It is not enough for Khairy to be a better Health Minister than his immediate predecessor, as he must be the best Health Minister in the history of Malaysia – better than all his 20 predecessors who had helmed the Health Ministry before

I am disturbed by the persistent high Covid-19 fatality rate in Malaysia.

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 6,630 new Covid-19 cases and 78 Covid-19 deaths, including 17 Brought-in-Dead (BID) cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan must not lose the moral high ground to allow three of the “immoral Malacca quartet” to stand as Pakatan Harapan candidates in the Malacca state general election

(Versi BM)

For nearly two years, ever since the Sheraton Move conspiracy which toppled a democratically elected Pakatan Harapan government and snatched away the people’s mandate for the first time in Malaysian history, ushering in a backdoor, undemocratic and illegitimate government at the end of February 2020, a pall of immorality had been cast over Malaysian politics.

This is why the Malacca state general election of Nov. 20 has many significance and implications – one of which must be to restore and raise the moral tone of Malaysian politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khairy must explain why in the 53 days since he was sworn in as new Heath Minister on August 30, Malaysia had been having more new Covid-19 cases and Covid-19 deaths than Indonesia?

(Versi BM)

Khairy Jamaluddin must explain why in the 53 days since he was sworn in as new Heath Minister on August 30, Malaysia had been having more daily new Covid-19 cases and Covid-19 deaths than Indonesia?

On August 30, the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia was 1,725,357 cases. Yesterday, it rose by 688,235 cases to 2,413,592 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malacca General Election a double test of Malaysia’s resilience as a democracy and the integrity of political parties

The Malacca General Election is a double test of Malaysia’s resilience as a democracy and the consistency and integrity of political parties.

A new political landscape is struggling to be born and that is why what is unheard-of in Malaysian politics, such as the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the Prime Minister Ismail Sabri and the four Pakatan Harapan leaders, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng, Mohamad Sabu and Wilfred Madius Tangau on Sept. 13 has happened.

Malaysian political parties and Malaysians are still struggling to find an equilibrium in this new political landscape and this will take some time – months may be years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khairy should make a Ministerial statement on the first day of the 2022 Budget meeting of Parliament on Monday why Malaysia has more Covid-19 deaths than any other ASEAN country since he became Health Minister 51 days ago

(Versi BM)

I have made numerous calls on Khairy Jamaluddin since he was sworn in as the new Health Minister on August 30 to explain the high Covid-19 fatality rate in Malaysia but he has failed to do so.

I am again calling on Khairy to make a Ministerial statement on the first day of the 2022 Budget meeting of Parliament on Monday, 25th October as to why Malaysia has more Covid-19 deaths than any other ASEAN nation since he became Health Minister 51 days ago.
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Why was MP Tony Pua’s passport impounded and banned from travel overseas while Najib allowed to travel abroad when convicted?

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) demanded an explanation as to why the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) did not object to the former prime minister’s application for his travel document despite a corruption conviction and ongoing criminal trials and how the government would ensure Najib would not abscond.

C4’s question is all the more pertinent as Tony Pua, then MP for PJ Utara, was prevented from leaving the country at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on July 2, 2015 for Yogyakarta although his passport was valid until April 23, 2020.
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Malaysia passed two grim milestones in Covid-19 pandemic yesterday – cumulative totals of 2.4 million Covid-19 cases and 28,000 Covid-19 deaths

(Versi BM)

Malaysia passed two grim milestones in Covid-19 pandemic yesterday – cumulative totals of 2.4 million Covid-19 cases and 28,000 Covid-19 deaths yesterday when we recorded daily 5,745 new Covid-19 cases and 69 Covid-19 deaths.

The cumulative totals for Covid-19 cases and deaths in Malaysia are now 2,401,866 cases and 28,062 deaths respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Ismail Sabri present a report on his First Hundred Days as Prime Minister on Nov. 28 on Human Rights in Malaysia

Today is the 60th Day of Ismail Sabri as Prime Minister of Malaysia since he was sworn in by the Yang di Pertuan Agong on August 21, 2021.

On Ismail’s 55th Day as Prime Minister, Malaysia was voted in for a seat in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC). Read the rest of this entry »

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The “agony and ecstasy” in daily tracking Malaysia’s longest Covid-19 wave in the world since September last year

In daily tracking Malaysia’s longest Covid-19 wave in the world since September last year, one suffers from both “agony and ecstasy”.

For instance, there is “ecstasy” when Malaysia recorded a daily drop of the thousand numeral in daily new Covid-19 cases and Covid-19 deaths in the last three days, as 7,509 new Covid-19 cases and 89 Covid-19 deaths on Oct. 16, 6,145 new Covid-19 cases and 63 Covid-19 deaths on Oct. 17 and 5,434 new Covid-19 cases and 72 Covid-19 deaths on Oct. 18.
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Ismail Sabri is wrong if he thinks he is doing a favour to his former party leader and former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, by adopting an inert instead of a proactive position on investigations into the Pandora Papers

(Versi BM)

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri is wrong if he thinks he is doing a favour to his former party leader and former Prime Minister, Najib Razak by adopting an inert instead of a proactive position on investigations into the Pandora Paper with regard to offshare financial abuses.

One of the personalities highlighted in the Pandora Papers is Najib’s adviser on 1MDB when Najib was the Prime Minister – Jho Low, a fugitive financier who masterminded the 1MBD scandal and wanted by Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.
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Malaysia has moved from the world’s Top Three to Top 12 countries in daily Covid-19 deaths on the first 50 Days of Khairy as Health Minister and he must improve further in the first Hundred Days on Dec. 7

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 6,145 new Covid-19 cases and 63 Covid-19 deaths – bringing the respective cumulative total of 2,390,687 Covid-19 cases and 27,921 Covid-19 deaths.

The number of fresh infections and Covid-19 deaths were the lowest in 106 days since July 4.
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Ismail Sabri’s comment on the Pandora Papers shows that he does not fully understand the responsibilities of a Prime Minister of Malaysia

The Prime Minsiter, Ismail Sabri Yaakob said yesterday that that his government will not interfere in any investigation against individuals whose name were implicated in the Pandora Papers document leak.

His comments show that Ismail Sabri does not fully understand the responsibilities of a Prime Minister of Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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A word of caution on full re-opening during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri has announced that from tomorrow all states will now be in Phase 3 and beyond of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

This was not to be under the original NRP announce by the then Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin on June 15, 2021 and which defined the following criteria for transition from one phase to another:
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Parliament should set up a special parliamentary select committee to investigate into the Pandora Papers and make recommendations to the government

Parliament should set up a special parliamentary select committee to investigate into the Pandora Papers and make recommendations to the government for four reasons:

Firstly, the Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun’s admission that the Pandora Papers were important matters of public interest and should be looked into by a Parliamentary Select Committee; and Read the rest of this entry »

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Khairy has succeeded in reducing the upsurge of Covid-19 cases and deaths, but at too slow a rate as compared to Indonesia, leaving Malaysia still wrestling with the longest Covid-19 wave in the world since September last year

Monday, October 18, 2021, will be the half-way mark of the first hundred days of the new Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.

On that day, we could have exceeded or be very near to a cumulative total of 2.4 million Covid-19 cases and 28,000 Covid-19 deaths.
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Time Malaysian Parliament keep abreast of international parliamentary developments and hold regular public hearings to keep the government in check

(Versi BM)

In Parliament last year, the Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun proposed the setting up of nine select committees, namely those on liberty and constitutional rights; finance and economy; security; agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department; agriculture and domestic trade; infrastructure development; education; women and children affairs and social development; and health, science and innovation.

There is now to be an additional select committee on international affairs.

But none of these have been able to function effectively – not only because of the eight-month unconstitutional suspension of Parliament but because of outmoded, obsolete and antiquarian Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders which does not allow the parliamentary select committees to play a more meaningful and significant role to keep the government in check. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first item of business of Dewan Rakyat when it reconvenes on Oct. 25 is to amend the Standing Orders to allow the parliamentary special select committee on health, science and innovation to hold weekly public hearings on the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic

(Versi BM)

The first item of business of Dewan Rakyat when it reconvenes on Oct. 25 for the 2022 Budget session is to amend the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders to allow the parliamentary special select committee on health, science and innovation to hold weekly public hearings on the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic

The Australian Parliament has a Select Committee on Covid-19 pandemic since April 2020 which had held over fifty public hearings in the last 18 months on the Australian government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this is a parliamentary best practice which should be adopted by the Malaysian Parliament.

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DAP is first and foremost a party dedicated to national interests and that is why I have proposed a political moratorium thrice in my 57 years of political work

(Versi BM)

DAP is first and foremost a party dedicated to the national interests and that is why I have proposed a political moratorium thrice in my 57 years of political work – in 1969, 1987 and 2021.

The first time was during my first Internal Security Act detention when on 5th August 1969, I wrote a letter from the Muar Detention Centre to the then Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman and conveyed to him my anxieties for the future of Malaysia.

Referring to the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) threat, I said: Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Science and Innovation should conduct public hearings on the Covid-19 lessons to be learnt in Malaysia

(Versi BM)

The United Kingdom Parliamentary science and technology as well as the health and social care Select Committees have come out with a joint report stating that Britain’s early handling of the coronavirus pandemic was one of the worst public health failures in UK history.

It is time that the Malaysian Parliamentary Select Committees, in particular the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Science and Innovation should conduct public hearings on the Covid-19 lessons to be learnt in Malaysia, if we are to be prepared for the next pandemic which medical experts have warned could come soon and be deadlier.
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6,709 Covid-19 cases yesterday fuels relief and anticipation that we can finally get a grip on the over-a-year long third Covid-19 wave but it pales into insignificance when Indonesia had been having triple-digit new Covid-19 cases for the last two days

(Versi BM)

Yesterday’s 6,709 new Covid-19 cases fuels relief and anticipation that we can finally get a grip on the over-a-year long third Covid-19 wave since the Sabah state general election last September.

If we can go below a thousand numeral a day in daily new Covid-19 cases, then we can expect to reach triple-digit numbers by Sunday on 17th October 2021.

This is subject to two caveats: firstly, the daily new Covid-19 cases can drop by a thousand numeral a day, i.e. in five thousand figures today and four thousand figures tomorrow, etc; and secondly, it still pales into insignificance when we consider that Indonesia has been having triple-digit new Covid-19 cases for the last two days, i.e. 895 new daily Covid-19 cases on Sunday and 620 cases yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

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