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”

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The Selangor Power Mess

The Johor born MB of Selangor, Amiruddin Shari

To say it stinks, it would be kind.

In the same day, Selangor swears in its new mentri besar, a challenge is already underway.

Before that an advisory.

I wants to say two things, firstly, I have no mentri besar preference. So I can’t be arsed about the camps, but really, seriously, do it openly without drama. Continue reading “The Selangor Power Mess”

Cabinet Members, Welcome To The Future

The people, in the room, and they are not leaving.

Some are unhappy with some ministers, some are not enthused with the decisions of the prime minister and others are unsure what the future economy holds for them.

These are great findings!

Parties or coalitions which head a system of government are not infallible, they only offer leadership direction. On a fixed mandate which requires renewal.

The difference between an absolute government and one just popularly elected is that the former is impudent, as natural extension of its omnipotence. Continue reading “Cabinet Members, Welcome To The Future”

Memorable Quotes Since Election Day

Wins in term of quotes which can be repeated.

“Australia will miss him even if, right now, his own people might not.”

Tony Abbott, (May 10, 2018) ex-PM of Australia on Najib Razak in the aftermath of Malaysia’s historical election.

“We can’t say ‘abracadabra’ and everything will happen. It takes time.”

Mahathir Mohamad, (May 13, 2018) when explaining why the full Cabinet announcement is taking time. Continue reading “Memorable Quotes Since Election Day”

Selangor MB Mystery Continues

There are 56 legislative seats in my home state Selangor.

Half of those seats were won by PKR in the last election. But if we need to be pedantic about, PKR won 51 as Amanah (5), Bersatu (5) and DAP (13) candidates stood under the Keadilan emblem.

They received their Surat Watikah (Candidature Letter) from PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

In all 56 contests, the Keadilan choice was present.

The frontrunner, Shaharuddin Baharuddin?

With the exception of five seats, Umno (4) and PAS (1), the people were in the majority with the Keadilan. That’s a lot of people to favour one coalition in a state. It’s the strongest win in any state this past election.

I say all this because, the state will have a new mentri besar next month, with the departure of Azmin Ali, but there is no control over the matter for PKR. As in the name the new MB. Continue reading “Selangor MB Mystery Continues”

Public Policies Suffer From Toxic Racism

Bad policies don’t bring us home.

Race is overemphasised in how power is delegated in Malaysia.

Notice the developments.

Mahathir Mohamad’s main lieutenant Daim Zainuddin had to reassure the Malay Contractors’ Association.

A group, in the guise of a collection of NGOs, has urged the government to not go down the local elections route, because it might mean non-Malay mayors.

Anwar Ibrahim has since his release spoken about how Malays have to be comforted in these new hazy dizzying days. Continue reading “Public Policies Suffer From Toxic Racism”

PAS: The Clear and Present Danger

Always the leader of men heading to the past. PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang.

I was wrong predicting a Barisan Nasional (BN) victory in the past election, but I was not wrong about Pakatan rejecting PAS.

While I said,Pakatan can win without PAS, if they are clear about their value proposition and work on the ground long enough as separate from the Islamist, I was not convinced either of those conditions were met, adequately.

Which is why I thought BN would edge ahead in a three way.

I was exceedingly wrong about it, the people of Malaysia proved that they already had enough reasons to reject BN and at the same time able to distinguish between a vote for Pakatan and PAS. Continue reading “PAS: The Clear and Present Danger”