Thanks, Bob: Vote-buying Thrives In Cameron Highlands

Bob, before power.

I usually like Bobs, back in the day, we used to call each other Bob.

But this Bob, the shoot from the hips Senator Bob Manolan upset me plenty, after he put forward an ultimatum to  the Orang Asli community who dabble in Umno politics, in the lead up to the Cameron Highlands by-election.

The message: Want money and help, dump Umno and follow Pakatan Harapan.

He was coercing votes for the Pakatan candidate, M. Manogaran. He’s probably right now, somewhere on the hillside constituency, haranguing aboriginal votes. Continue reading “Thanks, Bob: Vote-buying Thrives In Cameron Highlands”

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We Must Persevere As Malaysians

Less we forget.

Happy New Year,

What should be Malaysia’s resolution be for 2019?

To find our confidence, if you ask me.

In the aftermath of the most critical election ever, changing irrevocably the political landscape, doubt has crept into our national mentality.

The leaders, the people they defeated, the civil service and all the people — whichever way the rakyat voted — have remained shocked and awed. Continue reading “We Must Persevere As Malaysians”

PKR’s Cold War, Ensues

Anwar measures the divide inside the party.

The deputy president has to air his objections to the party president’s new leadership council appointments, publicly.

Things have not improved between Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali.

That is to say, the president and deputy president were not able to agree, or the deputy was never consulted. Either way, that’s a mess inside PKR, because the top two don’t see eye to eye.

In the backdrop, more quagmire.

Nurul Izzah Anwar, the top elected vice-president, the technical number three, albeit being the president’s daughter quit the leadership cloaked in secrecy. Continue reading “PKR’s Cold War, Ensues”

Kuala Lumpur: You got to fight, for your right, to party!

Them people.

This is why Amanah MPs are dangerous (and suck). Now they go after our bars.

They usually mean well, but you can can’t say the same about how they think.

Khalid Samad’s pronouncement to save all our souls and family lives by capping nightlife to 1am is bad. When I say bad, I mean atrocious. When I mean atrocious, I mean foul.

With no recourse, can’t even ask Khalid over to the pub to have a chat over a cold one.

Firstly, about the nature of the decision.

The city is the heart of the country, and its parties. There should be regulation, proper ones and not just enforced arbitrarily by the army of Napoleons from all enforcement authorities. Considerations to shield residential zones, an eye on organised crime and business support for owners, for instance, should be present, but let market forces decide operating hours. Continue reading “Kuala Lumpur: You got to fight, for your right, to party!”

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”

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?’”