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Muhyiddin should make a Ministerial statement in Parliament today on the effect of the Cabinet meeting on July 21 revoking six Emergency Ordinances

The Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, was remiss in his duties as head of the Executive when he failed to turn up in Parliament in the winding-up of his Ministerial statement yesterday, in particular to explain about the Cabinet meeting on July 21, 2021 which purportedly revoked six Emergency Ordinances but which information was kept from Parliament and the nation for five days.

When the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliament) Takiyuddin Hassan made the startling revelation yesterday about the Cabinet meeting on July 21 revoking six Emergency ordinances at the end of Muhyiddin’s Ministerial statement in Parliament, the Prime Minster was seen smiling and nodding his head in agreement while seated in his place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament reconvened for the first day in disaster and ended in catastrophe

After being illegally and unconstitutionally suspended for six months, Parliament reconvened for the first day in disaster and ended in catastrophe.

The Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin’s Ministerial statement on the National Recovery Plan was a disaster. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal207 – The rekindling of the Malaysian Dream

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This is my last media statement using the hashtag #kerajaangagal. I had said that I will end the series when Parliament is reconvened, which is in two hours’ time.

When I started on the series on 18th April 2021 with the first statement calling on the Health Minister, Adham Baba “to stop his game of semantics and focus on checking the rise in daily increase of new Covid-19 cases and bring it down to double-digit figures or resign”, it seemed like another era. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal206 – Malaysia today breaks million-mark and tears the National Recovery Plan into smithereens

Malaysia broke the million-mark for cumulative total of Covid-19 cases, surging a seemingly unstoppable overtaking of other countries, as we are now ranked No. 30 among nations with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases when 8 months ago, we were ranked No. 85.

The only other country which is increasing Covid-19 cases by leaps and bounds is Thailand, which was ranked No. 151 at the end of November last year but which is now ranked No. 47, with the exponential increases since April because of the Delta variant. But Thailand has just broke the half-million mark. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal205 – Call on Muhyiddin to personally intervene to negotiate with the contract doctors to persuade them not to go on strike tomorrow and to explain to Parliament his formula to resolve the longstanding problems of the contract doctors

The Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, should personally intervene to negotiate with the contract doctors to persuade them not to go on strike tomorrow, and the Prime Minister should explain to Parliament tomorrow his formula to resolve the longstanding problems of the contract doctors.

Hartal Doktor Kontrak has said that some 5,000 doctors nationwide are expected to take part in a strike tomorrow which will throw the public healthcare system into utter chaos, as the system is already on the verge of breaking point.
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#kerajaangagal203 – No more likelihood but certainty that we will break the million-mark for Covid-19 cases today and overtake Pakistan to be ranked No. 30 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

It is no more likelihood – but certainty that we will break the million-mark for Covid-19 cases today and overtake Pakistan to be ranked No. 30 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases, when eight months ago, we were ranked No. 85.

I have said that Malaysia will be set on the path to return to normality when we stop setting dubious records in the Covid-19 pandemic, and today will be no exception in setting multiple dubious records a day, viz: Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal202 – Time for government to distance itself from the National Recovery Plan and its blind faith with “total lockdowns” and to open up all businesses in keeping with “Live with Covid” instead of a “Zero Covid” objective where targetted lockdowns are resorted to only in extreme circumstances

The time has come for the government to distance itself from the National Recovery Plan announced by the Prime Minister in a live national telecast on June 15 and its blind faith in “total lockdowns” and to open up all businesses in keeping with “Live with Covid” instead of “Zero Covid” objective and where targeted lockdowns are resorted to only in extreme circumstances.

The National Recovery Plan was not the result of a “whole-of-society” consultation and deliberation. It bears the mark of the dismal failure of the strategy in the war against Covid-19 pandemic, whether the six-month emergency or the various forms of lockdowns including “total lockdowns”. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal200– Tomorrow will be Malaysia’s Day of Shame when we break the million-mark for Covid-19 cases and overtake Pakistan to be ranked No 30 among nations with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

Tomorrow will be Malaysia’s Day of Shame when we break the million-mark for Covid-19 cases and overtake Pakistan to be ranked among nations with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases.

But we must not give in to despondency, despair, hopelessness and even helplessness.
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#kerajaangagal199 – Raise the vaccination target to one million doses a day to save Malaysians from heavy toll of the “pandemic of the unvaccinated”

Malaysians commend the country’s health workers for reaching the target of 500,000 daily Covid-19 vaccinations yesterday, following the announcement that 507,750 Covid-19 vaccinations were given out yesterday.

This is the only good news so far from the very depressing development of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the country on the tenth consecutive day with five-digit numbers for daily new Covid-19 cases while deaths and suicides mount to unprecedented numbers. When emergency was declared on January 11,2021, there were 2,433 new Covid-19 cases and 4 Covid-19 deaths on January 10 – but yesterday, there were 13,034 cases and 134 deaths! Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal198 – Malaysia is likely to overtake Pakistan to be ranked No. 30 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases and to break the million-mark for Covid-19 cases when Parliament convenes on Monday

Malaysia is likely to overtake Pakistan to be ranked No. 30 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases and to break the million-mark for Covid-19 cases when Parliament convenes on Monday.

This is a mark of the severity and magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia, after being classed among countries which are the worst performers in the Covid-19 pandemic after 18 months – despite a six-month emergency, the numerous lockdowns and the National Recovery Plan to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal196 – The refusal to replace the National Recovery Plan is why Malaysia has become one of the world’s worst performing nations in the Covid-19 pandemic

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the government will not revise its criteria for the various phases of the National Recovery Plan even as Terengganu, which is in Phase 2, recorded the highest infection rate.

Ismail Sabri said the government will maintain the existing main criteria, namely the number of daily infections recorded, the ICU capacity of the particular state, and the rate of vaccination because the Covid-19 pandemic is “dynamic”. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal195 – It is time that the Muhyiddin government takes Malaysia’s high Covid-19 fatality rate seriously, as with yesterday’s 199 Covid-19 deaths, Malaysia has one of the highest “daily Covid-19 death per million population” ratio in the world, higher than both Indonesia and India

It is time that the Muhyiddin government takes Malaysia’s high Covid-19 fatality rate seriously, as with yesterday’s 199 Covid-19 deaths, Malaysia has one of the highest “daily Covid-19 death per million population” ratio in the world, higher than both Indonesia and India.

Yesterday, Malaysia not only set a new peak for daily new Covid-19 deaths, with a toll of 199 yesterday, Malaysia also set a new peak for “daily Covid-19 deaths per million population” higher than Indonesia and India, not to mention the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Philippines and Myanmar. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal194 – Azhar must end the constitutional havoc caused by a government fearing to test its majority in Parliament by upholding the Malaysian Constitution founded on the bedrock principles of a constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy and the separation of powers and be prepared to pay the price for his principles

The Parliament Speaker, Azhar Azizan Harun must end the constitutional havoc caused by a government fearing to test its majority in Parliament by upholding the Malaysian Constitution founded on the bedrock principles of a constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy and the separation of powers and be prepared to pay the price for his principles.

If a Parliament Speaker has to decide between upholding the Malaysian Constitution principles of constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy and the dictates of a Prime Minister, Azhar should know what a principled Speaker should do. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal193 – Parliament next week should be given a report as to what measures have been taken to reduce the shocking Covid-19 fatality rate, which had increased more than 22 times from the daily casualty of nine deaths before the emergency to 199 deaths yesterday

Parliament next week should be given a report as to what measures had been taken to reduce the shocking Covid-19 fatality rate, which had increased more than 22 times from the daily casualty of nine deaths before the emergency to 199 deaths yesterday.

If the emergency to combat the Covid-19 pandemic had been successful, we should be having zero daily Covid-19 death after six months of the emergency, or at most one or two Covid-19 deaths per day. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal191 – Malaysia will be set on the path to return to normality when we stop setting dubious records in the Covid-19 pandemic – sometimes multiple records a day

On Sunday, I lamented that Malaysia is setting many dubious new records in the Covid-19 pandemic and setting a new record almost every day, sometimes even multiple new records a day!

Last Saturday, for instance, with 12,528 new Covid-19 cases and 138 Covid-19 deaths, Malaysia set four new records in the Covid-19 pandemic, viz: Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal190 – I do not expect any problem with all MPs physically attending Parliament on Monday as Muhyiddin can declare a failed emergency to combat the Covid-19 pandemic but he would not be able to live down the infamy of a “new maths” where 220 is more than 300

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I do not expect any problem with all Members of Parliament physically attending the special meeting of Parliament of Monday, as the Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin can declare a failed emergency to combat the Covid-19 pandemic but he would not be able to live down the infamy of a “new maths” where 220 is more than 300.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin joined a congregation of about 300 people to perform the Aidiladha prayer at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
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#kerajaangagal189 – Is Muhyiddin coming to Parliament on Monday as victor or vanquished of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Is the Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, coming to Parliament on Monday as victor or vanquished of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Muhyiddin cannot come as a victor, for with today’s 12,366 new Covid-19 cases, Malaysia has had eight days of five-figure new Covid-19 cases – and as the new civil society coalition for a “Health Emergency Action Plan” (HEAP) warned: The worse is yet to come! Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal188 – Cabinet tomorrow should extend by another two days the five-day Parliament special meeting beginning on Monday to allow the Education Minister and Higher Education Minister to make their Ministerial statements

The Cabinet meeting tomorrow should extend by another two days the five-day Parliament special meeting beginning on Monday to allow the Education Minister Radzi Jidin and the Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad to make their Ministerial statements about the future of education and higher education under the Covid-19 pandemic.

To leave out education and higher education ministers responsible for the core issues in the Covid-19 pandemic from making Ministerial statements followed by debates by Members of Parliament is a major mistake and omission, for it shows that the Cabinet is not aware of the importance of education and higher education for the future of Malaysia! Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal187 –Malaysia should establish a Covid-19 pandemic study centre to learn from the successes and mistakes of other nations and to keep abreast with new thinking on the coronavirus

I reiterate my proposal 17 months ago that Malaysia should establish a Covid-19 Study Centre to learn from the successes and mistakes of other nations and to keep abreast with new thinking on the subject.

Seventeen months ago, all countries of the world were pursuing the “Zero Covid” policy but now, more and more countries are open to the “Live with Covid” policy. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal186 – Most regrettable that Azhar had used most unSpeaker-like language in his reply to the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council

It is most regrettable that the Parliament Speaker, Azhar Azizan Harun had used the most unSpeaker-like language in his reply to the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council – a language which had never been used by any Speaker in the last 64 years of the nation’s history.

The unSpeaker-like language made me check back the PH Presidential Council statement and although I agree that very strong language had been used,, it does not excuse Azhar using the unSpeaker-like language.

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