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PM of just a 100?

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has done it again — abandoned the requirements of the constitution and interpreted the Dewan Rakyat session in a logic only he understands!

According to media reports, he sent a note to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker saying that he is the “ketua majlis” (head of the council) and in that capacity said only the Agong’s address will be heard on the first session of Parliament under his leadership on May 18 because of Covid-19. In other words, there will be no debates and other matters that are followed according to the Standing Orders when a Dewan Rakyat session is convened.

“Head of council”? Where in the Federal Constitution does it say that a PM is a “ketua majlis”? The Dewan Rakyat is not a council and has no head except for the Speaker. But the PM is now ‘ketua majlis”?! Covid-19 is well under control in Malaysia and is an excuse rather than a legitimate reason.

Who’s advising the PM on constitutional matters? The Prihatin Nasional (PN) government by every day is sounding more and more like Umno under Najib Razak and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Is the PM aware that he will be embarrassing the Agong by inviting him to an improper session of his so-called council, which constitutionally isn’t a Dewan Rakyat session, and, therefore, can be challenged in court? He is willing to do this?

I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he is resorting to non-constitutional means to hang on to power, Umno style. It’s apparent that the only reason why he is doing this is to protect his 70-member Cabinet and a few others who put him in power, all of whom don’t add up to even a 100. He is willing to sacrifice or compromise the democratic rights of more than 32 million people to protect about 100 people.

Muhyiddin is prime minister to these 100 but he is not prime minister to the rest. We didn’t elect him and he knows he doesn’t have a leg to stand on if he were to follow the constitution. Hence all these politicking and unconstitutional ways of doing things.

Look at the Malacca state assembly. Did they follow the standing orders when the PN assemblymen convened a state assembly without the opposition to elect their own Speaker? Now, in Kedah, the PN assemblymen want to remove Mukhriz Mahathir as Menteri Besar (state chief minister). Well, just call for a vote of no confidence in the state assembly. That’s the constitutional way of conducting state assembly business. There’s no need for statutory declarations and rushing to see the Sultan. Follow the constitution and call for a vote of no confidence. If PN wins it, Mukhriz will be ousted.

So, why don’t they do it? They are afraid they will lose? If you don’t have the confidence of the majority in the assembly, why seek to topple the current government? PN politicians are so greedy for power?

The PN government is an illegitimate government. Therefore, whatever it does will be illegitimate and can be challenged in court until it wins a vote of no confidence. That’s common sense. Anyone can see that. So, if they want to continue with their illegitimate business, it is their choice.

I’m glad that the Opposition MPs are not taking the open, brazen and shameless flouting of the constitution lying down. Mukhriz is insisting that Kedah state assemblymen follow the standing orders. MPs are speaking up about the absurdity of a one-day Dewan Rakyat sitting where there will be no debate. A lawyer has said that the validity of the one-day May 18 Dewan Rakyat sitting without debates can be challenged in court. Two other lawyers have filed a legal action to declare that the May 18 session is unconstitutional.

More people need to speak up against the unconstitutional conduct of the PN government which is tantamount to lawlessness. We should not condone any public official acting without regard to the rule of law.

 

People, tell the govt to follow the constitution

Now that the government has eased some of the restrictions under the Movement Control Order (MCO), I hope more and more Malaysians will start calling on the government to convene a proper session of the Dewan Rakyat on May 18.

It should be a normal session where MPs will be free to ask questions and debate bills and call for a no-confidence vote. The current Prihatin Nasional (PN) government should not have dictated that only a one-day session of Dewan Rakyat is held on May 18 with limitations.

If it were a legitimate government and called for such a short session to fulfil constitutional requirements, that could be understood. As it is, it is illegitimate and needs to face a no-confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat as is expected of our parliamentary democracy to ensure legitimacy.

This government doesn’t seem to indicate any commitment to upholding our parliamentary democracy. So, the people need to raise a hue and cry to tell the current leadership that they expect the leaders to comply with the constitution.

It’s apparent that the PN leadership is dragging its feet about holding a proper session of the Dewan Rakyat for the real fear of losing a no-confidence vote. Well, that is the price they have to pay for seizing power through politicking and without complying with the requirements of a parliamentary democracy.

At all cost, our leaders must know that they have to uphold the constitution of the country and be totally committed to the parliamentary democracy we practise. When they don’t, the people must raise an uproar so that the leaders conform.

So, Malaysians, don’t let the PN government get away with their illegitimate acts. Protest and insist that the current government face a full proper session of the Dewan Rakyat.