Flashback: Paying For The Pakatan Manifesto

Cybertroopers have been quick to capitalise in the months after Pakatan got into power.

This is reproduced from my column last year in the Malay Mail Online. How does it sound a year later? About the manifesto.

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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.

As such, democracy benefits. One step to informed choice. Continue reading “Flashback: Paying For The Pakatan Manifesto”

Nation On The Run

More please

It’s a Saturday with a hint of showers soon.

Having a run this weekend? Whethere, on a running track, or the park, smashing a shuttle-cork cross-court or attempting poorly a Rabona on a pitch, making as many Malaysians run over the weekend has to be a national agenda.

The community, playing sports.

If our sports minister is interested in the matter. Continue reading “Nation On The Run”

The First Temptation Of Pakatan At The Cameron Highlands By-Election

Tea up

Clichés are in rich vein at the Cameron Highlands’ by-election.

If someone missed the whole of 2018, woke up today in the middle of the tea-growing region, the person likely relapse back into a coma, or beg to be induced into one.

Minor senator reminds the Orang Asli to vote for Pakatan Harapan as an act of gratitude. Pakatan worker seen passing money to volunteers. Najib Razak trekking up to the resort town to lecture people about financial propriety in a by-election. The Umno secretary-general tells all that his party is under-funded for the poll. The communication minister assures the locals about their broadband connectivity conveniently in during the campaign when party colleague is contesting the seat. The minister is Gobind Singh.

Welcome to the first by-election in a traditional Umno-Barisan Nasional seat after the 2018 by-election. Pakatan is itchy to etch itself into the collective consciousness of Malaysians as a colossal winner by collecting the scalp of an-always BN seat. Continue reading “The First Temptation Of Pakatan At The Cameron Highlands By-Election”

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!”

The Alcohol Tax Which Killed Some Dudes

An easy problem?

A bunch of guys died, and the health ministry and government struggles to respond.

Why?

Deadly alcohol poisoning from bootleg was always going to happen. Because it has got out of control for decades, and no one in power cares.

The nonchalant response from the health ministry is case in point.

This is a problem 35-years in making.

We have to go back to the 1980s. And even this is related to Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad.

In the wake of Anwar’s entry into the Umno government, to stave off PAS the Mahathir administration was keen to appear overtly Islamic.

An easy target was to punish alcohol consumers.

They literally get to have their cake and eat it too. Continue reading “The Alcohol Tax Which Killed Some Dudes”

Bumiputera Congress Farce: Have we ever left the 1960s?

Getting the game plan sorted. Anwar chats with Mahathir at the congress at the KLCC.

While the Malay vote was split three ways at the last election, it has not fazed Pakatan Harapan’s unquenchable priority to dominate Malay support.

But let’s remove the facade, about this congress

It was a Malay agenda event, not a bumiputera agenda setting congress. The double speak of using the Borneo population to up the relevance of the numbers, in terms of population percentage and also the size of poverty is very old.

Perhaps it should be discarded? Because uplifting all of the Bumiputera was not the point.

Power of the economy minister.

As EPU points to 71% of the B-40 are Bumiputera, as a basis of urgency for this congress, it does not distinguish between how much of the 71% is Malay, as opposed to non-Malay Bumiputera (read Melanau, Kadazan, Iban, Bidayuh, Murut, Siamese, Eurasian and Orang Asli, for instance). Continue reading “Bumiputera Congress Farce: Have we ever left the 1960s?”