Malaysia's parliament, sitting for the first time in eight months, descended into chaos on Monday (July 26) as opposition lawmakers accused Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin of royal insult for disallowing a debate during the special five-day session. The sitting is being held after the king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, urged the government to convene the legislature urgently to debate Covid-19 policies, against Muhyiddin's wishes for it to sit only after September. The 222-seat lower house, the Dewan Rakyat, and the 70-seat upper house, the Dewan Negara, had been suspended since Sultan Abdullah approved a state of emergency in January that is due to expire on Aug 1. Confusion among opposition lawmakers ensued after Takiyuddin Hassan, the de facto law minister, said the various emergency ordinances enacted since Jan 12 were revoked last Wednesday and would not be renewed after their expiry on Aug 1. While opposition lawmakers insisted that the emergency ordinances can only ... » Learn More about Malaysia’s parliament in chaos as PM Muhyiddin Yassin refuses to allow debate on Covid-19 policies
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Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, facing calls to resign after a rare public reprimand by the king, has indefinitely postponed the resumption of a parliamentary session that was disrupted last week. Muhyiddin's decision - revealed in a notice sent to lawmakers on Saturday (July 31) - came as the local media, the opposition and even some of the government's own allies warned about a constitutional crisis amid signs that the ruling alliance and monarchy are at loggerheads. The notice stated that the decision to postpone the sitting was taken based on the health ministry's advice that "parliament is a high-risk location for Covid-19 infection". It cited parliamentary standing orders that gave Muhyiddin prerogative powers to postpone the five-day session that is being held after the king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, pressured the premier to allow lawmakers to debate pandemic-related policies and the six-month state of emergency that is due to expire on Sunday. The ... » Learn More about Malaysia’s political crisis: PM Muhyiddin Yassin postpones parliament sitting amid showdown with king
If Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap could go back and give his seven-years-younger self one piece of advice, it would be to prepare his wife for what was to come. "The mistake back then is that I didn't actually get my wife to understand better." It was a bit of a challenge for her, he admits, remembering that she had mixed feelings when he was elected as an opposition Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament in the historic 2011 General Election. In the years since, the 43-year-old went on to assume several more positions of leadership within the party — most recently, chairmanship of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) — and at each point, conversations with his homemaker wife had to be had. "She always has this mixed feeling lah — she knows that I have to do what I have to do, you know. But again, of course as a wife and as a mother to our kids right, she has a bit of concern lah. Especially in terms of the AHPETC thing right? ... But I told her that you ... » Learn More about Muhamad Faisal Manap: The quiet but stubborn power of a humble, “average” family counsellor
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will not extend a months-long national state of emergency when it ends on Aug 1, law minister Takiyuddin Hassan said on Monday (July 26). The Southeast Asian country has been under emergency rule since January, with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin arguing it was needed to curb the spread of Covid-19. But critics have slammed the move and accused the premier of trying to cling to power amid a slim majority. Despite the emergency and strict lockdowns, the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia has only worsened, triggering public anger. Malaysia reported a record number of cases on Sunday, taking the total number of infections past 1 million. Its per capita infection rate is the highest in the region. Minister Takiyuddin said the government will not ask the king to extend the emergency. He was speaking in parliament, which had been suspended due to the emergency but convened for a special session on Monday. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy in which the king ... » Learn More about Malaysia will not extend state of emergency, says law minister
JOHOR: As weary Malaysians struggle to cope with another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agong’s call for political unity and refusal to entertain bids to grab political power over the last few weeks was a welcome reprieve. It was barely a month ago that the Palace received an Anwar Ibrahim claiming to have enough supportive Members of Parliament to unseat Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. And mere weeks since the Agong saw an anxious Muhyiddin requesting emergency powers. Where these recent political developments sat poorly with a disenchanted population already reeling from the economic and social impacts of the virus, they appeared self-serving at a time when average citizens and medical frontliners were barely keeping it together. In Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy, it is often the case that when politicians are weak or seen as ineffectual that many look towards the royal houses for leadership – and these two episodes were deftly managed. READ: Commentary: ... » Learn More about Commentary: Malaysian king steers a country through rough waters
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Malaysian politicians and perennial rivals Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim have joined forces once again; this time to protest the shutdown of Parliament on Aug. 2. According to Malaysiakini , alongside other opposition MPs, both also called for current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to resign. "Thousands have died but he is happy to be prime minister. This type of prime minister has never been seen in Malaysia," said Mahathir. Saying that Muhyiddin wanted to be a "backdoor PM", Mahathir blasted his successor as being more focused on holding onto power than handling the Covid-19 pandemic. "I hope the country will reject this kind of person from the political platform," he added. Alongside him, opposition leader Anwar once again declared that Muhyiddin did not have the support to maintain government, reported Malay Mail . "I was informed there were MPs from other parties who ... » Learn More about Anwar & Mahathir team up again to call for Muhyiddin’s resignation
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin ’s swift countermoves, after recently coming under pressure on multiple fronts , suggest he plans to hunker down to stay in power rather than step aside to clear up the country’s pandemic-time political morass. But while he has shown an uncanny ability to dodge the opposition’s repeated efforts to unseat him, keen watchers of Malaysian politics suggest the 74-year-old’s brewing battle against the country’s king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, could prove his undoing. In unprecedented fashion, the constitutional monarch last week publicly chastised the Perikatan Nasional government over what he said was a deliberate attempt to mislead parliament over the status of emergency powers. There was a growing consensus that “Muhyiddin has become, in a sense, a rogue prime minister and that it’s time [for Sultan Abdullah] to dismiss him,” said political analyst Oh Ei Sun. [[nid:538648]] On Monday, the country’s deep political dysfunction ... » Learn More about Malaysia’s Muhyiddin has mastered dodging the opposition – but will a showdown with the king prove his undoing?