Four tests whether the Malaysian ship of state is turning in a direction of greater integrity, rule of law and democracy towards a New Malaysia

The 100-day syndrome has inundated the media with headlines like “100 Days – New Malaysia”; “Prestasi 100 Hari”; “Janji 100 hari tertunai?”, “100-day report card on Pakatan Harapan: Looking Rosy for Now” and “What The People Say”.

While it is good to assess what had been achieved in the first 100 days of the Pakatan Harapan government as a form of report card, what is more important is whether the Malaysian ship of state had made a critical turn of direction from a trajectory of a failed, kleptocratic and kakistocratic state to a trajectory of greater national unity, integrity, democracy, rule of law and excellence.

While it is not possible to undo in 100 days all the abuses and excesses of power in over six decades of power, the country should have set a new course in nation-building in the first 100 days of the Pakatan Harapan Government towards a New Malaysia.

The following four outcomes indicate that Malaysia is turning in a direction of greater integrity, rule of law and democracy in the first 100 days for a New Malaysia:

Firstly, the restoration of the doctrine of separation of powers with a Parliament which is not a creature of the Executive and the Prime Minister to aid and abet the suppression of the the 1MDB corrutpion and money-laundering scandal and Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy.

This is accomplished firstly, by the new ruling by the Speaker of the 14th Parliament, Datuk Mohd Ariff Mohd Yusff releasing Members of Parliament from the albatross of the Speaker of the 13th Parliament virtually banning the 1MDB scandal as a tatoo subject in the previous Parliament; secondly, the parliamentary motion directing the Auditor-General and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to conduct again a detailed investigation on the embezzlement of monies and the scandal with regard to 1MDB and its related companies in order to restore the dignity of the Dewan Rakyat and for all related information to be made public; and thirdly, the appointmen of an Opposition MP as Chairman of the PAC.

Secondly, the restoration of the doctrine of separation of powers with a Judiciary which is not a creature of the Executive and the Prime Minister, with the appointment of the new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and new Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop and the country expects a new era of judicial activism.

Thirdly, the transformation of Malaysia from a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity in the world, not only with comprehensive investigation into the 1MDB scandal but a clean-up of the corrupt system of governance in Malaysia – which, according to the Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad, have gone “several layers deep” in the higher echelons of the public service.

Fourthly, the motion passed by Parliament last Thursday to set up six parliamentary select committees, which herald far-reaching parliamentary reforms.

But there are danger signals – the resort to vicious and toxic politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies by irresponsible political opportunists in the Opposition to engender distrust, enmity and dissension among races and religions in a “scorched earth” policy to divide Malaysia, as seen in the recent Sungai Kandis by-election and likely to be repeated in the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections in Selangor.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Saturday, 18th August 2018)

  1. #1 by good coolie on Saturday, 18 August 2018 - 7:54 pm

    Several layers deep? Well, the first layer of the kuih lapis was laid by none other than Mahatir-1 when he attacked the independence of the judiciary following the deregistration of his beloved UMNO Lama and formation of UMNO Baharu. The last layer of the kuih-lapis, the bright red layer you know, that is Najib’s brilliant contribution!

    It is fitting, though, that Mahatir-2 is making amends for the misdeeds of Mahatir-1. All support to you, Doc!

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 19 August 2018 - 2:26 am

    There is something Pakatan has failed to do, badly, and it’s all on the shoulders of the best and top leaders of DAP.

    Najib keep insisting he did not rack up RM 1trillion debt but fact is he did. How is it LGE, Tony Pua and others cannot explain?

    The reason is most people do not understand that Govt accounting is NOT like company and private accounting. The rules in practice are different. Fact is company accounting are more accurate reflection of the truth because of its tougher rules. Govt accounting are slower to evolve for a number of reasons but bottom line is Najib is either ignorant or indulgent for arguing he did not rack up RM1trillion dollar debt, it’s irresponsible, low stanadrds or ignorant of leader of a country to argue bad standards as his excuse.

  3. #3 by drngsc on Monday, 20 August 2018 - 8:38 am

    Integrity, yes, Rule of Law, yes. BUT democracy NO for as long as CEP is still calling people and driving policies. CEP is unelected. The Federal Cabinet ( while not perfect ) is elected. They were chosen by us. CEP was chosen by Tun. That is not democracy. If you allow that, might as well not have elections. Just allow DYMM to chose who he wishes. I know that you Kit and DAP believes in democracy. That is why I cannot understand why you still allow CEP to continue. 100 hari, cukup. If they are persons of honor, they would have resigned. Obviously they are not. They decided to stay on. So Kit, you must tell the Presidential Council, that Malaysia thank the CEP for their service, and GOODBYE.

  4. #4 by good coolie on Monday, 27 August 2018 - 2:12 pm

    Mahatir may not get the full co-operation of top civil servants, many of whom were political appointees of the previous government and thus beholden to the defeated Barisan or even personally to Najib. The CEP is a way of getting vital information from people who know the ropes. Mahatir himself has admitted that he cannot manage the complexity and volume of the research needed to pull the country out of the quagmire that UMNO plunged the country into. On the other hand, the elected representatives in government are very new to the business having spent all their time merely barking at the Barisan government; they are still wet behind the ear. Shouldn’t we wait for two years for the CEP to be disbanded, when Mahatir himself will be gone (from government)?

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