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Mahathir’s House Cleaning – Here’re 5 Heads Of Government Agencies Who Will Be Fired Soon



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May 12 2018
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Mahathir Mohamad has spoken. Those who had suppressed, oppressed and discriminate, or worse – had abetted and aided Najib Razak – against the newly sworn in 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia are now in the state of panic. At best, they would lose their job. At worst, they could end up in prison. There are at least 5 top guns who are having sleepless nights since May 10th.

 

The little Napoleons are the head of 5 agencies – Registry of Societies (RoS), Election Commission, MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), Attorney General and Chief Justice. Obviously, all the Najib-friendly appointees had done dirty works, one way or another, for the defeated former prime minister. Now that Najib is powerless, all hell breaks loose.

Prime Minister Mahathir - House Cleaning

 

{ 1 } Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali

The world’s oldest prime minister was quick to aim his gun at Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali, after the A.G. opened his mouth babbling about him being apolitical. As the country’s top lawyer, surprisingly Mr. Apandi wasn’t that clever when he claimed that he was advising the federal government. Mahathir wasn’t amused and fired at the extraordinary dumb A.G.

 

Amazingly, it never occurred to Apandi that his statement was so ignorant that Mahathir felt insulted by his stupidity. At a press conference, Mahathir said – “I think the public prosecutor or the attorney-general had said today he is advising the government is bullshit!” In actuality, the government that Apandi referred to “didn’t exist” as Mahathir had not been sworn-in.

malaysian-attorney-general-apandi-ali-dancing-with-ministers

In his haste to save his job, Apandi thought he could pull a stunt to hoodwink Mahathir by claiming he was apolitical and having clear conscience. To the A.G.’s surprise, Mahathir said – “We have to look into who is the attorney-general. At the moment, the attorney-general has undermined his own credibility. He has, in fact, hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law.”

 

Mahathir was, of course, referring to Najib’s 1MDB scandal. In January 2016, Apandi cleared Najib of any wrongdoing with regard to the US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) in the former prime minister’s bank accounts, despite U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation saying otherwise. The A.G. was also caught dancing happily with Najib’s ministers, suggesting he wasn’t apolitical at all.

 

 

{ 2 } Election Commission Chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah

While PM Mahathir can forget the Election Commission’s naughty act of harassing and vandalising his picture on campaign billboard put up by Pakatan Harapan, he certainly cannot forget, let alone forgive Mohd Hashim Abdullah for cheating in the May 9th general election. No matter how the EC chairman claims of impartiality, the fact remains he has been in cahoots with Najib.

 

In a press conference, Mahathir said – “If we find he is involved in some corrupt practices, bias and all that, we will have to take action against him.” The new prime minister has told all and sundry that the EC had manipulated the election in Sabah with regard to numerous recounts being carried out. And it’s hard to see how the EC could prove otherwise.

Mohd Hashim Abdullah – Malaysia Election Commission Chairman

Mahathir said – “There is evidence of some manipulation. Parti Warisan Sabah had 35 seats, but after numerous recounts by the Election Commission, this was reduced to 29. We are not taking revenge but upholding the law. If we find evidence of money being used to get votes, we will move to declare that election invalid.”

 

Even without the blatant hanky-panky in Sabah, the EC chairman is already in hot soup for deliberately attempted to delay the election results announcement and his refusal to sign Form 14 acknowledging Pakatan Harapan’s victory. Of course, there was the massive gerrymandering designed by the EC to specifically help Najib win the election, but backfired spectacularly.

 

 

{ 3 } MACC Chief Commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad

Dzulkifli Ahmad is another Najib’s boy appointed as the chief of MACC in August 2016 to replace Abu Kassim. So far, Mr. Dzulkifli is the third person, besides A.G. Apandi Ali and EC Mohd Hashim Abdullah, whom Mahathir has accused of not doing his job professionally. The prime minister said that MACC hierarchy could be changed if it is found that the commission failed to act in a fair manner.

 

Mahathir said – “We will study if the MACC is fair or not. If we find they were biased in any way, including to ourselves (those in Pakatan Harapan), we will have to change them. As we promised, the new major heads of government (agencies) will be vetted by Parliament.” But that was a polite way to say the MACC chief may be booted earlier than expected.

MACC Chief Commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad

The 7th prime minister has already accused MACC of ignoring corruption. He said – “Throughout the election, MACC seemed to ignore the fact that corruption was rife. In the last two days, for example, there were no speeches made, only money distributed.” UMNO badass Jamal Md Yunos has promised Sekinchan fisherfolk RM2,000 each if the coalition Barisan Nasional wins the state seat.

 

Dzulkifli Ahmad was also caught in a series of videos over extramarital affair allegations. However, neither the police nor the MACC was interested in pursuing any action against the MACC chief over the scandal. The sex scandal video involving Mr. Dzulkifli and someone’s wife on a romantic retreat in Bali, Indonesia, started circulating on the internet last year.

 

 

{ 4 } Registry of Societies Director-General Surayati Ibrahim

UMNO’s last party elections were held on October 19, 2013. According to its Constitution, an election must be held every 3 years. Therefore, the subsequent election should be held on October 19, 2016. Thanks to the 1MDB scandal, where PM Najib was caught with his hand in the cookie jar – a whopping US$681 million in his private banking accounts – he had no choice but to postpone it.

 

Under the pretext of strengthening UMNO ahead of the 14th nationwide election, Mr. Najib postponed for 18 months the party election when it was due on October 19, 2016. That 18-month extension expired on April 19, 2018. Amazingly, on March 5, the Registrar of Societies (RoS) conveniently allowed another postponement of the party elections.

Surayati Ibrahim – ROS Registrar of Societies Director-General

The Registry of Societies (RoS) Director-General Surayati Ibrahim allowed it in accordance with the Clause 10.17 of the party constitution, hence allowing a further extension of 18 months. The problem is this – the so-called Clause 10.17 actually does not exist in the UMNO constitution. Clearly, the RoS chief had abused her power to help legalise an illegal society.

 

Surayati Ibrahim also conspired with Najib Razak to ban Mahathir’s party – Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) – at the eleventh hour before Najib announced the dissolution of Parliament. Ignoring the 30-day ban, Mahathir said that a letter issued by the Registrar informing the party of the ban had “many wrong legal terms”. Surayati had also threatened to deregister Mahathir’s party.

 

 

{ 5 } Chief Justice Raus Shariff

When Malaysia Federal Court ruled in favour of the Election Commission over the redrawing of electoral boundaries in February 2018, Mahathir was furious. The three-man Federal Court bench was chaired by Chief Justice Raus Sharif when they dismissed applications by 2 opposition MPs and 7 voters from Melaka against the blatant gerrymandering.

 

Mahathir had questioned the legality of Raus Sharif’s appointment as Chief Justice. Article 125 of the Federal Constitution did not allow the appointment of a chief justice beyond the retirement age of 66 years plus six months of extension. Raus was supposed to retire after Aug 5, 2017, but his service was extended for another 3 years by Najib so that an unfair verdict could be delivered.

Chief Justice Raus Shariff (left) and Najib Razak

Najib blatantly went against the constitution and appointed Raus Sharif as Chief Justice as well as Court of Appeal President. Raus’ appointment as an additional judge of the Federal Court under Article 122 (1A) of the constitution was unlawful. Furthermore, Chief Justice of Borneo Richard Malanjum should have been appointed instead based on seniority.

 

Now that Mahathir has become the new prime minister, his administration can seek to declare that Raus’ appointment as an additional judge on Aug 4, 2017 under Article 122(1A) of the Federal Constitution was invalid, unconstitutional and of no effect – simply because he had reached the mandatory retirement age of 66 years and six months.

 

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