Right Wingers Should Hate The World Cup

Look at the race-mixers and agitators, more of this and they may get confused.

I have a World Cup story for the right wing ultras. I hope it appeals to them.

[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.

Marcel Desailly, can’t be French, too black and born in Ghana. Continue reading “Right Wingers Should Hate The World Cup”

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Done Waiting, Want Our Kuala Lumpur Elections

Khalid Samad, show some courage.

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.

Why not just ask the people of Kuala Lumpur? Continue reading “Done Waiting, Want Our Kuala Lumpur Elections”

No Easy Days For Ministers

For Syed Saddiq, the enormity of the task is dawning upon him.

It’s impossible, governing.

Fortunately, for the last thirty years, ministers never had the problem.

Well fortunate for them, but not for the people.

Most of them, just sat around for photo-ops, and others went about the business of taking care of themselves.

Then in cycles, the obtuse ministers would say or do a massively unpopular thing and when faced with criticism, would tell the public to just suck it.

“I’m a minister because the prime minister likes me, and as long as I am of value to him, I’m really not bothered what random urbanites think of me.” Continue reading “No Easy Days For Ministers”

Sungai Kandis will tell, one way or the other

Will Umno show up at Sungai Kandis by-election? Noh Omar should know more than most.

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”

Umno President Death Race

Used to be a huge deal, the Umno general assembly, but this season RTM is busier showing the World Cup.

Everyday #MalaysiaBaru offers political writers enough fuel power a space rocket, and at this rate, all the way to Pluto.

Hitherto, in 72 years of existence, a total of *four men have ever challenged for the Umno presidency, otherwise incumbents or the anointed ones win without a contest.

The all so famous “Umno” no contest culture.

Today, ** seven men dare to defy the culture, and vie for the overall leadership. Continue reading “Umno President Death Race”

The Approaching Frost

What did they vote for?

I have news for a lot of people I know.

If they felt it would be a walk in the park, this reformation process, they have to be kidding themselves.

Social change is by its definition drastic and volatile. It involves people, and nothing happens seamlessly when it comes to people.

That’s why the new government promised so damn much. They did so, because if they did not, there would not be enough reasons to change the previous government, even if by the day, more and more people, far more than the sixty-four percent of voted against Barisan Nasional are saying that they actually always thought regime change was long overdue. Continue reading “The Approaching Frost”