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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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.
Ahli Parlimen Segambut
[Kenyataan Media Oleh Hannah Yeoh Bertarikh 13 Jun 2021]
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Catatan ini pertama kali muncul di laman Facebook Hannah Yeoh.
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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Mitraland Group has collaborated with Maybank Islamic for the HouzKEY programme. This is in line with the developer’s Tresor MyHome campaign to make its latest project, The Tresor @ Gravit8, within easy reach for all walks of life. The process is as simple as submitting an online application on Maybank’s website and clicking the Apply Now button. It is a convenient platform for homebuyers to apply for financing in a hassle-free manner.
Considering that buying a home is a big financial decision, it is worth finding out more about HouzKEY financing. The campaign eases the burden of high down payments for homebuyers who may find this to be a challenge when purchasing a home. Therefore, this programme makes it ideal for first and second time homebuyers such as single individual, young starters and couples, and new families. With HouzKEY, buyers will enjoy 100% financing with no down payment required. They only need to pay a 3-month refundable security deposit upon execution of the HouzKEY Home Financing Agreement.
The financial scheme is serviced only after the property is completed and is in vacant possession, allowing buyers to save up during the construction period. On top of that, the HouzKEY financial scheme offers lower monthly payments with the best rates so as to ease buyers’ cash flow and reduce their financial burdens.
The Tresor @ Gravit8 is Mitraland Group’s latest development in Klang South, Selangor. It is strategically located near Johan Setia LRT Station. It can be easily accessed via the KESAS Highway and other major routes such as the South Klang Valley and Federal Highway. Just down the road, there are schools, medical centers, educational institutions and retail malls. Orbix International School has also opened its first Klang Valley campus at the retail component of Gravit8 called Pier8.
The Tresor is the third phase within Gravit8 and this freehold residential tower takes up 2.75 acres. It is due for completion in 2025 and has a gross development value of RM240 million. Designed with the classic Mediterranean Santorini theme in mind, The Tresor offers the best view among all the residential towers at Gravit8, as it directly fronts the 8-acre iconic Gravit8 Lakepark.
The Lakepark forms the centrepiece of the Gravit8 lakefront community which consists of residential towers, Pier8 Retail Mall, retail shops, while future developments will consist of offices, and a hotel. These components are integrated seamlessly to create a self-sufficient community for residents, occupants and visitors to have a comfortable transition from one zone to the next. The first floor of The Tresor is linked to Pier8 Retail Mall, giving homeowners convenience at their doorstep.
The units range from 952 sq ft to 1,206 sqft in size, comprising 3 beds & 2 baths to 3+1 beds & 2 baths units and are priced from RM516,800. All the units come with 2 parking spaces, except the largest type which allots 3 parking spaces.
Special units at The Tresor called Parkhomes allow residents the luxury of parking their vehicles directly in front of their units, offering homeowners the best of both worlds – exclusive condo facilities with added security while enjoying the easy convenience of a landed property. At Level 8, residents get to revel in a 1.3-acre facility deck that houses 24 facilities while the design concept is inspired by Santorini’s natural beauty, created to give homeowners the holiday at home feel all year round.
Mitraland’s CEO, Dato Andy Khoo emphasises that the company strives to stay true to their “Crafting Lifestyles, Creating Value” core values.
“This collaboration between Maybank Islamic and Mitraland is a strategic move to encourage property ownership and help address the growing issue of homeownership affordability in Malaysia. We understand the dilemma faced by home buyers in these challenging times and economic uncertainties. HouzKEY is an ideal homeownership solution that helps home buyers to own their dream home now. We further welcome the announcement of the extended Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) to 31 December 2021 to stimulate the property market and help buyers in homeownership,” said Sally Lye, Managing Director of Maybank’s Real Estate Ventures.
“At Mitraland, quality is never compromised and each component is expertly crafted and delivered under continuous supervision for quality assurance. We try to conceptualise projects that interlace character with functionality and quality with ingenuity; and this allows us to maintain our brand position in the marketplace.”
Mitraland Group is one of Malaysia’s leading boutique developers. It has won a string of accolades. Among the more recent are the ASEAN Property Award Malaysia in 2019, Gold World – FIABCI World Prix D’Excellence Awards 2018 for the residential (low rise) category and Malaysia Property Award 2017 for the same category.