Parliament more essential than factories and services allowed to operate

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The politicians are now playing around with the politics of convening of Parliament. But it took the Agong and the Malay Rulers to inject real life into that happening.
Umno talks about “it must happen within 14 days”, the Prime Minister has formed a committee to look into it, and a disgraced former Prime Minister says he could on his own organize a meeting of Parliament without need of a committee, suggesting perhaps a man and his dog could do the trick.

All this political trivialization does not make the point the Malay Rulers did which is Parliament is essential in Malaysia’s democracy. It is one of the three pillars of government under the Federal Constitution: the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary.
Neither does it make the killer point if even services and factories deemed essential are allowed to operate with SOPs under the current strict MCO, it is a travesty of the Constitution that the representatives of the people should only be allowed to meet when it is considered “safe” for them to do so.

Therefore the call by the Agong and the Malay Rulers that Parliament must meet “secepat mungkin” should not be disingenuously taken to mean “as soon as possible” with the emphasis on “possible”, and to stretch it out.
It should be noted in the media statement by the Malay Rulers in support of the Agong’s call for Parliament to meet the word used is “segera” – immediately.

Care must be taken not to take the mickey out of Their Majesties.
The royal media statements want Parliament to debate the ordinances issued under the emergency, which is to end on August 1st, as well as the Covid National Recovery Plan (NRP). If it meets just before the last phase of the NRP is reached, what kind of meaningful review and suggestions can be made?
As it stands the NRP is woefully short of “what ifs”, things not happening according to plan, or rather hope. There are no alternatives should they not be met. There is no Plan B.
A statement by the Malaysian Health Coalition last Saturday raised scientific questions about the adequacy of measures of performance and progress against the Covid pandemic on which the NRP is based. There must be national debate on these issues which have existential implications.

Going beyond, there needs to be developed an outline of a practical financial and economic recovery plan. The Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia had submitted to the government in March this year 137 action steps in “Pathway for Malaysia 2021”, based on discussions with professional bodies, trade associations, chambers of commerce and foreign business associations & business councils in the country.
These kinds of recommendations should be stood on their head, thrashed out and debated.

It is already possible for Parliament to meet NOW. At the most 28 days from notice of meeting. So if all goes smoothly Parliament should meet in July. This week is critical to show the call by the Agong and the Malay Rulers is being taken seriously. There could be a dragging of feet such that Parliament does not meet until September as previously planned, but this would be tantamount to thumbing the nose at Their Majesties.
It could also presage a constitutional crisis, which the country does not need when it is already facing the huge Covid nightmare. We do not need it even if there were not the crushing Covid crisis.
Legal opinion is divided on whether the Agong could himself convene Parliament, or must and only act on the advice of the Prime Minister. The most compelling view I have heard, from one of Malaysia’s leading legal minds, is that the Agong can do so under Article 55 of the Federal Constitution.
At any rate, there is also strong argument Section 14 of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 promulgated for the emergency in January allows the King to call for Parliament to reconvene without the advice of the Prime Minister.
This will not be the first time in politics that that which has been created has come to bite the hand that feeds it. It is hoped it would not come to that point. There has been enough excitement and drama in Malaysian politics since May 2018 and, particularly these last 17 months, to last a political lifetime.

The only good political sense has come from Mr. Lim Kit Siang, the doyen of Malaysian politics, when he suggested that there be a “political moratorium” in the next one-two years. This great statesmanship is something yet to be seen among all the other political leaders.
On the contrary, what is heard is of the PKR leader trying to cobble together an arrangement with discredited Umno leaders to form a new government. It is to be hoped the DAP with its 42 MPs will have nothing to do with it, because such a government will set Malaysia back again.
It is also unbelievable that some politicians are talking about forcing a general election at this time. It shows how little they care for the people in their thirst for power. A general election must not be held now because the virus will spread like wildfire, with deaths – now nearing 4500 against 471 the whole of last year – and brought-in-dead (BID) shooting up.

The Prime Minister should establish a broad-based unity government. Ironically that would require support of the 42 MPs from the DAP so often demonized. Let this be the time for beginning the healing process towards greater national unity.
There is a long, long way to go of course but, if not now, when is the time to address the immediate challenges, and to think through deep issues that divide the nation, by setting up a consultative body representing civil society, professional groups and business interests. What I have previously called the Malaysia First Council.

The Agong and Malay Rulers had alluded to the need for a strong, stable and effective government which has support from the majority of the people. If this is not a hint to the Prime Minister to get cracking on forging such a government, I don’t know what is.

The Prime Minister is in the best position to show true leadership by forging a united and broad-based government which has the backing of Parliament, representing the people, to save the nation. There is really nobody else, as every interested political leader falls short, carries too much baggage, imagines only that at last it is his time or has thinking and megalomaniac inclinations not acceptable today.
The country is in a tight spot. The political leaders have failed us. The Agong and the Malay Rulers are to be applauded for stepping up to the plate when the people are lost with no one else to turn to.
They have done so with great sensitivity. The last sentence of the very last paragraph of the Malay Rulers’ media statement is profound: the critical importance of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy in a culture of governance that adheres to the Federal Constitution and the rule of law. The Agong and the Malay Rulers have done what they have done – and will do what they must – but they are not interested in a systemic shift from being constitutional monarchs.
If only there were such sensitivity among the politicians of this country.

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Airfree Air Purifiers Tested To Be Effective In Destroying 80.5% Of The Covid-19 Virus

(KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21) F J Benjamin Holdings (FJB) said today that the AIRFREE® brand of air purifiers have been tested and certified to be effective in destroying 80.5% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus when released into a  controlled chamber.

The certification by MRIGlobal, a leading American non-profit research organisation, last month followed scientific tests conducted on an AIRFREE® purifier. Complete lab report can be found here.

While Covid-19 spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with each other, studies have shown that infections can arise from exposure to small droplets and particles of the coronavirus that linger in the air even after an infected person has left the area.

Last month, the World Health Organisation acknowledged that there is “emerging evidence” of airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, a change from its previous assessment that the virus is primarily spread by contaminated droplets that fell to the ground.

FJB Group Chief Executive Officer Nash Benjamin said: “The certification by MRIGlobal is a significant step forward for AIRFREE® air purifiers as it provides independent confirmation that AIRFREE®’s proprietary TSS (Thermo- dynamic Sterilisation System) technology is effective.

The manufacturer, AIRFREE® Products Electronics SA, is based in Portugal. It was founded by Carlos Matias, who developed its patented air purification system to help deal with his son’s recurrent allergic crises. The company’s products are distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.

Daniel Matias, Global Sales Officer said: “Most other air purifiers on the market capture airborne microorganisms using a HEPA filter, where they remain alive for some time. The AIRFREE®’s proprietary TSS which heats up to a temperature of 200 degrees Centigrade was created to silently draw bacteria, viruses, and other organic organisms into the ceramic core heated ducts to be destroyed by heat purifying the room, not by just capturing without destroying, and most importantly without any filters to replace.

This is a huge saving to the consumer and the environment. This also helps avoid hazardous air filter replacement, which could put the captured organisms back into the environment.”

FJB is the exclusive distributor for AIRFREE® products in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The Singapore-listed company, which is best known for its fashion labels, set up a Health and Wellness division and began distributing AIRFREE® products in the city-state last year.

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1945 年日本战败后,美国对日本进行接管。由于美国的管控,银行贷款全面取消,Panasonic生产不能正常进行。当时,他们欠下高额债务,员工工资发不出来,导致许多人离职。艰难时刻,松下幸之助不气馁地说:不景气时,正好可以思考、反省、检讨、研究。这一思索,可能好计划、好主意就源源而出。
1951 年,随着美国对日的各项限制解除,日本经济开始复苏,Panasonic情况也逐渐好转,摆脱经营危机。松下幸之助表示,在狂风暴雨中,Panasonic终于重新站起来了,他呼吁要以「今天重新开业」的心态开展经营活动。






危机4:Panasonic 在2001年亏损4278亿日元



a) 聚焦高毛利产品:
当时的电浆电视(Plasma TV)、DVD录影机、手机产品等都是Panasonic的“V商品“,即与其他业者相比是最具竞争力的产品。他们都把资源集中在这些产品上,夺回失去的市占率,以确保高收益。

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1. 未知数太多
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4. 盈利太少
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Wan Saiful anggap Najib ‘sembunyikan’ Rosmah untuk alih isu lain

Wan Saiful tegur Najib tekun 'troll' individu dalam PN
Gambar: Sinar Harian

Oleh Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Saya lihat Dato Sri Najib Razak begitu tekun troll beberapa orang dalam kerajaan Perikatan Nasional, iaitu kerajaan dia sendiri. Perbuatan troll kerajaan sendiri ini sebenarnya pelik, tetapi dalam strategi “diversion” ia memang perlu dibuat.

Sekarang Najib tak perlu ulang alik ke mahkamah sebab mahkamah tutup semasa PKP ke? Bolehlah jadi Ketua Perungut Kebangsaan sepenuh masa.
Strategi utama Najib ialah “divert” perhatian kepada isu lain supaya orang lupa apa yang telah dia buat. Banyakkan rungutan mengenai kerajaan sendiri supaya perhatian rakyat dapat “divert” daripada berapa billion yang telah dirompak. Tunjukkan diri sebagai hero UMNO supaya orang UMNO sendiri lupa bahawa UMNO kalah PRU14 sebab orang marah Najib.

Yang menariknya, setiap kali saya komen mengenai dia, maka beribu cybertroopers datang serang posting saya. Ramai sungguh team Najib Razak ni ya. Kalau isteri tersayang Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor dikatakan bayar RM100,000 sebulan untuk cybertroopers, agak-agak Najib bayar berapa juta sebulan ya?

Saya hairan juga mana hilangnya Rosmah Mansor. “Can I advise you something” dibuat di rumah saja. Bagus juga Rosmah ni. Patuh SOP.
Ini pun strategi “diversion”. Bila Najib sembunyikan Rosmah, orang dah tak nampak Rosmah. Bila orang tak nampak, maka perlahan-lahan dia mahu media dan rakyat lupa mengenai kemewahan Rosmah. Maka perhatian akan “divert” ke isu lain.

Nampak macam ramai juga ahli team cybertroopers Najib ni ya. Atau adakah dengan Jajaran Baru yang dia sedang kempenkan, Najib sudah bergabung juga dengan Red Bean Army (RBA)? Saya nampak sejak Najib bawa idea Jajaran Baru ini, tahap aktiviti RBA dan team Najib hampir sama hebat.

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Catatan ini pertama kali muncul di laman Facebook Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

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新媒体弄潮儿, 乱拳打死老师父

正当全球主流媒体大佬个个都因为亏损连连、想尽办法向谷歌与面子书追讨赔偿时,去年10月突然冒出一则新闻,名不经传的Morning Brew,获得美国商业与娱乐新闻网站“商业内幕”(Business Insider)的母公司Insider Inc注资7500万美元投资!

常说“乱拳打死老师父”,这句话用在Morning Brew两位创办人Alex Lieberman 及Austin Rief身上,再贴切不过。


Morning Brew到底是干嘛的?说白了,Morning Brew就只是早上整理几则财经新闻简报(Newsletter),然后通过电邮发送给订阅者,但却在在短短5年吸引300万订户。

什么?连网站、APP都没有?是的,答案是—–都  没  有。

当然,以上说的是Morning Brew草创时期的模式,在经过数次融资,团队及规模扩大以后,Morning Brew已经朝向多元模式操作。

但是看回现今全球媒体业,个个都叫苦连天的,想招会员收订阅费不容易,数码广告收入又被谷歌与面子书抢得所剩无几,Morning Brew这个新媒体,为何却如此意气风发?

最气人的是,被视为新媒体弄潮儿的Alex 及Austin,还竟然不是念媒体出身的!可是这两位密西根大学(University of Michigan)金融科毕业生却把一个校园项目,变成活生生的千万企业!



对许多金融系学生来说,《华尔街日报》或CNBC的报导都难以消化且枯燥乏味。看到这个需求缺口后,Alex以玩票性质开始了取名“Market Corner”的每日财经新闻简报,以便携式文档格式(PDF)通过电邮发给大学内的同学们。

没想到 Market Corner的首个订阅者Austin,后来也成为了合伙人。

Austin提供了许多建设性的反馈,如何让Market Corner做得更好,两人深入认识后就合起伙来……尽管当时两人都还没把这当成一盘生意来看。

2015年毕业后,Alex找到自己一直梦寐以求的工作,挤进摩根斯坦利(Morgan Stanley)工作;Austin则在一间投资银行当实习生。

两人“半工半创业”,Market Corner 的订户群也逐在校园圈扩大,从原本的密西根大学45个学生订阅,慢慢扩大至其他10所大学。逐渐地,Market Corner的订阅者也不再只是学生,甚至有教授或都俱乐部会长之类的。


由于没有资金,两人绞尽脑汁如何在不花钱打广告下,把Market Corner推广给更多人。所以他们会密切观察忠实读者最关心什么课题、从订阅者的电邮地址揣测对方资料。


随着订阅人数扩张,笃定了Morning Brew的未来发展潜能,同时也证明两位年轻小伙子不是“玩玩下的”,Alex 及Austin开始寻求资金,从最邻近的“密西根人脉”筹得了7万5000美元。

2016年9月,Alex决定辞职,并把业余玩票性质的简报,认真地当成一盘生意来经营,Market Corner也易名为Morning Brew。Austin则在2017年5月加入成为全职。

■Alex Lieberman(左) 与Austin Rief。


电子邮件是最普遍使用的联系工具之一,但也是公认开信率(open rate)最低的管道之一,那凭什么Morning Brew的财经简报电邮开信率维持在高水平,并且就此打开商机之门。


而在资讯泛滥的今天,读者更需要内容策展人(content curator)帮忙从海量的资讯中,筛选他们感兴趣及值得阅读的内容。Alex说, 如何加强与读者的互动、如何策展更有趣易读的内容,就是Morning Brew的强处所在。

内容策展的重点是如何利用现有的内容为目标客户创造价值,基本包含三大原素 ,发掘与筛选、整合与编辑,以及传播与分享。

随着互联网出现催化全球媒体出现分解趋势 (Media Disaggregation),像Morning Brew的新媒体以筛选、整合与分享新闻资讯给读者,再透过监督与平衡(Check and Balance)来建立公信力,确可赢取读者的信任度。

对于加强与读者的互动,Morning Brew都会回应读者的留言,每日回复的数量大概是400、500则,目的就是要建立与读者的“亲密关系”,一旦关系建立,读者的回头率会提高,也会逐渐成为忠实读者。


流量归流量 变现成功吗?


从2015年3月营运以后,Morning Brew在2年半以后(2017年中)就开始有广告收入。

尤其在2020年,Morning Brew获得许多金主以赞助形式打广告,获得不俗收入。

据网上资料,截至2020年,Morning Brew团队已扩大至60名员工,订阅人数300万人,收入预计达到2000万美元。



Morning Brew从简报,变成更长的新闻报导,新闻类型也从财经变成更多元化。同时,还把呈现方式从纯文字晋升为音频、视频。

简报电邮仍然是Morning Brew触达订阅者的首个管道,再把读者引流至网站及APP。

询及对未来5年,人们的新闻阅读习性会有什么变化时,Alex 及Austin认为,未来读者的新闻阅读习性会更多元化、更分解化。这也表示,如果成功制造差異化,每个媒体都有它的小众市场,也意味更多不同形式的媒体有存在的空间。

Alex 及Austin并没有发明飞机大炮原子弹,只是把原有的事物创新,调整包装来符合特定群体的新需求,而这个解决方案,洽好解决了这群体的问题,使他们的平台蹿红。这当中的启示就是,创业不必太复杂,专注于研究如何解决一个问题,或许就会从此翻转你的人生。

Morning Brew教会我们的事:推荐奖励养成更多忠诚读者

偏向选择自行成长的Morning Brew,为了激励读者和他们的朋友分享,两位创办人推出一个推荐奖励制。当读者将Morning Brew 的在线链接,发送给朋友或同事时,将获得Morning Brew独家赠品作为奖励。







50人:可获得两个品脱杯 (Pint glasses)


Kit Siang: Takiyuddin is talking rubbish

Quit for delaying Undi18, Kit Siang tells EC chairman | Free Malaysia Today  (FMT)
Pic: Free Malaysia Today

By Lim Kit Siang

The de facto Law Minister, Takiyuddin Hassan is talking bunkum.

Where is the Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin? Does he understand what he announced in his national telecast on January 12, 2021?

Is Muhyiddin the Prime Minister or can every Minister can pretend that he or she is the Prime Minister?

Takiyuddin Hassan has denied that the cabinet was “shifting goalposts” as to when the emergency period should come to an end. He said the cabinet was only “correcting” rules to help the “referee” make the right decision.

What does Takiyuddin mean what he said he was merely “correcting” the rules when he corrected the Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah for saying that only the king had the discretion to extend the emergency by pointing out that it was the Cabinet’s responsibility to advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong whether or not the emergency should be extended.

The constitutional rules on the “Yang di Pertuan Agong acting on advice” are crystal clear. They are set out in Article 40, as follows:

“Article 40. (1) In the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or federal law the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or of a Minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet, except as otherwise provided by this Constitution; but shall be entitled, at his request, to any information concerning the government of the Federation which is available to the Cabinet.

“(1A) In the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or federal law, where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is to act in accordance with advice, on advice, or after considering advice, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall accept and act in accordance with such advice.

“(2) 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;

(c) the requisition of a meeting of the Conference of Rulers concerned solely with the privileges, position, honours and dignities of Their Royal Highnesses, and any action at such a meeting, and in any other case mentioned in this Constitution.”

However, in his national telecast on January 12 announcing the emergency proclaimed by the Yang di Pertuan Agong the previous day, Muhyiddin sought to allay reservations about the emergency as a proper remedy to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and possible abuses of power.

This was where in his national telecast on January 12, Muhyiddin announced a Special Independent Committee and gave an implicit undertaking that it is the Special Independent Committee and not the Cabinet or the designated Minister who will advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong on whether the emergency declared on January 11 will be extended on August 1, 2021.

Strict constitutionalists would argue that the powers of the Cabinet or the designated Minister cannot be delegated, but if the Prime Minister has given an implicit public undertaking that it is the Special Independent Committee and not the Cabinet or designated Minister who will advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong “whether a major emergency still exist to continue with the period of Emergency Proclamation or terminate the Proclamation earlier than the date designated”, is Muhyiddin to dishonour such a solemn implicit public undertaking?

Had the Prime Minister been wrongly advised by the de facto Law Minister to give such an implicit public undertaking?

If it is the Cabinet or the designated Minister who is going to advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong on whether to extend the emergency on August 1, why then set up a Special Independent Committee headed by the former Chief Justice and comprising former public officials and Members of Parliament?

Where is the Prime Minister?

This is the time for Muhyiddin to speak up.

(Media Statement (2) by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, June 13, 2021)

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This post first appeared on Lim Kit Siang‘s blog.

Hannah: Kerajaan takut hilang kuasa, Rakyat jadi sengsara

Hannah Yeoh: possible sex education outside schools to fight baby dumping |  The Star
Gambar: The Star

Oleh Hannah Yeoh

Biar Kerajaan Tewas, Jangan Biar Rakyat Tumpas – Kerajaan takut hilang kuasa, Rakyat jadi sengsara.

Pengumuman Total Lockdown Mesti Bersekali Dengan Bantuan Kepada RakyatKita hampir sahaja tidak dapat bertahan dengan perlaksanaan total lockdown selama 2 minggu namun Kerajaan mengumumkan lanjutan yang bertujuan untuk menurunkan kes positif Covid-19 yang masih tidak menunjukkan tanda-tanda penurunan. Pengumuman total lockdown tanpa bersekali dengan bantuan kewangan adalah tindakan yang tidak bertanggungjawab daripada Kerajaan. Kita mahu Kerajaan tidak bersikap seperti warden penjara, meletakkan rakyat dalam penjara di rumah mereka, seakan menjatuhkan hukuman sedangkan kes Covid-19 yang meningkat disumbang oleh ketidakcekapan Kerajaan dan SOP yang mengelirukan, bercanggah dan tidak masuk akal. Berapa banyak kampit beras yang dapat kita terus berikan? Berapa banyak lagi bakul makanan untuk diedarkan dan berapa minggu lagi yang mampu kita lakukan? Ketika Ismail Sabri mengumumkan lanjutan total lockdown, rakyat Malaysia amat berharap mereka akan melihat Menteri Kewangan, Tengku Zafrul berdiri di samping beliau bagi mengumumkan bantuan kewangan segera yang boleh membantu rakyat Malaysia. Tetapi, ini tidak berlaku.

Bantu Perniagaan Kekalkan Pekerjaan

Beberapa hari yang lalu saya pergi ke sebuah pusat membeli-belah untuk membeli makanan dan memasuki sebuah kedai buah-buahan untuk membeli buah anggur. Ini adalah kali pertama saya melihat buah-buahan dijual dengan harga yang sangat murah kerana ia tidak lagi segar dan saya satu-satunya pelanggan yang berada di situ. Situasi tersebut sangat menyedihkan. Saya hanya terfikirkan mengenai stok mereka, sewa yang harus dibayar dan gaji pekerja mereka. Hari ini kita tidak lagi bercakap mengenai keuntungan atau pulangan modal. Kini kita hanya bercakap soal kelangsungan hidup. Tumpuan kita sekarang adalah bagaimana untuk mengelak lebih ramai orang hilang pekerjaan dan perniagaan tidak terjejas sehingga terpaksa menutup kedai. Kerajaan banyak memfokuskan kepada golongan B40 sahaja. Hampir tidak ada apa-apa untuk golongan M40 yang berada dalam industri Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS). Dan ketika kumpulan M40 ini kelemasan, golongan T20 juga tidak mampu untuk bernafas. Kerajaan hari ini cuma menjadi penonton, tidak proaktif dan hanya mahu tunggu dan lihat. PKS kini berada di peringkat terakhir mereka untuk meminta pertolongan.

Rakyat Tidak Perlukan Singkatan Nama Untuk Mengaburi Kelemahan

Sejak PKP 1.0 hingga PKP 3.0, Kerajaan Perikatan Nasional (PN) hanya mengumumkan singkatan nama (perkataan atau frasa yang dipendekkan). Mereka mahu ia dilihat menarik tetapi sebenarnya kosong dan tidak mempunyai apa-apa makna di dalamnya. Kerajaan PN hari ini hanya belajar daripada pentadbiran Najib – menambah angka 1 dalam semua programnya. 1Malaysia, Pr1ma, BR1M dan PPA1M. Kerajaan hari ini cuma meniru tabiat yang sama dan melakukannya secara berlebihan. Kita perlu membuat carian di Google setiap kali membaca laporan berita mengenai pengumuman baharu – selain PKP, PKPD, PKPB, PKPP, terdapat juga BPR, PdPR, PICK, PPV, JKJAV, CITF, PIKAS dan SJR (malah ayat sekatan jalan raya juga telah dipendekkan). Kerajaan Perikatan Nasional ini tidak memberikan kita apa-apa selain singkatan nama yang telah dipendekkan untuk menutup kegagalan mereka dan kelemahan koordinasi dalam Kabinet serta antara Kementerian.

Majlis Raja-Raja akan bermesyuarat minggu hadapan. Saya benar-benar berharap agar penderitaan rakyat akan berakhir dengan memendekkan tempoh pentadbiran Kerajaan Perikatan Nasional ini. PN – Be End adalah singkatan nama yang amat kita perlukan sekarang.

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[Kenyataan Media Oleh Hannah Yeoh Bertarikh 13 Jun 2021]

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Throw someone under a bus?

Parliament in uproar over phantom voting on Budget 2021 yesterday | Malaysia  | Malay Mail
A nod in the direction of a national unity government and convening of Parliament is something the people will appreciate. Pic: Malay Mail

There is a lot of hunger and anger out there. The people’s misery is accentuated by their perception of corruption and double standards top to bottom as they reel from disease, death and deprivation.

The need for better government in Malaysia has never been greater, before the people are driven to want to throw someone under a bus.

It is a matter of grave urgency to discover a fit for purpose arrangement in the face of the greatest health crisis of our times, which is eating into the economic, social and political fabric of our country.

We cannot have a government worrying, politically unlike the people, where its next meal is coming from. A government walking on thin ice, always looking over its shoulder to see who is about to stab it in the back, and thinking of its next move to stay in power.

We need a government fully focused on addressing the huge crisis the country is facing.

We need a government which has the full support of Parliament, which should be recalled to play its rightful role outlined in the nation’s constitution, the highest law of the land.

Parliament has not met this year for its fourth session following the declaration of emergency in January — despite clear invocation that it can meet, including by the king, who had agreed to that declaration.

There are calls to suspend Malaysia’s system of parliamentary democracy and to establish a National Operations Council (NOC, or Majlis Gerakan Negara, MAGERAN), like the one which operated for two years from 1969 following the race riots in May that year.

Exposing megalomania, one such call comes from a political leader who had previously asked for the present emergency, such as it is, to be ended. What, to be followed by full declaration of emergency with him at the head of the NOC?

We must abandon such desires as the wet dreams of wannabe dictators.

There are three fundamental differences between the situation in 1969 and the one we face now. First, there has been no breakdown of law and order as occurred following the racial riots for us today to hand power to an autocrat, always a dangerous gamble.

Second, and critically, we have no towering political leaders to take the lead without significant opposition to think through the national issues to take the country forward.

Third, crucially, we don’t have two years.

Indeed, the NEP (New Economic Policy) — one of the two main products of that period — has become a primary source of national division instead of the unity it was supposed to have forged. The main reason is that it has been twisted and emasculated to corrupt the Malaysian body politic. But, that is a discussion for another day.

The other outcome, the shepherding of hitherto antagonistic political parties into a grand alliance — Barisan Nasional — is something we should be seeking to achieve today. But double quick.

Who is to lead that charge? A few hands will go up but, truth be known, there is NOBODY of the same kind of stature of the post 1969 leaders who can command and pull disparate parties together. Malaysian political leadership is bankrupt, the outcome of 40 years of divisiveness and greed for power rather than statesmanship.

Should we then just lie down and die? Of course, we cannot just give up. The leaders of the main political factions in Parliament should sit down very quickly to work out how they can form a unity government with the backing of their MPs in Parliament. They must, for once, serve the national interest and ride above narrow political and personal interests.

It is not about now is my chance to be PM. It is about how best to serve the nation at its hour of peril. About how to get on top of Covid-19 and to continually manage the risk from the virus that is not going away, how to restore the economy and to plan recovery of economic and social life. It is about the finest hour. Leave political games out for now.

Can we do it? I am not a close adviser of the prime minister but, from the start, when he came to power, I had always put to him the need to broaden his political base and have a bigger tent to ensure stability of government as the country faced huge challenges. He thought better and imagined he could politically navigate his way to stay in power despite not having the numbers in Parliament to achieve such stability.

It is not too late for him to go for a national unity government. As prime minister, he is best placed to do so. He has to rise above narrow interests and show the statesmanship the country needs now. If he does not, forget about being harshly judged by history, support for him will erode further at this moment in time.

The Malay rulers meet on Wednesday. This is a most important meeting in light of the crisis the country is facing. I read a lot of comments on social media about not drawing the rulers into politics. This is a wrong reading of history and reality. The Malay rulers have a role, although the difficulty has always been how exactly they should play it without exceeding constitutional provision and without undermining support for the institution.

The fact of the matter in our present situation is the Malay rulers have been seized of the issue of proclamation of emergency, which speaks to a discernment on how the country should be run at a time of crisis in the interest of the people.

When they meet on Wednesday, they will obviously want to review how the country has been run based on what they see and hear and representations they have received.

They have, as expressed by Walter Bagehot in The English Constitution, the right “to be consulted, to encourage and to warn”.

In our present circumstances, the people need some intervention to save their lives and livelihoods. A nod in the direction of a national unity government and convening of Parliament would be something the rakyat would deeply appreciate.

The Malay rulers could also propose ways in which the people can assist with expertise in these troubled times through establishment of an advisory council comprising representatives of civil society, professional bodies and business.

This could be expanded into a Malaysia First Council subsequently with wider terms of reference to get into the whole array of issues that have placed the country, not only in this crisis, but also in the most precarious position since its independence.

We need to have a whole-of-nation approach and best leadership to save the country. Every institution has a role to play. The people must will and support a national unity government, the convening of Parliament, and participation to find solutions and build consensus.

The palpable anger heard and to be read almost everywhere should get creative response. The rasa marah rakyat (the people’s wrath) should not be allowed to reach the level where they would want to throw somebody under a bus.

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