The upcoming Rantau by-election requires context, and in this noisy political space, things go amiss. So let’s go back to nomination day last April.
Mohamad Hasan won unopposed the Rantau assembly seat in the Rembau parliamentary seat, because the only person about to file his papers to challenge him, Streram Sinnasamy was barred from the premise. Umno wins, because the PKR-Pakatan Harapan candidate was locked out.
Most media now refer to a May 9 win, but that is not true. Mohamad won on April 28 when no one was allowed to contest against him, in Rembau that day.
But before the Julau qualifier has to be added. If at the ballots at the controversial 11,000 new members living in 11 locations added in one day scandal-ridden division have a huge bearing on the overcome on the national results, all hell will be unleashed within the party.
It goes without saying. Julau, may end up being the start of the president’s Waterloo.
In response to the preposterous overnight increase of PKR members in Sarawak’s Julau, the party’s secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution claims there are equally outrageous shenanigans in other divisions. He names Kuala Lumpur’s Batu and other parts of Selangor.
Firstly, he might want to reconsider.
Because if the answer to inexplicable manoeuvres in one division is to point to other shady situations in other divisions, that does not negate the problem. It does nothing for Julau, but it does raise more eyebrows over other divisions.
The RM100 monthly travel pass will change lives in Greater Kuala Lumpur, but it will require effort from all of us.
The new policy, come January 1 2019, covers train and bus rides.
A person living in Cheras, closer to Kajang, with the closest MRT station Sungai Jernih and works in SS2 in Petaling Jaya, presently has to cough up RM10.60 per day (Feeder Bus – Sungai Jernih MRT – Phileo Damansara MRT -Feeder Bus), and with about 22 days of work per month, ends with a RM233.20 bill. This excludes after work travel, lunch trips, work trips and weekend excursions.
There’s the budget, for sure, but along with the RM100 bus passes, RM20 from PTPTN borrowers if they can earn RM1001 a month and the fuel subsidy for the needy, came that moment. One which will long live in our memories.
Since Malaysian budgets were presented in Malay, predating the Tan Siew Sin days in a different Malaysia, and most certainly on live TV, never was a sight as such was to behold: A full chamber listen to a man present with no alacrity for the language of his country, present the national budget for his country.