The PD By-Election Losers? Voters

The silent war through gossip.

Many have weighed in on the upcoming Port Dickson by-election. One group has not. An insignificant group. The actual voters of Port Dickson.

More than most, since located in a coastal attraction close enough to the capital, the residents in that constituency are used to people, coming and going. Procuring floaties, kites and banana ride services, before the Sunday evening drive.

Whether they see Anwar Ibrahim, his opponent or the army of supporters about to descend on the holiday town, as new friends or just people who’d take what PD can offer, will be revealed on voting day.

Don’t misunderstand, Anwar will win, there is not even the remotest chance of defeat. Turnout, however, is a different matter. Continue reading “The PD By-Election Losers? Voters”

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PKR-Umno Secret Deal Rumours Escalate

To the point, without any delay, are there backroom negotiations between Anwar’s men and Umno?

Has a deal been struck?

The speculations are swirling.

Like a decent play, let’s list all the players in this stage production.

Anwar Ibrahim’s protege is Ahmad Zahid Zahidi. Anwar will officially assume the PKR presidency when the annual meeting rolls in November. Zahid has been Umno president since Johnny-Come-Lately Khairy Jamaluddin was defeated for the post in June. Continue reading “PKR-Umno Secret Deal Rumours Escalate”

Pakatan Needs Its Sexyback

The real truth? Both Anwar and Mahathir have lost their shine with a segment of Malaysians.

Pakatan Harapan has to wake up to the reality, they are not as appealing to their base as they were last May 9.

If the three by-elections — Sungai Kandis, Balakong and Seri Setia — are worthy barometers, which they are.

In way, I like it. It reinforces the idea voting days are snapshots and no one owns votes except the voters. There is a limit to assume mandates as blank cheques for those in power.

Right now, so many Malaysians are not impressed by any politician, of any colour. Continue reading “Pakatan Needs Its Sexyback”

The First Temptation of Maszlee Malik

Looking for truth, Maszlee

It’s not hard to understand.

Every university staff fancies it. Actually most employed in large bureaucracies rife with rituals and glamour due to cultural imageries associated with the institutions would occasionally imagine themselves being literally, the big man in campus.

Robe, mortar board and flashing lights, while the young adulate and the parents smile in approval.

It’s a self-structured game show:”Who wants to be a university rector?” — ready to be exploited by a TV station.

The CEO of a public listed company has appeal, but a university supremo while with less money is offered class, and class is forever. Continue reading “The First Temptation of Maszlee Malik”

‘Please Cry For Me, Malaysia’

Time to be supreme

This might come out as shocking news, but Anwar Ibrahim is a politician born in 1947, and has been deputy prime minister. There is a fair certainty he will be the next prime minister.

I say surprising because the rancorous noise from his ardent supporters demanding those in the party and generally in the country, must do everything possible to ensure Anwar becomes the next prime minister, is threatening to present the new president of PKR as petulant to his countrymen.

Look how PKR politicians are expected to pledge they would vacate their parliamentary seats on demand, so Anwar can contest the by-election.

Look how some PKR leaders demand Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamaruddin should raise their hands and scream the chorus “Take my seat, Anwar.” Continue reading “‘Please Cry For Me, Malaysia’”

Lim Guan Eng Should Apologise

A free man, but a shadow looms from the court outcome.

How can he not?

The Penang High Court acquitted the freshman Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng, of corruption involving the purchase of a home at below market price from an interested party, Phang Li Koon, because Guan Eng had approved her land conversion application.

The issues boiled over in 2016, in the island-state where Guan Eng was chief minister for ten years till last May.

If Pakatan lost on May 9, there would be no betting man on the island or on its mainland settlement, Seberang Perai, wagering Guan Eng would have escaped jail.

The case was straight forward, in terms of proving guilt. Continue reading “Lim Guan Eng Should Apologise”

How About A Chemist Prime Minister?

Always right? Not quite.

Mahathir Mohamad says that if it was not for affirmative action he would not have been a doctor.

Therefore, today, he presents himself as an evidence that affirmative action works.

I’d like to deconstruct his statement.

Mahathir jumped the queue and became a doctor. Ahead of him, those with better grades.

It is assumed, his parents would not have been able to afford him a medical degree unless through a state option.

Is that settled than, the argument made for affirmative action?

Not so.

Mahathir’s legacy is in politics, not in medicine. He was never more than a competent general practitioner (GP). Would he have failed in politics if he had no medical degree? Continue reading “How About A Chemist Prime Minister?”