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What's in the govt-Harapan deal?
Published:  Sep 13, 2021 10:16 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2021 12:25 AM

Good morning, here's what you need to know today.

Key Highlights

  • What's in the govt-Harapan deal?

  • Friction in opposition

  • Sexist citizenship rule

What's in the govt-Harapan deal?

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's government has
formally inked a confidence and supply (CSA) deal with Pakatan Harapan.

Under the deal, Harapan will not obstruct the government on critical votes in Parliament that could have an implication on its survival, such as the Budget.

In exchange, the government will implement a number of policies and reforms sought by the opposition.

There are fixed timelines and the implementation will be overseen by a bipartisan steering committee.

They include an RM45 billion fiscal injection for the Covid-19 battle, parliamentary reforms, anti-hopping law, implementation of Undi18 and automatic voter registration as well as a term limit for the prime minister.

Check out Malaysiakini's detailed breakdown of the
agreement here.

The bipartisan effort
received praised from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, who officiated the first ordinary Parliament meeting of the year.


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Friction in opposition

The CSA deal, however, has created friction between Harapan and other opposition parties.

A Pejuang leader accused Harapan of only seeking out other opposition parties when it needed help to push its leader Anwar Ibrahim as a prime ministerial candidate but
abandoned them when they were no longer needed.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke
denied sidelining other opposition parties, pointing out that Harapan had briefed Pejuang president Mukhriz Mahathir on the deal and also invited Warisan, but it did not turn up.

However, Warisan said its issue was that Harapan only wanted to involve them when negotiations were
about to conclude.

The Sabah-based party said if Harapan was sincere, it should have involved other opposition parties from the beginning, during the negotiations with the government.

Both Warisan and Pejuang have snubbed the deal.


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Sexist citizenship rule

Putrajaya's attempt to reverse the decision of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur that struck out a discriminatory provision granting automatic citizenship to overseas-born children if the father is Malaysian but not if the mother is Malaysian has raised eyebrows.

This is because the landmark ruling had found strong support within the government, including from at least three ministers who publicly lauded the decision.

Some had even specifically urged the Home Ministry to
implement the court ruling instead of fighting it.

Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin, however, does not appear to agree as the Attorney-General's Chambers was
instructed to appeal.

It is unclear if Hamzah brought the matter to the cabinet for a decision, although it falls within his jurisdiction to decide.


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A daily glance at Covid-19

  • 16,073 new cases yesterday (Sept 13), the lowest since Aug 2. 

  • Death statistics are no longer announced together with new cases. Instead, the statistics are updated in the government's public database after midnight. Yesterday's deaths of 413 were only updated about 4am today. That's the second-highest on record.

  • A record 176 out of the 413 of the fatalities were brought in dead. Most of the deaths did not happen yesterday but were backdated due to backlog.

What else is happening?

  • The Japanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur warned its citizens in Malaysia about a potential terror attack. This prompted a response from the Malaysian police which assured that the security situation was under control.

  • The High Court in Kuala Lumpur ordered the government to pay RM281,300 in damages to the family of the late T Benedict, who died in police custody. The family had alleged police negligence.

  • Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat issued a new directive instructing magistrates to ensure that lawyers represent suspects during remand proceedings in order to safeguard their rights.

  • Some 100 teachers in Terengganu have refused the Covid-19 vaccine. For now, the Terengganu government is using persuasion. Schools will reopen in stages from Oct 3.


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