Justice for Streram or The All-New Rantau By-Election

Streram held back by police on nomination day, April 28, 2018.

This all began when they stopped him at the gate.

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.

There is much can be said about Streram the local resident, or the anaesthetist, or the local party member, but on the aforementioned nomination day it was about a citizen who was denied his rights. Continue reading “Justice for Streram or The All-New Rantau By-Election”

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PKR Race Final Weekend Predictions

They get to choose, the new bosses

Here we go, something to compete with the Manchester derby tomorrow, the completion of the marathon PKR elections.

[They even managed a by-election within the time frame!]

If PKR’s intention was to ensure most Malaysians have heard about its election, they’ve exceeded expectations.

But knowing does not mean impressed by it. The opposites of impressed, like bemused, exasperated, flustered, annoyed and alarmed might be more suitable for wear.

Still, which races matter?

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.

So, we’ll assume a normal distribution at Julau, for now. Hold back the smirks. Continue reading “PKR Race Final Weekend Predictions”

‘We Have More Crazy Stories, Why Focus on Julau?’

Saifuddin is not too worried.

It is mad, absolutely mad.

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.

As secretary-general, he can’t absolve the party by pointing at other problems.

They are all problems. Why not admit to them being problems? Why this irrational behaviour? Continue reading “‘We Have More Crazy Stories, Why Focus on Julau?’”

Get on the train

Fill them up.

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.

It can be upwards of to RM300 per month. Continue reading “Get on the train”

How Great An Average Speech Can Be (The Malaysian 2019 Budget Presentation)

Getting ready for the show at Putrajaya.

We crossed a threshold today. All of us.

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.

There were the potshots, like the tweet about being amused over the way the finance minister pronounced ringgit. Continue reading “How Great An Average Speech Can Be (The Malaysian 2019 Budget Presentation)”

Tok Pa And The Giant Peach Lie

Together again

Don’t wish Mustapa Mohamed well in Pribumi.

At this point, I don’t think I can wish anyone who had been in government before 2008 well.

The system stinks and anyone who was in government through those years should put their head down in shame, which includes most of Pribumi today.

The hypocrisy.

I’m not upset that Tok Pa left Umno, my lack of empathy for that racist cesspool is common knowledge, but rather incensed by his rationale. Not only him, the whole queue of those who left Umno since May 9.

In summary, according to them, they had to serve the people, and which means they had to abandon ship and join the present overlords.

Rozman had to, Anifah had to, Noor Azmi had too. Poor bastards, how their life had come to this, that they had to crawl back to power and point a large middle finger to life in the opposition, because apparently, one can’t serve the people when not in power. Continue reading “Tok Pa And The Giant Peach Lie”

Top 10 Things To Come Up About Malaysian Politics (At The VI Dinner) Tonight

Hussein Onn at the VI. Not an old boy.

Heading out to my alumni dinner in a few hours.

The Victoria Institution has never been the vanguard of the left but rather a beacon of moderation and progenitor of the doomed Barisan Nasional. It would be interesting to note what gets talked about at dinner.

I’ll walk the aisles like I did the corridors at school decades ago.

I’m guessing these will crop up, about the country.

10. Port Dickson, was Anwar happy to see Saiful?

OK, let’s put the biases out there. Of course VI boys always speak about the Malay College boys being a bit backward and putting from the rough not only at the inter-alumni games. That their brotherhood is always a bit spicier despite the lack of Indian restaurants in Kuala Kangsar.

So yes, it’ll go on, the banter. Yes, I’ll feel guilty, but maybe not tonight. After all, I’m not part of the group giving out contracts and political positions because they wear the same ties on Wednesdays. Continue reading “Top 10 Things To Come Up About Malaysian Politics (At The VI Dinner) Tonight”