The Man Who Thinks He’s King

‘I’m watching you all. Don’t be naughty’

Tony Stark can only dream about the power of a Malaysian prime minister.

Mahathir Mohamad’s coalition came into power with a clear promise to reduce the omnipresence and omnipotence of the pm, however the problem might be the man himself.

So we can see the sheer arrogance passing Khazanah, Petronas and Permodalan Nasional Berhad to the prime minister’s control.

The medical doctor does not like to hand over power, and that includes reducing his own powers. Continue reading “The Man Who Thinks He’s King”

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No #MalaysiaBaru at Khazanah

Never a man for change, Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad is really slimy.

The Pakatan Harapan manifesto seeks to slice the prime minister’s department, because there is too much power in the PM’s hands.

That too much power in a few is against the idea of #MalaysiaBaru

And here now, the pm names himself as the chairman of Khazanah, with Azmin Ali and Hassan Marican as directors.

How Mahathir muda lupa. Continue reading “No #MalaysiaBaru at Khazanah”

The UEC Is Bad News

Does not look insidious, but it is.

Now to write the uncomfortable truth.

Chinese education and the UEC it brings is bad for the country.

It has always been a no-brainer.

The UEC issue is not about certification as much as it is about the viability of a separate but equal system.

As it stands, Chinese vernacular schools prevent millions of Malaysians from the best opportunities to integrate. This is not to assert the products from these schools refuse to integrate, but to posit fairly that the students from those schools are disadvantaged when it comes to engaging non-Chinese persons in general. Continue reading “The UEC Is Bad News”

Those peasant kids in Sarawak schools

Kids heading to school in Sarawak. They pay a high price to get education even in public schools.

I’ll assume you are Malaysian, informed about the UEC, the history of migration in Malaya and the right-wing Malay numbnuts. So let’s talk about Chinese education, which is what’s at stake when the UEC recognition is discussed.

The issue is too multi-faceted, for the entirety of public education with its relation to the present four public school streams to be discussed in one thread.

One at a time. Continue reading “Those peasant kids in Sarawak schools”

The Long Goodbye: Wan Azizah’s Departure

Wan Azizah (left) intimating advice to PM Mahathir Mohamad.

No ship can have two captains. Anwar Ibrahim’s inevitable procession to PKR party president raises a truckload of questions, however, it does provide one conclusion.

The departure of Wan Azizah Wan Ismail from top political leadership.

Fan or no fan, there has to be admiration for the lady for staying in the game as various avatars for more than twenty years.

Founding president of a new party, parliamentarian, leader of the opposition and now deputy prime minister.

More so since she never wanted it. This life in politics.

She was happy enough to be married to a politician. And despite all her years in the game, there is little to suggest she would not be happy to become only a politician’s wife only, again. Continue reading “The Long Goodbye: Wan Azizah’s Departure”

Anwar For President, PKR For Democracy

Anwar (front right) walks to the limelight as wife, Wan Azizah, stays a step behind, as she will this PKR election

Anwar Ibrahim vacates PKR’s de facto leader position.

Meaning, he’ll win or lose the party party presidency early October, but either way he ceases to be the party’s unelected leader.

It is a great moment for my party, to forward itself as a party of substance.

While it is no secret over the party’s formation,since then, various factions and in case of Parti Rakyat Malaysia,even a party, came together to realise a better Malaysia through this vehicle.

This elusive vehicle filled with strange bedfellows.

Anwaristas, Anwar’s family, Umno veterans, Islamists, Secular Liberalists, activists, internationalists and more. Continue reading “Anwar For President, PKR For Democracy”

Less Special Officers Should Mean Cuts Elsewhere Too

The young. wanting to follow the footsteps of special officers before them.

Much has been made over the number of officers ministers are entitled to.

The hallowed passage where leaders like Khairy Jamaluddin, Azmin Ali, Amiruddin Shari and the rest cut their teeth, there’s so much promise in the position.

Yet, the intention, in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, was to cut the patronage fat accumulated over the decades.

Government is not solely about rewarding the supporters of leaders, is the message. In realpolitik terms however, it is unavoidable, a sort of cost of doing business. But this new administration wants to curb the enthusiasm, even if it can’t end it.

People support leaders for their ideas and beliefs, with consideration of their own person too. Here lies the danger. Continue reading “Less Special Officers Should Mean Cuts Elsewhere Too”