Syed Husin: Is Dr M steering nation towards 'kleptocratic cronyism'?
Saturday, October 05, 2019
Anonymous : He used Anwar to counter Tunku Razaleigh and PAS, then later threw Anwar in jail after Razaleigh was defeated and PAS confined to Kelantan.
Then he brought in soft Badawi and expected Badawi to be led by the nose. But Badawi had Khairy and the 4th floor boys and he was mad. Then he replaced Badawi with Najib, hoping that this idiot should be easier to manipulate. It was worse because Najib had Rosmah and Jho Low by his side.
Now, he can sing "My Way" again. He will be remembered as the biggest and longest punishment that has befallen on any country. What wrong has Malaysians done to deserve this severe punishment? And what has Malaysians not done to overcome such a prolong punishment? I thought we had voted for REFORMASI of the country!
Malaysiakini : PKR founding member Syed Husin Ali believes that prime minister Dr
Mahathir Mohamad has reverted to authoritarianism and expressed serious
concern over the future direction of the nation. After Pakatan Harapan claiming that it had rescued the people from a
kleptocratic government in the last general election, the veteran leader
warned that Malaysia could now head towards "kleptocratic cronyism" instead.
"Many companies and projects have been handed to his cronies, especially
(Council of Eminent Persons chairperson) Daim Zainuddin, (business tycoon) Syed Mokhtar Albukhary as well as his children," he added. "We have had kleptocracy. Are we now going to develop into kleptocratic cronyism? I hope not," he said.
were raised when the Harapan government shifted government-linked
companies (GLCs), including Khazanah Nasional, from the Finance Ministry
to the Prime Minister's Department, whereas Petronas and Permodalan
Nasional Bhd (PNB) fell under Economic Affairs Ministry. This move allowed Mahathir to control Khazanah, the government's top investment arm.
In January 2019, Universiti Malaya's Terence Gomez expressed concern that the government was reinstating patronage. He
also criticised the creation of the state-run Chief Minister
Incorporated (CMI) or Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) for giving
politicians near-absolute control over the distribution of resources in their respective states. "His authoritarian ways are seen particularly in his recent behaviour where he made decisions on his own," he noted.
cited how five Bersatu senators were appointed several months ago
despite Mahathir agreeing to allocate only two senatorships for his
party during the Harapan presidential council meeting. When Mahathir recently said he would remain in office for a maximum of three years and remarked that he could not guarantee his successor would manage the nation well, Syed Husin issued a hard-hitting statement.
Reiterating his call for Mahathir to step down during the Malaysiakini interview, Syed Husin said the Tanjung Piai by-election in Johor on Nov 16 could serve as a referendum on his leadership to a certain extent. Syed Husin said Mahathir might want to remain as prime minister until May 2021 or even serve the full five-year term.