Kuala Trengganu by-election date

There has to be a by-election in Kuala Trengganu by January 28. Actually it won’t be any later than Jan 22 since Chinese New Year is on Jan 26.

And when over, we will know if BN gets to retain its 58 eight seat majority, or have it whittle to 56.

If the latter is the case, there would be another round of speculations of whether there could be a government change before the Umno elections in March – which constitutes grabbing the premiership from Finance Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is a debutante waiting in the backstage for her introduction.

I won’t get into the candidates and other speculations, I just want to look at likely polling dates. Continue reading “Kuala Trengganu by-election date”

Yoga is someone’s maya

I’ve written enough about why the yoga fatwas is wrong, and that I have a right to make that admonishment – the privilege of being part of a nation-state.

I want to delve into why a traditional organisation like the fatwa council wants to put wedges into our singular community and to place limitations on civil liberties – which are quite substantial. Man is only limited by his obligation to the state.

Let me clarify. Continue reading “Yoga is someone’s maya”

National language failure

I sat in a lounge with two men, who grew up in the same district. As the outsider you would assume that I would have the most difficult time to express myself with the two.

Instead we had to use three different languages, and I was playing interlocutor and interpreter for them. These are men I work with in developing workable structures for our community, and we were struggling to tell what we felt. Continue reading “National language failure”