Sunday, May 13, 2018

Rafizi Ramli Makes an Untimely Fuss

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli (left) had questioned Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s appointments of the top three Cabinet posts – claiming that PKR were not consulted. 

This came after Mahathir yesterday named DAP’s Lim Guan Eng as finance minister, Bersatu’s Muhyiddin Yassin as home minister, and Amanah’s Mohamad Sabu as defence minister. 

After all, Mahathir did say that the seven other ministers would be announced after the four parties in PH submit three names from each party for consideration to the Prime Minister. 

Rafizi should remember that party politics and national politics are two separate things. It is the prime minister’s prerogative to make Cabinet appointments. 

Once Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council had endorsed Mahathir as prime minister – that’s enough for the latter to decide who he wants in the Cabinet. 

I repeat, the PM has the final say on Cabinet posts. 

I am also sure the final Cabinet which he will unveil will be fair to all PH parties – after all, he did mention that unlike UMNO which bulldoze everything in BN, here in PH, the 4 component parties are considered equals. 

Or is Rafizi saying that PKR must have the lion’s share of Cabinet posts? I guess I need to remind him that the rakyat voted for Pakatan Harapan, not PKR. So don't get blardy cocky, okay?!

Please understand the ways of government, Rafizi! Don’t push it!

And just to make sure he knows it, I shall repeat! The victory at GE14 does not belong to any one individual or party. It rightfully belongs to the rakyat. It is People Power that handed the government to PH!

It's good to know that Mahathir had established a Council of Elders comprising of former finance minister Daim Zainuddin, former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas chairperson Hassan Merican, billionaire Robert Kuok and economist Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram. The Council of Elders’ main role will be to advise the government on financial and economic matters in the first 100 days.

Indeed, this is a step in the right direction. These eminent personalities are not politicians, therefore, they can provide a more balanced perspective on important decisions discussed in the Cabinet. 

I am giving Lim Guan Eng (right) a thumbs-up. When responding to a question about being the first Chinese Malaysian to be made finance minister after 44 years, Lim said: “I’m Malaysian, I don’t see myself as Chinese”. 

Well-said, Lim! Let’s all see ourselves as just Malaysians.

My last word on Mahathir! LOL!

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