Saturday, December 28, 2019

Usual Suspects

Anyone with worth his salt as a political observer of Malaysian politics will tell you it was truly an unprecedented achievement to topple the one and only party, Barisan Nasional (BN), which had been ruling the country for 61 years since it's independence in 1957.

More so, when the person leading a new coalition of diverse parties the Pakatan Harapan (PH), Tun Mahathir, was a nanogenarian at 92 in that watershed general elections in 2018 and became the oldest prime minister in the world today.

In the same vein, keen political observers will tell you a component party within the Pakatan Harapan, the Democratic Action Party (DAP), had been labelled a Chinese chauvinistic party as it is wholly dominated and catering to the second largest ethnic race in the country.

The largest ethnic race, the Malays, had in the past viewed the DAP with suspicion and wary of the party with it's "Malaysian Malaysian" slogan which had negative overtones.

You could say it was a marriage of convenience for a party that had been labelled "chauvinistic" as such to form an alliance with the other dominant Malay based parties to wrest control of the previous government.

After all the ecstasy and joy expressed across the nation in that momentous occasion and after 19 months since, the honeymoon is over.

A distinct sign of a disgruntled electorate is the loss of a ruling party parliamentary seat of the Pakatan Harapan to the now opposition Barisan Nasional in the Tanjong Piai by-election.

Fissures are appearing within the ruling coalition none more so than the PM succesion issue of a PM in waiting, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the largest party in parliament, Parti Keadilan Rakyat or PKR.

Political intrigue within the the ruling party PH unrelated to the succession issue appears to have reared it's head taking advantage of the Tanjong Piai loss.

It began even before and Tanjong Piai with sex allegations first with PKR's Azmin Ali and of late Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim which to many outsiders would seem to be a conspiracy of eliminating a rival or thwarting the succession.

Even the DAP has jumped on the succession issue with a state assemblyman from Perak, Aziz Bari, weighing in with some theoretical scenario of sorts of the PM succession.

You have got to hand it to Bari, coming out of blues to give his 2 sen worth. After all he's just an assemblyman and whether he has locus standi is debatable in the context of a subject matter well beyond his purview.

This is not the the only time Aziz sees fit to dive into an issue.

Just days ago Aziz came out with his opinion in the matter of land titles in an issue that has the Perak Menteri Besar, Ahmad Faizal Azumu having differing opinions with the DAP Perak chairman, Nga Kor Ming.

Aziz's opinion, in responding to an opposition allegation, has taken the side of his state chairman Nga.

The Menteri Besar is of the view that "the proposal to grant 999-year ownership or permanent titles to residents of new villages is contrary to the constitution."

Chairman Nga on the the other hand has an opposing view.

While the differing views is being resolved, the NLC Act 56 of 1965, has the -

76. Meaning of alienation.
The alienation of State land under this Act shall consist of its disposal by the State Authority-
(a) for a term not exceeding ninety-nine years; which favours the Menteri Besar

Here, one has to bear in mind that while Aziz Bari is a former constitutional lecturer, it is not his portfolio in the state executive council on matters regarding state land. He is in charge of education, science, environment and green technology.

The executive councillor who holds the relevant office is Paul Yong Choo Kiong who is the exco in charge of Perak housing, local government, public transport, non-Islamic affairs and new villages.

This begs the question, why is Aziz responding to matters beyond his purview?

Interestingly, this is not the first time Nga has cross swords with his Menteri Besar. 

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