Sultan Muhammad V, the 29th Sultan of Kelantan, has been elected to become the 15th Yang DiPertuan Agong by the Council of Rulers today. His Royal Highness shall be replacing Tuanku Al-Haj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, the Sultan of Kedah whose tenure will end on the 12th December 2016.
For months whispers have been flying around that HRH Sultan Muhammad V would not be eligible be elected as the YDP Agong as he is not married. However, there are only three reasons for a nominated Sultan to be disqualified;
He is not an adult,
He has made known to the Council of Rulers that he wishes not to be nominated, or,
Five of the Rulers vote against his nomination for reasons such as being mentally or physically challenged, or for some other reason.
The second and third reasons were used during the discussion to elect the First Yang DiPertuan Agong where Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang was the most senior Ruler after Sultan Sir Ibrahim of Johor who had declined the nomination due to old age (Sultan Sir Ibrahim passed away on the 8th May 1959). He became the Sultan of Pahang on the 24th June 1932. However, Sultan Abu Bakar’s nomination was rejected FIVE TIMES by the Rulers because he was a controversial figure – he had financial difficulties and had wanted to marry a perempuan ronggeng (Abdullah Ahmad, 2016 p.141). Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was then the Chief Minister of Malaya advised Sultan Abu Bakar against marrying this woman named Hathifah binte Abdul Rashid if he wanted to become the Yang DiPertuan Agong. Sultan Abu Bakar agreed.
However, Sultan Abu Bakar married Hathifah anyway and Tunku only discovered so when they were honeymooning in Hong Kong (Straits Times, 21st April 1957).
Early this morning, the infamous portal Malaysiakini and the Malaysiakini-wanna-be Malay Mail Online both reported that the Sultan of Johor had declined the offer to become the next Yang DiPertuan Agong, quoting a Facebook page and not official sources.
It has been a norm that the Raja or Sultan with the most seniority would be considered as the candidate for the post of the Yang DiPertuan Agong. All the nine states have since provided a Yang DiPertuan Agong and the list of seniority is as follows:
The Yam DiPertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan,
The Sultan of Selangor,
The Raja of Perlis,
The Sultan of Terengganu,
The Sultan of Kedah,
The Sultan of Kelantan,
The Sultan of Pahang,
The Sultan of Johor,
The Sultan of Perak.
With the ascension of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, as the ninth Yang DiPertuan Agong, a new official list was made based on the seniority of the states that have provided a Yang DiPertuan Agong previously. Whether or not Johor was offered is not known but such offer could only be made had the Sultans of Kelantan and Pahang declined the nomination. It would seem impossible for the Sultan of Kelantan to reject such offer only to accept it later when the one that should have been offered next is the Sultan of Perak.
Such is the uniqueness of the office of the Yang DiPertuan Agong that was institutionalised on the 31st August 1957. It was first to be called the Yang DiPertuan Besar but was rejected by the Rulers Council in favour of Yang DiPertuan Agong. Every five years the Rulers would meet to elect the next Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Timbalan Yang DiPertuan Agong. Although some say that this is similar to that practised in the United Arab Emirates, the office of the President of the UAE is a hereditary office of absolute monarchies. They are the government whereas in Malaysia the government is elected by the people and is dismissed by the people through general elections. And unlike in the UAE, the Rulers council cannot dismiss a Prime Minister or anyone else without the advise of the Prime Minister. Therefore, a recent attempt by Parti Pribumi member named Mahathir to get the Rulers Council to intervene and dismiss the Prime Minister is just a futile and cheap attempt to lie to the people of Malaysia. Of course, there would be those mentally-challenged people who would believe that he is right.
With the election of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang DiPertuan Agong it is hoped that this would bring about a much better cooperation between the PAS-led Kelantan state government and the Barisan Nasional-led Federal government. Such cooperation would be very beneficial to not only the development and people of the state of Kelantan, but also to the Malays and Islam in Malaysia that are coming under constant attacks by Malay liberalistas, evangelists and chauvinistic politicians opposed to Malay unity and the position of Islam as the Religion of the Federation.
He was born on the 5th December 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and his name was written only as ‘Baby Songkla‘ on his US birth certificate as his parents had to await for an auspicious name from King Rajadhipok (Rama VII). Eventually, a name was given – Strength of the Land, Incomparable Power (Bhumibol Adulyadej).
King Bhumibol became the world’s longest serving monarch by chance. King Rajadhipok abdicated in 1935 making Bhumibol’s brother Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) the King of Thailand at the age of nine. The throne was thrusted upon him when Ananda was found dead with a gunshot wound in the Grand Palace in 1946.
Under military rule, Bhumibol was nothing more than just a constitutional monarch with very little role to play. That changed in August 1957 when Sarit Thanarat and the Royalists seized power from Plaek Phibunsongkhram. From then on, Bhumibol strived to make the Royal family relevant to the people of Thailand once again and Sarit assisted in making Bhumibol the ‘Development King‘. Bhumibol embarked in rural development projects especially in areas then controlled by the Thai Communist Party. He was always seen with his second daughter, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who would help take down notes during visits to the rural areas.
Although his subjects are required to not stand or walk any taller than the King, even prostrating at official occasions, Bhumibol would always sit on the same level with the peasants he visited – a gesture that allowed his subjects to open up to him about their problems. It is such gesture that not only made him most revered by the Thais, but made the Royal institution relevant in the eyes of the people too.
In later years, Bhumibol’s role would slowly be taken over by Princess Sirindhorn making her the more favourable heir to the Chakri throne than her elder brother, Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Vajiralongkorn may well be succeeding Bhumibol but whether he would have the same touch as his father had with the subjects remains to be seen. He must now shine on his own and not be overshadowed by the legacy created by his father and sister Sirindhorn. The Thais would now be looking up to him as Rama 10.
And for the Thais, they have lost the only King they have ever known in their lifetime, and an excellent one too – a gift from God, they say.
Rest well, King Bhumipol Adulyadej. Rao rak Nai Luang.
I was in stitches when I read Mahathir’s latest posting ‘Pentadbiran Kuku Besi‘. He wrote as if he had never oppress the people during his 22 years as the Premier. He is fortunate that the Internet was still in its infancy and was only introduced to the masses in the mid 1990s, and Google only came online using its own domain on the 4th September 1998, two days after Anwar Ibrahim was sacked from all government posts as well as from UMNO. Prior to that Google was hosted under stanford.edu. Not many of those below the age of 35 could remember the oppression Malaysians were subjected to.
And what has Mahathir written this time?
1. When receiving the membership form to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, some say that they have been threatened by UMNO dan Najib’s government.
2. Various threats were made including not being able to receive BR1M, expulsion from UMNO, removal from Government and government agencies posts, not being given contracts, scholarships would be withdrawn or not given, banks will demand for earlier payments or not give loans.
3. But they prefer to be oppressed knowing, that with their participation in PPBM and vote for it in GE14, the country would enjoy better benefits.
4. They say that despite the pressure they would still join PPBM. And they would attempt to get more Bumiputeras including UMNO members to join PPBM.
5. The struggle to them means the willingness to face hurdles. The struggle is meaningless if it is just a walk in the park.
I am quite perplexed by this statement. Do people who want to join Pribumi actually make prior announcement to UMNO that they would be joining Pribumi? Or would they just fill in the membership form and submit to Pribumi without bothering to inform UMNO?
As far as my memory serves me, not one person has ever announced his or her joining another political party unless it is arranged by the receiving party for publicity. And likewise when the situation is reversed. So, why would there be threats and so on if no one knows of their intention?
In reality, millions of Opposition supporters continue to form lines just to collect BR1M handouts. Students continue to enjoy their scholarships despite going on the street to demonstrate against the oppressive government that continues to give them monthly scholarship money. And perhaps about 50 percent of civil servants who support the Opposition still continue to go to work and none have lost their job or got demoted for doing so.
And many merit-less Bumiputera contractors still get government contracts despite supporting the Opposition.
Expulsion From UMNO
This is the other reason for me to laugh out loud. If you are already a Pribumi, why bother about being expelled from UMNO? You cannot have the cake and eat it too!
6. Verily Najib is also desperate to break my spirit. Not only have my police escorts been withdrawn but now even my officers and cooks are being transferred. All my associates are being harrassed and threatened by the Inland Revenue Board especially those who have businesses. If all taxes have been paid there will be additional taxes imposed on them.
For those uninformed, the Office of Tun Dr Mahathir is under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department. This means, the administration, staffing, budget and others come under the administration of the Prime Minister’s Department. In short, the salaries of the staff of the Office of Tun Dr Mahathir come from the Prime Minister’s Department.
Who is the Prime Minister? (CLUE: HE IS NOT A KUTTY)
Isn’t it the prerogative of the Prime Minister’s Department to transfer in or out, any personnel from any of the agencies under its purview, also accord, reduce or withdraw any privileges given using the budget of the Prime Minister’s Department?
There is an old adage: don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Even if there are Mahathir’s associates who are being harrassed by the Inland Revenue Board it could mean that previously they were only paying so much in the form of sales and services tax (SST) when under Mahathir and could no longer under-declare their earnings and have to pay higher taxes under the Goods and Services tax (GST) scheme introduced under Najib. All those who used to cheat the government and the rakyat of their earnings previously are now caught with their pants down!
7. Proton people are not allowed to speak to me, and my business associates are not allowed to approach Proton. It is Najib’s intention that Proton goes bankrupt and can be sold to foreigners for cheap.
8. My name can no longer be associated with Proton. Proton will be sold 100% to foreigners so the nationa car industry would be decimated. Only imported cars will be allowed to be sold in Malaysia. Nothing that I started will be allowed to exist. Let the local industries fail as long as Najib is satisfied.
Proton. A company that was set up in 1983 to start the national automobile industry.
With that, Proton once again asked for assistance from the government led by Najib Razak so that 12,000 Proton employees and 50,000 employees of the various Proton vendor companies do not lose their job. In your opinion, is it right for the government to use taxpayers’ money (using the favourite Opposition catchphrase) to assist a handicapped company?
Well, in the end Najib Razak’s oppressive government agreed to help Proton for the sake of the 62,000 odd direct and indirect employees by giving a RM1.5 billion soft loan.
And who is the owner amongst owners of this severely handicapped company that has no shame asking for help from Najib Razak’s oppressive government?
Which Bangladeshi is that whose name is at the top of the list who said that his name can no longer be associated with Proton but got the RM1.5 billion injection from Najib Razak’s oppressive government? Does it make sense for the government to pump in more money into Proton just to kill it? Why bother spend even a single Sen if you do not want it to work out? And how can he say that Proton people are not allowed to speak to him? Isn’t he one of the owners?
…and businessmen associated with me can no longer do business with Proton…
By this statement, is this a form of admission that Mahathir has been giving his cronies contracts from Proton? Does this have any role in making this company severely handicapped?
9. Verily, many Malaysian are afraid of trouncing by Najib’s government. This is Najib’s democracy.
10. I will not give up and I believe Malaysians have the will to topple Najib’s iron fist government. They are not afraid. The more the pressure the more the hatred they have for Najib and his government. All are ashamed of the P.M. who has been accused and believed by the whole world to have siphoned billions of the rakyat’s money.
11. The rakyat and I are aware of the intention of the new security law. It is not about foreign terrorism because we have adequate laws for that. Its intention is to break the struggle against Najib.
12. This law that was never assented to by the Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers accords Najib the power to declare security areas and with that anyone could be held in detention without trial. This is worse than the ISA.
13. If anyone is killed, be it a member of the security forces or the civilian, there will not be any inquest (a magistrate’s examination into the cause of death) held. And family of the deceased will not be able to bring the matter to the courts to seek justice.
14. Actually laws like this cannot be passed without the signature of the SPB Yang diPertuan Agong. But Najib is not one who cares for the law or its regulations. He is the PM and believes that he has immunity from prosecution. His pet the Attorney-General will make sure of that.
15. These are all signs that there is no more democracy in Malaysia. There is only an iron-fisted rule, a dictatorship.
16. The rakyat will protest the destruction of democracy in this beloved nation through a legal process. InsyaAllah the rakyat’s determination will see to the end of Najib’s wrong-doings.
The National Security Council Act that was recently passed was drafted to enable all assets under the various government agencies to be unified under one command that is the National Security Council. It is not just for use in response to terrorist acts but also in times of disasters. We have seen how poor the inter-agencies coordination was during the floods of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu. The main reason for this weakness was the absence of a unified command to coordinate efforts using assets of the various government agencies.
The power to declare security areas is not something new. Under Section 31 of the Police Act, 1967, designated police officers have the power to instruct any person to stay indoors while Section 3(1) Public Order (Preservation) Act, 1958, gives the power to the Minister of Home Affairs to declare whichever area that in the view of the Minister should be declared as a security area. However, Section 18 of the National Security Council Act, 2016 gives this power to the Prime Minister and no longer the Minister of Home Affairs to declare security areas AS ADVISED BY THE COUNCIL. This means that the Prime Minister CANNOT declare any security area unilaterally. Is this not better than ONE person making all the decisions without weighing all the inputs from practitioners who are more well-versed in the matters of national security?
Do not equate the power to declare security areas to the power to declare an emergency which remains the power of the Yang DiPertuan Agong, not the Prime Minister’s, nor is it the power of the National Security Council.
And Mahathir should not pay dumb – he is the person who destroyed democracy; even the powers of the Yang DiPertuan Agong to pass or not a bill of law was removed by him and caused the bills that affect other than the power to declare an emergency, the Institution of the Rulers, the position of the Bumiputera and Bahasa Malaysia, to pass without having been assented by the Yang DiPertuan Agong.
Mahathir should realise, he is living in sunset. Enough of lies.
Pandai buat lawak juga Mahathir dalam posting beliau terkini bertajuk ‘Pentadbiran Kuku Besi‘. Beliau menulis seolah-olah beliau tidak langsung berlaku kejam semasa mentadbir sebagai Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun lamanya. Beliau beruntung talian Internet secara komersil hanya mula diperkenalkan kepada umum pada pertengahan tahun 1990an manakala Google yang sebelum itu menumpang domain stanford.edu hanya mula secara besar-besaran pada 4hb September 1998, dua hari selepas Anwar Ibrahim dipecat dari semua jawatan kerajaan dan dari parti UMNO. Tidak ramai yang kini berusia 35 tahun ke bawah ingat akan pemerintahan cara kuku besi yang telah diamalkan oleh Mahathir.
Apa yang telah ditulis Mahathir kali ini?
1. Semasa menerima borang untuk jadi ahli Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, ada yang menyatakan mereka menerima ugutan dari parti UMNO dan Kerajaan Najib.
2. Bermacam jenis ugutan dibuat termasuk tidak akan memberi BR1M, disingkir dari UMNO, atau lucut jawatan dalam Kerajaan dan agensi-agensinya, tidak diberi kontrak, biasiswa tidak akan diberi dan akan ditarik balik dan sebagainya, bank akan tuntut hutang lebih awal dan akan tolak permohonan.
3. Tetapi mereka masih sanggup didera seperti ini kerana kepercayaan bahawa akhirnya, dengan penyertaan mereka dalam PPBM dan mengundi baginya dalam PRU14, nikmat berkali ganda akan diperolehi oleh negara dan diri mereka juga.
4. Mereka menyatakan bahawa tekanan terhadap mereka tidak akan berjaya menghalang mereka dari menyertai PPBM. Dan mereka berusaha mendapat bumiputra lain termasuk ahli UMNO supaya menyertai PPBM.
5. Perjuangan bagi mereka bermakna kesanggupan mengatasi sebarang rintangan. Perjuangan tidak bermakna jika jalan ke arah matlamat terbuka luas dan ditabur dengan bunga mawar sepanjangnya.
Saya agak hairan dengan kenyataan ini. Adakah mereka-mereka yang menyertai Parti Pribumi untuk menjadi orang Pribumi ini membuat pengumuman kepada UMNO bahawa mereka akan pergi mengambil borang Parti Pribumi? Atau adakah mereka akan terus sahaja mengambil borang, mengisinya dan menyerahkan borang permohonan tersebut tanpa perlu mengisytiharkan keluar parti UMNO?
Seingat saya tidak ada satu orang pun yang pernah keluar UMNO umumkan hasrat untuk keluar UMNO sebelum menyertai lain-lain parti politik melainkan untuk tujuan publisiti yang diuruskan oleh parti pembangkang yang menerima bekas ahli-ahli UMNO tersebut. Begitu juga yang tinggalkan parti pembangkang untuk menyertai mana-mana parti Barisan Nasional. Maka, apakah timbul cerita berlakunya ugutan itu dan ini?
Hakikatnya, setiap tahun berjuta penyokong serta para ahli parti pembangkang yang menerima BR1M tanpa sebarang sekatan. Ramai penerima biasiswa yang masih menerima biasiswa walaupun turun ke jalan untuk berdemonstrasi menentang Kerajaan zalim yang memberi mereka biasiswa. Mungkin juga lebih 50 peratus kakitangan kerajaan yang menyokong parti-parti pembangkang masih mempunyai pekerjaan dan tidak ada seorang pun yang dibuang kerja.
Dan masih juga ramai kontraktor Bumiputera yang mendapat kontrak walaupun menyokong parti pembangkang.
Disingkir Dari UMNO
Ini satu lagi sebab kenapa saya katakan Mahathir menulis lawak jenaka. Kalau dah nak jadi orang Pribumi, buat apa nak dikisahkan lagi keahlian dalam parti UMNO? Takkanlah rindukan UMNO tetapi nak jadi makhluk Pribumi juga?
6. Sesungguhnya Najib amat terdesak untuk melemahkan semangat saya juga. Bukan sahaja escort motosikal polis ditarik balik tetapi pegawai saya dan tukang masak saya pun hendak ditukar. Semua kenalan saya diganggu dengan menghantar jabatan hasil dalam negeri untuk ugut terutama mereka yang berniaga. Jikalau semua cukai sudah dibayar pun cukai tambahan dikenakan.
Untuk yang tiada pengetahuan, Pejabat Mahathir adalah di bawah Jabatan Perdana Menteri. Ini bermakna segala pengurusan, kakitangan, kewangan dan lain-lain adalah di bawah kelolaan Pejabat Perdana Menteri. Pendek kata, para pekerja serta gaji para pekerja di Pejabat Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, adalah di bawah kelolaan Pejabat Perdana Menteri.
Siapa Perdana Menteri? (PETUNJUK: BELIAU BUKAN BERDARAH KUTTY)
Bukankah menjadi hak Jabatan Perdana Menteri untuk membuat pertukaran kakitangan di mana-mana agensi di bawah kelolaannya, juga memberi, mengurangkan atau menarik balik apa jua keistimewaan yang diberikan menggunakan bajet Jabatan Perdana Menteri?
Kata orang tua-tua, tak mengenang budi jika kita maki hamun orang yang memberi kita makan.
Kalau ada pun kenalan Mahathir yang diganggu Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri mungkin juga sebab selama ini mereka menipu cukai kerajaan semasa SST dilaksanakan dan kini tidak boleh lari dari cukai GST.
7. Orang-orang Proton tidak dibenar bercakap dengan saya, dan peniaga kenalan saya tidak dibenar mengadakan business dengan Proton. Tujuan Najib ialah supaya Proton bankrap dan boleh dijual dengan murah.
8. Nama saya tidak boleh dikait dengan Proton. Proton hendaklah dijual kepada orang asing 100% supaya industri kereta nasional dihapuskan. Hanya kereta import sahaja yang boleh dijual di Malaysia. Jangan ada apa-apa yang dimula oleh saya. Biar hancur industri tempatan asalkan Najib puas hati.
Proton. Sebuah syarikat yang telah diwujudkan pada tahun 1983 untuk menjadikan impian sebuah perusahaan automobil nasional berjaya.
Dengan itu, Proton sekali lagi memohon bantuan daripada kerajaan yang dipimpin oleh Najib Razak supaya 12,000 para pekerja Proton dan 50,000 orang pekerja syarikat-syarikat pembekal komponen Proton tidak kehilangan mata pencarian. Pada pandangan anda, adakah wajar kerajaan menggunakan wang pembayar cukai (menggunakan istilah yang sering digunakan oleh pembangkang) untuk menyelamatkan sebuah syarikat yang sakit?
Mahu tidak mahu, kerajaan yang zalim itu jugalah yang kesiankan keluarga seramai 62,000 orang yang berkaitan dengan Proton dan beri sebanyak RM1.5 billion lagi pinjaman mudah kepada Proton.
Dan siapakah para pemilik syarikat Proton yang tidak segan-silu memohon bantuan kerajaan (wang rakyat) akibat kelemahan mereka sendiri?
Bangla mana punya nama teratas dalam senarai tu yang kata nama beliau tidak boleh dikaitkan dengan Proton tapi tetap dapat bantuan pinjaman mudah RM1.5 billion dari kerajaan Najib Razak yang zalim itu? Adakah masuk akal kerajaan memberi bantuan pinjaman kepada Proton jika tujuannya adalah untuk menghancurkan Proton? Kalau nak dihancurkan Proton, buat apa nak beri walau satu Sen pun? Macam mana dia boleh kata orang-orang Proton tidak dibenarkan bercakap dengannya? Dia salah seorang pemilik Proton, kan?
…dan peniaga kenalan saya tidak dibenar mengadakan business dengan Proton…
Dengan kenyataan di atas, adakah Mahathir kini membuat pengakuan bahawa beliau memberi kroni-kroni beliau kontrak Proton, dan adakah ini juga menyumbang kepada kerugian yang dialami Proton setelah 33 tahun kewujudannya?
9. Sesungguhnya ramai juga orang Malaysia yang takut didera oleh Kerajaan Najib. Itulah demokrasi Najib.
10. Saya tidak putus asa dan saya percaya rakyat Malaysia akan terus memiliki semangat juang untuk jatuhkan Kerajaan kuku besi Najib. Mereka tidak takut. Lebih kuat tekanan lebih bencilah mereka terhadap Najib dan Kerajaannya. Semua mereka malu dan tidak ingin melihat negara tercinta ini memiliki seorang P.M. yang dituduh dan dipercayai oleh seluruh dunia telah lesap (curi) berbilion duit rakyat.
11. Saya sedar dan rakyat juga sedar akan tujuan undang-undang baru berkenaan sekuriti. Ia bukan untuk pengganas asing kerana undang-undang sedia ada sudah mencukupi. Ia bertujuan mematah semangat dan memberhentikan sebarang protes terhadap Najib.
12. Undang-undang ini yang tidak direstui oleh YDP Agong dan Raja-Raja Melayu memberi kuasa kepada Najib mengisytihar kawasan sekuriti dan dengan itu sesiapa sahaja boleh di masuk dalam tahanan tanpa dibicara. Ini lebih buruk dari ISA.
13. Jika sesiapa terbunuh atau dibunuh, samada anggota keselamatan atau orang awam, tidak ada inquest (pemeriksaan oleh majistret berkenaan sebab-sebab kematian) yang akan diadakan. Dan keluarga simati tidak boleh bawa kes ke mahkamah untuk mendapat keadilan.
14. Sebenarnya undang-undang seperti ini tidak boleh disahkan tanpa tandatangan SPB Yang diPertuan Agong. Tetapi Najib tidak peduli kepada undang-undang atau aturan-peraturan. Ia PM dan ia percaya sebarang pencabulan undang-undang olehnya tidak boleh didakwa di Mahkamah. Pendakwarayanya jinak akan halang.
15. Semua ini menjadi tanda bahawa demokrasi sudah tidak ada lagi di Malaysia. Yang ada hanyalah pemerintahan kuku besi, pemerintahan diktator.
16. Rakyat akan membantah penghapusan demokrasi di negara tercinta ini melalui proses yang halal. InsyaAllah ketegasan rakyat akan akhirnya menamat salah laku Najib.
Akta Majlis Keselamatan Negara yang diluluskan baru-baru ini digubal untuk membolehkan penggembelingan sumber agensi-agensi kerajaan di bawah satu entiti iaitu Majlis Keselamatan Negara. Ia bukan sahaja bertujuan untuk digunakan semasa serangan ataupun untuk menghalang serangan pengganas tetapi juga semasa keadaan kecemasan bencana dan sebagainya. Kita telah lihat betapa lemahnya koordinasi agensi-agensi kerajaan semasa banjir besar di Kelantan, Terengganu dan Pahang pada penghujung tahun 2014. Sebab utama kelemahan tersebut adalah disebabkan tidak ada penyatuan pemerintahan untuk menggerakkan agensi-agensi kerajaan di bawah satu pemerintahan.
Kuasa pengisytiharaan sesuatu kawasan sekuriti (keselamatan) itu bukan suatu perkara baharu. Di bawah Seksyen 31 Akta Polis, 1967 kuasa diberikan kepada pegawai Polis tertentu untuk memerintahkan orang awam untuk berkurung di dalam rumah manakala Seksyen 3(1) Akta Ketenteraman Awam (Pemeliharaan), 1958, memberikan Menteri Dalam Negeri kuasa untuk mengisytiharkan mana-mana kawasan yang difikirkan oleh Menteri tersebut sebagai kawasan sekuriti (keselamatan). Seksyen 18 Akta Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2016 memberi kuasa ini kepada Perdana Menteri dan bukan lagi Menteri Dalam Negeri untuk membuat pengisytiharaan SETELAH DISYORKAN OLEH AHLI-AHLI MAJLIS KESELAMATAN DALAM NEGERI. Ini bermakna Perdana Menteri TIDAK BOLEH mengisytiharkan mana-mana kawasan sebagai kawasan keselamatan sekiranya tidak mendapat syor daripada MKN. Maka ini adalah lebih baik daripada hanya seorang Menteri Dalam Negeri membuat pengisytiharaan tanpa mengambil kira pendapat mana-mana orang yang lain yang lebih arif mengenai keselamatan dalam negeri?
Pengisytiharaan kawasan keselamatan jangan disamakan dengan pengsiytiharaan darurat yang merupakan kuasa yang masih dipunyai oleh Yang DiPertuan Agong, bukan Perdana Menteri, dan bukan juga Majlis Keselamatan Negara.
Dan Mahathir jangan buat-buat lupa – beliaulah bertanggungjawab memusnahkan bukan sahaja demokrasi, malah kuasa Yang DiPertuan Agong untuk tidak meluluskan sesuatu rang undang-undang juga dihapuskan oleh beliau yang menyebabkan rang undang-undang selain rang undang-undang yang melibatkan hal ehwal pengistiharaan darurat, kuasa Raja-Raja, kedudukan Bumiputera dan Bahasa Malaysia, boleh diluluskan walaupun tidak mendapat persetujuan Yang DiPertuan Agong terlebih dahulu.
Sedarlah sikit usia dah lanjut, Mahathir. Cukup-cukuplah membohong.
The Opposition (DAP, BERSIH, Pribumi) is just recycling old issues. No matter if the issue raised had been clarified or debunked countless times before. I did not include PAN in the parentheses because it would be ridiculous in my opinion to even consider it a political party given the cartoon characters that fills its ranks. Not even BERSIH’s convoy in Penang could garner more than 50 supporters to join its convoy in that staunch Opposition state! A sign of times, perhaps? Issues like 1MDB is being played over and over again, especially by Mahathir’s Das Schwarze Korps but hardly gained any traction as people are bored of the same story being played repeatedly with goalposts changed to suit the message they try to send.
So, what should they do next?
Enter His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong.
Before the independence of Malaya in August 1957, there were three parties to the discussion on the subject of the independence. They were the Malay Rulers of the Federated and Unfederated Malay States; the British who, by virtue of treaties signed with the Malay Rulers, helped administer their respective state; and the Alliance party (UMNO, MCA and MIC) who, by virtue of winning all but one seat in the 1955 General Elections was the de facto voice of the people of Malaya. Save for Pulau Pinang and Melaka, the rest of the states in Malaya were NOT colonies of Great Britain. Therefore, the discussion was about the transfer of administrative powers from the representatives of the Malay Rulers (the British) to a government formed through the elections by the people of Malaya. 31st August 1957 was an independence from feudalism, not colonialism. (Read SeaDemon: The Road to Merdeka – Whom Did the British Prefer?, 17 September 2011)
You must understand that while the Rulers retain some of their functions, the government is run by those elected by the rakyat. This was done to ensure that democracy in then-Malaya was not to do away with the Malay Rulers. Therefore, Mahathir’s attempt to get the Rulers Institution to dismiss Najib Razak for someone else as the Prime Minister, there is nothing that any of the Rulers could democratically do. The Rulers, although above the law, are not above the Federal Constitution. Like with the British advisors, there is virtually nothing that the Rulers could do without the advise of the Prime Minister or the Menteris Besar to affect the state or Federal administration except in a few circumstances.
Article 43(2) of the Federal Constitution states that:
2) The Cabinet shall be appointed as follows, that is to say:
(a) The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall first appoint as Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House; and
(b) He shall on the advice of the Prime Minister appoint other Menteri (Ministers) from among the members of either House of Parliament
What it says here is in order to have a functioning government, the Yang DiPertuan Agong would have to first appoint a Prime Minister who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat members. The term ‘who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House‘ here is critically important and we shall visit this aspect later. This term and Article must be read together with Article 40(2) of the Federal Constitution that 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;
(b) the withholding of consent to a request for the dissolution of Parliament;
What it means according to Article 40(2) of the Federal Constitution is that the Yang DiPertuan Agong has the discretionary power to appoint the Prime Minister subject to his own discretion but limited to the ambit of Article 43(2) of the same. In Article 43(5) states that only Ministers can be dismissed by the Yang DiPertuan Agong on the advice of the Prime Minister:
Subject to Clause (4), Ministers other than the Prime Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, unless the appointment of any Minister shall have been revoked by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the Prime Minister but any Minister may resign his office.
In Teh Chang Poh vs PP (1979 – 1 MLJ 50) William John Kenneth Diplock (Lord Diplock) opined the following:
Although this, like other powers under the Constitution, is conferred nominally upon the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by virtue of his office as the Supreme Head of the Federation and is expressed to be exercisable if he is satisfied of a particular matter, his functions are those of a constitutional monarch and except on matters that do not concern the instant appeal, he does not exercise any of his functions under the Constitution on his own initiative but is required by Article 40(1) to act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet. So when one finds in the Constitution itself or in a Federal law powers conferred upon the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that are expressed to be exercisable if he is of opinion or is satisfied that a particular state of affair exists or that particular action is necessary, the reference to his opinion or satisfaction is in reality a reference to the collective opinion or satisfaction of the members of the Cabinet, or the opinion or satisfaction of a particular Minister to whom the Cabinet have delegated their authority to give advice upon the matter in question.
Therefore, Constitutionally-speaking, the Prime Minister can only be replaced in only two circumstances:
when the Prime Minister loses the majority of support of the members of the Dewan Rakyat (therefore the appointment of a new one would have to be based on the judgment of His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong that has the most majority support of the Dewan, or,
A General Election causes the Prime Minister to lose his parliamentary seat, and His Majesty would have to appoint one before appointing a Cabinet as prescribed in Article 43(2)(a).
The Yang DiPertuan Agong therefore cannot act ultra vires.
So, why is Mahathir’s Schwarze Korps so eager in pushing the idea of the Rulers Institution being able to remove a Prime Minister?
The answer is: propaganda that only zombies would accept at face value.
I guess Mahathir’s interest in ousting Najib Razak is just so one of his Pribumis could be appointed as the Prime Minister. For that reason he is trying to make a pact with Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR. He knows that his lie about the powers of the Agong to remove Najib Razak will soon be debunked, and that it is just noise – no substance. Therefore, he would need to work with PKR, DAP and jumpers from the BN to oust Najib Razak in accordance with Article 43(2)(a).
However, despite declaring that Muhyiddin would become the Prime Minister if the Opposition wins, we all know that the protem President of Parti Pribumi would never make it as the Prime Minister. Muhyiddin has far too many baggages that would be easy to pick on. His son Mukhriz is the favourite contender. He said so HERE.
I still remember reading the above article when I was doing a search on water woes almost four years ago. 53 years after the formation of Malaysia we still have places that have no regular treated water supply. Hence, I find it disgusting that RM114 million in cash was found stashed in a house in Sabah by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission recently which does not include the ones that are still stashed in five vaults that are yet to be opened.
According to this portal called Anti-Fitnah Sabah the latest bust by the MACC is related to the Sabah water project that commenced in 2010 costing the Federal Government RM3.3 billion under the purview of the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah or KKLW).
The project was executed and implemented by the KKLW with very minimal participation of the Sabah Water Department (Jabatan Air Sabah or JAS) whose role was to prepare through a limited tender process 10 local companies to carry out the project.
These companies are controlled by the Director and Deputy Director of the JAS. They are Ag Mohd Tahir bin Mohd Talib and Ir Teo Chee Kong respectively. Ag Mohd Tahir IS NOT the Treasurer for UMNO Bahagian Kimanis as claimed by a certain disgruntled menopausal whining auntie in Perak. That would be Datuk Rizal @ Raymond Godfrey Abdullah, whom I seriously hope would sue the auntie.
Although the Sabah State Government had requested for the funds that is channeled through the KKLW to be channeled through the State Treasury, the request was never approved.
Now how many water projects under the KKLW has there been? Although I’ve taken the liberty to post some screenshots of the projects here, thanks to a world wide web friend but you can also see the documents on a public domain.
Now, that is a lot of projects and they go back as far as 2011. Who was the Minister for KKLW then? Shafie Apdal. He was minister from 10th April 2009 until his removal in the 29th July 2015. Is he involved? I don’t know. Let us see the outcome of the MACC investigation but the Anti-Fitnah Sabah blog surely allows us an insight into the goings-on in Sabah.
RM114 million is a lot of money. You could finance at least 20 candidates in a general election.
For the umpteenth time, the Petaling district in Selangor have to face waterless days because someone decided the rivers are the best place to dump chemical wastes. What has the Selangor state government done about it? Apart from blaming the Department of Environment, the Menteri Besar, Azmin Ali has done nothing.
Investigation by the Selangor water authority has traced the pollution to its source and not only have taken water samples from the alleged source, but even named the source. Yet, Azmin chose to blame the Department of Environment for being slow in acting against the perpetrator citing that the Selangor Water Management Board has no authority to act.
Therefore, let me introduce this seemingly alien State Enactment to the clueless Menteri Besar:
There are powers accorded to the Board that the state government. Section 40(1) of the Enactment states that the Board has the responsibility to arrange and control all water resources. This includes buffer development, the management, use and the conservation of water sources while Section 41(3)(d) the Board is allowed to take whatever steps deemed necessary to protect water from contamination and the improvement of its quality. Which part of the Enactment that is not clear to either the Members of the Board, or Azmin himself?
Section 43(2) of the said Enactment empowers the Director of the Board to instruct by writing any activity, work, structure or building that is located within the flood zones, river reserves, or coastal areas that the Director deems to cause the degradation in quantity of water flow, quality of water, or to cause pollution to improvise or stop the activity, or to modify or to relocate the building. The Director even has the power to enter such premises at any time and inspect as given by Section 43(3).
I have, in different previous posts (Water, Water Everywhere dated 28th October 2011 and Water, Water Everywhere Part 2 dated 4th November 2011), pointed out the need to protect the water catchment areas. The value chain starts at water catchment areas and therefore it is imperative that state governments take steps to protect these areas by gazetting them under a specific Act for Water Catchment Areas, and not as it is now, under the Forestry Act. We often find water resources polluted by human activities in these areas such as logging (legal and illegal), farming, plantation, manufacturing, animal husbandry and indiscriminate dumping of rubbish despite having these areas gazetted under the Forestry Act.
Lo! And behold! The power had already been given to the Board through Section 48 of the Enactment which you can read below (unless you are one of those who criticised Zahid Hamidi for his poor command of the English language while you cannot even speak in Bahasa Malaysia despite holding a Malaysian Identity Card):
So, what are you waiting for, Azmin? Why are you still playing the blame game? This is the effect of the incompetency of the Pakatan government that politicises every single thing that has now caused misery to hundreds of thousands of water account holders in Selangor. And not only that, the arrogance of biblical proportions that your Executive Councillors and you have make you think that you have the right to play with the lives of those in need of water such as at the Serdang Hospital that had had to declare an emergency for being in dire need of treated water supply.
Since being given the power to administrate, the Pakatan-led state government of Selangor has given the rakyat nothing but excuse upon excuse to NOT solve its water woes. Starting with saying that there would be enough water and the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant is not needed and one suggested by a Pakatan-suporter that there are better alternatives to the Langat 2 WTP. Yet, nothing was done to solve the problem. And only in February 2014 that the state government conceded that the Langat 2 WTP is needed after all, a realisation that caused former Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim his job as the rest of his administration and also party office holders did not subscribe to his view.
The Pakatan-led state government should pull its act together and stop giving excuses when it is empowered to protect water sources. If it does not have the political will to do so, make way for the party that would.
Hari ini saya diajukan beberapa soalan dari berbagai pihak mengenai kejadian yang melibatkan sebuah pesawat helikopter Sikorsky S-61A4 Nuri milik TUDM di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Balung, Tawau. Untuk memudahkan penulisan, izinkan saya menulis dalam bentuk soalan-soalan yang telah diajukan kepada saya:
SOALAN 1: Media telah menggunakan perkataan “terhempas” namun pihak TUDM menggunakan istilah “mendarat cemas.” Boleh Kapten terangkan perbezaan kedua-dua istilah tersebut?
Istilah “terhempas” menggambarkan suatu situasi diluar kawalan. Sebagai contoh, pesawat mengalami kegagalan sepenuhnya fungsi alat kawalan yang mengakibatkan sesuatu pesawat itu terus jatuh diluar kawalan (uncontrolled descent).
Akibat kejadian “terhempas” kebiasaannya akan mengakibatkan kemusnahan total kepada kerangka pesawat, disertai kehilangan jiwa dan/atau kecederaan parah kepada majoriti penumpang.
“Mendarat cemas” ataupun “pendaratan kecemasan” ialah suatu tindakan yang dilakukan sebagai respon kepada sesuatu kejadian kecemasan, contohnya respon juruterbang kepada kegagalan fungsi enjin pesawat. Dalam kejadian semalam pada pengamatan saya, juruterbang telah bertindak untuk cuba mendaratkan pesawat di suatu tempat lapang di antara dua blok sekolah menggunakan kaedah “auto-rotation” namun telah tidak cukup masa untuk mencapai kawasan tersebut. Siasatan oleh pihak TUDM akan memberi lebih pencerahan mengenai kejadian ini.
SOALAN 2: Pada pendapat Kapten, apa punca kejadian? Adakah ia boleh dielak?
Semua kejadian boleh dielak. Namun kita tiak boleh menjangkakan sesuatu yang bakal berlaku walaupun semua langkah telah diambil untuk mengelak sebarang kejadian yang tidak diingini. Contoh terbaik: Lewis Hamilton terpaksa keluar dari perlumbaan F1 di litar Sepang baru-baru ini walaupun sedang mendahului para pesaing lain akibat kerosakan enjin walaupun penyelenggaraannya amat baik. Hanya siasatan terperinci dapat memberi gambaran punca kerosakan kepada pesawat Nuri tersebut dan juga kereta yang dipandu Lewis Hamilton tempoh hari.
SOALAN 3: Masalah teknikal dikatakan antara punca kejadian. Adakah wujud faktor tersebut atau Nuri itu sendiri tidak boleh diselenggarakan lagi kerana usianya yang sudah lanjut?
TUDM, sayap udara TLDM dan Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat mempunya rejim penyelenggaraan pesawat yang amat baik. Usia lanjut sesebuah pesawat itu tidak banyak memainkan peranan sekiranya penyelenggaraan adalah baik.
SOALAN 4: Adakah pesawat Nuri kita terlalu tua dan tidak sesuai lagi untuk latihan memandangkan komponen dan besi pesawat sudah uzur dan haus seperti didakwa sesetengah pihak?
Masih banyak varian Sikorsky S-61 yang masih digunakan di seluruh dunia termasuk juga yang digunakan oleh State Department Amerika Syarikat. Malah ianya juga salah satu helikopter yang digunakan untuk mengangkut Presiden Amerika Syarikat. Tentera Udara DiRaja New Zealand masih menerbangkan pesawat Hercules C-130 mereka yang sudah berumur 51 tahun. Usia pesawat bukan merupakan faktor.
SOALAN 5: Apakah sudah sampai masa Nuri digantikan bagi megelakkan insiden yang sama berlaku? Jika tidak, adakah Nuri masih lagi perlu digunakan?
Nuri adalah pesawat yang masih diperlukan. Aset-aset Nuri TUDM juga kini diserapkan ke dalam Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat untuk tujuan “air mobility.” TUDM menggantikan pesawat Nuri bukan kerana usia atau masalah penyelenggaraan tetapi adalah kesesuaian peranan yang dimainkan oleh TUDM seperti Combat Search and Rescue, Special Forces Insertion and Extraction yang memerlukan helikopter berperanan khusus. Pesawat Nuri juga telah melalui beberapa proses penambahbaikan kerangka dan avionics untuk menentukan ianya selaras dengan keperluan masa kini. Ini termasuk peningkatan upaya gearbox, bilah kipas utama dan bilah kipas ekor dan pautan data digital. Malah peningkatan upaya pesawat Nuri dengan memperkenalkan “glass cockpit” atau kawalan digital sepenuhnya yang sesuai digunakan dengan teropong kegunaan malam (night-vision goggles) telah dilakukan untuk sesetengah pesawat Nuri.
Ini menunjukkan pesawat Nuri masih lagi relevan, terutama untuk tujuan pengangkutan saiz sederhana atau penghantaran platun infantri ke medan.
SOALAN 6: Apa nasihat, cadangan, pandangan Kapten kepada TUDM demi masa depan aset seperti Nuri dan keselamatan pengguna helikopter tersebut?
Kementerian Pertahanan perlu menentukan “end-user” mendapat bajet yang diperlukan untuk menentukan perolehan, pengoperasian dan penyelenggaraan aset-aset bukan sahaja TUDM, malah untuk Angkatan Tentera Malaysia amnya, dapat diteruskan dengan baik dan memenuhi doktrin Angkatan Tentera Malaysia.
Muhyiddin recently appeared on a PAS platform in Kuala Terengganu to speak about 1MDB etc. He was invited on the capacity of a former Deputy Prime Minister before the formation of Parti Pribumi which he is a pro-tem President. Not once did he address the long-standing question from especially the PAS members – how much did he make from the 1BestariNet scandal?
PAS first asked this question back in April 2012. Mahfuz Omar of PAS asked then why was the project not given to known telecommunications players such as Telekom Malaysia, Celcom or TimeDotCom who would be able to provide better Internet backbone to support the project.
the installation of 1BestariNet Receiver Integrated System (1BRIS) communication towers that are supposed to transmit and receive high-speed wireless data in schools that do not have the appropriate LAN (Local Access Network) structure,
the refusal by YTL to pay RM1,200 per month to the Ministry of Education (MoE) as recommended by the Property Valuation and Service Department for each 1BRIS site. The MoE has thus far bowed down to YTL by allowing them to pay RM1,000 for each 1BRIS site instead;
the installation of the 1BRIS towers increased the electricity bill for each school by RM120 to RM150 monthly. With YTL’s refusal to pay the RM500 for each 1BRIS tower site, the MoE would have to fork out between RM5.77 million to RM6.92 million each year until the expiration of the contract.
The portal also alleged Muhyiddin’s son-in-law’s involvement in the project, an allegation that has gone unanswered by Muhyiddin.
Perhaps the MACC should seriously look into this issue as it has gone almost forgotten. Nabbing errant GLC office-holders may be a good thing, but letting a former senior Minister go free after hunderds of millions tangible rakyat‘s funds have been spent without tangible good results will not go down well with the majority.