It’s local elections, not Armageddon!

This column appeared first in The Malay Mail Online on January 29, 2015. This is reproduced here

Has a larger budget than most states, but do KLites feel the love, or are they just subjects to unreasonable enforcement?
Has a larger budget than most states, but do KLites feel the love, or are they just subjects to unreasonable enforcement?

JANUARY 29 — I’ve been racking my brain trying not to be too vicious to naysayers over local elections — or as some refer to it as municipal elections or the classier term, the third vote (its consideration after parliamentary and state assembly reps votes).

But they do tempt me with their infantile remarks regarding democracy, and in analysing the devolution of power along with decentralisation of administration which comes with the third vote.

Fine, infantile is strong, let’s settle for weak position. No, I can’t go with that. They’ve been pretty stupid about it, actually, so let’s give them props for it. Continue reading “It’s local elections, not Armageddon!”

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This column first appeared on The Malay Mail Online on January 22, 2015. The link is here.

 

They stand together, but they say the same things?
They stand together, but they say the same things?

JANUARY 22 — The year is 22 days old and already the prime minister has changed the Budget — and a third of a million of Malaysians are trying to get back on their feet after they were forced to swim from their living room to the kitchen if they wanted to make tea.

Malaysia is — tragically perhaps in most cases — filled to the brim with endless possibilities.

And Pakatan politicians, old and new, have returned like gunslingers to score fresh points to chip away at the Barisan Nasional juggernaut. Continue reading

Personal cost is immense, it even conjur

Personal cost is immense, it even conjures up comedy. And there is naked panic and desperation. The screaming and crying, there is no end to the pain. There is no end in sight. Poor devastated souls.

I’m talking about Malaysian politicians and their power-play over the floods— you have to read other columns and news reports to know about how the other 300,000 people displaced by rising waters are faring.

Apparently the politicians never got the memo. Every side — Barisan and Pakatan — has gone pear shaped in their response, which means one thing.

Somewhere out there in some meeting room consultants are rubbing their palms in glee.

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Bad moon rising (Version 1)

Happy New Year! My column is up at The Malay Mail Online, but it is a second version. The first one was politely turned away because of its content. I’m putting it up here. For the eight people who read my blog. 🙂

BAD MOON RISING (COLLECTOR’S VERSION)

 

A top view of Kuala Krai at the height of December 2014's flooding
A top view of Kuala Krai at the height of December 2014’s flooding

JAN 9 — My mom used to say that you should marry if you have trouble in life. I’d reply that the trouble would still be there, married or not. She’d say sure, but trouble will seem far more tolerable with the support of a loving wife.

I’m not sure Najib Razak — like me — is altogether on board with that wisdom right now. His advisers might even whisper to each other — while their jet plane taxies to the private hangar — that the prime minister probably would be better off not married in the present climate.

It’s been that kind of a week for him. Someone get him a Frappuccino, poor devil. Continue reading “Bad moon rising (Version 1)”