Issue 29 – Used cabinet but looks brand new



Apa khabar? It’s December already. If you lived your life as fast-paced as we did this year, it’s high time you take a step back and reflect on things. General things, like we did. Here are some questions that came up while reflecting:

When exactly did McDonald’s stop their milkshakes and why can’t they just melt their ice cream and serve us? Did anybody go check up on Hishammuddin? He hasn’t tweeted since Nov 24. How many marketing people were in the room deciding the latest Pepsi Ad; mixing milk and Pepsi and to later name it Pilk? Perhaps it’s wise not to reflect.

Niresh Kaur, Shambavi Shankar

What’s the tea in Malaysia

sipping tea
Source: Tenor

Time’s up, have you cleaned up?

We want to remind you that 3 December 2022 was the last day for post-election cleanup. So, if you notice any election campaign posters, make a scene out of it and report it. 

Section 24B(8) of the Election Offences Act 1954, states that the election campaign materials should be removed within fourteen days after polling day. Failure of this will result in having their deposits forfeited.

BRB, we’re about to go on a bicycle patrol to see if we can find dirt.

Source: Tenor
Assembling the New Cabinet in Malaysia

This week, we were introduced to Malaysia’s cabinet line-up. 

Source: Tenor

The Cabinet is led by the PM and referring to Article 43 of the Federal Constitution, the members of the Cabinet can only be selected from members of either house of Parliament (Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara).

And kids, that is how Tengku Zafrul got his shortcut into the Parliament.

If you had been a tad bit curious about the inconsistencies in the number of ministers added this time (28 ministers to be exact) compared to our previous line-up (32 ministers); you’ve guessed it right. Our law does not care about the number of ministers as long as they get the job done. 

The Federal Constitution does not specify the number of members in the cabinet. Flashback to 1957, we had less than 20 ministers getting the Parliament up and running. 

Additional note: If you are wondering how many seats each political party has in the latest cabinet, here you go:
PH – 15 seats, BN – 6 seats, GPS – 5 seats & GRS – 1 seat
Law reforms coming soon in Malaysia!

Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, our newly appointed Minister of Law and Institutional Reform, said some of our laws are outdated and need a total revamp. Umm, well yes.

Source: Tenor

Things she mentioned that required amendments were:
– separation of powers of the Attorney-General and the Public Prosecutor
– citizenship status of children born overseas to Malaysian mothers 
– reinstate rights to the vulnerable, marginalised, and those who are not treated equally (a bit too general but you get the point)

We are counting on some good changes next year and we’ll reserve our compliments till they walk the talk.
Kepoh sikit: tea from overseas

So these things happened, and we are gobsmacked (in a good and bad way depending on the stories below):

In Indonesia, the Parliament plans to pass a new criminal code that penalises sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to 1 year in prison in line with Indonesian values. Remember guys, this is also in line with the ‘Bali curse’.

Look it up. 😉

A man was fired for not keeping up with the company’s (Cubik Partners) values; i.e. drinking and apparently being no fun. On the 9th of November, the French Court ruled in favour of Mr. T that it was okay to not be fun in the office.

Stay boring, peeps!

Source: Tenor

Word of the week

Cabinet collective responsibility

In Malaysia, this falls under Article 43 of the Federal Constitution

Section 3: The Cabinet shall be collectively responsible to Parliament

This means Ministers are to accept and be bound by the decisions made collectively in the Parliament even though he or she personally doesn’t agree with them. In short, this is your Parliament bro code. 

Source: Tenor
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