Mahathir releases list of 114 MPs backing his reappointment as M’sia PM

On the eve of former Johor chief minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s swearing-in ceremony as Malaysia’s eighth Prime Minister, his immediate predecessor Mahathir Mohamad made public a list of 114 Members of Parliament (MPs) who are in support of his reappointment as the nation’s premier.

Dr Mahathir in a statement on Sat (29 Feb) said that he has written a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah — the king of Malaysia and the head of state — explaining the current circumstances as well as the support of the MPs who are backing his appointment as the country’s eighth PM.

“I hope the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong will accept my letter and explanation,” he said.

Notable MPs in the list released by Dr Mahathir include Bagan MP and Democratic Action Party (DAP) chief Lim Guan Eng, Muar MP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, Port Dickson MP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim, and Petaling Jaya MP and Bersih rally organiser Maria Chin Abdullah.

A simple majority of 112 MPs is required for Dr Mahathir to be PM.

Mr Anwar told a press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Sat that the number of MPs in support of Dr Mahathir far outweighed that of his “rival”.

Mr Muhyiddin’s appointment as Prime Minister received royal assent from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong on Sat, which the Istana Negara — or National Palace — said was “in line with Article 40(2)(a) and Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution”.

Article 40(2)(a) provides for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s capacity to act according to his own discretion in appointing a prime minister, while Article 43(2)(a) provides for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s appointment of an MP — who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of MPs — as the prime minister.

Mr Muhyiddin, a former Umno cadre, served as Malaysia’s deputy PM from Apr 2009 to Jul 2015 prior to being dismissed from both his position and the political party for publicly criticising then-PM Najib Razak’s handling of the multi-billion-dollar 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

Following his exit from Umno, Mr Muhyiddin was one of the founding members of the Bersatu party, taking up the role of president alongside Dr Mahathir as the party chairman.

Bersatu’s alliance with other component parties under the Pakatan Harapan banner contributed to the coalition’s victory against the Barisan Nasional — the latter of whom had governed Malaysia for slightly over six decades — in the 14th General Election in May 2018.

While he received praise for speaking out against corruption at the expense of being sacked from his post and Umno then, Mr Muhyiddin’s current appointment as PM has stirred discontent and anger among many members of the public.

Mr Muhyiddin was one of the PH politicians seen attending a political gathering at Sheraton Hotel in Petaling Jaya. Opposition politicians from Umno and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), as well as Azmin Ali’s PKR bloc, were also present at the meeting.

Keywords and hashtags such as “traitor” and “#notmypm” began circulating on social media platforms such as Twitter mere hours after Mr Muhyiddin’s appointment was announced, and two petitions were made to protest what the public has deemed to be “a betrayal of the trust and mandate of the Rakyat given to Pakatan Harapan leaders”.

“This is a selfish action to benefit a few elite groups to usurp the welfare and confidence of the Rakyat for a stable and peaceful Malaysia,” according to Chung Shin Ho, the creator of one of the petitions.

The petition on Change.org — which has garnered over 74,000 signatories as of 1.15 a.m. on Sun (1 Mar) — was endorsed by Mukhriz Mahathir, one of Dr Mahathir’s sons.

Source: Chung Shin Ho / Change.org

Many Malaysians had also stepped outside to gather at Dataran Merdeka in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Sat night, in a show of solidarity against the apparent lack of due democratic process leading up to Mr Muhyiddin’s appointment.

Mr Muhyiddin’s swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10.30 a.m. on Sun morning (1 Mar).

Lawyer and National Human Rights Society (Hakam) chief Lim Wei Jiet told Astro Awani in an interview that it is possible for Dr Mahathir and the MPs supporting him to bring a challenge against the King’s decision to appoint Mr Muhyiddin as PM.

“I believe that any decision can be challenged in a court of law, notwithstanding the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decision … Going to court is an avenue,” he said, adding that Parliament is not the only channel through which the parties involved can seek recourse.

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Four new cases of COVID-19 infection confirmed in Singapore; All new cases linked to Wizlearn Techologies cluster

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced four more cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore that have been confirmed and verified as of 29 February 2020, 12pm. According to MOH, these four new cases are linked to the cluster at Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd.

This brings the total number of infection cases to 102 so far.

About the confirmed cases

Case 99 is a 27 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). He is linked to the cluster at Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd.

He reported onset of symptoms on 21 February. He had sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on 25 February, and Pioneer Polyclinic on 28 February. As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 93, he was referred by MOH to NCID on 28 February and immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 28 February afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at his home at Jurong West Street 81.

Case 100 is a 20 year-old male Malaysian national, who has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. He is linked to the cluster at Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd.

He reported onset of symptoms on 27 February and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 28 February. As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 93, he was referred by MOH to NCID on 28 February and immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 28 February afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at his home at Holland Avenue.

Case 101 is a 61 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 29 February morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH). He is linked to Case 93.

Case 102 is a 41 year-old female Filipino national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder, and has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo. She is Case 101’s foreign domestic worker. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 29 February morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NTFGH.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

To date, a total of 72 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital. Of the 30 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Seven are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases

Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. In addition, all other identified contacts who have a low risk of being infected will be under active surveillance, and will be contacted daily to monitor their health status.

As of 29 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 3,033 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 269 are currently quarantined, and 2,764 have completed their quarantine.

So far, over 85,000 have been infected in China and around the world with a death toll of over 2,900. Infected cases have also spiked in South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran.

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Dr Lee Weiling says “Papa knew what he was signing” in response to allegations that late LKY was rushed to sign final will

Dr Lee Weiling, in a Facebook post on Friday evening, said that her father, late Lee Kuan Yew knew what he was signing and was the one who dictated the timing of the signing process of his final will.

This Facebook comment is likely to be in response to the recent report released by the Disciplinary Tribunal on her sister-in-law, Mrs Lee Suet Fern (LSF), which found her guilty of grossly improper professional conduct in handling the last will of late LKY — Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, via a series of hearings held last year.

In the report, the Tribunal claimed Mrs LSF as a “deceitful witness, who tailored her evidence to portray herself as an innocent victim who had been maligned”.

The Tribunal also took aim at Dr Lee’s younger brother, Mr Lee Hsien Yang (LHY), by stating that his conduct was “equally deceitful.”

“He lied to the public, he lied to the MC, and he lied to us. He tried to hide how he and his wife had misled his own father, Mr Lee, on the Last Will. He had no qualms about making up evidence as he went along. We found him to be cynical about telling the truth.” wrote the Tribunal.

The Tribunal noted that LKY who was 90 at the time, was very frail and in poor health, signed the last will out of trust in Mrs LSF’s words, namely that the content of the last will’s draft was the same as his first will in 2011.

She did not, however, inform Mr LKY that the draft last will included a demolition clause not present in the sixth will, the tribunal highlighted.

The demolition clause — which concerned the demolition of his family home at 38 Oxley Road — were present in Mr LKY’s first four wills. It was later removed from his fifth and sixth wills.

The tribunal added that Mrs Lee did not seek to confirm if Mr LKY wanted certain other changes to be made — by carefully going through the provisions in the draft of the last will — in the first place.

LKY always been the man in charge;

In contrast to the report findings by the Tribunal, Dr Lee wrote that her father, ” always been the man in charge, including for his final Will and Codicil.”

“Hsien Loong and his AG [Attorney General] have suggested the process was rushed by my brother and/or his wife. But it was my father who dictated the timing” wrote Dr Lee and quoted her father saying, “OK. Do not wait for Kim Li. Engross and I will sign it before a solicitor in Fern’s office, or from any other office”

The hearing by the Disciplinary Tribunal was brought about last year when Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) referred Mrs LSF to the Law Society for a possible professional misconduct case.

The AGC stated that Mrs LSF had prepared the last will of Mr LKY and had arranged for Mr LHY to execute it despite her husband being one beneficiaries. The last will resulted in Mr LHY’s share in the late Mr Lee’s estate being increased.

On its referral of the case to the Law Society, the AGC said: “(Mrs) Lee’s conduct appears prima facie to be in breach of Rules 25 and 46 of the Professional Conduct Rules.”

Dr Lee claims in her Facebook post that her father had told her, himself that he wanted to revert to his 2011 will and was merely wanting a witness.

“He wanted very prompt follow up and was indifferent where the lawyer came from.” wrote Dr Lee.

Dr Lee referred to her brother, Lee Hsien Loong’s oath — in a statutory declaration — stating that “There is no evidence Mr Lee Kuan Yew even knew the demolition clause was re-inserted in the last will.”

“There was incontrovertible evidence.” remarked Dr Lee on this.

Mr LHL who is the current Singapore Prime Minister, said in his statutory declaration that Mr Lee Kuan Yew had given instructions to remove the demolition clause — and it was removed from the two preceding wills — but it “somehow found its way back into the Last Will”.

Dr Lee went on to highlighted how her father read every page, initialed on each page including below the demolition clause on both copies of the will and another time two weeks later. It was said that LKY then drafted and executed a codicil to the will which referenced the will.

“Papa knew what he was signing, and any suggestion otherwise beggars belief.” wrote Dr Lee.

In an earlier post by Mr LHY this Wednesday, he wrote that Mr LHL and the Attorney General, Lucien Wong had alleged that he engineered, with his wife’s help, his father’s final will “final will which gave his children equal shares in order to get a larger share of his Estate”.

He stated that he and his wife played no part in his decision to revert to equal shares. Noting that Mr LHL benefitted equally from this change and the final will got his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling’s right to live at Oxley Road reinstated — “something that she wanted badly”.

He further went on to state that his father and sister, along with himself were led to believe that the house had been gazetted and could therefore not be demolished.

“In 2013, LKY came to a view that the house would be “degazetted” and therefore discussed degazetting with his lawyer, KKL. If it were degazetted, his unwavering wish for the house to be demolished might be realisable. This wish, as everyone knows, mattered greatly to him and my mother.” wrote Mr LHY.

He also noted that no one complained after the signing of the will before LKY died, stating that the probate of the Will was obtained in 2015 on the urging of Mr LHL and his then-personal lawyer, Lucien Wong.

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BBVA Online Checking $250 Bonus – Experience the Future of Online Checking

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Learn more about the BBVA Online Checking account below.

If you want more than a typical checking account, then you should consider the BBVA Online Checking account.

With the BBVA Online Checking, you’ll have access to secure access to transactions, bill pay and a host of other options from your computer or smartphone. You’ll also have access to your cash from over 64,000 AllPoint and BBVA ATMs with no ATM withdrawal fee.

Bank with BBVA and you could earn a total offer value of $250. Open Online Checking by 2/28/20 and receive a qualifying deposit to get $200. Add savings and get a total bonus of $250. To qualify for the $250 bonus must have at least one electronic direct deposit of your paycheck of at least $500 by 4/30/2020.

Take advantage of the benefits by opening your new Checking account with only a minimum opening deposit of $25.

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BBVA Online Checking Information

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  • Account Type: Online Checking
  • Availability: Online account available nationwide except for AK and HI
  • Opening Deposit: $25
  • Credit Card Funding: Yes, up to $500 (No Amex or Mastercard allowed & no credit card funding in branch)
  • Direct Deposit Requirement: No
  • Monthly Fee: There are no monthly fees.
  • Additional Requirements: None.
  • Closing Account Fee: $25 if account closed within 180 days.

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Bank with BBVA and you could earn a total offer value of $250. Offer valid through 2/28/2020

How to qualify for the $200 Checking Bonus:

  • Open a new qualifying Checking Account January 31 – February 28, 2020. Eligible accounts include BBVA Online Checking and BBVA Easy Checking (Easy Checking available in AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM, and TX only). Account must be opened online by clicking either the “Open Checking Now” or “Open Bundle Now” button above.
  • By April 30, 2020 at least one (1) electronic Direct Deposit of your paycheck, pension or government benefits (such as Social Security) from your employer or the government in the amount of at least $500 must post to the new checking account. Qualifying electronic Direct Deposits do not include tax refund credits from the government, payments received into your account from payment apps such as PayPal, Venmo and other similar payment service providers. You must be a new BBVA consumer checking customer who has not had a BBVA consumer checking account open within the last 12 months or closed due to negative balance to be eligible for the bonus.

How to Qualify for the Additional $50 Savings Bonus:

  • You must first meet stipulations for the $200 Checking Bonus to be eligible for the $50 Savings Bonus. Open a new BBVA Online Savings account from January 31 – February 28, 2020. The savings account must be opened at the same time as the checking account through this landing page using the “Open Bundle Now Button”.
  • The savings account balance must be $500 or more on April 30, 2020. The BBVA savings account holder must be an account holder on the new BBVA consumer checking account. You must be a new BBVA savings customer who has not had a BBVA consumer savings account in the past 12 months or closed due to negative balance.
  • Apply with only $25 opening deposit
  • No monthly Service Charge
  • You could save $100 a year
  • Complimentary Online Banking and Mobile Banking, Bill Pay and Online Statements
  • No ATM withdrawal fees at any BBVA USA, Allpoint(R), or qualifying 7-Eleven ATMs
  • BBVA USA, Member FDIC

There is no monthly service charge associated with the BBVA Online Checking account.

  • Checking and Savings accounts are subject to approval which may include credit approval. $25 minimum opening deposit required.
  • The cash bonus(es) will be deposited into the new checking account within 90 days of meeting the bonus requirements described above. Accounts must be open and in good standing with a balance greater than or equal to $0.00 at the time of payment in order to receive the new account bonus(es).
  • We reserve the right to deduct the bonus amount if the account is closed within 12 months of opening. BBVA Employees are eligible for each bonus. Workplace Solutions / BBVA For Your Cause clients are eligible for this offer.
  • These bonuses are not combinable with other BBVA Direct Deposit or Savings Account cash bonus promotions, and you may not have received a Direct Deposit or Savings Account Bonus in the past 24 months. Offer subject to change at any time without notice. BBVA may report the value of the bonus to the IRS as required by law.
  • Any client whose tax status would require BBVA to impose tax withholding of any sort will not be eligible for this bonus.

How To Open BBVA Online Checking

  1. Anyone can open a BBVA Online Checking account online.
  2. Before opening your account online, you will need the following:
    • Personal Information (Social Security Number, Date-of-Birth, etc.)
    • Driver’s License, State Issued-ID, or Passport
    • Minimum $25 opening deposit from one of the following:
    • Debit or Credit Card
    • Other Bank Account (account and routing number)
    • Transfer from an existing BBVA account
  3. Fill out the application form with your personal information and agree to the terms of the account.
  4. Use an existing bank account or your credit/debit card to fund your new account.
  5. Review the application and confirm.

How to Avoid Monthly Fees

BBVA Online Checking: There are no monthly fees.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a high quality account with convenient features such as online access, then you should sign up for the Online Checking account. Once you sign up, you can easily manage your account through online banking, mobile banking, and unlimited in-branch banking.

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