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Update: Pakatan Harapan Convention (Part 3)

In the last hour of the convention, Pakatan Harapan made the following three major announcements:

1. PM designate will be Dr. Mahathir and Dato Seri Wan Azizah as the DPM designate;

2. Upon winning GE14, Pakatan Harapan will immediate seek a full royal pardon for Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and make him the immediate PM designate; and

3. All the Parliamentary West Malaysian seats have been settled with Bersatu to contest in 52 seats, PKR 51 seats, DAP 35 seats and Amanah 27 seats.

These are very significant announcements as they put an end to the disruptive ambitions of a pretender, resolves cleanly the history of Anwar & Mahathir and galvanised most of the Pakatan Harapan leaders to unite and prepare for GE14.

Kak Wan gave an emotional speech and Dr. Mahathir reciprocated by acknowledging the pain the Anwar family had to endure when Anwar was put in jail during his rule. Those in attendance were deeply touched by both speeches. It was a genuine and heartfelt reconciliation of the two leaders.

The earliest likely date for GE14 is late April or early May. The seat settlement in West Malaysia means that Pakatan Harapan can now concentrate and mobilise resources for at least 4 months ahead of GE14. In comparison, for GE13 seat negotiations went on until the 11th hour and even after agreement, PAS still reneged on 3 seats. In short, we are much more united and prepared this coming GE without PAS.

On the issue of PAS, Tan Sri Muhyiddin concluded that the boat has sailed for PAS to join Pakatan Harapan. He said PAS is committed to “berkhalwat” (close proximity) with UMNO/BN.

So for all the propaganda that the Opposition cannot bury the past and that we cannot negotiate in good faith, well today we have proven BN completely wrong. Najib, Rosmah and whoever who still wants to negotiate with PAS will have sleepless nights.

I went to the convention with low expectations and left fully rejuvenated and ready to take on UMNO/BN. Lawan tetap lawan!

Update: Pakatan Harapan Convention (Part 1)

The convention kicked off at 9.30 am. It is being held in IDCC. Apparently Pakatan Harapan failed to secure the SACC hall. The SACC is wholly owned by the Selangor government’s PKNS.

Senior leaders led by Dr. M and Dr. Wan Aziziah walked into the hall at around 9.45 am. At the front of the pack were Mat Sabu, Lim Guan Eng and Muhyiddin. Azmin Ali made a short appearance and left the hall.

The morning session are speeches by representatives of youth, women, civil servants, Felda and farmers. Aishah the singer belted out a Malay traditional song. The event is expected to end at today.

Dr. M, Pakatan’s PM candidate?

I have been getting quite a lot of questions and messages from supporters the last few days regarding the issue of Dr. M being the designated Pakatan Harapan PM candidate.

Firstly, I am not involved in this issue. Like many junior first term MP, I learnt about the decision of senior Pakatan leaders from the news. I did hear snippets of the plan a few weeks ago. If the current crop of leaders want to pursue deals, then they must learn to be accountable for their decisions.

My task for this coming election, if chosen by PKR to be a candidate, is to defend and deliver a victory in Kelana Jaya. I have delivered the alternative budget and economic policies for Pakatan and I do not see any additional role for me beyond that. I will from now until GE14, give my full efforts to INVOKE Malaysia to ensure that as many clean politicians are elected to office.

I have spoken many times that the mood is not great. I also recognise that corruption and abuses of power are systemic problems that can infect federal and state governments. The culture of money politics runs much deeper than I ever imagined back in 2009, when I first joined PKR. We had great hopes in 2008 and 2013. Yet, I urge all to continue to have faith because to opt out will be much, much worse.

Instead of giving up, I decided 4 years ago to start my own internship program. If I have to tolerate and put up with lousy politics, why not invest my time productively in training a new generation of leaders.

I teach my interns public policy and community work. But what I really teach them is to defend their principles and idealism. We can overcome any obstacle with hard work and by embracing a culture of continuous improvements. I tell my interns to go to the private sector first and learn professional skills. I lecture them on the need to have sufficient money first, before entering politics.

I recently read an interesting quote; “it is good to be able to predict and analyse the future, it is however far better to influence and change it”. So, I am not going to lose sleep on Dr. M as PM, nor defend or apologise for it. It is beyond my control. What I can control and do, is to use my time productively to plan a better future for Malaysia.

Reform the Parliamentary Voting System!

Good morning from Parliament. Am having a breakfast meeting with YB Darell Leiking, YB Sim Tong Him and my intern Kevin. We are still talking about the vote event last night. I note many angry comments about the no show of many MPs from the Opposition. In light of the very close vote last night, I can fully understand the extra anger.

We are all adults. We all took an oath to serve the rakyat and Parliament. If MPs decide not to turn up they should be accountable to their own constituents. To be fair, some may have valid excuses for their abscene.

However I am fully aware that people are fed up with the state of politics in Malaysia. Politicians from both sides are failing the expectations of the public. This unhappiness has to do with the lack of transparency of government and the rise of spin politics.

To address this growing unhappiness, it is high time for Parliament to publish a daily attendance list. It is also high time for the vote count to be fully transparent.

Currently MPs are asked by a designated counting agent how they will vote. These votes are then tabulated by block and handwritten on a sheet of paper. The papers of all the blocks are then collated into a final number. We have no access to these papers. Other than your immediate MPs seated next to you, you will not know who voted which way. In the case of yesterday’s vote, the two PAS leaders that abstained sit right in front of me. After every important vote, I get reporters asking me for a detailed list, a list which I have no access to.

Therefore we must reform the voting system. The best way is to read out the name of every MP and ask them to individually state their position. This event should also be televised. If the vote count becomes fully transparently, I am certain attendance of MPs will improve dramatically!

Pakatan Harapan Vote Ambush

At 8.20 pm Pakatan Harapan MPs, together with Warisan ambushed UMNO BN on the vote of the Domestic Trade Ministry budget. The vote strategy was formed during the PKR pre-counsel meeting last week. The idea originated and was executed by YB Manivannan (PKR MP for Kapar) and endorsed by YB Dato Johari Abdul (PKR Chief Whip of Sungai Petani). Party whips from DAP, Amanah, Bersatu and Warisan were then brought into the loop and coordinated.

We decided to send a strong message to the minister that the rakyat is suffering high cost of living and oil prices, which is under the purview of his ministry.

When the bell was rung for a vote, we clearly outnumbered UMNO BN by 7 votes. The counting process started and the counting forms were eventually signed. After that point, other UMNO BN MPs and ministers rushed in and the signed documents were retracted. The process delayed further until they had enough numbers. This is a blatant abuse of the counting process. One of the MP jokingly warned the Speaker not to “turn off the lights” and fix the vote. To add fuel to our anger, and despite our strong protests, the Domestic Trade minister can be seen in the counting area to “supervise” the vote count. The counting process took an inordinate long 15 minutes to count.

The final outcome was 52 for UMNO BN and 51 for Pakatan Harapan.

Ultimately UMNO BN was saved by two senior PAS leaders who abstained from voting. The two senior PAS leaders are Ustaz Idris Ahmad of Bukit Gantang (vice president of PAS) and Hajjah Siti Zailah of Rantau Panjang (head of Kelantan PAS women wing). Once more PAS senior leaders showed their true colours that they are 100% pro UMNO BN. In a surprise move, six of the PAS junior backbenchers voted with us against UMNO BN. One of them explained to me that the high cost of living is a rakyat issue and as such he will vote with his conscience. The message is loud and clear, prepare for 3 corner fights so long as pro UMNO leaders are in charge of PAS.

After the vote was read, we demanded an explanation from the Speaker. Our legitimate protests were dismissed. The hall broke into a chant “TIPU! TIPU! TIPU!”. We walked out en mass and gave a press conference.

If they can blatantly influence the vote in the Dewan, what more in the counting halls of GE14. I therefore appeal to all my readers to become Polling and Counting Agents and protect our ballot boxes.