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Prime Minister should explain how the Perikatan Nasional government is to be trusted when the police cannot take action against a Minister for violating the Covid 19 quarantine SOP?

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The Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has advised Malaysians to lodge report against people violating the Covid 19 quarantine SOP.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should explain how the Perikatan Nasional government is to be trusted when the police cannot take action against a Minister for violating the Covid 19 quarantine SOP?

Muhyiddin is of claiming that his administration passed its greatest test in the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is PAS Minister Khairuddin on leave pending police investigations or not?

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Malaysiakini reported that there are conflicting claims surrounding the status of Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali, who is being investigated for not adhering to the Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) after returning from abroad.

Highly-placed sources informed Malaysiakini the PAS leader is on leave pending the outcome of the probe and this was conveyed to the cabinet last week.

However, this has been denied by the Minister’s aide, Muhammad Faudzi Jalil, who said it was business as usual for his boss.

The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, should explain whether his Plantation Industries and Commodities Minster is on leave or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Would the 66th PAS National Delegates Assembly have ignored Khairuddin’s violation of Covid 19 quarantine SOP if he had not donated RM50,000 to his party?

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Would the 66th PAS National Delegates Assembly have ignored PAS Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Khairuddin Aman Razali’s violation of Covid 19 quarantine SOP when he returned from Turkey on July 7, if he had not donated RM50,000 to his party?

This is a question many are asking.

Khairuddin’s donation was announced by the PAS Assembly permanent chairperson Husin Ismail after the PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang’s speech.

Political analysts had expected the PAS Assembly to touch on the Khairuddin episode and the issue of the performance of the PAS ministers in the Perikatan Nasional administration thus far, as currently, people do not have confidence in the abilities of PAS Ministers in the Cabinet, as UMNO Ministers and Deputy Ministers were seen as performing better.

But there was no questioning of the Khairuddin affair at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAS Minister Khairuddin symbolises one the major dereliction of the Perikatan Nasional government – violation of Rukun Negara and double standards in the country

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Plantation and Commodities Minister, Khairuddin Aman Razali from PAS now symbolises one of the major dereliction of the Perikatan Nasional government – violation of Rukun Negara and double standards in the country.

When this morning I read news about a senior police officer being among the 227 people detained in operations to check compliance with the recovery movement control order (RMCO) in Petaling Jaya earlier today, the first person who come to my mind is Khairuddin.

I believe I speak for all Malaysians wondering why Police is taking such an inordinately long time to decide on action against Khairuddin for his breach of RMCO SOPs, when everyday, actions are being taken against ordinary Malaysians for non-compliance with RMCO rules and regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government should adopt a flexible and nimble policy and approach to deal with Covid-19 pandemic and not a “one size fits all” situation

The Covid-19 pandemic chalked up four dubious records in the world in the past 24 hours:

(i) Achieving a single-day increase global record for Covid-19 cases as it registered 300,474 new Covid-190 cases, the first time daily new infections have breached the 300,000-mark;

(ii) Global cumulative total of Covid-19 infections breached the 27 million mark and stands at present at 27,069,983 cases;

(iii) Russia joins United States, Brazil and India to be the fourth country in the world with a cumulative total of over a million cases, viz: Read the rest of this entry »

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Why the reluctance to come clean and tell all about Khairuddin and his entourage’s trip to Turkey and breaches of Covid-19 quarantine SOP?

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The Health director-general Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah had declined to respond to an accusation that the ministry was to be blamed for the failure of cabinet minister Khairuddin Aman Razali to quarantine himself after returning from Turkey.

I support Noor Hisham as this is a political question which should not be answered by any civil servant, but a question to be answered by the political leaders, which is why I had specifically ask the Health Minister, Dr. Adham Baba, to explain whether the Health Ministry was guilty as charged by PAS and whether their silence constituted an admission of guilt.

In my media statement yesterday, I had referred to the accusation levelled by the PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin at the PAS Muktamar in Ipoh last weekend that Khairuddin should be considered a hero even though he broke Covid-19 quarantine rules as his trip to Turkey had brought benefits to the oil palm sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are Health Minister Dr. Adham Baba and Foreign Minister Hishamuddin Hussein pleading guilty to PAS charge that the Health Ministry and the Foreign Ministry were guilty for Khairuddin Razali’s breach of Covid 19 quarantine SOP?

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Are the Health Minister Dr. Adham Baba and the Foreign Minister Hishamuddin Hussein pleading guilty to PAS charge that the Health Ministry and the Foreign Ministry were guilty for Plantation and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali’s breach of Covid 19 quarantine SOP?

Otherwise, why the silence from them so far to the charge by the PAS spiritual leader, Hashim Jasin?

At the PAS Muktarmar last weekend, the PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin said Khairuddin should be considered a hero even though he broke Covid-19 quarantine rules as his trip to Turkey had brought benefits to the oil palm sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khairuddin’s ‘million apologies” totally insincere and opportunistic as he now claims he had done nothing wrong in violating the Covid 19 quarantine SOP

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Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razal’s “million apologies” last Saturday is totally insincere and opportunistic as he now claims he had done nothing wrong in violating the Covid-19 quarantine SOP when he returned from Turkey on July 7.

He said: “I did not do anything wrong in regard to my job, it only involved an error over the issue of the SOPs.

“I have my own view but I let the police (to probe). The Health Ministry had also issued a statement. For me, it’s solved, although I have my own view.”

The way Khairuddin strutted about in the Slim River by-election yesterday shows his new awareness of his untouchability as a Minister whatever mistake he makes, for the simple reason that the government of Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is so fragile that it would collapse if the Prime Minister enforces the principle of no one above the law.

As a result, the Prime Minister is left with the option of paying lip-service to this principle in the face of mounting cases of double standards in the application of the law.

If he is faultless, why is Khairuddin donating his salary as a minister from May to August to the Covid-19 fund?

The awful truth is that ten days after MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok exposed his violation of the Covid 19 quarantine SOP on his return from Turkey on July 7, the whole story has yet to be told, for example: did Khairuddin have the authorisation of the Prime Minister for his Turkish visit, how large was the delegation, why none of them wore the pink wristband and quarantined for 14 days under the Covid 19 SOP, why the lies about a “special test” for Ministers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and that Turkey was at the relevant time a “green country zone” in the Covid-19 pandemic, when Turkey was in fact one of the epicentres of the pandemic.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Saturday, 29th August 2020)

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“Jutaan maaf” Khairuddin tidak ikhlas langsung, malah merupakan satu tindakan yang oportunistik, di mana beliau kini mengatakan beliau tidak berbuat apa-apa kesalahan dalam melanggar SOP kuarantin Covid-19

Permohonan “jutaan kemaafan” Menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi Khairuddin Aman Razali Sabtu lepas tidak kelihatan jujur langsung malah ianya kelihatan oportunistik apabila beliau kini mengatakan yang beliau tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan dalam melanggar SOP kuarantin Covid-19 semasa beliau pulang daripada Turki pada 7 Julai.

Beliau berkata: “ Saya tak buat salah melibatkan kerja, tetapi melibatkan kekhilafan dalam isu prosedur operasi standard (SOP).

“Sebenarnya saya tak nak buat keterangan panjang (berkenaannya) dan serahkan kepada polis, walaupun saya ada pandangan sendiri.

“Bagi saya (isu itu sudah) selesai, walaupun saya ada pandangan sendiri,” katanya kepada pemberita di Slim River hari ini.”

Gaya Khairuddin dalam kempen pilihan raya kecil Slim semalam menunjukkan yang beliau kini sedar yang beliau tidak dapat disentuh sebagai seorang menteri, tanpa mengira apa-apa kesalahan yang dibuatnya. Semuanya hanyalah kerana kerajaan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ini amatlah rapuh dan kerajaan ini akan tumbang jika Perdana Menteri cuba untuk mengamalkan prinsip di mana tiada sesiapa pun berada di atas sistem perundangan negara.

Akibatnya, Perdana Menteri hanya mampu mengatakan yang tiada sesiapa pun berada di luar keadilan sistem perundangan negara sedangkan seluruh rakyat Malaysia dapat melihat standard berbeza yang diamalkan oleh pemerintahan beliau.

Jika benar Khairuddin tidak ada berbuat kesilapan, mengapakah beliau mendermakan gajinya sebagai menteri kepada Tabung Dana Covid-19?

Perkara sebenarnya adalah, selepas sepuluh hari pelanggaran SOP kuarantin Covid-19 oleh Khairuddin ini didedahkan oleh Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Teresa Kok, kita masih belum dapat menerima gambaran penuh yang sebenarnya, misalnya mengenai benarkah Khairuddin mendapat kelulusan Perdana Menteri untuk membuat lawatan ini, berapa besarkah delegasi beliau, mengapa tidak ada seorang pun daripada mereka yang memakai gelang tangan merah jambu dan dikuarantin selama 14 hari, mengapa beliau menipu mengenai “ujian saringan khas” untuk para menteri dan kononnya Turki merupakan “negara zon hijau” semasa lawatan ini berlangsung, sedangkan Turki merupakan salah satu pusat penularan utama dunia sewaktu itu.

(Kenyataan Media Ahli Parlimen DAP Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang di Gelang Patah pada hari Sabtu 29 Ogos 2020)

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Khairuddin’s image haunts Muhyiddin’s live telecast announcing the extension of RMCO as the single foremost question in the minds of Malaysians is the government’s double standards for breach of Covid-19 quarantine SOP

Malaysians following the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s live telecast tonight are interested in two things: firstly, whether the RMCO would be extended and the outcome of police investigations ten days after the DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok revealed in Parliament about the flagrant breach of Covid-19 quarantine SOP by the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali on July 7.

It is no exaggeration to say that although the live image on the television screen was that of the Prime Minister, for the overwhelming majority of Malaysians, Khairuddin’s image haunts Muhyiddin’s live telecast.

But Malaysians are disappointed. There is only the hypocritical advice by the Prime Minister to Malaysians to be responsible and disciplined to follow the Covid-19 SOP, but such advice do not extend to his Cabinet Ministers. Read the rest of this entry »

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How a Cabinet Minister became a fugitive from justice?

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Two days ago, Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was unsure if Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali visited Turkey alone or with other people.

“I only know about the minister. Whoever followed him, I’m not sure,” he said at a press conference.

The Minister’s ignorance is shocking news.

Didn’t Khairuddin report to the Cabinet last week after DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok revealed to Parliament last Tuesday about Khairuddin and his entourage breaching the Covid 19 quarantine SOP for people leaving and returning to the country?

Even if Khairuddin had not reported to the Cabinet, didn’t he and the other Cabinet Ministers asked Khairuddin to give a report?

Or has Malaysia a dumb Cabinet where Ministers dare not mind the business of other Ministers, even if this would be most damaging for Malaysia’s reputation? Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Muhyiddin to make public the report of the Health Ministry internal investigation on Khairuddin’s violation of the Covid 19 quarantine SOP

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The admission by the Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah that top Ministry officials were in the dark about Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali’s violation of home quarantine rules until last week is quite a shocker.

Equally astounding is that an internal investigation into the series of events following the minister’s July 7 return from Turkey has been kept as a secret from the public.

At yesterday’s press conference, Noor Hisham admitted that he, along with the ministry’s deputy director-general and head of infectious diseases, were not informed about the matter until it made the news.

He said he instructed an internal investigation to be held and he has received the full report of what happened from the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

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Going by the record, it is likely that with Dzulkefly as Health Minister, a Pakatan Harapan Government would have done better in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak than the Perikatan Nasional Government

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The Perikatan Nasional campaign in the Slim River by-election has produced many outrageous events which highlight the need for a new political culture which upholds the five Rukunegara principles and the objectives of truth and fair play.

The most abominable so far had been outrageous statement by Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, that there would be more Covid-19 cases and deaths in Malaysia under a Pakatan Harapan Government.

Actually, the truth could be the opposite.

Under the Pakatan Harapan Minister of Health, Dzulkefly Ahmad, before the infamous Sheraton Move on February 23, 2020 and before the second wave of Covid-19 attacked the country, Malaysia had a good and great record in fighting Covid-19. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Khairuddin quarantine charade – Just tell the truth, no cover-ups, no make-ups and any other cock-and-bull stories

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The time has come for the Perikatan Nasional government to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the Khairuddin quarantine charade – no cover-ups, no make-ups or any other cock-and-bull stories.

Start with:

– the names of those in the Khairuddin tour who visited Turkey from July 3 -7, whether in their official or private capacity;

– whether authorisation by the Prime Minister was given for the Turkish trip, why and the the nature of the authorisation;

– the full programme – both official and private – of the group in Turkey from July 3 – 7; Read the rest of this entry »

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RM1,000 fine for PAS Minister to end the growing storm over his Covid-19 SOP breach sounds very fishy and contrived – why Khairuddin did not admit right from the beginning, what is the Health Ministry investigation about and what about others in Khairuddin’s trip to Turkey?

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RM1,000 fine for the PAS Minister for Plantation, Industries and Commodities, Khairuddin Aman Razali to end the growing  storm over his Covid-19 SOP breach sounds very fishy and contrived as it raises more questions.

If the Health Ministry had acted  as early as August 7 and issued a compound of RM1,000 on August 7 and the Minister had paid the compound, the questions that arises include:

  1. Why the Minister had not admitted the SOP breach right from the beginning when the DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok raised it in Parliament on August 18;
  2. Why the cock-and-bull story that the Minister’s trip to Turkey had the approval of the Prime Minister, that he had escaped 14-day quarantine because he was found “negative” in a “special test” for Ministers to go in and out of the country and that Turkey was a “green country (zone)” for Covid-19 pandemic!
  3. If action had already been taken on August 7, what was all the Health Ministry investigation in the last four days about?
  4. Is the payment of the M1,000 compound fine by Khairudddin on August 7 true?
  5. Why didn’t the Health Ministry require Khairruddin to wear the pink wristband, monitor and require him to be quarantined? Did Khairuddin defy such quarantine instructions?
  6. What about the others in Khairuddin’s trip to Turkey. How many of them,  who are they and were they all compounded?

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Is Muhyiddin such a weak Prime Minister that he cannot or dare not impose discipline on his own Cabinet as his Ministers have no qualm in ignoring or defying him?

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The silence of the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been thunderous.

The scandal of the Cabinet Minister who defied the Covid-19 SOP by not undergoing the stipulated 14-day quarantine SOP after returning from a five-day trip to Turkey in early July raises the question whether Muhyiddin is such a weak Prime Minister that he cannot or dare not impose discipline on his own Cabinet as his Ministers have no qualm in ignoring or defying him.

Four days have passed since the DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok raised in Parliament the case of a Cabinet Minister who visited Turkey for five days and returned without undergoing the stipulated 14-day quarantine.

The attitude of the defaulting Minister is akin to the posture struck by a former Prime Minister – “Malu Apa Bossku”! Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin should disclose how many Ministers, Deputy Ministers and top officials had been given permission to leave the country during the MCO, CMCO and RMCO and whether the Health Ministry has devised a special Covid 19 test to enable them to skip the SOP

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We seem to have a new reason for a Cabinet Minister not undergoing the stipulated 14-day quarantine after returning from a five-day trip to Turkey in early July – that the Minister had undergone a “special test” when he returned from the trip and the results were negative.

What is this special test? “The special test was to enable the country’s leaders who go in and out of the country, including on personal matters, to undergo the test swiftly.” – Star 21.8.2020.

This is news to Malaysians. Read the rest of this entry »

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Triple national celebrations this year marred by a Minister who openly shows contempt and breaches Rukunegara

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The triple national celebrations this year – the National Day, Malaysia Day and 50th anniversary of Rukunegara – are marred by a Minister who openly shows contempt and breaches the Rukunegara.

What is the lesson from the shocking episode where a Cabinet Minister did not undergo the stipulated 14-day quarantine after returning from an overseas trip?

The message from this shocking episode is that 63 years after Merdeka, 57 years after the formation of Malaysia and on the Golden Jubilee of Rukunegara, there is no rule of law as there are two classes of Malaysians – the ordinary Malaysians who must abide by the law and the VVIPs who can defy the law. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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