to convene the Dewan Rakyat on July 19 and comply with the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders with the 28 days requisite notice, although it will still be possible to convene Parliament for the last ten days of July from July 22 30, 2021. It has been argued that by using the Emergency Ordinance, this requirement of requisite 28 days notice can be set aside. It must have shocked the world, just as it had shocked Malaysians, that the Yang di Pertuan [...]

The noose tightens on Muhyiddin regime – what the Rulers said .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 10:42 am

Rulers also want a stable govt, say analysts PETALING JAYA: While much has been said about the Malay rulers decree on the reopening of Parliament and the ending of the emergency, analysts point out that the statement also emphasised the need for a stable government that is backed by the confidence and majority support of the rakyat. Political analyst Azmi Hassan said Wednesdays statement can be read in two ways. First, the Malay rulers want the opposition and people to support the current ..

government while solving the mounting health and economic crisis. But it may also mean the current government may not have the majority support, he told FMT. However, he said, the focus was on having a stable government. Azmi said the Malay rulers may want Putrajaya to open Parliament as soon as possible so the MPs can discuss the matter. When the time is right for elections, they may want the rakyat to decide who they want, he added. Socio-political analyst Awang Azman Pawi of Universiti Malaya said the Malay rulers were giving space to Parliament to decide who should be in charge. I believe it is to allow Parliament to decide who has the majority support to [...]

Signs of a system crashing on its own stupidity – with evil now .. - -- [GC] - 19/06 10:33 am

Police to investigate Fahmi Reza over Perak MB poster THE police will call up activist Fahmi Reza and several other individuals to assist an investigation into a poster uploaded on Facebook and Twitter regarding Perak Menteri Besar Saarani Mohamad. Perak police chief Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the police have opened an investigation paper into the case following a report lodged by Perak Umno Youth chief Mohd Ariff Abdul Majid at the Kuala Kangsar district police headquarters yesterday. ..

We will call them up soon. The case is being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, he told Bernama when contacted today. The Perak police are investigating activist Fahmi Reza and several others on a poster of Menteri Besar Saarani Mohamad. The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 18, 2021. Yesterday, Arif made a police report on a poster that he described as slanderous and a deliberate attempt to incite hatred against the Perak menteri besar. Bernama Let human resources ministry handle migrant workers, govt told The move to arrest all undocumented persons for vaccination is said to have eroded trust in the governments immunisation programme. GEORGE TOWN: A human [...]

How long does it take to tell the speaker to call for a parliament .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 8:06 pm

Umnos Zahid urges respect for Agongs decree for Parliament to reconvene ASAP KUALA LUMPUR Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today called on the government to heed the recent proclamation by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible. In a statement, Zahid acknowledged that the phrase as soon as possible stated by the King could be subjective in nature, but however cautioned those who might have deciphered the ..

message as further means to delay Parliament to reconvene. Im of the opinion that when the Yang di-Pertuan Agongs decree said that Parliament should reconvene as soon as possible, then it must be done as soon as possible, said Zahid. In general if something is easy to do, then a period of a few seconds, minutes or hours or days can be considered as soon as possible. If something is difficult to conduct, then a period of a few weeks, months or years might be construed as as soon as possible. In the case of a Parliamentary sitting, it is something that is easy to implement either physically or virtually. Therefore, the decree for Parliament to convene as soon as possible should not [...]

Pas starts to fall apart – Takiyuddin under police probe over .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 7:24 pm

Reconvene Parliament: Police investigating Takiyuddin over comments on kings wish Police have launched an investigation againstde factoLaw Minister Takiyuddin Hassan, over his comments on the Yang di-Pertuan Agongs wish to see Parliament reconvene as soon as possible. In a brief statement, Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani this evening confirmed that they have received reports against the minister. The investigation is being carried out by Bukit Aman Criminal ..

Investigation Department, Acryl Sani said. The top cop added that investigators would call all the relevant individuals to assist in their investigation. On Wednesday, a statement issued by Istana Negara stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah is of the opinion that Parliament should reconveneas soon as possibleto allow MPs to debate emergency laws and the National Recovery Plan. Several hours after that, Takiyuddin told PAS mouthpieceHarakahin an interview that the kingdid not specifyan exact date on when the legislature should be in session. The PAS secretary-general had argued that September is soon, as per the National Recovery Plan that was laid out by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin a day earlier (on Tuesday). His remarks had sparked uproar among members of the public, who believed that the minister [...]

As Muhyiddin holds the country to ransom – All eyes on n.sembilan as .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 6:57 pm

N. Sembilan to seek Kings consent to convene state assembly, says MB SEREMBAN The Negri Sembilan government will seek the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Riayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah through the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Almarhum Tuanku Munawir to convene the State Legislative Assembly. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said a discussion was held yesterday with State Assembly Speaker Datuk Zulkefly Mohamad Omar to plan ..

the state assembly sitting. I will present the resolutions of the discussion to Tuanku Muhriz to get his consent. The state assembly shall be summoned, prorogued and dissolved on a date deemed appropriate by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after consultation with the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, he said in a statement today. The last time the state assembly was convened was on December 3, 2020, for five days. Aminuddin said any date to be raised for Tuanku Muhrizs consent would also take into account the notice period of at least 28 days to state assembly members in accordance with Rule IV, Order 5, Rules and Standing Orders of the State Legislative Assembly 1960. He explained that if it is important and necessary, the notice [...]

You don’t know the meaning of ‘as soon as possible’? .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 5:57 pm

Must be as soon as possible: Istana Negara reiterates Agongs view on reopening Parliament, on social media KUALA LUMPUR Istana Negara issued an excerpt today of the Yang di-Pertuan Agongs views for the government to reconvene the Parliament as soon as possible. Istana Negara re-posted a poster of this on its official Facebook and Instagram pages without additional comment, after previously deleting a similar post which had emphasised the phrase Parliament must happen as soon ..

as possible in Malay. The apparent reminder came after the Prime Ministers Offices statement yesterday acknowledging the recommendations the Agong and the Malay Rulers made after their special meeting on Wednesday In the statement, the PMO said it would act on the recommendations in accordance with the Federal Constitution but gave no commitment on when. After the special meeting on Wednesday, Istana Negara issued a statement saying Al-Sultan Abdullah Riayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Malay Rulers were of the view that Parliament and the state assemblies should meet as soon as possible. Following the Agongs remarks, however, Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan argued that Al-Sultan Abdullah only said Parliament should meet but did not specify when. Today, two federal [...]

How much longer before totally incompetent Muhyiddin .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 5:35 pm

Covid-19 (June 18): Daily cases back at 6,000 level The Health Ministry today reported 6,440 new cases of Covid-19. This is the first time cases have been over 6,000 since June 11. This is also the second day in a row with rising case numbers. New cases by state Selangor (2,095) Negeri Sembilan (870) Kuala Lumpur (816) Johor (592) Sarawak (536) Perak (357) Malacca (223) Kelantan (200) Sabah (199) Kedah (159) Labuan (152) Penang (122) Pahang (79) Terengganu (32) Putrajaya (6) Perlis (2) ..

MKINI FDI net inflow down 54.8% to RM14.6 billion in 2020 The Department of Statistics Malaysia says the FDI inflow into Malaysia showed a recovery this year by registering RM9.1 billion in the first quarter, the highest investment since the pandemic hit Malaysia. EPA pic, June 18, 2021. FOREIGN direct investment (FDI) into Malaysia recorded a net inflow of RM14.6 billion last year, down 54.8% from RM32.4 billion in 2019, the lowest since 2009. However, as at end-2020, the FDIposition registered a higher value of RM698.8 billion, the Department of Statistics Malaysia said in a statement on the countrys FDI and direct investment abroad (DIA) for 2020 today. Chief statisticianMohd Uzir Mahidin said the worlds economic [...]

Hands up Muhyiddin! The King can blow you away with One Puff if you & your .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 12:07 am

King can appoint new PM during emergency, says lawyer PETALING JAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong can install a new prime minister in the midst of an emergency if the candidate commands the confidence of the majority of MPs, a lawyer said. Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin said this was possible even though Parliament was not in session. He said the Perak case in 2009 demonstrated that the head of government could be replaced based on statutory declarations (SDs) and properly established extrinsic ..

evidence presented to the King. Firoz Hussein was referring to the Federal Court ruling in 2010 where the Sultan of Perak sacked Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as menteri besar and appointed Zambry Abdul Kadir, with the change occurring without having to take a floor vote in the legislative assembly. Apart from SDs, the sultan interviewed all 59 assemblymen to conclude that Nizar no longer enjoyed the support of the majority to remain as head of the state government. Firoz Hussein said that under Article 43 (2)(b) of the Constitution, the King appoints as prime minister an MP who, in his judgment, was likely to command the confidence of the majority in the Dewan Rakyat. An MP can present SDs to [...]

Malaysia a step away from full-blown constitutional crisis? Will Muhyiddin .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 11:48 am

Does the three-paragraph statement from Prime Ministers Office yesterday signify the Prime Minister, Mahiaddin Md Yasins rejection of the two conclusions of the Conference of Rulers special meeting and a full-blown constitutional crisis in-the-making? The two conclusions of the Conference of Rulers special meeting on Wednesday were that Parliament and the State Assemblies should be convened as soon as possible and that there is no need for the emergency to extend beyond August 1, 2021. I ..

call on the Cabinet not to start a constitutional crisis but to take advantage of the Conference of Rulers special meeting to launch a new beginning to win the war against Covid-19 pandemic. Malaysians do not want any constitutional crisis in any form but a single-minded focus by every Malaysian, whether in the Executive or the Legislatures, to win the war against the Covid-19 pandemic and this must remain the nations single-minded focus whether it takes one or two years. It is most regrettable that the Cabinet is not meeting in emergency session to act on the two conclusions of the Conference of Rulers special meeting, as in convening a parliamentary meeting on Monday, 19th July 2021 which is still possible under [...]

A legacy of stupidity & the Najib domino – no, Muhyiddin is not .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 11:32 am

It only takes one conviction to start a precedent The reason no senior politician has been sent to jail, despite being convicted in court, is because no prime minister from Umno-Baru (or any of its clones) wants to start a precedent. More importantly, if one corrupt politician is sent to jail, others will spill the beans about him and his associates. That is one reason why the convicted criminal, Najib Abdul Razak, is overlyconfident. Successive PMs know that their parties and cabinets are so ..

weak that if one element is removed, the whole complex organisational structure willcollapse. Mahiaddin (Muhyiddin) Yassin, for instance, is not bodoh(stupid), but he is practising what is known as member jaga member. He knows that if one senior politician is sent to jail for corruption, his peers and possibly himself will be in deep trouble. The rakyat will start to ask difficult questions. Past exposs will be unearthed. Old allegations will resurface. The list is never-ending. It need not be for corruption. The politician could also be guilty ofsexual abuseof a minor,CBT, abuse of power, an expenses scandal, money laundering, orthuggishbehaviour. Currently, Najib roams the countryside like a free man, enjoyspolice outriders, makes statements as if [...]

Muhyiddin & Co digging their own graves? With the Rulers against them & .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 9:16 am

When will Muhyiddin reconvene parliament, ask analysts PUTRAJAYA does not appear to be in a hurry to allow Parliament to sit again any time soon, said political analysts. They said it is clear the government will have to convene Parliament following the decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Wednesday but the question remains: When? The Prime Ministers Office (PMO) in a statement yesterday responded to the decree that the government will act based on the federal constitution and other laws ..

on the Kings call for parliament to be convened soon. The PMO added that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, in his previous audiences with His Majesty, had briefed and advised the King on the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, the enforcement of emergency ordinances and the implementation of the national vaccination programme. Putrajaya does not seem to be very keen on convening Parliament before August 1 despite the political and public pressure, Universiti Malayas Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi told The Malaysian Insight. He said the government will likely wait out the emergency, which is expiring on August 1, even if its unlikely to be extended, following the Conference of Rulers statement on Wednesday. The Conference of Rulers had [...]

Muhyiddin’s boys are crying buckets – at the imminent early .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 8:55 am

This wily law minister (the one who declared 1MDB reparations were a state secret) is one of many crying like babies now that the Council of Rulers has slapped down their experiment in hijacking the democratic process. The appointed Speaker of the house (another lawyer who is not even an MP and whose equally unelected brother has been appointed Attorney General) is also wailing at the prospect of the early demise of their cosy crony positions propping up the coup. But whilst these fellows can ..

only smell the gravy, having teamed up with a bunch of fellow opportunists with nothing in common besides happening to be Malay, the Rulers have plainly smelt the coffee. So, at long last, has the Agong. These power grabbers were so intent on the fruits of office they barely registered the pandemic to begin with. When they did it was primarily to use it as an excuse to control the country rather than prioritising public health and economic pain. They were too focused on their own economic gain. Everyone in Malaysia has watched this blatant performance with growing anger, hence the decision by the rulers to intervene and end the abuse of constitutional process and [...]

Bombshell – you’re fired! The top 10 Messages Muhyiddin fears .. - -- [GC] - 18/06 8:29 am

9 Monarchies Throw PM Mahiaddin Under The Bus Herere The Top-10 Message That Backdoor Government Is Game Over Backdoor Prime Minister Muhyiddin should have consulted a Feng-Shui master on the mostprosperousdate and time to officially use his given name Mahiaddin Md Yasin instead of his glamour name Muhyiddin Yassin.Of all the dates available, he chose June 16 to publicly instruct all civil servants to use his official name in formal letters and documents. It was ..

already bad that his name sounds extremely vulgar when pronounced in certain languages and dialect.Its worse when June 16 was also the date nine Malay Rulers were supposed to decide the prime ministers fate at the Palace after meeting with 18 political party leaders.It was abad signwhen the Sultans took nearly 3 hours to conclude the emergency meeting. Immediately after the meeting, Sultan Abdullah tactically announcedtwo critical messagesto everyone, especially PM Mahiaddin, who had paid a visit to the Agong a day earlier to get tips on how to impress upon the 9 Malay Monarchies before the June 16 extraordinary meeting.The King said the Parliament should reconvene and no extension of the State of Emergency. Obviously, it was a very unlucky day [...]

In desperation, Muhyiddin now turns ‘comedian’ – .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 8:23 pm

Stop the charade, Najib tells PM on Parliament reopening PETALING JAYA: A statement from the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) that the government will take the necessary steps to reconvene Parliament is nothing but a charade, says Najib Razak. Following the Yang di-Pertuan Agongs call yesterday to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible, the PMO said the government had taken note of the palaces views and would take necessary steps based on the Constitution and laws. This ..

statement is a charade as long as he (Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin) does not send a notice for Parliament to sit, the former prime minister said in a Facebook post. Under normal circumstances when not in an Emergency, the prime minister must give at least 28 days notice before a sitting of Parliament can be held. However, during the Emergency, the government can waive this requirement by issuing emergency ordinances like they did to increase the fine (for not complying with Covid-19 SOPs) tenfold, take over private facilities for government use, and enforce a fake news law with a fine of RM100,000. A statement from the palace yesterday said the King was aware of the important role of Parliament in discussing matters related to [...]

Laughing stock – instead of setting the example, shameless Muhyiddin .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 8:11 pm

Selangor MB to seek sultans consent to restart state assembly as soon as possible KUALA LUMPUR Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari today said he will seek the consent of the Sultan of Selangor to reconvene the state legislative assembly in the shortest time possible. This comes following the decree from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday for Parliament to reconvene to discuss the Emergency Ordinance as well as government spending to combat Covid-19. I will have a ..

discussion with the speaker of the Selangor state assembly today and start planning the implementation of the decree as soon as possible. The results of this meeting will be presented to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, for approval in order for the Selangor state assembly to reconvene, he said in a statement. Amirudin also said the Rulers decision was in line with the desire of Malaysians. I also welcome and uphold the stand by His Royal Highness and the Malay rulers in defending the supremacy of the nations constitutional democratic system so that check and balance between the executive, legislative and judiciary branches can be implemented, he said. Yesterday, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong said Parliament should reconvene as soon [...]

China chalks another milestone in space – first astronauts arrive at .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 7:50 pm

First astronauts arrive at Chinas space station THE first astronauts arrived at Chinas new space station today in the countrys longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power. The trio blasted off on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest Chinas Gobi desert, and their craft docked at the Tiangong station around seven hours later, where they will spend the next three months.State broadcaster CCTV showed a live ..

feed from inside the spacecraft during the journey, with the three astronauts lifting their helmet visors after it reached orbit as one smiled and waved at the camera. Another floated a pen just off his lap in zero-gravity as he browsed the flight manual. Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave during a departure ceremony before boarding the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft on a Long March-2F carrier rocket at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert in northwest China today. Their craft docked at the new Tiangong space station around seven hours later. AFP pic, June 17, 2021. Around seven hours after lift-off, space officials confirmed that the craft had docked with Tianhe, the core [...]

Bombshell – defiance in the Air! Would Muhyiddin break His own .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 6:42 pm

Govt to follow up on Kings call to reconvene Parliament based on Federal Constitution, says PMO PETALING JAYA: The Kings call to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible has been noted and will be followed up by the government, says the Prime Ministers Office (PMO). The PMO said that with regard to the views of the King, the government will follow up with actions based on the Federal Constitution and the laws of the country. The government takes note of the views of Yang ..

di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Riayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as stated in the Istana Negara statement dated June 16. In the sessions of audience with the King prior to this, the Prime Minister had informed and advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the ongoing management of the Covid-19 pandemic, enforcement of the Emergency Ordinances, the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, economic incentive packages, financial assistance to the people, convening of the Parliament, National Recovery Plan and other related matters. Following the views of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the government will take follow up actions based on the Federal Constitution and the laws of the country, said the PMO in a statement on Thursday (June 17). [...]

Kit siang drops ‘personal’ bombshell – calls for .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 5:16 pm

Call for a one-year political moratorium which can be extended to two years where there is only one national priority to win the war against the Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure that Covid-19 fatalities do not exceed 5,000 deaths These are my personal views. I have said that Malaysians can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of the 18-month Covid-19 pandemic with the Conference of Rulers special meeting yesterday. It now allows Malaysia, which has suddenly becoming one of the ..

worlds top worst performing nations in the Covid-19 pandemic while countries which had hogged the world limelight in the first 12 months of the pandemic have turned a corner and doing quite well in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic, especially with their national vaccination rollouts, an opportunity to win the war against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Conference of Rulers special meeting should be an occasion for the country to make a new start in the war against Covid-19 pandemic, which had caused devastating consequences to the life, economy and society of Malaysians, registering a cumulative total of 673,025 Covid-19 cases and 4,142 Covid-19 deaths. Let me declare my personal position. I support Datuk Seri [...]

As it ramps up testing, n Sembilan joins the ‘danger’ zone .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 4:53 pm

Covid-19 spike in Negri Sembilan with more than 1,000 cases MALAYSIA reported 5,738 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with Selangor and Negri Sembilan registering more than 1,000 infections each. Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the fresh cases raise the national caseload to 678,764. Selangor was in the lead with 1,858 cases followed by Negri Sembilan with 1,086 cases. It is a sudden spike for Negri Sembilan which recorded 607 cases yesterday. Other states which ..

reported new cases in the three digits are Kuala Lumpur (641), Sarawak (559), Johor (449), Sabah (248), Kedah (197), Malacca (184) and Kelantan (154). Other states also reported cases include Penang (97), Perak (30), Pahang (54), Terengganu (77), Labuan (97) and Putrajaya (7). Perlis was the only state which did not report any new cases. In a related development, a total of 204,839 doses of vaccines was administered under the national Covid-19 vaccination drive yesterday. This brings the total number of doses administered as of 11.59pm yesterday to 5.1 million. A total of 1.47 million people has been fully inoculated with their two-dose schedule while 3.63 million or 11.1% of the population had received one dose. June 17, 2021. Khairy [...]

All the solutions are right before your eyes, Muhyiddin – wake up .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 4:07 pm

The Government May Not Know What To Do But Many Malaysians Have Many Ideas On What Needs To Be Done After the PMs latest action plan that was revealed a couple of days back Malaysians have ventured their views and thoughts on the matter. Akhramshah Sanusi has put his thoughts down again, which you can read here : ... Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has listed a bunch of things that need close attention from the Government (here): ... Blog reader Foo Lee Khean has again gone to some effort to put ..

his ideas down for our note. Here it is in full, a bit long but it is worth a read. Here is the problem the politicians and the Civil Servants in charge they do not seem to understand. Anyway here are Foos suggestions: Dear Prime Minister I have been thinking and asking this question every night what is next for the country? What next? The country needs to find a new balance because of the different challenges and problems posed by the pandemic, the jostling for continued dominance by the west against the rise of the east, incredible speed with which our neighbours are [...]

Khairy drops a bombshell – ‘i have advised Muhyiddin to be .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 3:38 pm

Khairy says no longer using herd immunity as Covid-19 likely here to stay KUALA LUMPUR National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he was now avoiding the term herd immunity as he expected Covid-19 to become prevalent in the foreseeable future. Despite herd immunity being the main target of the NIP and its continued use by the countrys leaders, Khairy said it was likely that Covid-19 would become endemic in the country. An ..

endemic disease is one that is prevalent or native to a particular location. I have stopped using that term, the other leaders are still using the term herd immunity, but I have advised the prime minister to be careful when using the term herd immunity. Simply because my view, as the coordinating minister, looking at the data and the science, this may very well be endemic and we may see Covid-19 in a less threatening form but it will stay with us for quite some time, he said. Khairy made these remarks during a webinar organised by the Oxford & Cambridge Alumni Network Malaysia, adding that he now preferred to use the term immunise, and recognised that vaccines were not a guaranteed solution to [...]

Sack Takiyuddin for ‘open disloyalty’ – so greedy for .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 3:26 pm

Guan Eng calls for Takiyuddin to be axed over disloyalty to royals DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has called forde factoLaw Minister Takiyuddin Hassan to be axed over open disloyalty to the royal institution. This was after Takiyuddin defended a September timeline for Parliament to convene despite the kings call for the House to meet as soon as possible. The minister said the king had not specified a date in the latters remarks yesterday, and ..

that September was considered soon. Takiyuddin must be sacked for not respecting the law and open disloyalty to the royalty and rakyats wishes for Parliament to be convened as soon as possible as decreed by the king and state rulers yesterday. For Takiyuddin to attempt to spin the kings decree of as soon as possible, as not specifying an exact date nor state which month when the House should be in session, is both irresponsible and dishonest, Lim said in a statement today. The Bagan MP added that holding Parliament in September does not fulfil the meaning of as soon as possible as mentioned by the king yesterday. Earlier, Lim and other Pakatan Harapan leaders had called on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to resign if [...]

As millions of Malaysians go hungry with the poverty rate spiking to 8.4% .. - -- [GC] - 17/06 3:13 pm

Kings statement in line with govts plans to reopen Parliament, says Azmin BUTTERWORTH: Senior minister Azmin Ali said the Yang di-Pertuan Agongs statement calling for Parliament to reconvene as soon as possible is in line with the governments plans to do so when the time is suitable. He said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had also reiterated that Parliament would sit according to the law and standing orders of the House. The Agongs decree is in the spirit of the ..

governments aspiration to hold Parliament at a suitable time so that the democratic process can continue to thrive, he told reporters in Jawi, near here, today. The prime minister said recently that Parliament will be convened. We have never said that it would never convene. The prime minister was acting as per the law and the standing orders of Parliament, and after an appropriate time is found, a session will be held. Yesterday, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, said he wanted Parliament to reconvene as soon as possible. Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement the King was aware of Parliaments important role in discussing issues involving Covid-19. This was followed by [...]

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