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.
[Sorry for the title, I did not mean to say left wingers love the world cup, instead. Or centrebacks for the matter.]
In the 1990s, France struggled to grapple with African migrants, both the North variety (Muslim and Arab) and the rest of the continent. A mighty European civilisation pays for people from their old colonies. Their developed economy attractive to the impoverished.
Scenes of squalid ghettos and forced evictions, to remove the new arrivals went in cycles. It’s complicated.
So when France hosted the World Cup in 1998, the right wing national — or nutter — Jean-Marie Le Pen was quick to point out the Les Bleus were not French, because about half of the team was migrant class.
Would like to tell the Shah Alam MP — who has been thanks to a longstanding weird system, allowed to judge when Kuala Lumpur citizens have the right to determine their own local councils — that he should not delay local elections, or try a hybrid appointed and elected, or worst of all appoint the mayor.
The mayor is the executive, it’s the most crucial part of the jigsaw.
Power to the people not the technocrats.
Much of my family are Kuala Lumpur citizens, and as a business owner inside Kuala Lumpur, I disagree with him, vehemently. I’ve been asking openly for this for almost two decades.
The first by-election after GE14, in Selangor next month, will act as a barometer of #Malaysiabaru. Whether the promise of reform holds sway with the voters.
For it offers electoral proof, which is better to weigh the present administration than rely on online banter.
Before that, I would extend my commiserations to the family of the late assemblymen Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, a three time winner, and former chief of staff for ex-mentri besar Azmin Ali. A huge figure in Keadilan Selangor, and always cooperative with us in KUASA, his loss is still being felt by so many in the state. Continue reading “Sungai Kandis will tell, one way or the other”→
The question is not whether Azmin Ali has been a great administrator or the Genghiz Khan of managers. It is clear he should not hold a position in the Selangor government. He is the economy minister, now. He should do that, and not complicate his governmental brief.
Which is why, it is such a misjudgement. He chose to leave Selangor government, and head to Putrajaya, and he should honour his own decision.