Forms of Government 18

18. Autocracy: A form of government wherein a single person has unlimited power, usually but not necessarily a form of despotism. Malaysians might associate the term with the long reign of Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister, although his rule was effected under the auspices of Democracy..

Update 17. 12.2022: Some quarters are now suggesting that Anwar Ibrahim’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)signed with his Unity Government supporters on the eve of the vote of confidence on his new government, is a prelude to a new Malaysian Autocracy! The MOA allegedly contains a condition that misconstrues Article 49A of the Federal constitution as it refers to it as the basis for a clause that requires government MPs to vacate their seat if they vote against the prime minister. On the other hand one cannot but sympathize with the new PM in his desperate need to restrain Malaysian parliaments inherently amphibious condition – its tendency towards Katakcracy!

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/409069
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/12/17/unity-govts-mou-prelude-to-dictatorship-says-ex-deputy-law-minister/

Cita-cita Rakyat 7

Dongeng Raja Katak

As of Oct 5, 2022 the ammendment – Article 49A of the Federal Constitution ensures that “a member of the House of Representatives shall cease to be a member of that House and his seat shall become vacant immediately on a date a casual vacancy is established by the Speaker under Clause (3) if –
(a) having been elected to the House of Representatives as a member of a political party
(i) he resigns as a member of the political party; or
(ii) he ceases to be a member of the political party; or  
(b) having been elected to the House of Representatives otherwise than as a member of a political party, he joins a political party as a member.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/antihopping-law-are-we-all-good

Image Source: https://katraccoon.com/comics/behind-the-gifs/frog-king-2-electric-boogaloo

Cita-cita Rakyat 6

Dongeng Raja Katak

As of Oct 5, 2022 the ammendment – Article 49A of the Federal Constitution ensures that “a member of the House of Representatives shall cease to be a member of that House and his seat shall become vacant immediately on a date a casual vacancy is established by the Speaker under Clause (3) if –
(a) having been elected to the House of Representatives as a member of a political party
(i) he resigns as a member of the political party; or
(ii) he ceases to be a member of the political party; or  
(b) having been elected to the House of Representatives otherwise than as a member of a political party, he joins a political party as a member.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/antihopping-law-are-we-all-good

Image Source: https://katraccoon.com/comics/behind-the-gifs/frog-king-2-electric-boogaloo

Cita-cita Rakyat 5

Furu ike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto

A Malaysian party / Frog leaps / Alamak!.

As of Oct 5, 2022 the ammendment – Article 49A of the Federal Constitution ensures that “a member of the House of Representatives shall cease to be a member of that House and his seat shall become vacant immediately on a date a casual vacancy is established by the Speaker under Clause (3) if –
(a) having been elected to the House of Representatives as a member of a political party
(i) he resigns as a member of the political party; or
(ii) he ceases to be a member of the political party; or  
(b) having been elected to the House of Representatives otherwise than as a member of a political party, he joins a political party as a member.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/antihopping-law-are-we-all-good

 http://haigaobsession.blogspot.com/2010/03/old-pond-basho.html

Cita-cita Rakyat 4

The biggest frogs build their own ponds!

The Goliath Frogs of Western Cameroon create small ponds in the shore rocks that are cleared of leaves, gravel, and other debris in order to spawn.

As of Oct 5, 2022 the ammendment – Article 49A of the Federal Constitution ensures that “a member of the House of Representatives shall cease to be a member of that House and his seat shall become vacant immediately on a date a casual vacancy is established by the Speaker under Clause (3) if –
(a) having been elected to the House of Representatives as a member of a political party
(i) he resigns as a member of the political party; or
(ii) he ceases to be a member of the political party; or  
(b) having been elected to the House of Representatives otherwise than as a member of a political party, he joins a political party as a member.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/antihopping-law-are-we-all-good

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/world-s-biggest-frogs-build-their-own-ponds

Cita-cita Rakyat 3

Walaupun kodok melompat tinggi, akhirnya dimakan ular.

As of Oct 5, 2022 the ammendment – Article 49A of the Federal Constitution ensures that “a member of the House of Representatives shall cease to be a member of that House and his seat shall become vacant immediately on a date a casual vacancy is established by the Speaker under Clause (3) if –
(a) having been elected to the House of Representatives as a member of a political party
(i) he resigns as a member of the political party; or
(ii) he ceases to be a member of the political party; or  
(b) having been elected to the House of Representatives otherwise than as a member of a political party, he joins a political party as a member.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/antihopping-law-are-we-all-good

Cita-cita Rakyat 2

Basah hujan gerimis,
baju melekat ke badan;
Basah hujan katak,
Syaitan mencabar iman.

As of Oct 5, 2022 the ammendment – Article 49A of the Federal Constitution ensures that “a member of the House of Representatives shall cease to be a member of that House and his seat shall become vacant immediately on a date a casual vacancy is established by the Speaker under Clause (3) if –
(a) having been elected to the House of Representatives as a member of a political party
(i) he resigns as a member of the political party; or
(ii) he ceases to be a member of the political party; or  
(b) having been elected to the House of Representatives otherwise than as a member of a political party, he joins a political party as a member.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/antihopping-law-are-we-all-good

Cita-cita Rakyat

Maka kami, rakyat Malaysia, berikrar akan menumpukan seluruh tenaga dan usaha kami untuk …

As of Oct 5, 2022 the ammendment – Article 49A of the Federal Constitution ensures that “a member of the House of Representatives shall cease to be a member of that House and his seat shall become vacant immediately on a date a casual vacancy is established by the Speaker under Clause (3) if –
(a) having been elected to the House of Representatives as a member of a political party
(i) he resigns as a member of the political party; or
(ii) he ceases to be a member of the political party; or  
(b) having been elected to the House of Representatives otherwise than as a member of a political party, he joins a political party as a member.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/antihopping-law-are-we-all-good

Stateless Indians Clock 2

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On day 1 of the new Pakatan Harapan government, I noted that within the wide promise made to the most powerless section of our society, there was an actionable kernel  – to set in place the laws, administrative procedures and outreach that might make it possible to begin addressing the problem of statelessness among Malaysian Indians.  Instead of reporting, as I had hoped, on the state of development of the requisite policy/administrative instruments, this new government has offered relief to that portion of the stateless Indian community that has the least to benefit and whose citizenship has the least consequences for the Malaysian polity. 3,407 Indians above 60 years of age will be given citizenship on the basis of their meeting the requirements for permanent residents to become citizens. The new Prime Minister is reported to have said “We promised this in our manifesto. It took us some time, but we will stick to our promise and issue them a blue IC and they will be regarded as a citizen.” I am sorry to say it, but this is mere eyewash, bunkum even! … and a sign, that for the wretched of our earth, it seems to be Malaysian business as usual Barisan = Harapan … dosen matter bah!

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) advisor N Surendran is reported in Malaysiakini to have countered that what we need, instead of this expediency, is a review of procedures for granting citizenship. I present the report on his words in numbered points for clarity and efficacious communication –

  1. “The policies, operating procedures and methodologies must be thoroughly reviewed and restructured by the new government.
  2. It is the inflexible and unnecessary demands for non-existent documents, evidence and witnesses insisted upon by the ministry and NRD (National Registration Department) which are responsible for both creating and perpetuating the problem of statelessness in Malaysia.
  3. We must reach out to the thousands of stateless persons who have difficulty dealing with the bureaucracy and stringent procedures of the NRD.
  4. Most stateless persons are those who already qualify to be citizens by ‘operation of law’ under Article 14 of the Federal Constitution, but are denied citizenship because they have either inadequate or no documents, are abandoned or adopted children, or their parents’ marriage was not registered.
  5. The problem is generational. Parents and grandparents have no identification documents at all or only red ICs, although born and residing in Malaysia and entitled to citizenship”.

Regardless of how far down this road of reform the new Home Ministry has gone or failed to go, these are the honest and pertinent terms in which the 100 day reckoning of the ‘STATELESS INDIANS PROMISE’ should have been couched.  And you know what my dear Pakatan Harapan? … you can still come clean! In fact you must!

Image: https://boingboing.net/2015/12/02/theres-a-100-hour-rule-n.html

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/08/14/citizenship-stateless-over-60-mahathir-updated

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/438983