Wednesday, May 16, 2018

LIM GUAN ENG - Injustice to be named Finance Minister and then do a U-turn?

LIM GUAN ENG - Well, Prime Minister Mahathir, a few days ago, announced that he will be the Finance Minister but now, it seems that the new Prime Minister is backtracking - the reason given is that he should first clear his name first of the graft charges...This would be the 'Senior Ministers' - the 4 leaders of the component parties in PH.

PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY - Well, that means that Lim Guan Eng is innocent until he is found guilty and convicted by court. 

Many believe that the charge and trial against Lim Guan Eng was politically motivated...but whether he is guilty or not, it is something that the Malaysian courts will determine in the future. For now, he should be considered innocent and should be made the Finance Minister, in my opinion.

Now, Pakatan Harapan wants Anwar Ibrahim to be the next Prime Minister - but, Anwar has been found guilty and convicted on 2 different occasions by the Malaysian courts for the crimes - So, to say that it is OK for Anwar to be next PM is inconsistent with the position taken with regard to Lim Guan Eng, is it not.

Anwar may be pardoned by the King - but that does not mean that he is 'cleared of the crime'. It is just being 'forgiven' which will mean that he does not wait for a further 5 years before taking office...

Hence, the position taken by Mahathir now about Lim Guan Eng is confusing ...Worse still is the fact the PM announced earlier that Lim Guan Eng will be Finance Minister...What brought about the change now about the appointment of Lim Guan Eng? We have to speculate..

Personally, it will be best for someone who has always been in Opposition - not persons who were formerly in the Cabinets of UMNO-BN to be Ministers. Why? They may still be very much influenced by the way that things were done by UMNO-BN - and this may influence their style of governance...

Hence, the appointment of a former DPM of Najib to the post of Home Minister is of concern too...

LIM GUAN ENG - Despite, the corruption trial, it must be pointed out that he still was successful in PRU14 being elected as MP, and also a DUN. The people trust him - that is what the outcome reveals.

If not Guan Eng, who will be the Finance Minister. Had etnicity, religion or political party membership got anything to do with who gets appointed Minister? Hopefully not, Mahathir must choose purely on capacity, capability and qualification - We need the best Ministers for a good government...and they need not be party leaders..

Lim Guan Eng also done greater injustice because Mahathir came out and told us earlier  the Ministry that Guan Eng and the 3 other leaders will be holding in the Cabinet. He should not have done so and then make a U-turn on Guan Eng a few days later.  

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Cabinet - Not simply by 'quota'/deals but choose by capability/qualification?

Well, the person responsible for picking his team to govern is the Prime Minister. He should pick his best team, and not be influenced by pressure or 'threats' from even the Pakatan Harapan component parties.

GE14 is over - what is happening now is important. People need to highlight things that need to be done to make Malaysia better in terms of justice and rights. If we do not monitor this government, it is all too easy to slip into doing things the UMNO-BN way...sad really, that a lot of the leaders in PKR, Pribumi and even Warisan are not just former UMNO-BN leaders, but who also were part of past UMNO-BN cabinets. Most were ousted or 'forced out' of UMNO - not people who tendered the resignation and left on a matter of principle.

There must be immediate independent investigation on all these people who were part of the UMNO-BN cabinets in the past - Are they really free from corruption? They may have been given 'special treatment'(i.e. not been investigated, not charged, etc...) because of the fact they were part of the UMNO-BN leadership then...

Remember, members of Najib's cabinet would have been in the know ...and may have even endorsed all the actions - So are they GUILTY as well? They may be considered accomplices of crime. It is against the law, to 'hide' crimes..or to not report suspected 'crimes'? 

People want real change...WE HAVE OUR FIRST VICTORY WHEN WE OUSTED THE BN GOVERNMENT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, AND ALSO MANY STATES ...we cannot relax now if we truly want a change for the better.

PM: Lim must clear his name before taking up finance post
PUTRAJAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng can only be officially appointed Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that Lim has merely been named Finance Minis­ter but has yet to take his oath of office.

“Every minister must be someone who is qualified for the position.

“If there is a case against such a person, we cannot appoint him or her,” he told reporters after meeting with ministry secretaries-general to explain the functions and roles of the new government here yesterday.

Dr Mahathir stressed that the rule of law must be followed, and the Government will have to wait until Lim is cleared of charges before he can be made the minister.

Asked who would take charge of the Finance Ministry for now, he said: “I am not taking charge but they report to me.

“We have a panel which will look into the work at the ministry. Some implementations which can be carried out, will be carried out.

“For some, we will need to wait until the minister is appointed.”

Dr Mahathir said while there is no alternative candidate for the post, it is understood that where ministries need to make a decision but the head has not been established, matters will be brought to the Prime Minister.

Lim, 58, is currently facing trial in Penang, charged with using his position as a public officer to gain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in south-west Penang to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

He is also charged with using his position to obtain for himself a plot of land and a bungalow at 25 Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, a price which he allegedly knew was not commensurate with the property’s market value at the time of RM4.27mil.

On a separate matter, Dr Maha­thir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman, said its component parties will submit names to him for consideration as Cabinet ministers, and stressed that he will make the final call on their posts.

He said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail met him last week to submit 10 names, although he had only asked for an initial three.

He said priority will be given to three names on that list to be part of the core Cabinet which will be made up of 10 people including himself.

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu has also sent a letter suggesting three names for ministerial positions, he said.

“Our stand is that the parties will give us the names. I will decide which ministry they will be in charge of.
“Maybe I will meet the party chiefs one more time,” Dr Mahathir said. -= Star, 15/5/2018

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