The success of a government is the success of its Cabinet. The Cabinet is actually managing the country and there is no one person managing a country especially in a democratic country like ours. This country is not a Kingdom which an absolute monarch rules everything.
This country is a Federation that was formed in February 1948 and it moved on to seize the independence from the British in 1957. When we achieved independence the Malay Rulers whom before that had the sole power to govern their individual states empowered the people to government themselves through a democratic system until today. The Malay rulers from then on remain as the Head of States and both the states and the Federal were turned into Constitutional Monarchy system.
At the Federal level the nine individual Malay Rulers takes turn to become the King for the Federation for five-year term. The Yang di Pertuan Agong and the other brother Rulers are equal in status at their individual states but he is the ‘first among equal’ at the Federation.
Yang di Pertuan Agong is the Head of the Federation and he constitutionally empowers the country to be managed by a Prime Minister and the cabinet chosen from the elected representatives in the House of Parliament. So in essence the country is managed by the Cabinet appointed by King and the fate and future of the nation rest on the capability and capacity of the Cabinet chosen from the elected representatives to govern the Federation.
All the Cabinet members appointed by the King are equal and the Prime Minister is the ‘first' among equal among them. The Prime Minister and the cabinet members hold equal responsibility and accountability. This is the cardinal principal of how the cabinet is run alongside with their responsibilities and functions as severally accountable to all consequences of their decisions made in the weekly Cabinet meetings. Every decision that any one of the Ministers wants to do must be endorsed and validated by the sitting Cabinet. No individual Minister can do anything at their Ministries’ whim and fancies' without the validation from the sitting Cabinet.
I am revisiting this issue on quite regular basis as there are clear signs that Cabinet members of the day do not understand their functions as members of the cabinet when disturbing issues like 1MDB and the Felda disputes come to the fore. We have heard Muhyiddin questioning the goings on of 1MDB. In actuality he was questioning his own decision because he was in the cabinet meeting which took all official decisions on how 1MDB to be run.
1MDB which is fathered by the Cabinet has disgracefully failed. This issue has been loitering in the minds of most Malaysians for the past five years but none of the Cabinet members had raised even their small fingers to address all complains and grumbles of the people on the conduct and affairs of the debt-ridden 1MDB. 1MDB’s dubious activities have been in suspicions for more than four years now. It’s only in past weeks that a few of those in the Cabinet raised their concerns for their own irresponsible doings.
The Cabinet and the PM should now get together and decide the time of their departure from the government just like they collectively and severally decided to allow 1MDB to commit all wrong doings, if possible instantaneously.
It looks like if we want to break the nation, give that job to the current Cabinet members and they will break the nation into pieces and if we want to make it worst also give them the task to fix it back.