The PH dilemma – Mahathir or Anwar? | Free Malaysia Today

Jan 26, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) ability to act as a united front is now in question, as some of its leaders may try to work with Umno while others support Dr Mahathir Mohamad, leaving Anwar Ibrahim in a limbo, according to analysts and party insider.

A PH insider said PKR leader Anwar can only unite the opposition if Mahathir steps down from politics.

He said that, at present, some DAP leaders want to work with Mahathir while others back Anwar.

Due to that, he said there was a movement to remove the two Lims – DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and his son Guan Eng – from the top positions.

“They want new blood to lead the party and work with Anwar while the Lims can be advisers to the party,” he said.

The leader added that just as there was a split in DAP, the leaders of Amanah were also torn between Anwar and Mahathir.

The Pakatan Harapan coalition is made up of PKR, DAP and Amanah.

Anwar needs to get his priorities right

Political analyst Kartini Aboo Talib of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia said there was a split in almost all the opposition parties.

She said DAP was still unable to “tango” with the Malay voters, adding that even though the party’s membership was open to all, they were still unable to woo the Malay voters whether in urban or rural areas.

Due to that, she said the party veterans should allow younger leaders with a more multiracial approach to lead the party.

“DAP needs more vibrant, fresh leadership to rejuvenate and to reconnect with all (races),” she told FMT, adding that the refusal by some party leaders to step down could be causing the split in the party.

The same also goes with Anwar, she said, adding that he needed to prepare younger leaders to take over PKR as a means of attracting a younger crowd and to rejuvenate the party.

Political analyst Kenneth Cheng said there was no alternative candidate at the moment as Anwar was the opposition leader.

Anwar, he said, needed to focus on issues affecting the rakyat and voice out against any injustice and the impact of the weakening economy, as the rakyat worry about jobs and stability.

He said the Port Dickson MP needed to ensure that the opposition front was united to gain the respect and trust of the rakyat.

“Under the emergency, there is no Parliament, so opposition MPs need to go back to their constituents and win their hearts.

“Everyone is so sick of politics,” he said, referring to the months of infighting between PPBM and Umno that started barely four months after they got together to take over Putrajaya from Pakatan Harapan in March 2020.

Cheng, who is a member of Agora Society, a loose network of intellectuals, advised Anwar not to rush to work with Umno as an election may be held after the emergency ends in August.

“Look at the way Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was pressured to invoke the emergency, he is pressured by Umno rebels (who do not want to cooperate with Muhyiddin),” he said.

Even if Anwar joins hands with Umno now, Cheng said Parliament would automatically dissolve in two years. Due to that, he said, it is better to champion the rights of the rakyat now and make the opposition pact stronger.

“I really don’t see the merits of retaking the government now,” he added.

Sociopolitical analyst Awang Azman Pawi said the ongoing emergency and movement control order will cause the economy to slow down.

This, he said, gives Anwar space to create alternative policies to ensure the rakyat are not at the receiving end of one-sided policies.

“He can be the check and balance as there are no parliamentary sittings,” he said.

However, Awang Azman said it would be impossible for PH to be a united front unless Mahathir moves aside.

“If Mahathir still wants to be the prime minister for a third time, there could be a split in the opposition as Anwar is the opposition leader,” he added.

Unrepentant teen with a long list of offences is why some parents shouldn't breed

Nov 25, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Ralph Wee Yi Kai, a 19-year-old Singaporean man, has pleaded guilty to eight charges on Nov. 25 during his plead guilty mention before District Judge May Mesenas.

The charges include consuming weed, causing unnecessary suffering to a frog, possessing imitation tobacco products, trespassing into the rhinoceros enclosure at the Singapore Zoo, and committing mischief by damaging property, reported CNA.

Another six charges will be considered during his sentencing.

Probation is "not realistic"

Wee pleaded guilty via video link from his place in remand, where he has been since Nov. 6.

The prosecution strongly objected to a probation suitability report, noting that Wee is "beyond the control of his parents, which renders probation unsuitable", according to CNA.

The prosecution asserted that probation "is not realistic" for Wee, based on his repeated offences and conduct in court.

They cited his "blatant disregard for rules", and urged for a reformative training suitability report instead.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Melissa Lee said Wee "has a tendency to abuse drugs and alcohol", which caused him to behave aggressively towards his parents.

He also "posed a risk" to them, which led him to be admitted to the Institute of Mental Health.

"Never expected it to come to this"

Wee's defence lawyer Shashi Nathan requested for the addition of a probation suitability report, according to CNA.

Shashi maintains that his family is able to supervise Wee, and added that his client "comes from a good family" who are "able to look after him".

He said that Wee was undergoing "a severe emotional crisis" when he committed his offences, and shared that the case has also affected Wee's family, especially after their home address was released to the press.

"While Ralph understands that what he did was wrong, he never expected it to come to this," said Shashi.

Difference between probation and reformative training

Wee was ordered to go though both assessments for a probation suitability report and a reformative training report, reported Yahoo News.

Offenders who undergo probation will not have a criminal record, while reformative training, which provides a more structured environment, results in a criminal record.

What Wee's lawyer said

Wee's lawyer said his client acted out after breaking up with his girlfriend, 18, who was the one who filmed the video of Wee backflipping in the zoo.

The defence lawyer, Shashi, said Wee spiralled into an emotional crisis as a result of his break-up.

Wee is homeschooled.

The court was told Wee saw a video of a man riding a giraffe and decided to make a video in the rhino enclosure, Yahoo News reported.

The ex-girlfriend had filmed the act and posted it on her private Snapchat account.

Wee posted it on his public TikTok account and a police report was made by a zoo personnel within the same day.

Wee removed the video when he was told to do so by the police, but reposted it on Dec. 18, before being told to remove it again, claiming he thought the video had been made private when he reposted it.

Wee had also included a link in his Instagram account biography to directed to a page selling t-shirts with the words "rhino ralph".

But he denied creating the merchandise profile.

He later removed the link.

Wee will return to court on Dec. 20 for his sentencing.

Timeline of events with updated details

Oct. 9, 2020, 2:40am: Allegedly committed an act of vandalism by hitting an information panel at a bus stop in Sixth Avenue, off Bukit Timah Road, causing S$900 in damage.

Allegedly caused damage to two cars -- S$2,800 to a Mercedes-Benz and more than S$1,600 to a BMW -- in nearby Sixth Crescent.

A taxi driver passing by reported him to the police, as Wee was standing in the middle of the road with a beer bottle in hand.

Dec. 16, 2020: Wee was placed on compulsory supervision for 60 months from Dec. 16. He was required to present himself for urine tests on each Tuesday and Thursday, but failed to turn up on four occasions.

He was placed on e-tagging during this period of time, after having been charged for his earlier offences.

He had to stay at home from 10pm to 6am as part of his bail conditions.

Dec. 17, 2020, 2.40pm: Accused of trespassing into the rhinoceros enclosure and taking a video.

Dec. 18, 2020: Reposted zoo video, despite taking it down earlier after being told to do so by the police. Told to remove video again.

Dec. 24, 2020: Accused of abusing a frog, which subsequently died, by hitting a ball against it on a foosball table, causing "unnecessary pain and suffering".

The incident allegedly took place at a Sentosa Cove property.

July 2021: First hauled to court and charged with two counts of mischief, as well as one count each of vandalism and criminal trespass.

Bail was then set at S$15,000.

Aug. 6, 2021: Allegedly consumed cannabis while out on bail. Arrested at his residence and two urine samples obtained tested positive for weed. S$15,000 bail revoked.

Sep. 14, 2021: Allegedly possessed an e-vaporiser and six e-cigarette pods at a ward in the Institute of Mental Health.

Three police officers showed up at IMH, where Wee was warded, to arrest him for failing to attend court.

He was admitted to IMH due to his drug and alcohol abuse, as had acted aggressively towards his parents when they demanded the drugs from him.

He was warded in IMH due to the risk he posed to his parents.

Oct. 13, 2021: Charged with one count of drug consumption while still in remand.

Bail raised to S$20,000 and Wee was released.

While out on second bail, Wee committed a string of offences, including cutting his electronic tag, according to ST, as well as not reporting for his urine tests on a few occasions, CNA reported.

The prosecution has called for an urgent bail review hearing to have Wee's second bail revoked for the alleged fresh offences.

Oct. 26, 2021: Allegedly cut a S$100 GPS ankle tag at an address on Leedon Road at about 12:10am.

Prior to this act, Wee was upset at his father, who had asked Wee to sleep early since he had to report for his urine test in the morning.

After arguing with his father, Wee decided to leave the house, and used pliers to cut off his e-tag before cycling to his friend’s house.

Upon discovering that Wee was missing, his father called the police.

The e-tag, worth S$100, was damaged and could no longer be used.

It was found in Wee’s house.

Oct. 28, 2021: Allegedly possessed an e-cigarette pod at the Leedon Road address.

Nov. 5, 2021: Warrant of arrest issued, as Wee could not wake up to attend court.

Nov. 6, 2021: Wee arrested.

Nov. 12, 2021: Slapped with four additional charges.

Nov. 25, 2021: Pleaded guilty to consuming weed, causing unnecessary suffering to a frog, possessing imitation tobacco products, trespassing into a rhino enclosure, and committing mischief by damaging property belonging to others.

Ordered to go though assessments for a probation suitability report and a reformative training report.