We must create a new future for all Malaysians and not be the captives of the past

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I want to thank my family, party comrades and colleagues, friends and relatives for this unprecedented and wonderful virtual birthday celebration.

I am glad to see the founding Chairman Dr. Chen Man Hin and Mrs. Chen with us, Johore pioneer State Assemblyman Lee Kaw, DAP veterans Tan Chui Sui (Mrs. Chiang Heng Kai), Wong Kang Li and wife, Chong Siew Chiang and wife, Ngoi Thiam Woh, my long-time friend K. Siladass, my classmates going back to seven decades ago, Pek Teck Soon, Tan Tik Seng and Allan Goh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rallying of support for Malaysiakini is a great sign that the dream for a more open, just and free society in Malaysia is not dead but is very much alive

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The immediate rallying of support for Malaysiakini is a great sign that the dream for a more open, just and free society in Malaysia is not dead, but is still very much alive.

While the Federal Court decision is most shocking, especially the prohibitive fine of RM500,000, what is most encouraging and uplifting is the immediate rallying of public support for Malaysiakini. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is Malaysia one of the worst performing countries in bringing the Covid-19 epidemic under control in the last three months?

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Although the daily increase of Covid-19 infections have come down to four-digit two- thousand figures in the past five days, far from the peak figures of 5,728 and 5,723 figures on 30th and 29th January respectively, it is disturbing that Malaysia is one of the worst performing countries in bringing the Covid-19 pandemic under control in the past three months.

On Nov. 18, 2020, Malaysia was ranked No. 85 among countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-18 cases.

We have now leapfrogged 40 places in the last three months as we are ranked No. 45 among the countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 19-member independent committee should advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong that the Emergency Proclamation does not preclude the convening of a Special session of Parliament on Covid-19 pandemic to give effect to Article 43(3) of the Constitution that “The Cabinet shall be collectively responsible to Parliament”

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The 19-member independent committee headed by former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria should advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong that the Emergency Proclamation of 11th January 2021 does not preclude the convening of a Special Parliament on Covid-19 pandemic to give effect to Article 43(3) of the Constitution that “The Cabinet should be collectively responsible to Parliament”.

This is fortified by six grounds:

Firstly, although the Clause 14(1)(a) Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 provides that “For so long as the emergency is in force, (a) the provisions relating to the summoning, proroguing and dissolution of Parliament in the Federal Constitution shall not have effect”, it also provides in Clause 14(1)(b) that “the Parliament shall be summoned, prorogued and dissolved on a date as the Yang di Pertuan Agong thinks appropriate”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Muhyiddin support strong and effective action against hate speech and hate crimes which, if unchecked, would plunge Malaysia into greater disunity and polarisation resulting in a failed state

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Malaysia urgently needs strong and effective action against hate speech and hate crimes which, if unchecked, could plunge Malaysia into greater disunity and polarisation resulting in a failed state.

Malaysia’s diversity must be regarded as an asset and not a liability – not just during the launching of national unity plans or blueprints but at all times so that Malaysia can benefit and leverage on our unique position as the confluence of diverse races, languages, religion, cultures and even civilisations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Muhyiddin prepared to lead Malaysians throughout the country to declare he is “Malaysian first” to spearhead the 10-year National Unity Blueprint?

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It was an unusual programme – the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin launching the National Unity Policy and the National Unity Blueprint 2021-2030.

When Muhyiddin cautioned Malaysians against politicians who play on racial sentiment to gain political mileage, describing them as challenges faced in multiracial countries, all Malaysian eyes were on him as the classic example. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia must learn from the lessons of the past, in particular the 22-months of Pakatan Harapan government, to rebuild Malaysia as a united, democratic, just and world-class great nation

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The global Covid-19 pandemic seems to have turned a corner with the number of Covid-19 cases across the globe declining for a fourth week in a row.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) weekly epidemiological update, the number of Covid-19 deaths reported worldwide decreased for a second week running, with 88,000 new deaths reported last week, a 10% drop compared to the previous week.

But it is too early to say whether the world has passed the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians should think of how we can fulfil Tunku’s wish for Malaysia to be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”

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One of the few living friends of Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and national independence activist, ninety-year-old Tan Sri Mohd Yusof Latiff, the Penang Malay Association President, said on Tunku’s 118th birthday anniversary two days ago that Tunku if still alive would have been depressed to see the present state of political affairs in the country.

He said: “It goes against every grain of his struggle for liberty and the right to self-govern, because racial harmony was the bedrock on why this country was granted independence from the colonists.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin should direct his Health Minister Adham Baba to retract his quarantine rules to uphold the Prime Minister’s own pledge that there will be no double-standards in Covid-19 quarantine SOP

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The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should direct his Health Minister, Dr. Adham Baba to retract his Covid-19 quarantine rules to uphold the Prime Minister’s own pledge that there will be no double standards in Covid-19 quarantine SOPs.

In October last year, Muhyiddin pledged in a special address to the nation over television on the latest Covid-19 situation in the country that there would be no practice of double standards in complying with Covid-19 quarantine orders. Read the rest of this entry »

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The best way to remember Tunku is to realise his dream that whatever our race or religion, we are first and foremost Malaysians

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On the 118th birthday anniversary of Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, three quotes from him came to mind.

They are:

“We are all Malaysians. This is the bond that unites us. Let us always remember that unity is our fundamental strength as a people and as a nation.”

“We must each always think first of Malaysia, of the national need and least of ourselves …Everyone must try to help and see that the people are one-minded, with loyalty and one aim, to make Malaysia – the land we love – a happy abode for all of us. If we all do this then we can guarantee liberty, security, prosperity and happiness for the future.”

“All talk on Islamic States is just an empty dream. No man in his right sense would accept a nation which bases its political administration on religion, and in a country like Malaysia with its multi-racial and multi-religious people, there is no room for an Islamic State.”

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After a year of worsening Covid-19 pandemic, a false sense of priority seems to pervade the top echelon of the Muhyiddin government

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It is shocking that after a year of worsening Covid-19 pandemic, the re-imposition of movement control order and the declaration of an emergency, a false sense of priority seems to pervade the top echelon of the Muhyiddin government.

Otherwise, why the visit of the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to Indonesia where one of the results was to “step up talks to work out the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the implementation of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme between the two countries”, as announced by Muhyiddin after he met Indonesian President Jojo Widodo at Istana Merdeka, Jakarta last Friday?
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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 36 places in two-and-a-half months to be ranked No. 49 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, 2020, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 36 places in two-and-a-half months to be ranked No. 49 now among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

I had expected Malaysia to be ranked among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before the Chinese New Year, but we have achieved this dubious feat a week earlier.
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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 35 places in two-and-a-half months to be among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 35 places in two-and-a-half months to be among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

I had expected Malaysia to be ranked among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before the Chinese New Year, but we have achieved this dubious feat a week earlier.

If Malaysia continues in its trajectory of daily increase of more than 4,000 Covid-19 cases, we will be ranked No. 49 today, beating Croatia which has 234,153 cumulative total of cases as compared to Malaysia’s 231,483 Covid-19 cases.
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Chinese New Year SOP is best proof of the government’s failure to have an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the war against Covid-19 pandemic

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The Chinese New Year SOP is the best proof of the government’s failure to have a “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the war against Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysians who want to give full support to the national strategy to bring the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic under control will also be infuriated and antagonised by the Chinese New Year SOP, as it is a SOP which would not be drawn up by any group which realises that it is essential to regain public confidence, trust and support if Malaysia is not to totally lose control in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mahathir’s egregious blunder resigning as PM

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I am surprised that I was mentioned in the last paragraph of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s statement yesterday, where he said:

“I thought that something similar was needed. But I failed because Kit Siang said I was trying to become a dictator. He supported Anwar as the PH candidate. Had the 92 votes gone to me I would have 154 votes. You can imagine what direction the nation would take when all parties put the nation first.”

This is Mahathir’s own conjecture. To put the record straight, PH’s decision to support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister after Mahathir’s shocking resignation, was made unanimously by all three component parties of PH – DAP, PKR and Amanah. PH made the decision after Mahathir refused to continue as PH Prime Minister as well as abide and be bound by the PH General Election Manifesto. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians are set to face a grim Chinese New Year

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Malaysians are set to face a grim Chinese New Year with the extension of the second movement control order (MCO 2.0) to February 18, 2021.

If the Health Ministry’s National Institute of Health (NIH)’s revised pandemic projections are right, Malaysia will record 8,000 daily new Covid-19 cases by the first week of March and 10,000 daily new cases by the second week of March because of high infectivity rate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the National Security Council pave the way for a change of strategy to enable an “all-of-government” and “whole-of –society” strategy which does not depend on increasing penalties but effective communication campaign to restore public confidence and trust to make every Malaysian war-minded to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control?

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Yesterday, it was reported that there were 4,214 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths in Malaysia, bringing the cumulative total to 219,173 cases and 770 fatalities.

Malaysia has moved one rank further from No. 53 the previous day to No. 52 among countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases, although Malaysians do not know whether yesterday’s increase of new Covid-19 cases had been inflated by backlog cases.

Today, Malaysia will replace Bulgaria to rank as No. 51 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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What are the actual figures for new Covid-19 infections and deaths for the past three days minus the backlog cases?

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Malaysians are shocked that the data of the last three days for new daily Covid-19 infections and deaths are not accurate as the surge of cases was due to a backlog.

What then are the actual figures for the new Covid-19 infections and deaths for the past three days minus the backlog cases? Read the rest of this entry »

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Most distressing that grim forecasts of Covid-19 pandemic proved right

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On November 18, 2020, I warned that if Malaysia continued to surge with four-digit daily increases (and it was in the less than 2,000 category), by the end of the year in 2020, Malaysia will overtake China as a country with more Covid-19 infections!

At that time, China was placed No. 64th country with 86,361 Covid-19 cases and Malaysia was placed No. 85 with 49,730 Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first month of 2021 has torn Muhyiddin’s New Year Message into smithereens and turned his five priorities for an integrated Covid recovery into dead promises

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The first month of the year 2021 has torn the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s New Year Message into smithereens and turned his five priorities for an integrated Covid recovery into dead promises.

His first priority to “improve public health through the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines with the launch of a nationwide vaccination programme” had been pulverised by two events:
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