Day: March 1, 2020

Mahathir seeks Parliament vote as new Malaysian PM sworn-in

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad called Sunday for an urgent Parliament sitting to contest the appointment of a former ally as the country’s next prime minister under a new Malay-majority coalition that could further split the nation following the collapse of his multiracial reformist alliance.

Muhyiddin Yassin, a seasoned politician who once famously quipped that he is Malay first and Malaysian second, was sworn in at the palace Sunday after getting the support of several opposition parties, including the corruption-tainted United Malays National Organization, which was ousted by Mahathir’s Alliance of Hope in a historic vote in 2018.

Muhyiddin, 72, pulled his Bersatu party out of the alliance on Monday, triggering its collapse.

Mahathir resigned as prime minister in protest of the plan that would bring UMNO back to power. After a week of political turmoil, the king Saturday said he believed Muhyiddin had the majority support of lawmakers and named him the new leader.

But Mahathir’s camp has contested that assertion, saying the 94-year-old two time prime minister has the backing of 114 lawmakers to return as premier for a third time, surpassing the 112 votes needed for a simple majority.

Mahathir said Sunday that the palace has refused to hear him out. He called for an urgent sitting of the lower house of Parliament to test Muhyiddin’s claim of majority support, warning that if this was delayed, his supporters could be induced to support the government of the day.

“People on our side may be offered to be ministers. They may be offered other things,” he said.

“We feel we have 114 but after the actions taken by these very rich and very powerful people, we may not have the 114,” he said. “So the test of the pudding is in the eating; hold the Parliament sitting now.”

The house is only due to resume March 9.

Mahathir said he felt betrayed by Muhyiddin’s move and warned that UMNO leaders including ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is facing trial for corruption charges, may get off the hook.

“The court may find it embarrassing to take action against the government. We have seen this happen before during Najib’s time when he was able to manipulate the court, change the charges and to a certain extent, influence the decision of the court. I believe if the new government is installed now with Najib in it, this is what is going to happen,” he said.

Attorney General Tommy Thomas, who oversaw a slew of graft charges against Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor and several UMNO leaders after his appointment by Mahathir, has quit. An official from the attorney-general’s office chambers said Thomas tendered his resignation Friday evening and that an an official announcement will be issued next week. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Multiple local media outlets have reported in recent days that Attorney General Tommy Thomas, who oversaw a slew of graft charges against Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor and several UMNO leaders after his appointment by Mahathir, has resigned. There has yet to be an official announcement and officials from the attorney general’s office could not be reached for comment.

Muhyiddin and Mahathir were former members of UMNO who formed Bersatu in 2016 amid anger over a massive graft scandal involving the 1MDB state investment fund.

Muhyiddin is a longtime politician who served in various ministries during Mahathir’s first stint as premier for 22 years until 2003. He was appointed as deputy prime minister when Najib took power in 2009 but sacked in 2015 after he criticized Najib’s handling of the 1MDB scandal.

Bersatu teamed up with the Alliance of Hope with a pact that Mahathir would eventually hand over power to former rival Anwar Ibrahim. Muhyiddin was the former home minister under the short-lived alliance but only took up the post months later following treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Muhyiddin’s new government, dubbed the National Alliance, has stoked fears of increasing Islamization as it will bring to power a fundamentalist Islamic party with strong rural support that espouses strict Islamic laws. Ethnic Malays account for 60% of Malaysia’s 32 million people, which includes sizable minorities of ethnic Chinese and Indians.

Eileen Ng, The Associated Press

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Outspoken social conservative Richard Decarie rejected from Tory leadership race

Richard Decarie, a social conservative whose views have been condemned by some senior Conservatives, has been barred from running in the party’s leadership race.

Decarie, who believes being LGBTQ is a choice and the government should defund abortion, had submitted the required application, fee and nomination signatures to run in the contest by Thursday’s deadline.

He was also interviewed by the party, as per the rules.

Party spokesman Cory Hann said he can’t say specifically why Decarie wasn’t allowed to run, as the process is confidential.

Brad Trost, a former leadership candidate himself who had been helping Decarie’s campaign, said they were blindsided by the news and had no immediate comment.

Decarie later said on Twitter that he had support from thousands of party members and the unelected Leadership Election Organizing Committee has disallowed his candidacy.

“No reasons were provided to me by the committee,” he wrote Saturday afternoon. “It seems my candidacy was viewed as a threat to the establishment of the CPC and to the kind of leader THEY want to select.”

Decarie noted he was the only candidate who took a strong position in support of traditional marriage and who proposed to defund abortion federally as health care.

“True Blue Conservatives, including those with traditional values, are a major force within our party,” he said. “They are a force with or without my candidacy in this leadership contest.

“I continue to work with all True Blue conservatives who support and take action in the conservative movement, and within the CPC regardless of how uncomfortable this makes the unelected Red Tory elite.”

The news that Decarie had been barred came via a list released Saturday by the party naming the eight official candidates now in the race, with Decarie’s name absent.

Seven other candidates now have until March 25 to meet the remaining criteria to be eligible to run; one, Peter MacKay, has already submitted the full $300,000 and 3,000 signatures.

Conservative party members will elect a new leader on June 27.

Many Conservatives had called for Decarie to be barred from the race following comments he made to CTV’s Power Play in January.

They included his belief that LGBTQ is a Liberal term, and governments should work to uphold and restore “traditional values.”

Some of his opponents, including MacKay, Erin O’Toole and Marilyn Gladu, condemned his remarks as did current MPs, party strategists and former staff.

He later apologized if he’d offended people but stood by his beliefs.

In addition to the fees, signatures, application and interview, there are only two other requirements for candidates: that they’ve been a member of the party for at least six months before applying, and that they support the founding principles of the party.

But the leadership race rules also say a candidate can be barred for any reason, and the decision can’t be appealed.

While Decarie made it clear he was running to espouse “traditional” views, there are others still in the race occupying a similar place on the conservative political spectrum.

Current MP Derek Sloan, in the wake of Decarie’s early remarks, said he believed the science was not clear on whether being LGBTQ was a choice. He’s also said he’d encourage MPs to bring forward bills to regulate abortion.

Leslyn Lewis, a Toronto lawyer, is also running with the support of social conservatives.

On Saturday, she tweeted that history suggests the party wins when they have strong social policy that values and protects the vulnerable.

“While columnists may adopt the cliche position of ‘Conservatives can’t win with social conservatives’ I believe our party members know better,” she wrote.

Candidates’ positions on abortion and same-sex marriage have been early issues in the leadership race due to the role they played during the last federal election.

Current party leader Andrew Scheer’s own opposition to abortion and refusal to march in gay pride parades became a liability for the party during the campaign and in the weeks after, contributing to the pressure placed on him to step aside.

He did so in mid-December, setting in motion the current leadership contest.

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Richard Decarie Barred From Tory Leadership Race After Claiming Being Gay Is A ‘Choice’

Richard Décarie, a former Conservative party staffer looking to run for the party's leadership, is shown in an image from Twitter.

OTTAWA — Richard Decarie, a social conservative whose views have been condemned by some senior Conservatives, has been barred from running in the party’s leadership race.

Decarie, who believes being LGBTQ is a choice and the government should defund abortion, had submitted the required application, fee and nomination signatures to run in the contest by Thursday’s deadline.

He was also interviewed by the party, as per the rules.

Party spokesman Cory Hann said he can’t say specifically why Decarie wasn’t allowed to run, as the process is confidential.

Brad Trost, a former leadership candidate himself who had been helping Decarie’s campaign, said they were blindsided by the news and had no immediate comment.

It came via a list released Saturday by the party naming the eight official candidates now in the race, with Decarie’s name absent.

Seven of them now have until March 25 to meet the remaining criteria to be eligible to run; one, Peter MacKay, has already submitted the full $300,000 and 3,000 signatures.

Conservative party members will elect a new leader on June 27.

Many Conservatives had called for Decarie to be barred from the race following comments he made to CTV’s Power Play in January.

They included his belief that LGBTQ is a Liberal term, and governments should work to uphold and restore “traditional values.”

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Some of his opponents, including MacKay, Erin O’Toole and Marilyn Gladu, condemned his remarks as did current MPs, party strategists and former staff.

He later apologized if he’d offended people but stood by his beliefs.

In addition to the fees, signatures, application and interview, there are only two other requirements for candidates: that they’ve been a member of the party for at least six months before applying, and that they support the founding principles of the party.

But the leadership race rules also say a candidate can be barred for any reason, and the decision can’t be appealed.

While Decarie made it clear he was running to espouse “traditional” views, there are others still in the race occupying a similar place on the conservative political spectrum.

Other social conservatives make cut

Current MP Derek Sloan, in the wake of Decarie’s early remarks, said he believed the science was not clear on whether being LGBTQ was a choice. He’s also said he’d encourage MPs to bring forward bills to regulate abortion.

Leslyn Lewis, a Toronto lawyer, is also running with the support of social conservatives.

On Saturday, she tweeted that history suggests the party wins when they have strong social policy that values and protects the vulnerable.

“While columnists may adopt the cliche position of ‘Conservatives can’t win with social conservatives’ I believe our party members know better,” she wrote.

Candidates’ positions on abortion and same-sex marriage have been early issues in the leadership race due to the role they played during the last federal election.

Current party leader Andrew Scheer’s own opposition to abortion and refusal to march in gay pride parades became a liability for the party during the campaign and in the weeks after, contributing to the pressure placed on him to step aside.

He did so in mid-December, setting in motion the current leadership contest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 29, 2020.

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