Barisan Nasional must not accept appointments to the Selangor state executive council, if such an offer comes its way.
Speculations are widespread with multiple theories and strategies and one of them has it that embattled Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who is now an independent, might consider appointing BN representatives to the state Exco.
In a pre-emptive move Pas leaders have come out strongly against any such move to accommodate BN, particularly Umno.
Thus, it is important for Umno to ward off any such temptations and stay true to the announced ‘no-strings-attached’ backing for Khalid as the MB. Any dealing for positions would only raise questions about BN’s sincerity in times of crisis.
Leaders aligned to Anwar Ibrahim have started whipping this rumour about Umno being included in the Exco, as a face saving measure from the humiliation handed down to them by Khalid.
Khalid had sacked all PKR and DAP Exco members who conspired to sabotage his administration via a ‘pact’. Only PKR’s Rodziah Ismail remains in the shrunken Exco line-up that includes four Pas representatives.
Technically and probably from the legal perspective too, the unexpected sacking should have effectively ended the legitimacy of the Pakatan-led Selangor state government.
Pakatan is not a legal, registered organisation like the 14-party coalition of BN.
Khalid remains as MB today because Pas, Umno (together they have 27 seats) and several other independent-minded state assemblymen, including Khalid, make up the required majority. It is no longer a Pakatan government.
If BN is indeed interested in regaining lost trust and people’s confidence then the coalition must stand in support of Khalid and Pas without any strings attached, at least for the immediate term.
No pacts, back-room dealings for positions or concessions, please!
Legally Pakatan Rakyat don't exist. Morally Pakatan is dead.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has effectively sacked five of the six DAP and PKR state executive council (exco) members to ward of unnecessary administrative trouble.
Khalid sacked three DAP and two PKR Exco members after seeking clearance from the Selangor Palace.
Four of the total ten Exco members, all from Pas, have already voiced their support for Khalid.
This latest drastic yet strategic move of the embattled chief executive of Selangor would nonetheless further consolidate his position.
With the palace acting by the book, no amount of wheeling and dealings could unseat the duly elected, and subsequently appointed, mentri besar who was sacked from PKR without even a hearing.
The Selangor Palace has even rejected Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s request for his wife Datin Seri Wan Azizah, who is also PKR president, to explain the party and Pakatan Rakyat’s internal crisis to the Sultan.
The palace had made it very clear, via an official statement that the Sultan was not keen to interfere in PKR’s politics.
Khalid has pleaded innocence and pointed fingers against PKR leaders for conspiring to remove him. Khalid said it was a 'conspiracy of the highest order', an expression that we last heard when the now PKR de facto leader was sacked from the Government and eventually from Umno in September 1998.
Anwar's defiance then and his moves to protest his removal is history and history seems to be repeating itself.
Opposition pact's once blue-eyed Mentri Besar is now crying 'conspiracy of the highest order', ironically pointing an accusing finger at Anwar himself. Khalid’s defiance could trigger flash backs for Anwar.
DAP leaders too appear to be part of this conspiracy to indiscriminately remove Khalid. DAP stands accused as a party to Khalid's 'illegal' sacking.
If Khalid's sacking is perfectly all right then how could DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng question the Mentri Besar's choice of his state executive council members?
Obviously Khalid could remove those whom he nominated/appointed with the Sultan’s consent.
In fact Khalid could now be enjoying the company of five existing Exco members, including the four Pas elected representatives.
It is widely speculated that PKR's Exco for welfare and women's issues Rodziah Ismail could have agreed to support Khalid and remain in the council.
With Rodziah's backing Khalid could chair a six-member state executive council, more than the required five (including the chairman). The Mentri Besar could just play it by the book and adhere strictly to the Selangor state constitution.
The Sultan of Selangor is believed to have left for an overseas trip and is only expected back on August 24.
Khalid is undoubtedly still very much the Mentri Besar of Selangor.
If Pas decides to walk out of the pact and stand by the party’s influential Syura Council decision to support Khalid, the remaining elected representatives of PKR and DAP could fall under the ‘opposition’ category soon.
Unlike the Barisan Nasional, which is a legal/registered organization, the DAP-PKR-Pas pact is just marriage of convenience without any legal basis. Thus, Pas could walk out without any legal hurdles.
Pas has actually pulled one feet out from the pact when the party instructed its Exco members to stay on with Khalid. If and when Pas decides to pull out completely, that would affirm the break up of the Pakatan’s marriage of convenience.
Hopefully the dust settles before the Sultan returns from his overseas trip. The state administration must push aside time and resources wasting politics and start to focus on other pressing matters.
The acute water shortage and outbreak of deadly Dengue fever in Selangor are definitely more pressing that PKR’s intra-party politics.
p/sA friend argued that Khalid’s removal is not similar to Anwar’s sacking in 1998 because Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad didn’t appoint Tun Dr Siti Hasmah to replace Anwar.
PKR and DAP could opt to rant in denial with the help of legal eagles like the now retired former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenivasan or accept the fact that Pakatan Rakyat has ceased to exist. Not that it did before as a legal entity, but there is clearly nothing left to be called a coalition of like-minded parties. Its practically dead, morally.
Obviously you have to remove 'pakatan' from PR the moment Pas has openly declared their support for Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to stay on as the Selangor mentri besar. Pas leaders remain consistent in their stand, before and after Khalid's unceremonious sacking from PKR.
If we are to take DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng seriously, then Pakatan is as good as dead if not buried and done with. Pas exco members meeting with Khalid earlier today should have sealed the coffin.
Guan Eng and his father should admit that Pas no longer bows to DAP's threats and pressure, at least up until this moment. The Lims must remember that it is not for them to tell Pas what to do or who to admit into their party.
Latest developments i.e. Selangor Palace rejecting meeting with Anwar Ibrahim and wife - is certainly a clear signal from the Malay Ruler. Anwar could opt to spin it but the fact remains that the Palace is not happy with the way desperate politicians hold the state administration at ransom.
The message from the palace must have hit Anwar so hard that he appears to have a step back and starts testing the waters, again.
Gombak state assemblyman and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and PKR state assemblyman for Ijok Dr Idris Ahmad have now been floated as replacement MB candidates if Pas agrees to Khalid's removal.
Rather than threatening Pas or its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Guan Eng may want to help Anwar prove that Khalid has lost majority support in the state executive council. They may together seek Ambiga's help to amplify Khalid's lost of majority support.
Both PKR and DAP state assemblyman, who were appointed by Khalid into the executive council (exco), must resign to show their alliagence.
Is it not common logic for Guan Eng to at least demand the resignation of DAP members sitting in the Selangor executive council?
But, DAP Sungai Pinang assemblyman Datuk Teng Chang Khim says he will continue working with Khalid Ibrahim as the MB.
Pakatan is certainly dead, even within the DAP. No?
Last time the word third force was playing on our lips was after a group of PKR members of parliament quit their party in 2010 and formed the independent bloc Konsensus Bebas. The performed well as independent MPs in Dewan Rakyat.
The group of five led by the then PKR Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim left after ‘doubts overcame confidence’ in Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership.
Zahrain, who was former PKR Penang state chairman, dumped the party following prolonged differences with Anwar Ibrahim and Penang chief minister cum DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng.
“Political parties place the party agenda as their primary interest and the leaders are inclined to grab power. The rakyat are victims of the struggle for power and position,” Zahrain had said then when announcing the consensus’ aspiration to be the third force.
It has been more than four years since the announcement in June 2010. Today we’re are in the midst of another political drama, courtesy of the same party and the same power crazy purveyors of democracy, good governance, rule of law, justice and freedom
These are also the very same politicians who cried ‘conspiracy of the highest order’ when the books were thrown at them in the past.
This latest episode in PKR’s never ending drama should certainly rekindle debate on the need for a third force in national politics.
Politicians and political parties have become so self-centered that the society is divided and becoming increasingly insane by the day. This applies to both sides of the divide, including their respective populists and apologists.
We seriously need to bring sanity back because in the present state of affairs, morals, ethics and rule of law have surrendered to unscrupulous politics.
What else can you say when the likes of DAP, a party filled to the brim with lawyers turned politicians whose cry for human rights and freedom reaches far corners of the world, supports Anwar’s dictatorship?
Are these not the same, now seemingly pseudo champions, who accused others of dictatorship and demanded foreign governments and international organizations to censure ‘those dictators and their draconian Government of Malaysia?
How could DAP, the party that often rides the moral high horse and preaches rule of law, agree to a desperate politician’s move to remove a sitting chief executive officer of a state government by force?
Is Khalid Ibrahim not innocent until proven guilty or is that privilege only enjoyed by Pakatan’s de facto leader?
Why is the DAP stooping so low by condoning such illegal acts? Is it all about politics and power or does it also involve huge financial consideration and the coffers?
Speculation is abound but PAS has certainly stood up giving a glimmer of hope for those within Pakatan who expected political sanity. The Syura Council’s reasons and rationale of supporting Khalid Ibrahim is nothing but a commendable act of political maturity.
Pas appears like the lone party with one eye, in the blind bind of Pakatan. We shall watch closely if politics overtakes common sense along the way although this time around Pas has made it crystal clear.
Pas’ spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang standing against Anwar’s latest antics is indeed refreshing. Political observers heave a sigh of relief as many thought such bravado ended with the late YB Karpal Singh.
But is the DAP merely a confused partner in this latest ‘Who wants to be the MB’ show?
Conveniently side stepping its own fallacy of supporting PKR’s draconian action against the Selangor MB, DAP leaders have now started ranting against Pas’ offer for Khalid to join them.
A populist DAP leader had even described Pas’ offer to Khalid as nauseating. He is however still mum over Pakatan’s cowboy politics in Selangor.
This is the state of the ‘Ini kali lah!’ politics introduced by those who made Malaysians believe that the Barisan Nasional led government was so unworthy and corrupt.
Many conveniently forgot the fact that the BN had managed and administered Malaysia for almost six decades. It may not be perfect but the coalition’s track record is not a secret.
Certainly BN is not free from blame or weaknesses. Just look at BN’s state of health in Selangor at the moment. Truth may hurt but it would be naïve to continue to hide facts.
Only Umno appears to be still standing in Selangor but the BN lynchpin itself is void of a leader and/or leadership. We cannot continue to expect the BN chairman or deputy chairman to spoon-feed the once all too powerful BN Selangor.
Umno and the BN have not identified or shown the people of Selangor their new leaders, after the old ones were rejected in two consecutive general elections.
As even BN looks comfortable with old horses, the need for a third force in national politics appears even more pressing now than four years ago.
Even if Pas leaves Pakatan and decides to run the race all by itself, the nation needs a new political force to narrow the divide. It’s a dire need for voice of reason to be transformed into a political force.
Not a pipe dream
Talk is now rife about a group of influential leaders, a big chunk of them from PKR, contemplating to start the ball rolling for a functioning ‘third force’.
This group, sources close to a senior PKR leader say, are convinced that DAP’s politics of hatred and Anwar’s charming deceptions are both nearing the end of their shelf life.
“This is the right time for those who have lost trust and confidence in Anwar and Pakatan to breakaway. They have a valid reason to do so now, based on the same grounds that Pas is reconsidering its association with Pakatan.
“These leaders are taking into consideration the most likely outcome of Anwar’s sodomy case too,” a lawyer familiar with the dealings confirmed.
If sanity prevails, we could be witnessing another exodus and a new group of independent elected representatives in the state assembly and in Dewan Rakyat. This time around it may even lead to the birth of a new political party. A back to basics party that is people-friendly.
Those who “Eat, pray and love” good governance, human rights and democracy would certainly join this new force.
p/sKhalid Ibrahim’s lawyers are said to be working overtime drafting legal notices against those who had issued malicious, slanderous and defamatory statements against the Selangor Mentri Besar.
I almost fell off my chair after reading the newly minted Wanita MCA chief's gallant call for Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin to be charged for sedition. Going by the tone of Datuk Heng Seai Kie's statement, I'm sure she would have demanded for the former Information Minister to be locked up in Kamunting if the ISA had not been repealed by Najib.
Charge ex-minister with sedition over bribery comment, says MCA
Describing Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin's posting on his blog on Sunday as "rhetoric-filled racial discrimination", Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie challenged the former Information minister to prove his claims or apologise for his slander.
"I urge the attorney-general to charge him under the Sedition Act so as to set an example and serve a warning to others," she said in a statement today. - Malaysian Insider
Well, why would you want to charge someone for stating facts about popular public perception for decades?
I would suggest Datuk Heng to embark on a fact finding mission to rebut Zainuddin's statement that the 'Chinese are the biggest gives of bribes in the country'. Heng, go get an independent body to do a poll if you dare.
Maybe Heng, by virtue of being a national MCA leader, should stop living in denial and organise awareness campaigns to fight corruption among the community she represents.
I just have a few simple question for Heng.
Q. Who do you think initially introduced and bred corruption in this country?
A - Farmers and fishermen
B - Rubber Tappers and railway hands
C - Civil servant and Security guards
D - Traders and Businessmen
Q. Who runs brothels, prostitution dens, gambling dens, mesin kuda, secret societies, ah long, smuggling syndicates, sleazy massage parlours and human trafficking ?
Q. Who are the drug kingpins in this country and beyond?
Q. If a big number of the civil servants today are said to be corrupt, who corrupted them?
Q.Who sells almost anything and everything for money?
I don't mean to offend my Chinese friends by posing the above questions but hypocrites and desperate politicians like Heng must remember that facts would remain facts, no matter who you are.
Don't try your populist political antics too often to score points. Try embarking on something more worthwhile.
As much as we don't deny the role of any community in building this nation, we must also be wise enough to accept facts as they are. Don't do a YTL lah!
NOTE:Datuk Heng may want to consider keeping her hands off the can of worms and try organising joint anti-Corruption awareness programs with the MACC. MACC may have some factual record of graft offenders in the country too. MACC don't take action against corrupted minds, do they?
I wonder. I truly wonder what could be pushing our Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan so hard that he appears more like a desperate politician.
Just read and compare his statements - the top one is his latest state of mind while the 'news report' below that was his state of mind almost exactly two years ago in 2012.
While the protests against toll and/or the quantum has always been a hot debate, as we have witnessed before in other toll-ed roads and bridges in the country, what shocked me is the fact that Nur Jazlan has actually stooped low to play the racial card in this issue.
"Namun tanpa disangka, kenaikan tol di Tambak Johor dan Lebuhraya Penyuraian Timur (EDL) bertukar menjadi isu perkauman kerana ia dilihat lebih terkesan kepada masyarakat Cina yang lebih ramai bekerja di Singapura berbanding kaum lain termasuk orang Melayu." - Nur Jazlan
"Kita perlu sedar hakikat kawasan Johor selatan kini, mempunyai ramai pengundi masyarakat Cina yang bekerja di Singapura dan mereka sudah pasti mahu memilih parti yang memperjuangkan nasib mereka. "- Nur Jazlan
From the way I look at it and by his own words, Nur Jazlan appears to be playing to the gallery and simply politicising the whole issue to serve his very own political interest. He's certainly trying to bend over as best as possible to win over the support of all the Johor Chinese who are working in Singapore and their kin.
It is certainly much easier to play politics, the DAP-kindda politics, of blaming everyone else and shed crocodile tears (Guan Eng and dad is good at this) to win votes. Go against everything the government does and blame everybody else except yourself and the votes will flow in.
But I wonder why Jazlan is doing this DAP-kindda populist jazz when he is still a ruling Government MP.
Kenapa dulu naik, sekarang tak naik YB?
p/s Mmmmmm maybe Najib is considering another Cabinet reshuffle.... maybe.
CIQ chaos believed to be orchestrated BY SIM BAK HENG - 1 AUGUST 2014 @ 12:44 PM
JOHOR BARU: The chaotic situation at the bus lanes of the customs, immigration and quarantine complex at the Sultan Iskandar Building early this morning is believed to have been orchestrated by two factory bus drivers.
Sources said the two drivers stopped their vehicles some 100 metres away from the complex and blocked the entire bus lanes.
This prevented hundreds of factory buses, stage buses, express buses and tour coaches which were behind the two factory busses from entering the complex.
It is learnt the two factory bus drivers were not happy about the toll hike which came into effect at midnight today.
The duo demanded an explanation from the authorities, otherwise they threatened to maintain their block on the bus lanes.
The drama unfolded at about 4am and became worse by 5.30am when Malaysians working in Singapore began arriving at the complex via other stage buses and express buses.
It is learnt that the police had questioned the two factory bus drivers on the motive behind staging the protest.- NST
[caption id="attachment_1253" align="aligncenter" width="521"] Workers heading to Singapore were forced to walk across as a result of the act of sabotage-NSTpic[/caption]
If the report is factual, then the two bus drivers and those behind them must be hauled up to face the full brunt of law because their actions are nothing short of sabotage. Its a clear cut case of sabotage.
If we start tolerating such nonsense, these rascals won't stop at this... especially when they have irresponsible politicians and political parties backing them.
Act now before they consider something more serious and detrimental... probably fatal.
Nip it in the bud before it becomes a culture.
p/s Guess DAP leaders must come clean on this. If you're not behind this act, condemn it.