Packed day for PM; new state heads report for duty

The chief secretary also confirms the resignation of MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli

By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN & RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s first official day in office was no less frantic than the subsequent 96 hours after Pakatan Harapan’s historic victory last Wednesday.

The 92-year-old political veteran continued to move at a feverish pace yesterday as he began his day with a meeting with all ministry secretaries general for a briefing on the functions and roles of the new government. Discussions ended at about 11am after a two-hour conference.

Immediately after, Dr Mahathir welcomed the arrival of Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah — who was accompanied by his son Prince Abdul Mateen Hassanal Bolkiah — at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya.

The two leaders met in a one-hour private session.

Elsewhere around the country, several state mentri besars (MBs) and chief ministers (CMs) reported for duty at their respective state secretary offices.

They include Pakatan Harapan leaders Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (Selangor MB), Ahmad Faizal Azumu (Perak MB), Aminuddin Harun (Negri Sembilan MB), as well as Parti Warisan Sabah’s Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (Sabah CM) and PAS’ Prof Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar (Terengganu MB).

In Penang, state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow was sworn in as its fifth CM. The 60-year-old took his oath before the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas at Seri Mutiara before noon.

Also present at the ceremony was newly appointed Finance Minister and DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng, who was the CM of Penang for two terms, and his wife Betty Chew.

Meanwhile, in another plot twist in Sabah, the Istana Negeri handed an official letter to Tan Sri Musa Aman to inform that he is no longer the CM of Sabah effective May 12.

Over at the federal administration level, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa announced in a statement that Treasury secretary general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah’s contract has been shortened to June 14 this year.

Mohd Irwan has been transferred to the Public Service Department effective May 14 until June 13, 2018.

The chief secretary also confirmed the resignation of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad.

A source from MACC previously told local press that Dzulkifli had sent in his resignation later to Ali at 8am.

In a separate announcement, Dr Mahathir has told Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to take a leave of absence and he will be temporarily replaced by the solicitor general.

Separately, the Ministry of Finance denied that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be abolished on June 1, 2018.

“At present, the government has not yet set the date to repeal the GST.

“Therefore, all traders that have registered for GST must comply with the current legislation by imposing the tax as specified,” it said, following the dissemination of a fake press release stating that the GST will be abolished which was widely shared on social media.

Lastly, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said in a statement that the Pardons Board committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the application for the royal pardon of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.