10 Gems From The Sad, Sad World of Malaysian News, In A Day Before 5PM

Che Abdullah fears the satan in us.

If there is one constant, it is the sheer volume of nonsense daily. Sometimes the world, well at least Malaysia, would be a whole lot better if the white noise died down a bit.

This is not the newsportals or writers’ fault. There is a massive lack of useful or insightful information from the corridors of power or the gang lurking just outside to attack power.

They are either unnecessary, overkill, distract from real issues or just suck the oxygen in the room. Just look at what’s come out so far for the day. Just today,Feb 19, before 5pm. The day is not done yet.

10. Nik Abduh needs enemies

Headline:  Kalau Pas, UMNO dan Bersatu kerjasama, apa isu? (If PAS, Umno and Bersatu cooperate, what’s the issue?) – Nik Mohamad Abduh

Quote:”Whatever our move, it’s always going to be about blocking DAP.”

When out of ammo, and the world, both friends and enemies call you a liar, it’s time to flip it. Highly unoriginal, but effective nevertheless, when in panic, blame DAP.

It is almost as if he wants all past mistakes erased if only he can hate DAP enough.  This one needs mental help.

9. He’s my aide, he can cry if he wants to

Headline: Transport minister defends aide in RTM row, questions part omission of ‘live’ event

Anthony Loke has been that Seremban guy (I don’t know what the typical Seremban guy is, to be frank). He’s aide, Lim Swee Kuan was aghast when his guy was not featured enough in a RTM coverage, which ended with him claiming “heads must roll” at the national news agency.

It’s fine for the media to lap up the soundbite, but surely the minister does not need to weigh in the matter. Not so prematurely. The rule is to step in when the situation is dire, and minister must either back his man or show him the door.

We are far from that, and this will play out. Minister should have been better advised. Continue reading “10 Gems From The Sad, Sad World of Malaysian News, In A Day Before 5PM”

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Umno Youth: A History Of Violence AKA Syed Saddiq Gets A Taste

Smile for the camera, matey.

A minister visits the nomination centre for a by-election.

He gets accosted.

The accounts vary.

The alleged victim, if serving ministers can be victims, claims physical intimidation where he was.

The leader of the alleged mob, Papagomo, according to his Umno party youth chief was just giving a friendly reach over the shoulders. After all, he is bro Saddiq.

Social media is divided.

It’s Bersatu Pribumi versus Umno, spy versus spy, it’s Jim Carrey pissing on Jeff Daniels. Continue reading “Umno Youth: A History Of Violence AKA Syed Saddiq Gets A Taste”

Semenyih Alert

Looking out for winners from Semenyih’s Broga Hill

In the three previous Selangor by-elections, Pakatan Harapan won convincingly. Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia and Balakong.

To begin with until 2018, the seat was a BN stronghold. So already it is different to the PKR controlled Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia, and the DAP bedrock of Balakong.

The three by-elections are no reflection of the impending outcome, and it is deeper into the Pakatan administration, meaning the voters are less patient with the novice federal administration.

Semenyih probably won’t be straightforward. The southern seat inside my Hulu Langat has the ingredients of being a massive slip-up for Pakatan.

While a state seat, its outcome would be a message to the federal government. A direct message. Continue reading “Semenyih Alert”

They Are Not Fools On The Hill

Candidates…Let them handle their own fight.

The Cameron Highlands by-election has been a homage for the hillside escape, from both sides.

For a constituency left behind, wedged-in by poverty — homes without water and electricity supply — to seasonal floods from the indiscriminate felling of forests for commercial purposes, the current attention must be overwhelming.

Malaysian politician are enamoured by it, for now.

There are operatives arriving from Borneo to campaign, sticking to the idiom, leave no stone unturned to procure victory for Pakatan Harapan.

Diminished as they may be, BN are giving it their all in the only major state they run. (Apologies to Perlis).

However, I fear, the locals can smell the bullshit a mile away, or even further till Tapah. Continue reading “They Are Not Fools On The Hill”

The First Temptation Of Pakatan At The Cameron Highlands By-Election

Tea up

Clichés are in rich vein at the Cameron Highlands’ by-election.

If someone missed the whole of 2018, woke up today in the middle of the tea-growing region, the person likely relapse back into a coma, or beg to be induced into one.

Minor senator reminds the Orang Asli to vote for Pakatan Harapan as an act of gratitude. Pakatan worker seen passing money to volunteers. Najib Razak trekking up to the resort town to lecture people about financial propriety in a by-election. The Umno secretary-general tells all that his party is under-funded for the poll. The communication minister assures the locals about their broadband connectivity conveniently in during the campaign when party colleague is contesting the seat. The minister is Gobind Singh.

Welcome to the first by-election in a traditional Umno-Barisan Nasional seat after the 2018 by-election. Pakatan is itchy to etch itself into the collective consciousness of Malaysians as a colossal winner by collecting the scalp of an-always BN seat. Continue reading “The First Temptation Of Pakatan At The Cameron Highlands By-Election”

Thanks, Bob: Vote-buying Thrives In Cameron Highlands

Bob, before power.

I usually like Bobs, back in the day, we used to call each other Bob.

But this Bob, the shoot from the hips Senator Bob Manolan upset me plenty, after he put forward an ultimatum to  the Orang Asli community who dabble in Umno politics, in the lead up to the Cameron Highlands by-election.

The message: Want money and help, dump Umno and follow Pakatan Harapan.

He was coercing votes for the Pakatan candidate, M. Manogaran. He’s probably right now, somewhere on the hillside constituency, haranguing aboriginal votes. Continue reading “Thanks, Bob: Vote-buying Thrives In Cameron Highlands”