Backdoor government would have fallen today – if not for the aliens!

By P Ramakrishnan:

This article was first published in Aliran on 15 December and is still relevant today (9 January 2020). Last month, on 14 December, a desperate PN government ordered three MPs under home quarantine to parliament for a crucial vote. Today, 9 January, Umno-Baru’s Machang MP Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub has announced his decision to withdraw support from the PN government. This leaves the PN government with the support of 110 MPs out of the 220 lawmakers currently in the Dewan Rakyat. So, why is PN still in Putrajaya?

Speaker is prepared to risk the health and lives of other MPs. Rubbish speaker!

It’s all about them – not about you or the nation! Whatever they do is to consolidate their power and remain in office – what may come.

Today it was absolutely clear that the backdoor government would have fallen. They did not have the numbers and they were desperate to cling on to power.

The block voting after debates on the Federal Territories budget positively confirmed this fact. In the block voting the results were 110 for seven against, 31 abstained and 72 absent. Without the two ‘aliens’, the government’s vote would have been only 108 whereas the opposition would have the support of 110 MPs – (7+31+72 = 110). The backdoor government would have surely fallen!

In desperation, the backdoor government resorted to this risk-involving tactic, ignoring the health and safety of MPs to save its skin. The government brought to parliament the home quarantined MPs to secure their votes in order to continue to remain in power. This was done for selfish reasons.

One may ask, what was the rationale for exposing parliament to the risk of contamination by bringing those MPs under home quarantine? Dressed in personal protective equipment, they looked like ‘aliens’ from outer space! Were they adequately identified as those they were claimed to be?

When our frontline healthcare is so badly stretched and in dire need of whatever help that was available and possible, it is unforgiveable that an ambulance had to be spared to bring these MPs to parliament just to vote. It was not a life and death threatening matter for the nation requiring these MPs to be present in parliament today, but it definitely was a life and death matter for the government.

As such, rules could be bent, sacrifices could be made at the risk of health, an ambulance could be spared, ambulance drivers in this instance did not undertake duty to rush to a house where a person has had a heart attack or to a place where a person had suffered serious injury – but their services were needed to ferry three MPs because a political party was at the brink of collapse! What a crying shame!

According to a Bernama report, “the MPs were brought in an ambulance and upon arrival at Parliament were placed in a special room.” Strangely and suddenly, there was extra space for these three MPs but there was no space for social media journalists to cover the parliament proceedings!

Why waste the PPE attire on these people when it is sorely needed for people risking their lives attending to covid-19 patients?

This is not a caring government; it is not the government for the welfare of the people. It is a government that takes care of politicians who are on its side and who support its survival only.

In this appalling circumstance, the irresponsible act of the government, cannot have any justification whatsoever and must be fully condemned for what they did.

Malaysians would want this government to be defeated and thrown out. Will it happen tomorrow during the final vote at its third reading?

(The views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rebuilding Malaysia.)

P Ramakrishnan is the long-serving former president of Aliran who served three and a half decades on its executive committee, and has been with Aliran since its inception in 1977. Now an ordinary Aliran member, he continues to highlight issues of public interest to a larger audience.
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  • Paul Wolfobitch says:

    Can say much about the quality of our shit4brain politicians.

    Those turd-rate kampong clowns should have been kitted out with straight jackets, which are more relevant for their purpose, can be reused, though an ambulance shouldn’t be used by them depriving that from the people those monkeys are supposed to be servants of.

    In civilised countries those monkeys would have been blasted by the public, possibly asked to resign. But you can’t really get our monkeys to understand they are elected to serve the country, not the other way round.

    Anyway, évolution has never caught up with our shit4brain politicians… expect more abuse and corruption to happen,that’s the only constant for Malaysia.

  • double tree says:

    All we hear from Malay political elites like Nazri, are phrases like “we are muslims, Malays first then Malaysians”. Does it mean the non Malays can say the same thing too? Can I say I am a “Buddhist, chinese then Malaysian”. This country is going to the dogs and cats.

    • Paul Wolfobitch says:

      “Can I say I am a “Buddhist, chinese then Malaysian”.”

      You can.

      I don’t believe there’s any law saying you cannot. And what you are, you are – which, of course, does not mean if you think you are from a “supremacist race”, you are.

      I would be inclined to say I am a devout atheist agnostic shaykh, Alhamdulilah! I can say I am also more inclined toward greater acceptance of an Abrahamaic faith. But that’s called Yahudism.

      A Chinese, of sort, though I don’t speak the accompanying quaint Malaysian rojak type of “Chinese”, few other (real) Chinese can understand. Or do sing song English… (lah).

      And a Sarawakian.

      I can speak bloody marvellous genuine “bumiputera” Iban – the blessed language of the original and true sons – and daughters, of the soil. As opposed to some of our other “originals”, the scums of the nightsoil.

      Where I have to be polite, I’ll also say –
      Fcuk Malaya!

      So to cut it short, when you encounter ‘phrases like “we are muslims, Malays first then Malaysians”’ ‘, you can perhaps try “I am your dear old Dad, I am the wan doing a lot of hard work to survive in tough circumstances – but yet scooping dedak into your mouth”.

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