Will the Prime Minister or Health Minister ensure the setting up of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Covid 19 for MPs at the current parliamentary meeting to monitor the public health, economic and nation-building crisis of Covid 19?

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Around Malaysia time 7am this morning, the cumulative global total of Covid 19 infections passed the 20 million mark.

When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, there were more than 118,000 Covid-19 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.

Five months after WHO had declared Covid-19 as a pandemic, there are now 24 countries which have more than 118,000 cases with the United States, Brazil and India being the three countries in the lead with over 5 million, three million and two million cases respectively, embracing over 220 countries, while the total global fatality of Covid 19 is nearing three-quarter of a million or over 170 times the global fatality five months ago.

Recently, WHO warned that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm and it warned of the risk of “response fatigue” given the socio-economic pressures on countries.

A top priority for Malaysia as for all countries in facing the “once-in-a-century” health crisis is to ensure that the population must learn to live with the virus in overcoming the public health, economic and nation-building crisis.
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Let every Malaysian come forward to re-unite and dare to hope and struggle again to restore dignity and decency in a New Malaysia where there is unity, democracy, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity

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I call on Malaysians to come forward to re-unite and dare to hope and struggle again to restore dignity and decency in a New Malaysia where there is unity, democracy, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity.

In the past few days, apart from the political persecution of Betty Chew – just because she is the wife of Lim Guan Eng- Malaysia has been buffetted by a series of events which highlight a gross deficit of dignity and decency in Malaysian public life, which must be the concern of all thinking and patriotic Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region, age or gender.

We read of netizens rallying behind a teenager who was fined RM1,000 for purportedly pulling down his face mask while waiting on a platform for a train.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has offered to assist the teenager who was fined RM1,000 urging the student to contact him for help.

In fact, all members of the public in such circumstances should be refunded the bulk of their fines as Malaysians were right to question the seemingly uneven enforcement of the compulsory face mask rule with regard to a number of politicians who have been photographed without masks in public places.
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The lesson from the new political persecution of Lim Guan Eng and Betty Chew

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After 55 years in Malaysian politics fighting for a better Malaysia, I was inclined to take a back seat – especially after a recent hospitalisation laid me off from active operation for an extended period.

But this was not to be.

The lesson from the new political persecution of Lim Guan Eng and Betty Chew is the truism of the famous Edmund Burke quote that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Many Malaysians had been disappointed by the 22-month performance of the Pakatan Harapan Government but it had a mandate of five years to acquit itself.

When the 2018 General Election mandate was stolen in February 2020 by a backdoor conspiracy, there was widespread disillusionment, despair and even a sense of hopelessness that the country could fully develop its potential to become a world-class nation with unity, democracy, justice, freedom, excellence, integrity and decency.
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Open appeal to Prime Minister, Attorney-General and MACC to maintain some decency and honour in public life and drop money-laundering charges against my daughter-in-law Betty Chew

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I was shocked when Betty Chew, wife of Lim Guan Eng, was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) yesterday and was to be charged at the Butterworth court on Tuesday under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (Amla) as if she is a notorious and a big-time villain in Penang involved the crimes normally associated with money-laundering like drug trafficking, terrorist funding and rampant corruption.

I do not want to comment on the case proper and I will leave it to the lawyers to defend her.

But this is not the Betty Chew that I know for three decades. Her only fault was being a loving and loyal wife and mother of four great kids. I am proud of my daughter in law as a lawyer and a former ADUN in Melaka before she retired. I am even more proud that despite all the pressure from work, she looked after Guan Eng and brought up my four beautiful grandchildren.

I am not surprised by Guan Eng’s arrest and prosecution, as this is to break his political spirit as when he was previously imprisoned in 1998 for 18 months and disqualified as a Member of Parliament for defending the dignity and morality of an underaged Malay girl who was raped. Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP and Amanah have not abandoned Anwar in favour of Mahathir as it is the surest way for Anwar to become Prime Minister

DAP dan Amanah tidak mengabaikan Anwar dengan memilih Mahathir, pilihan ini adalah pilihan yang paling berkemungkinan untuk Anwar menjadi Perdana Menteri

Persoalan yang berlegar di dalam fikiran ramai orang sekarang adalah kenapa DAP dan Amanah memilih Mahathir Mohamad sebagai calon perdana Perdana Menteri dan bukannya Anwar Ibrahim.

Mereka silap.

DAP dan Amanah tidak pernah mengabaikan Anwar dengan memilih Mahathir, pilihan ini pilihan yang paling berkemungkinan untuk mengangkat Anwar sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Kita tidak boleh terus dibelenggu dengan sejarah silam, jika tidak, keputusan bersejarah 9 Mei 2018 untuk membawa pertukaran kerajaan secara aman dan demokratik mungkin tidak akan berlaku. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pandemic Poser – How Malaysians can be free of a government held to ransom by six MPs who are facing corruption charges in the courts

Although the Covid-19 pandemic is in its sixth month, the global transmission shows no sign of slowing. While all over the world, countries are preparing for a second wave, the first wave is still strong, swelling up into a tsunami.

Two days ago, 141,973 new cases were confirmed worldwide – the highest daily increase in the coronavirus transmissions since the pandemic began.

There have been great global changes since Malaysia imposed the movement control order (MCO) on March 18.

Four of the world’s top 10 countries in terms of cumulative total of Covid-19 confirmed cases – China, France, South Korea and Switzerland – have dropped out of the list, to be replaced by Brazil, Russia, India and Peru.
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Muhyiddin’s First 100 Days – from the second wave of Covid-19 outbreak to lockdown of Parliament and the return of kleptocracy and kakistocracy

Seratus hari pertama Muhyiddin — daripada gelombang kedua penularan Covid-19 kepada pengembalian kleptokrasi dan kakistokrasi

Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin baru sahaja menyambut 100 hari pertama pemerintahan beliau yang telah menyaksikan gelombang kedua penularan wabak Covid-19 dalam negara dan pengembalian kleptokrasi dan kakistokrasi (sistem kepimpinan daripada kalangan individu yang tidak berkelayakan).

Jika tidak kerana Langkah Sheraton, kita tidak akan berhadapan dengan gelombang kedua penularan wabak ini yang telah menyebabkan perlunya dilaksanakan kawalan pergerakan.

Kita bernasib baik kerana kita berjaya mengekang penularan gelombang kedua wabak ini, walaupun pada masa yang sama, seperti di seluruh dunia, kita perlu berhati-hati dan bersedia untuk sebarang penularan semula wabak ini — yang akan dikira sebagai gelombang kedua untuk kebanyakkan negara lain, dan gelombang ketiga untuk negara kita. Read the rest of this entry »

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In his live telecast, Muhyddin addressed all sorts of issues except the “elephant in the room” – the lockdown of Parliament

In his live telecast yesterday announcing the replacement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) by the recovery movement control order (RMCO) on Wednesday till August 31, the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, addressed all sorts of issues except the “elephant in the room” – the lockdown of Parliament and the crippling of the constitutional role of Members of Parliament to provide parliamentary oversight and scrutiny of the government to ensure quality of governance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister spoke about a variety of subjects like barber shops, hair saloons, beauty parlours, pubs, nightclubs, karaoke centres, entertainment outlets, theme parks, public swimming pools, rugby, wrestling, boxing, football, basketball and hockey, but he strenuously avoided the subject of Parliament, which had been locked down for over three months except the for the one-day sitting of Parliament on May 28 which did not last even an hour.

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Is Muhyiddin afraid that the Penjana economic stimulus package in the war against Covid-19 would be rejected by Parliament if it was presented to Parliament for approval?

The question uppermost in most minds is why the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin, had not presented the Penjana economic stimulus package in the war against Covid-19 to Parliament for approval?

Is he afraid that the Penjana economic stimulus package would be rejected by Parliament if it is presented to Parliament for approval?

Muhyiddin has again made infamous parliamentary history in the lockdown of Parliament instead of presenting the Penjana economic stimulus package to Parliament for oversight, scrutiny, debate and approval. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin’s first task on his return to work after two-week quarantine should be to convene a specialised Parliamentary meeting in June focussed on Covid-19 outbreak

Perkara pertama yang perlu dilakukan Muhyiddin apabila kembali bertugas selepas menjalani kuarantin selama dua minggu adalah untuk memanggil satu persidangan khas Parlimen untuk membahaskan isu-isu berkaitan Covid-19

Perkara pertama yang perlu dilakukan oleh Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin apabila beliau kembali bertugas selepas menjalani kuarantin selama dua minggu adalah untuk mengadakan satu persidangan khas Parlimen yang berfokuskan kepada isu-isu berkaitan penularan wabak Covid-19.

Malaysia tidak boleh dicatatkan dalam sejarah sebagai satu-satunya negara yang gagal menyatu-padukan tenaga dan suara rakyat dalam menghadapi wabak Covid-19 kerana kegagalan kerajaan pintu belakang untuk mencari legitimasi sehinggakan Parlimen terpaksa disekat dan Ahli Parlimen dihalang daripada menjalankan tanggungjawab mereka untuk menyemak imbang dan meneliti tindakan kerajaan semasa negara dilanda Covid-19.

Sedangkan di negara yang teruk terjejas dengan Covid-19 seperti Sepanyol, United Kingdom, Itali, Jerman, dan Perancis (yang masing-masing berada di kedudukan ke 4, 5, 8 dan 12 dari jumlah terkumpul kes positif tertinggi) sekalipun, Parlimen mereka masih berfungsi dan menjalankan tugas mereka, begitu juga dengan Parlimen di Thailand, Singapura, Indonesia, dan Filipina.
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Malaysia must learn the lessons of the best practices in the world in the invisible war against Covid-19 and not be the only country which cannot unite the energies of the people to face the Covid-19 pandemic because of inability to legitimise a backdoor government

Malaysia harus mempelajari amalan terbaik daripada seluruh dunia dalam melawan wabak Covid-19 dan kita tidak boleh menjadi satu-satunya negara yang gagal bersatu-padu dalam melawan wabak ini akibat kegagalan kerajaan pintu belakang mencari legitimasi

Selepas lebih daripada lima minggu, wabak koronavirus ini tidak menunjukkan sebarang petanda untuk surut.

Dalam minggu yang lepas, satu rekod dunia baharu telah dicatatkan, di mana wabak Covid-19 ini merekodkan peningkatan harian yang melebihi 100,000 kes sehari, seperti berikut:

27 Mei – 106,475 kes

28 Mei – 116,304 kes

29 Mei – 125,473 kes

30 Mei – 124,102 kes

31 Mei – 108,767 kes

1 Jun – 103,946 kes

2 Jun – 109,901 kes

Jumlah – 794,968 kes

Dengan kadar peningkatan sebegini, jumlah keseluruhan kes Covid-19 di seluruh dunia bakal meningkat sebanyak sejuta kes dalam tempoh sembilan hari, sedangkan wabak ini pada mulanya mengambil masa 13 minggu untuk mencapai angka sejuta pertamanya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Public trust and confidence in Malaysia shattered by a government which is the worst offender of “politicking ” although it is camouflaged as “doing national good”

Keyakinan dan kepercayaan awam tercalar oleh kerajaan yang kuat “berpolitik” sambil menyembunyikan perbuatan tersebut konon-kononnya demi “kepentingan negara”

Semalam, Parlimen Thailand telah meluluskan pakej sokongan ekonomi bernilai RM252 bilion untuk mengurangkan impak wabak Covid-19 kepada negara tersebut, termasuklah bantuan untuk para petani dan pekerja sektor tidak formal seperti penjaja jalanan dan mereka yang bekerja di rumah urut dan bar yang kini tidak dapat menjalankan perniagaan.

Seminggu lepas pula, Parlimen Singapura telah meluluskan belanjawan tambahan yang bernilai SGD33 bilion. Ini merupakan inisiatif khas untuk membantu para pekerja dan perniagaan yang berhadapan dengan kesan wabak Covid-19.

Belanjawan yang diperkenalkan sebagai Belanjawan Ketabahan (Fortitude Budget) ini adalah belanjawan keempat negara tersebut dalam tempoh empat bulan sejak pengumuman Belanjawan Perpaduan, Ketahanan, dan Solidariti sebelum ini, yang secara keseluruhannya berjumlah lebih daripada SGD100 bilion ataupun hampir 20 peratus KDNK Singapura — sebagai usaha membantu rakyat negara pulau tersebut dalam menghadapi wabak Covid-19. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to seriously consider the end of movement restrictions although the government must be ready to impose targeted restrictions in the event of a resurgence of Covid-19 outbreak

The time has come for the government to seriously consider the end of movement restrictions although it must be ready to impose targeted restrictions in the event of a resurgence of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Yesterday, the Health director-general Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia is in the final phase of Covid-19 recovery following the implementation of movement curbs beginning March 18, and that if the people follow the SOPs, there might not be a third wave in Malaysia.

Dr Noor Hisham said “R-Naught” (R0) – which measures how contagious a disease is – readings have dropped to 0.3 during the conditional movement-control order (CMCO) that took effect on May 4 from the 0.6 registered during the stricter MCO period.

He said: “Based on modelling… before the MCO, the infectivity rate, or R0, was 3.55, meaning one person could infect 3.55 others. When we implemented the MCO, we reduced the R0 to 0.6, and now, it is 0.3.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin, who has been politicking from Day One as “backdoor” Prime Minister to lockdown Parliament and cripple parliamentary oversight and scrutiny, should explain whether the postponement of the 12th Malaysia Plan is a prelude to the cancellation of the July/August meeting of Parliament

It is now clear that the “backdoor” Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been politicking from Day One to lockdown Parliament and cripple parliamentary oversight and scrutiny.

The nullification of the Bersatu membership of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Mukhriz Mahathir, Maszlee Malik, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Amiruddin Hamzah and the postponement of the 12th Malaysia Plan are the latest politicking of the backdoor government, which give the lie to Muhyiddin’s claim last month that since becoming Prime Minister on March 1, he had not thought about politics as the people were “sick” of it.

Let Muhyiddin explain whether the postponement of the 12th Malaysia Plan is a prelude to the cancellation of the July/August meeting of Parliament.
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“Removal” of Mahathir, Mukhriz, Maszlee, Syed Saddiq and Amiruddin as members of Bersatu the most blatant display of “politicking” by Muhyiddin during the Covid-19 outbreak, giving the lie to his claim that since becoming Prime Minister, he had not thought about politics as the people are sick of it

“Pemecatan” Mahathir, Mukhriz, Maszlee, Syad Saddiq, dan Amiruddin sebagai ahli Bersatu adalah bukti terjelas permainan politik Muhyiddin ketika negara sedang dilanda wabak Covid-19, membongkarkan penipuan yang kononnya beliau tidak bermain politik kerana rakyat telah muak

Cubaan “membuang” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Mukhriz Mahathir, Maszlee Malik, Syed Saddiq, dan Amiruddin Hamzah daripada Parti Bersatu adalah bukti paling jelas permainan politik Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang telah mengatakan pada bulan lepas yang beliau tidak pernah terfikir untuk berpolitik sejak mengangkat sumpah sebagai Perdana Menteri pada 1 Mac kerana “rakyat sudah muak” dengan politik.

Malah, kejadian ini menimbulkan persoalan mengenai mengapa Parlimen Malaysia masih disekat, dengan ahli-ahli parlimen dihalang daripada menjalankan tugas dan tanggungjawab mereka untuk menyemak imbang dan meneliti tindakan kerajaan sepanjang wabak Covid-19, sedangkan di negara lain yang kini berhadapan dengan beratus ribu kes Covid-19 Parlimen mereka masih lagi berfungsi.

Parlimen Singapura misalnya, bersidang seperti biasa, sebelum dan selepas persidangan sehari Parlimen Malaysia pada 18 Mei, sedangkan di Malaysia, sebarang hal-ehwal Parlimen dihalang pada hari tersebut. Read the rest of this entry »

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Global increase of Covid-19 confirmed cases exceed 100,000 cases yesterday and likely to reach 6 million cases by May 30

Kadar peningkatan harian kes Covid-19 di peringkat dunia semalam telah melepasi paras 100,000 kes sehari dan seluruh dunia dijangkakan mencecah 6 juta kes menjelang 30 Mei

Peningkatan harian kes Covid-19 yang disahkan semalam telah melepasi paras 100,000 kes sehari. Kini sejumlah 5,784,603 kes telah dicatatkan di seluruh dunia, peningkatan sebanyak 106,575 kes berbanding dengan hari sebelumnya.

Sementara negara kita menghelakan nafas lega dengan penurunan semula peningkatan harian ke dalam julat dua angka selepas mencatatkan peningkatan tiga angka untuk dua hari berturut-turut, wabak ini terus merebak ke seluruh dunia dengan peningkatan korban yang kian meningkat — dengan 213 negara dan jajahan yang telah terkesan, dan 187 negara yang telah melaporkan kematian.

Wabak ini mengambil masa selama 13 minggu untuk mencapai sejuta pertamanya; 12 hari untuk mencapai sejuta kedua, ketiga, dan keempat; dan kemungkinan besar hanya 10 hari untuk mencapai sejuta kelimanya dengan kadar kenaikan sedia ada. Kita mungkin bakal melihat kes keenam juta menjelang 30 Mei. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump is the worst world leader in fighting the invisible war against Covid-19 with United States exceeding 100,000 deaths but Malaysia must not join the gallery of rogue nations by locking down Parliament and paralysing parliamentary oversight and scrutiny during the pandemic

Spain has declared 10 days of mourning starting today for the 27,000 people who have died from coronavirus in the country.

Flags will be hoisted to half-staff in more than 14,000 public buildings across the country and on Spanish naval vessels until 5 June. It marks the longest official mourning period in Spain’s four-decade-old democracy.

By the same standard, the United States should hold 40 days of mourning for over 100,000 people have perished from the Covid-19 pandemic as according to the Worldometer’s Covid-19 Data, United States has recorded 1,725,273 Covid-19 confirmed cases and 100,545 deaths in the United States.

But this is impossible, as United States President Donald Trump is the worst world leader in fighting the invisible war against the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Parliament going to be fully locked down until the Budget 2021 session in September, with all parliamentary committees completely paralysed?

There is need for clarity from Perikatan Nasional Government, whether Parliament is going to be fully locked down until the Budget 2021 session in September, with all parliamentary committees completely paralysed?

Although the earlier Parliament calendar states that the next parliamentary meeting will be in July for 25 days from July 13 to August 25, Members of Parliament are uncertain whether this calendar will be strictly adhered to as there had been four variations to the Parliamentary calender for this year alone.

Furthermore, will all parliamentary select committees be frozen and paralysed for nine months of this year?
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Let Malaysia avoid the infamy of being the only country in the world to lockdown Parliament and suspend parliamentary oversight and scrutiny of government for this is the road to defeat in the invisible war against Covid-19 to revive the economy devastated by the coronavirus

Yesterday, the 169-year-old New York Times filled the entire front page of its Sunday paper with the death notices of victims from the Covid-19 pandemic from across the United States.

In a decision the paper said was intended to convey the vastness and variety of the tragedy, the front page is a simple list of names and personal details taken from obituaries around the US.

The headline is “US deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss”, with a sub-heading that reads: “They were not simply names on a list. They were us.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia can learn an inter-faith lesson from Germany where a Berlin church hosted Muslim prayer to illustrate how communities can be more closely-knit in a coronavirus world

Malaysia can learn an inter-faith lesson from Germany where a Berlin church hosted Muslim prayer to illustrate how communities can be more closely-knit in a coronavirus world.

This happened when a church in Berlin helped a nearby mosque to comply with social distancing guidelines by hosting Friday prayers.

Places of worship re-opened earlier this month in Germany but worshippers must maintain a minimum of distance from one another of 1.5 metres (five feet).

Berlin’s Dar Assalam mosque, which had hundreds of Muslims on Fridays, could only accommodate 50 people at a time. Read the rest of this entry »

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