NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS theSun ONMONDAY | AUGUST 20, 2018
NewMalaysia : 100days andbeyond
PETALING JAYA: Last Friday marked 100 days since theMay 9 general electionwhen TunDr MahathirMohamad’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition booted out
the BarisanNasional (BN) government that had been in power for more than six decades. While detractors claimed PH failed to deliver on the promises in
its manifesto, Malaysians see success in the new federal government. The people felt PH’s promise of a newMalaysia is being delivered
and is of far greater significance than the delivery of its manifesto, which is deemed as populist in parts. Its commitment to institutional
reformand fixing the economy stood out as the government embarked on a clean-up process and checking the primeminister’s power.
Here are a list of events in the first 100 days of the PH federal government.
Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) is formed as government’s advisory board. Lim Guan Eng, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Mohamad Sabu are named for three top Cabinet posts.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are barred from leaving the country. Najib resigns as Umno and Barisan Nasional chief. X X
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as seventh primeminister, becomingworld’s oldest elected state leader at 92. X
Attorney-general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali goes on unrecorded leave, duties taken over by solicitor-general. MACC chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad resigns. Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah’s contract shortened, transferred to Public Service Department. Mahathir says political appointments in government-linked companies will be reviewed. X X X X
AuditDepartment declassifies its 1MDB report. CEP sets up committee on institutional reforms consisting of retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk K.C.
Mahathir instructs Inland
Revenue Board to return taxes
Vohrah, retired Court of Appeal judge and Suhakam commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai, National Patriots Association president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji, University Malaya Professor of Law Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Hakam president and former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan. Apandi Ali, Irwan Serigar, Dzulkifli and former IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar barred from leaving country.
Mahathir appoints himself as education minister, and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Women, Family and Community Development minister. Search at Najib’s house continues. Special task force formed to investigate 1MDB scandal as well as to prosecute wrongdoers and retrieve related assets. X X X
MAY 21 MAY 22 MAY 28
Najib questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquaters. X
Mahathir postpones KL- Singapore HSR project citing enormous cost of construction.
Pakatan Harapan de facto leader and former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim released from prison after being pardoned by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Police search Najib’s house and
Registrar of Societies approves Pakatan Harapan’s registration. Ministries instructed to cease use of 1Malaysia logo. Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia 2.0 (KR1M) programme ceased. X X X
seize handbags and clothes. Government announces GST will be zero-rated effective June 1. Mahathir to sack 17,000 political appointees from civil service. X X
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