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RM100 million housing for Najib must be voted by Parliament in view of the fact that Najib has become a convict although subject to appeal

There was fireworks in Parliament today over the RM100 million housing for former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was responsible for turning Malaysia into a kleptocracy with the 1MDB and other scandals.

The Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz prevaricated over the issue instead of giving a clear straight-forward answer on the issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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As 2021 Budget was a catastrophe in the war against Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 Budget must prove to be otherwise

I got a shock when I opened the Economic Report 2022, the key Budget 2022 paper presented by the Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul Aziz, to Members of Parliament yesterday.

I could not believe it when I read the first paragraph of the foreword by the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri which said: Read the rest of this entry »

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Will, and how soon, the largest 2022 Budget in nation’s history, undo the ravages to the lives and livelihoods of Malaysians in the past year as one of the worst performing nations in the world in Covid-19 pandemic

(Versi BM)

The Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul Aziz, will present the 2022 Budget, expected to be the largest budget in the nation’s history, in Parliament this afternoon.

The immediate question is: Will, and how soon, the largest 2022 Budget in nation’s history, undo the ravages to the lives and livelihoods of Malaysians in the past year as one of the worst performing nations in the world in Covid-19 pandemic? Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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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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The 12th Malaysia Plan – Prime Minister and former Prime Ministers

While the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri was stonily reading from the tele-prompter his 12th Malaysia Plan speech to launch the 12th Malaysia Plan in Parliament yesterday, I cannot but look at two former Prime Ministers, one who had presented two five-year Malaysia Plans in Parliament and one who must have thought he should be at the lectern delivering the 12th Malaysia Plan speech if not for the sabotage by his erstwhile political comrades just over a month ago.

They were seated on the same row, although one place apart – but they had no contact or interaction with each other and for both, the other former Prime Minister could be as far away as in a foreign land. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Speaker should excuse himself as chairman of Parliamentary Committee of Privileges in the probe whether a senior Minister had blocked MP for Teluk Intan Nga Kor Ming from presiding over the afternoon session of Monday’s parliamentary meeting

(Versi BM)

I had said yesterday that the Parliamentary Committee of Privileges should probe whether a senior Minister had blocked the Member of Parliament for Teluk Intan, Nga Kor Ming, from presiding over the afternoon session of Monday’s parliamentary meeting.

On Tuesday, the MP for Puchong Gobind Singh Deo had challenged the Minister for International Trade and Industries Azmin Ali to admit that he was the senior minister who blocked Nga from presiding over the afternoon session of Monday’s parliamentary meeting, but Azmin avoided the subject on the ground that it was then a question-and-answer session.
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Parliamentary Committee of Privileges should probe whether a senior Minister had blocked MP for Teluk Intan from presiding over the afternoon session of Monday’s parliamentary meeting

The Parliamentary Committee of Privileges should probe whether a senior Minister had blocked the Member of Parliament for Teluk Intan, Nga Kor Ming, from presiding over the afternoon session of Monday’s parliamentary meeting.

Yesterday, the MP for Puchong Gobind Singh Deo had challenged the Minister for International Trade and Industries Azmin Ali to admit that he was the senior minister who blocked Nga from presiding over the afternoon session of Monday’s parliamentary meeting, but Azmin avoided the subject on the ground that it was then a question-and-answer session.

The matter should not be allowed to rest without a clear-cut answer.

The interference with the Speaker’s decision by the Executive must be regarded as a most serious matter and an unacceptable parliamentary behaviour as it affects the position and place of Parliament and a grave infringement of the doctrine of the separation of powers provided in the Constitution.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021)

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Ismail Sabri would have been defeated in his first vote on the Deputy Speakership in Parliament yesterday and which may give him the shortest tenure of premiership than Muhyiddin if not for the confidence-supply-reform MOU signed a day earlier

(Versi BM)

The ninth Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri, would have been defeated in his first vote on the Deputy Speakership in Parliament yesterday and which may give him the shortest tenure of premiership than Muhyiddin Yassin if not for the confidence-supply-reform Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Prime Minister and Pakatan Harapan a day earlier on Monday, 13th September 2021.

But with the CSR MOU, a new political landscape had started, and the deputy speaker election was postponed to the next Parliament meeting when the Federal Constitution would be amended to create a third deputy speaker post for the opposition.
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Is Ismail Sabri going to disregard the decree of the Yang di Pertuan Agong in one of his first acts in Parliament on Sept. 14?

The Attorney-General Idris Harun should not stray into the political minefield but should keep strictly to his role as legal adviser of the government

His statements that a vote of confidence is not necessary as the Yang di Pertuan
Agong had already appointed Ismail Sabri as Prime Minister and that a vote of confidence would undermine the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s power are all politics and no law. Read the rest of this entry »

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Confidence Motion on the new Prime Minister should be the first item of parliamentary business on Sept. 14

Just before midnight, I received an email from the Dewan Rakyat secretary Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin on the one-week delay in the September meeting of Parliament starting on September 13 instead of on Sept. 6, 2021.

But a glaring omission is the absence of a confidence motion on the new Prime Minister in the parliamentary order of business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Height of irresponsibility for Muhyiddin not to convene Parliament in August when the country is heading towards 1.5 million Covid-19 cases and over 15,000 death on 64th National Day and some two million Covid-19 cases and 20,000 deaths on 58th Malaysia Day

There has been no let-up in the surge of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia as yesterday registered a new daily record of 20,899 Covid-19 cases and 160 new Covid-19 deaths.

Malaysia is facing a double crisis – a constitutional crisis which has reached a new peak with the resignation of two UMNO Ministers and the Covid-19 pandemic continuing its worst ravages. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin should not wait until September but should convene a Parliament special meeting latest by August 16 for the motion of confidence in him as Prime Minister

Muhyiddin Yassin should not wait until September but should convene a Parliament special meeting latest by August 16 for the motion of confidence in him as Prime Minister.

This August Parliament special meeting will also complete the truncated Parliament special meeting which was adjourned for two weeks on 29th July purportedly because of Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament should meet latest by August 16 to annul the six Emergency Ordinances and Muhyiddin has to demonstrate he has the confidence of the majority of Parliament

(Tatal ke bawah untuk kenyataan versi BM)

When Malaysia first imposed the Movement Control Order (MCO) on 18th March 2020, Malaysia had 728 Covid-19 cases and two deaths.

Now, after numerous movement control orders and a six-month emergency, we have a cumulative total of 1,163,291 Covid-19 cases and 9,598 Covid-19 deaths – 1,600 times the number of Covid-19 cases and 4,800 times the number of Covid-19 deaths after 16 months . Read the rest of this entry »

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Why was Parliament locked down for two weeks and why the truncated Parliament special meeting could not reconvene for Dewan Rakyat to be held on August 16 and Senate from August 17-19 to annul the six Emergency Ordinances

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The four-paragraph statement today by the Prime Minister, Muhyddin Yassin, signifies two things:

Firstly, he is not going to resign or sacrifice any of his Ministers or officials and will fight any attempt from any quarter to end his backdoor, illegitimate and undemocratic government; and Read the rest of this entry »

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Mystery on what basis a state is placed in a NRP phase is one reason why there is no public confidence in the National Recovery Plan

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Yesterday, the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that Sarawak, Perlis and Labuan have moved into Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

This was despite Sarawak and Labuan not qualifying for Phase 3 based on the initial criteria which the government set in early July. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament lockdown a great national disservice as Malaysia is heading towards half-a-million Covid-19 cases and 6,000 Covid-19 deaths in August resulting in Malaysia having a cumulative total exceeding 1.5 million Covid-19 cases and 15,000 Covid-19 deaths on the 64th National Day on August 31

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The Parliament lockdown since last Thursday is a great national disservice as Malaysia is heading towards half-a-million Covid-19 cases and 6,000 Covid-19 deaths in August resulting in Malaysia having a cumulative total exceeding 1.5 million Covid-19 cases and 15,000 Covid-19 deaths on the 64th National Day on August 31.

Parliament should be meeting to draft a new policy and strategy to avert these calamitous figures on August 31, but instead Members of Parliament were blocked from Parliament and the Parliament special meeting truncated, after being distracted from focusing on the Covid-19 pandemic with a major constitutional crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Dewan Rakyat meet on August 16 and Dewan Negara meet from August 17 – 19 on completion of the two-week suspension of the Parliament special meeting because of Covid-19 pandemic as advised by Noor Hisham?

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Today is a black mark in Malaysian parliamentary history.

I do not think anyone, whether in the past, present or future would have thought that there would be a day when Malaysian Members of Parliament would be blocked from the Malaysian Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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