Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has extended his gratitude to federal lawmakers today for provisionally approving Budget 2021.
Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the Agong also welcomed the support given to Budget 2021, which would safeguard the wellbeing of Malaysians and economic recovery amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Agong also expressed his gratitude to federal lawmakers who have upheld His Majesty’s decree on October 28 for the sake of the welfare of the people and the wellness of the nation,” Ahmad Fadil said in a statement.
Earlier today, Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) inaugural Budget 2021 passed the policy stage in the Dewan Rakyat with a voice vote after fewer than the 15 lawmakers needed to force bloc-voting rose to make their rejection known.
With this extraordinary and unprecedented move to pat MPs on the head, the Agong appears to have made a blatant decision to assert his position as the man in charge of the government of the country, as opposed to a temporary head of state with a highly limited role under the Constitution.
The gesture comes amidst a growing understanding that he had favoured the recent notorious plan to declare an ‘Emergency’ to prop up the prime minister he himself chose (rather than MPs). After the shocking idea was voted down by fellow sultans in the Council of Rulers he then petulantly demanded that parliament support the budget anyway.
This is not his role. Nor was it earlier his role to over-ride the sovereign Parliament and chose the prime minister. Yet now he has taken a giant step further even than this and publicly taken effective ownership of the PM8 budget by personally thanking MPs in such a manner.
He is thereby attempting to force on the country a bloated instrument that reeks of corruption and does barely anything for the people in the middle of a pandemic. It is as if there were no other solution to the problem that his choice for prime minister commands an inadequate following among the elected representatives of the people.
Where will this constitutional over-reach end, Malaysians have to ask? Will this Agong attempt to restrict the once sovereign Parliament to a subservient budget-stamping affair sitting barely once a year, like some autocratic Middle Eastern Monarchy – or did that just already happen?
He has already ensured the appointment of his non-elected personal pal to be the Finance Minister and slotted a puppet rebel from his brother in law’s circle of influence to be PM8. So is this latest smug and totally unprecedented ‘message of gracious thanks’ from the Palace to MPs for doing his bidding, instead of voting according to their conscience, designed to confirm and impress upon the whole country who now calls the shots?
If so, decades of respect built up through the careful conduct of the previous constitutional monarchs of Malaysia will be squandered by a power-grab and over-reach that can no longer be ignored.
Back in March, London’s Guardian newspaper described the establishment of this present backdoor government as the product of a ‘Royal Coup’. Little has happened since that would serve to change that assessment – it has just become all the more apparent.
A forest reserve in Perak, which is part of a key wildlife corridor in Peninsular Malaysia, is now being threatened by plans to develop monoculture farming there.
Last week, Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said three companies had received permits to develop 400 hectares in the Piah Forest Reserve, pending environmental impact assessments.
Environmental group Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) said monoculture farming will be yet another blow to the forest reserve in Lenggong which has already been ravaged by mining and logging activities.
The permits have been issued despite the reserve being part of the Central Forest Spine – a network of four main forest complexes which supplies 80 percent of the water supply in Malaysia and is a habitat to various endangered wildlife such as the Malayan tiger.
As most people know greed is short-sighted, narrow-minded, the source of much poverty and sooner or later destroys itself.
In the case of this mindless assault on Malaysia’s fragile remaining wildernesses it is clear that SOMEBODY has decided that filling a few pockets, of which theirs will most definitely be one, is more important than preserving the health of the country’s landscape for everyone else and for future generations.
There is no other good reason for destroying the last vestiges of the country’s seed-bank of its rich and varied wildlife – its flora and fauna, and its crucial reservoirs. Likewise, for destroying the livelihoods of those who have lived harmoniously within the same environment for years, the Orang Asli whom the Perak MB seeks to blame for their own suffering from the destructive logging in the state.
The potential of these remaining natural areas to provide the keys to future prosperity and scientific discovery are of paramount importance to the nation.
However, SOMEBODY wants another condo with gold taps, a new sports mobile, a fancy Swiss watch and probably has foreign school fees to pay and their eye on a Knightsbridge mansion flat as well. They also want to eat till they succumb to Type 2 diabetes and to sign off having to do any further work at all.
That SOMEBODY will have been involved in the key decision-making with regard to these otherwise senseless and destructive licences, which will finally destroy a natural park of immense importance, hastily handed out under the cover of Covid to crony licensees without proper public scrutiny or tender.
They are likely to be seeking to take advantage of the Coup Coalition’s continuing grasp on power to push such land grabs through.
The people of Perak need merely identify who was responsible for these decisions (and who have ‘joint venture’ arrangements with the licensees) to work out whose greed is ultimately responsible for this corrupt raid on the wellbeing of the wider nation.
Malaysia should be able to do better than this.
The huge allocations in the Budget running into billions will not reach the poor Malays though they were intended for them; the elite will siphon off much of it. More than 46 years of seemingly active and aggressive effort and endeavour since 1974 to lift the poor, rural Malays had failed miserably, simply because much of the aid didn’t reach them but went into the pockets of greedy politicians. This so-called approach to uplift the poor Malays has failed miserably and only created hundreds of Malay millionaires who are politicians.
The Malays are allocated RM11.1 bn for “bumiputera development”, compared to RM100m for the Indian community’s socioeconomic development… The RM100m allocation for the Indian community works out to RM50 per person per year, or RM4 per month or a miserable 14 sen per day!
The estimated 7.4 million Chinese are treated no better. They are provided RM177m. A simple calculation reveals the miserly sum the Chinese are entitled to under the Budget: RM24 per person per year; RM2 per month or 7 sen per day!..
A third group of people – the most exploited in their country of origin – are the Orang Asli, the most dispossessed and deprived of all citizens of Malaysia. They do not receive what they are entitled to as the original people of Malaya. It is to our utter shame that they continue to be exploited, neglected and marginalised.
Anyone with a Malaysian passport is allowed Malaysian citizenship only. Yet the present government blatantly admits its determination to discriminate based on a budget that sets out to define citizens not by need or contribution, but merely according to ethnicity.
It then seeks to create a caste system based on that ethnicity to benefit those born within one group of Malaysians over those born within another. Non Malays have only one country to call their own, but they are hereby categorised as second class.
In a modern and supposedly democratic country it is shameful, backward and astonishing that a budget should seek to hand out wealth in such a deliberate and discriminatory manner based on race with one community favoured exponentially above all others. No wonder Malaysia has been exposed as the second most racist country in the world in a recent perception index.
The ultimate irony, as this article points out, is that the favouring of Malays appears based on a concept of them being ‘original’ inhabitants as opposed to ‘immigrants’. Whereas, in fact, the original Orang Asli remain the most discriminated against group of all the races in Malaysia, just as their final territories are being wrenched away by greedy business interests who are hoovering up the country’s remaining resources.
It is the deeply impoverished Orang Asli who need most but gain least from this overtly and shamefully racist budget, concocted by a handful of corrupt Malay power-mongers in order to curry favour with that community whilst at the same time channelling the actual benefits into their own pockets.
Experience tells us the majority of Malays will end up with precious little, just like everybody else, from these handouts, despite the claims that they will be privileged by this toxic budget.
The Pahang state assembly has approved a constitutional amendment that would allow up to five people to become state legislators by appointment instead of being voted into office.
This prompted the opposition to stage a walk-out in protest.
Under the Laws of the Constitution of Pahang (Second Part) (Amendment) Bill 2020, a person can be appointed as a Pahang state assembly member if the motion for the appointment is supported by seven assemblypersons and is approved by a simple majority.
It states no more than five members of the state legislative assembly may be appointed in this manner.
The amendment bill was approved with 33 votes in favour of the new measure.
For the record, there are currently 42 seats in the state legislature, of which 25 are controlled by BN and another eight by PAS. The eight opposition representatives present had walked-out of the session.
Let us be under no illusions: the present situation with UMNO is that it is under the thrall of PAS, which has been the tail wagging this Muafakat Nasional dog ever since the two former political enemies joined hands following their rejection by the electorate at GE14.
Likewise, it is no secret that the concept of democracy, namely the rule of the people and one person one vote, is of little interests to this bunch of fanatical fundamentalists, who think they should have sole charge and should rule as they like – preaching obedience and humble living to the people whilst practicing luxury for themselves.
So, it comes as little surprise that the alliance in Pahang has been doing as much as it can to undermine and suppress democracy in the state and to put their own place-men into what should be elected positions only.
They want a stranglehold over government and do not wish to be inconvenienced by democracy. They are good authoritarians who will pave the way to even worse corruption as an inevitable consequence of releasing themselves from the danger of accountability.
Whether their outrageous attempt to subvert democracy by replacing the elected chamber with place-men can possibly be permitted under the constitution, which enshrines Malaysia’s commitment to democracy, is a different matter that should be explored.
30 Oct 2020
1. I am indeed disgusted with attempts to misrepresent and take out of context what I wrote on my blog yesterday.
2. Those who did that highlighted only one part of paragraph 12 which read: “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
3. They stopped there and implied that I am promoting the massacre of the French.
4. If they had read the posting in its entirety and especially the subsequent sentence which read: “But by and large the Muslims have not applied the “eye for an eye” law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings.
5. Because of the spin and out of context presentation by those that picked up my posting, reports were made against me and I am accused of promoting violence etc on Facebook and Twitter…….. etc etc ……
1. When in a hole, the advice goes, stop digging.
2. However, some arrogant political types find it impossible to ever back down, say sorry, admit fault or just shut up.
3. Despite his other qualities ex-PM4/7 has amply proven himself to be in that category by this petulant blaming of everyone but himself for his own ill-timed and inappropriate comments that were crassly designed to curry favour with Muslim groups.
4. Instead of issuing a clarification and gracious apology for those remarks he has now moaned he was meanly ‘misinterpreted’.
5. Dr Mahathir has criticised the US President over just this form of behaviour, but fails to see it in himself.
6. Right thinking people, including Muslims, are therefore embarrassed and appalled.
7. There is only one way to respond to an outrage such as took place in a church and on the street in France, which is to issue a SHORT statement of respectful condolence and to condemn violence against unarmed civilians for which there are no excuses.
8. Everyone knows that. Except, it appears, this self-important old fellow who decided it was the moment to treat the world to in depth lectures from himself about perceived historic injustices that may or may not underpin this incident, but will NEVER justify such vile acts.
9. Next advised step? Hire a decent editor and issue thanks to Twitter for intervening to warn against your inappropriate remarks.
10. Better still, retire.
Twitter has hidden former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s tweets regarding developments in France for supposedly glorifying violence.
When retweeted, the offending post is replaced with the message that reads “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.
“However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
The message from Twitter also provides netizens links to either “unhide” Mahathir’s tweet, or read more about its public interest exception policy….
The offending tweet was part of a series of tweets by the Langkawi MP, which contains the same content as Mahathir’s blog post regarding French President Emmanuel Macron.
Many Twitter users expressed alarm and condemnation over Point 12 of Mahathir’s post, where he said, “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
Points 1. – 12. of the lecture by Malaysia’s former PM, which appears to seek to justify the recent spate of beheadings (including an innocent woman attending church) in the name of religion in the streets of France, are not a recommendation for his desire to return yet again to the helm as PM9.
This list from an opinionated, offensive and outspoken old politician, who nonetheless seeks to silence the views of others, is perhaps best answered by a shorter list of well known proverbs:
1. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
2. Two wrongs do not make a right.
3. Sticks and stones may break ones bones, but words will never hurt me.
4. There is no fool like an old fool.
5. Blessed are the peacemakers.
Malaysians needs a leader who will not embarrass them after all the country’s been through.
Ronnie Liu has been released on police bail after being questioned over his Facebook post which is suspected of containing seditious elements against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
News of his release was conveyed by DAP national deputy chairperson Gobind Singh Deo this afternoon.
Liu, who is the Sungai Pelek assemblyperson, was detained when he went to the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters to have his statement recorded this morning.
The arrest was to facilitate police investigations under the Sedition Act and the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Yesterday, federal CID director Huzir Mohamed said police were investigating the DAP assemblyperson and three others for their social media posts.
In his posting, which Liu said was made two weeks ago, the latter had published photographs of the protest in Thailand, with the caption: “Now in Bangkok. They are saying no to the king.”
In a democracy a voter must be entitled to an opinion and be free to discuss it. Otherwise, informed debate and decisions cannot be achieved. Nor can the purpose of freedom.
This fellow is entitled to his views about ‘saying no to monarchs’ or even to disagree with monarchical government. He may in fact think a republic to be a better form of government that Malaysia should consider.
There are many in Britain who express this view, however they are argued into a minority largely owing to the overall perceived good conduct of the ‘ruling’ family. The British Queen NEVER presumes to engage in politics and policies.
Such views are not seditious they provoke useful thought and debate, which might pave the future if need be. What IS SEDITIOUS is to attempt to by-pass the Constitution, the agreed principles of elected government and the rule of law by attempting to illegitimately snatch power and impose authoritarian solutions on the country.
The people who have been doing that over the past days are clearly not the opinionated observer of events Ronnie Liu, but rather the rebel leaders fronting Malaysia’s present backdoor government who attempted to impose an unconstitutional bogus State of Emergency on the country to keep in power.
These are the individuals that the bovine bullies at Bukit Aman ought to be questioning – they will have plenty of evidence to pull together a string of cases under these outdated and draconian laws.
Perikatan Nasional has called on politicians to cast aside their differences and pursue kesatuan (union) with the people to address the Covid-19 crisis.
“PN calls all quarters – especially political leaders – to go beyond their differences and immediately embrace kesatuan with the rakyat in the battle against Covid-19 and restore the economy,” said PN information chief Azmin Ali in a statement today.
This is the first public sign by PN that it was ready to reach out across the floor since taking power in a controversial fashion in March.
PN has come under intense pressure in recent days after its leader and prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, failed to secure a proclamation of emergency, amidst talk that he was losing the support of some Umno MPs.
Meanwhile, Azmin stated PN’s reverence for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s recent decree which recognised the “success” of the federal government in handling the Covid-19 crisis.
So, Azmin says all politicians must now unite – behind himself.
He tried this originally, of course, by attempting to blitzkrieg through a bogus and illegal State of Emergency, based on suddenly inflated Covid figures that are now widely subject to considerable doubt.
This having been rejected by the rulers, instead of resigning as a discredited minority ought, Azmin is now plugging his ‘Plan B’ for PN.
Plan B involves seeking to intimidate his opponents into supporting his minority bid for absolute power by saying the Agong has “Decreed” everyone should unite – which he interprets as being behind himself. Agong’s of course do not issue decrees to politicians, they have only a capacity to advise.
Azmin’s problem is that there is only one thing that DOES completely unite just about every politician and all people of Malaysia and that is the general loathing of Azmin himself.
A cross party government of unity that excludes Azmin Ali is therefore probably the only prospect for presently uniting Parliament and it is more than likely to be the resolution to this crisis that was after all initiated by the ambitions of Azmin Ali!