At times it seems the solution to all our problems is to arrest someone, or a whole bunch of people. A proper remand if the lad is daft enough to just write whatever the daft write without regard for the consequences.
Then there is deportation, it’s in this season.
Punitive measures are what they are, to extract the pound of flesh.
And it does not seem out of place or not deserved, but it’s not my idea of building a great society.
JUNE 4 — The news still sizzles, so hold on to your roller-coaster seats everywhere in Malaysia, the Latheefa Koya Show is coming your way.
As the newly appointed head of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).
She is not for the meek, that’s the quick summary.
My favourite story about Latheefa is when of one of our reporters a decade ago tried to avoid contacting Latheefa, because she’s afraid of getting an earful from the lawyer who never minces her words. Worse, if the issue is misrepresented when speaking to her.
MAY 28 — It was three years since the last trip, and it was overdue. To Tamil Nadu.
Arrived at Tiruchirappalli Airport, which has a dryness the competent staff members replicate. But my mind was on Muthu outside waiting for his lost cousin, well lost in more ways than one.
They don’t usually put on T-shirts in Tamil homeland, so I stuck out like a sore thumb on this Friday in a crowd of people looking quite alike.
Only 9am, but already a warm May day as Muthu weaved through the traffic at the main thoroughfare outside the airport heading to the first toll stop, for the two-hour drive to Alangudi, my mom’s village.
He was even chattier than usual, and we were in a rental, the house jeep was in the workshop. It takes time he said when it’s the brake and they’d have to dismantle it. The dismantling was required he asserted. I nodded. Continue reading “Two Days in Tamil Nadu”→
Why BN always seems to dominate opinion and PH just losing breath keeping up.
Then it struck me.
PH is the dorky kid in the playground who reaches out for facts as a shield and proof of correctness.
BN,the jock with no care about facts. Facts don’t determine support or love from the larger school population.
It is a horrible thing to say, but as people, human beings, we are predisposed to trust strength even if it slants to the cruel.
The many rather follow the cocksure jock rather than the informed but forlorn looking dork. Confidence is a tricky thing, it’s less about facts and more about gut instinct, and more often than not it coincides with physical strength and commitment. Continue reading “PH Clueless About Playground Politics”→
This is reproduced from my column last year in the Malay Mail Online. How does it sound a year later? About the manifesto.
MARCH 15, 2018 — First, congratulations to Pakatan Harapan, for releasing their election manifesto. Right, wrong or mixed signals, you are willing to put your cards down and allow the rakyat to peruse the coalition’s ambition. And pass judgement.
It’s not advantageous to be evaluated, and which is why traditionally manifestos are released late into campaigns and turn out to be window dressing only.
It is advantageous for the voter, to be cognisant of what any side wants to do if offered the chance to govern.
If there is one constant, it is the sheer volume of nonsense daily. Sometimes the world, well at least Malaysia, would be a whole lot better if the white noise died down a bit.
This is not the newsportals or writers’ fault. There is a massive lack of useful or insightful information from the corridors of power or the gang lurking just outside to attack power.
They are either unnecessary, overkill, distract from real issues or just suck the oxygen in the room. Just look at what’s come out so far for the day. Just today,Feb 19, before 5pm. The day is not done yet.
Anthony Loke has been that Seremban guy (I don’t know what the typical Seremban guy is, to be frank). He’s aide, Lim Swee Kuan was aghast when his guy was not featured enough in a RTM coverage, which ended with him claiming “heads must roll” at the national news agency.
It’s fine for the media to lap up the soundbite, but surely the minister does not need to weigh in the matter. Not so prematurely. The rule is to step in when the situation is dire, and minister must either back his man or show him the door.