Tony Stark can only dream about the power of a Malaysian prime minister.
Mahathir Mohamad’s coalition came into power with a clear promise to reduce the omnipresence and omnipotence of the pm, however the problem might be the man himself.
So we can see the sheer arrogance passing Khazanah, Petronas and Permodalan Nasional Berhad to the prime minister’s control.
The medical doctor does not like to hand over power, and that includes reducing his own powers.
Let’s remember, Pakatan Harapan Manifesto (Promise 12):
“Under the administration of UMNO and Barisan Nasional, Dato’ Sri
Najib Tun Razak has monopolised all important powers, and Cabinet
Ministers has (sic) become nothing but mere yes-men.”
“The Prime Minister’s Department currently has too many agencies, creating overlaps with agencies in other ministries, and making the Prime Minister like a king. The Pakatan Harapan Government will reduce the number of these agencies by moving them to the relevant Ministries.”
But he then casually bundles giant institutions under his purview.
This betrays the spirit of Promise 12.
There will be more to come. In this huge government, the decentralisation of power, for instance to allow other Malaysians executive power, is already demanding. It becomes impossible when the pm seeks means to circumvent the process.
If there are 150 companies under the ministry of finance already, how many agencies/companies/boards/departments under the pm’s department?
As it stands, promise 12 is drowning.
How about coming clean, reducing your power and letting other Malaysians do the job, Mahathir? Even Iron Man let’s the Avengers do some heavy lifting for him.