Not So Fast PM Wannabe Muhyiddin...
The happiest man after the Palace announced that Muhyiddin Yassin will be sworn in as the 8th prime minister at 10.30 am tomorrow (March 1), arguably the 1st premier of a backdoor government since independence in 1957, is not even Muhyiddin himself, but UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Grinning from ear to ear, the former deputy prime minister said it’s “mission accomplished”.
Even if Zahid could not get back his job immediately in the new backdoor government, he will most likely be rewarded with other senior post. His priority, however, is to get all his 87 charges related to money laundering and corruption and criminal breach of trust (CBT) dropped by a new “friendly-attorney general”, someone like the despicable Apandi Ali.
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s story is a bit tricky. His 1MDB scandal has been progressing significantly hence to suddenly drop all his charges will be too obvious. Besides, he was the one who sacked Muhyiddin, who had openly criticised the Najib administration’s handling of the public funds. Still, there could be a deal between Muhyiddin and Najib in the latest coup.
The drama saw a new twist on Saturday morning (Feb 29) when Mahathir suddenly said he has the numbers to form a new government, after collapsed-Pakatan Harapan (PH) declared at the eleventh hour that it would throw in its full support behind the 94-year-old former premier as prime minister. The daughter of Mahathir Mohamad, Marina, reportedly got him back to the discussion table.
Muhyiddin and Zahid Hamidi
However, it was rather too late as the Agong (King) probably had already made his decision by then, thanks to the never-ending flip-flops from both sides of the political divide. Did they really think the king has nothing better to do than entertain the antic of three elderly boys fighting for a candy (*grin*)? But the burning question is – did Muhyiddin really have the number?
The game of throne saw the triangle power struggle quickly reduced to two men fighting for the glory – Muhyiddin Yassin and Mahathir Mohamad, both from the same party Bersatu (PPBM). PKR President Anwar Ibrahim reportedly has decided to sacrifice himself by pulling out of the contest so that Mahathir can become the next prime minister (again) for as long as he desires.
Despite the scheduled swearing-in of Muhyiddin tomorrow, the country has plunged into a huge joke when Mahathir’s camp said they have 114 votes (as of 8:40pm, Feb 29). That means someone is lying as Muhyiddin’s camp also claimed to possess 114 votes. But the Parliament has only maximum 222 seats, thus there are 6 ghost MPs. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Muhyiddin has allegedly secured the backing from his own party Bersatu (25 MPs), UMNO (42 MPs), PAS (18 MPs), Sarawak-based GPS (18 MPs) and traitor Azmin Ali (11 MPs). Exactly how could Muhyiddin claims to receive 25 votes from his own party when Mahathir, his son Mukhriz and loyal boy scout Syed Saddiq did not even sign the statutory declaration (SD) to support him?
In fact, Selangau MP Baru Bian has just defected from Muhyiddin’s camp and signed a new SD – streamed live – declaring his support for Mahathir. So, according to the calculator, the electronic device accurately says that Muhyiddin has only 110 MPs (114 minus 4), 2 seats less than the 112 minimum parliamentary seats required to form a simple majority government.
Mukhriz Mahathir, in his Facebook post, has accused Muhyiddin of lying (to the King) in his attempt to become the next prime minister. He claims that six of Bersatu MPs – Mukhriz himself, Mahathir, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Simpang Renggam MP Dr Maszlee Malik, Kuala Pilah MP Eddin Syazlee Shith, and Kubang Pasu MP Amiruddin Hamzah – are with Mahathir.
Mahathir Mohamad with Muhyiddin Yassin
If what Mukhriz said is true, Muhyiddin only got 107 votes. Yes, despite the announcement from the Palace that Muhyiddin has won the beauty pageant, the actual official number of MPs who supported him was not released. It was PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, who claims that 114 out of 222 MPs have backed the newly announced Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
To make matters worse, the Sarawak-based GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) said it will not be a member of Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional that will form the next federal government. Playing safe, the GPS said it would support Muhyiddin “after” he is appointed as the new prime minister by the King tomorrow. That essentially means GPS has actually abstained from voting Muhyiddin as PM.
The constitution didn’t say a political party cannot abstain from voting for another party’s leader to become a prime minister. Mathematically, GPS’ 18 MPs should be deducted from the 222-parliamentary seat in the contest between Muhyiddin and Mahathir because GPS is only friendly to Perikatan Nasional. GPS will support whichever side “after” a winner has been determined.
Technically, that means Muhyiddin didn’t actually has the votes from GPS, so his initial numbers of 114, which had been cooked, was actually 96 MPs. Wait a minute. Does that mean the King has made a terrible mistake – even biased – in the decision to appoint Muhyiddin as the next prime minister? Not exactly though.
The Article 43 (2) (a) says – “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) shall appoint as Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who in his judgement is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House”. So, the King thought Muhyiddin perhaps has the ability to command the support of the majority of MPs.
Perhaps the King didn’t expect Muhyiddin would be so daring as to cook up the numbers. Besides, the supporters for both Muhyiddin and Mahathir kept changing their SD that even the King was considering resigning – cheekily speaking. Some naughty rumours said due to Mahathir’s past confrontation with the monarch, it’s understandable that Muhyiddin got the upper hand.
PN Muhyiddin Yassin and Leaders of Political Groups
To add fuel to the political fire, Istana Negara (Palace) said in a statement that after careful scrutiny of the list of candidates for prime minister and their supporting MPs, the Agong has determined that Muhyiddin “mungkin” (maybe) commands the most confidence among them all. That statement has been used by angry people on social media as proof that even the Palace was not sure about Muhyiddin’s support.
Perhaps the Palace had no other choice but decisively chose Muhyiddin as the country had been without a government after close to a week in the crisis. Perhaps the monarch thought the House of Representative will determine after that whether Muhyiddin really commands the majority of the house. Here’s why Muhyiddin will still win even if he were to lose a confidence vote in the House of Representative.
In the eventuality that Muhyiddin loses the confidence vote in the house, he will definitely request that the King dissolves the Parliament and calls for a snap election. With the current sentiment on the ground, the Pakatan Harapan will most likely lose a nationwide election. That’s why the Opposition has been screaming their lungs out for a snap election.
Below is a list of 114 MPs who support Mahathir as the next prime minister, published by the former premier as proof for the King’s consideration. He also said a letter had been sent to the Palace in what appears to be a last attempt to stop the swearing in of Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday. - FT
Pakatan Harapan 114 MPs Member of Parliaments Supporters List
Secara peribadi aku OK saja keputusan ni. Kita boleh bandingkan prestasi menteri baru dan menteri lama. Kalau menteri baru lagi bagus, sebagai rakyat tentunya aku akan dapat manfaatnya juga. Kalau tak bagus, korup, atau sebagainya, depa akan jadi sasaran kecaman dan troll di social media. Laman seperti TTKM tak akan bagi muka punya.
Zaman social media ni, silap bagi statement bodoh, ataupun jawapan yang tiada kaitan, memang bagi bola tanggung kat netizen Malaysia kaki troll. Cuma satu yang dirisaukan. Perpaduan antara kaum bumiputra dan bukan bumiputra dikhuatiri makin senjang. Makin tegang. Harap semua pihak bertenang dan tidak mengeluarkan kenyataan berunsur rasis. Tidak memaki hamun YDPA. Ingat rukunegara tak?
PN bagi aku mempunyai tugas yang sangat mencabar. Ahli parlimen blok PN tak boleh ponteng sidang. Silap-silap bila tak cukup korum, tak cukup lah yang menyokong usul. Kecoh. Huru-hara dewan. Ditakuti makin berlanjutan masalah politik negara kita. Dan akan terus membuat sentimen pelabur goyah terhadap kemampuan Malaysia dan menjejaskan ekonomi. Ingat, Indonesia sudah makin maju. Vietnam juga. Harap kabinet baru TSMY berjaya buat sesuatu dalam masa 3 tahun.
Apa pun orang politik ni berganti pergi. Tak mustahil untuk PRU15 akan ada pakatan baru. PKR join PN? PAS dengan DAP? PAS dan AMANAH bersama? UMNO bersama DAP? Politik ni dinamik, perebutan kuasa. Kita di bawah tak perlu berlebih-lebih. Tambah-tambah di zaman social media. Silap2 tengok post kita 4-5 tahun lagi, malu sendiri.
Ok ni post credit scene kepada drama seminggu yang bakal tamat nanti. Tahniah rakyat Malaysia yang kekal tenang, tanpa sebarang huru-hara. Ni baru Malaysia! - Najib Bakar
a -Pelajaran Jawi wajib
b -Belajar sains matematik dalam bahasa kebangsaan
c -Tutup SJKC, sekolah satu aliran sahaja
d -Haramkan DAP
f -Hantar pulang warga cina yang kurang ajar ke China ganti dengan Uyghur
g -Hukuman mati pemandu mabuk
h- RUU355 dilaksanakan
j -Pembunuh Adib ditangkap segera
k -Penyokong LTTE ditangkap dan dibicarakan segera
l -Hadi Awang nak tutup kilang Carlsberg dan Casino di Genting Highlands..m -Kedai nombor ekor ditutup
n -Boleh hisap rokok di kedai mamak semula
o -Kes terowong dan banglo melibatkan LGE dibuka dan disiasat semula
r -Mat Sajad dan kumpulan LGBT ditangkap dan dihukum
s -Sisters in Islam diharamkan
t -Sekat semua pelancong China dari masuk ke Malaysia - f/bk
RUU355 pun dah boleh disegerakan sebab ahli parlimen bukan Islam tinggal seorang MIC dan dua MCA sahaja. Takkan MP Islam tak leh lawan. Selain tu, semua tahanan LTTE yang dilepaskan Tommy Thomas minggu lepas, tangkap balik semua pengganas-pengganas tu! Jangan bagi muka.
Untuk kes arwah Adib, terus hukum pembunuh tu. Kalian dah tahu kan siapa pembunuhnya? Alah, takkanlah PM8 sekarang yang pegang menteri KDN sebelum ni tak ada maklumat? Pastu, lesen arak dah boleh ditarik balik serta-merta supaya tiada lagi pemandu Cina mabuk langgar orang-orang Melayu kat jalan raya.
Pastu tutup semua kelab malam! Tu semua punca orang-orang mabuk ni la. Tangkap dan penjarakan Sajat dan begitu jugak kurung semua mak nyah yang ada. Hotel-hotel TH tu semua TH kena beli semula daripada syarikat 'kapir'. Pastu barulah TH boleh bagi hibah sampai 8.5% kan?
Sekolah-sekolah vernakular pun dah boleh tutup. Tak payah lagi nak bawak gi mahkamah segala bagai untuk cabar kewujudan sekolah tu. UEC pun sama, mansuhkan teruslah sebab kerajaan sekarangkan Melayu Islam, orang-orang Melayu semua dah jadi kuat macam Thanos. Kalau ada yang mintak iktiraf UEC, mintak En Hadi hembus aje dengan nafas dia tu.
Oh ya, Dong Zong tu, jangan lupa diharamkan. Buat mengemak ja! Untuk tangani Covid-19 secara lebih berkesan, haramkan semua pelancong China dari masuk Malaysia. Yang mana dah ada kat sini, halau sahaja depa balik.
Last but not least, saya rasa ini paling penting. Dah dapat semula kuasa kerajaan pusat tu, HARAMkan sahaja PARTI DAP! Barulah aman negara ini. Jadi, takdelah lagi ada orang tu nak ratib DAP, DAP lagi pasni. Senarai di atas semua ni yang korang mintak kerajaan PH hari tu buat, kan? Dah ada kuasa ni, apa lagi? Buat ler. - man toba
Kata Dr Mahathir dia lebih marah dan berasa hati kepada Muhyiddin berbanding dengan Azmin. Katanya Azmin memang mempunyai agenda sendiri, tetapi Muhyiddin merancang dan berjaya.
Daripada apa dikatakan Mahathir itu boleh disimpulkan, Azmin menimbulkan keadaan huruhara dalam partinya, dan suasana itu diambil kesempatan oleh Muhyiddin. Di sini Muhyiddin boleh dianggap bijak dalam politik, tetapi jahat dari segi tatabudi manusia.
Dr Mahathir juga baru faham dan semuanya sudah terlambat. Kesalahan dengan apa yang berlaku kini, seorang yang dianggap jahat dan khianat menjadi PM adalah kerana sikap Mahathir juga.
Sekiranya beliau tidak berkeras dan ikhlas dengan janji dan kata-kata untuk menyerahkan jawatan kepada Anwar, apa yang terjadi tidak akan berlaku. Kelemahan, ketangkasan serta nasib menentukan nasib diri seseorang. - mso
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