In the PM’s office today

In 1998 both vice-presidents of Umno, Abdullah Badawi and Najib would have seen the developments and events leading to the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim with great curiousity.

They were party to the fact a great opportunity opening up, but based on the Anwar immediate response and knowing the ex-ABIM man is average street fighter, they would have been cautiously optimistic. Continue reading “In the PM’s office today”

What’s in a name?

Najib attracted my attention. He is not what you say ‘a polished speaker’ so it is hard to listen to him or read what he says. But he got me this time- when he quipped that unlike other neighbouring countries who in the past enforced name changes for non-natives to native names, Malaysia never did.

And for that, we should be grateful.

However Najib – before I actually get to the part dissecting the matter, surely you would understand Umno as a party can never support an effort to localise names.

How can Umno the Malay party, fighting for the rights of one race over other races operate if everyone has a Malay name? They’ve rendered their party meaningless. Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

Our date with destiny

I had a good lunch.

A sort of epiphany occurred. Someone asked me, why Anwar? Why indeed.

I believe the people in PWTC have got things quite wrong. They believe Anwar is the movement. He is not, he is the symbol of the movement – the movement remains above the scrutiny of those in power, since it is the culmination of 60 years of suppression. Continue reading “Our date with destiny”