What do Malays want?

DECEMBER 1 — It haunts me at night. This prized question.

The last general election — on May 5, 2013 — was alleged as proof of insatiable Chinese community gone amok, but the aspersion was never directed at the dwindling race. It was to the Malays, to suggest, “Hey look, look what they Chinese have done. We are next.”

It was about inflating the bogeyman as a large menacing Zeppelin hovering over the population’s soon to implode sanity, and in reaction hope they ignore a shocking electoral process and result. It worked.

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Curly’s advice for GST

It's always just one thing... Jack Palance as Curly in City Slickers 1991
It’s always just one thing… Jack Palance as Curly in City Slickers 1991

This column first appeared on the Malay Mail Online on May 21, 2015.

MAY 22 — Dilbear Singh’s conundrum is making him go nuts, or more like drawn away from the fried sort. The Air Force pensioner’s local — and favourite — kacang putih (nut snacks) vendor is charging his patrons Goods and Services Tax (GST). So, the five-ringgit fried peanuts come with the additional six per cent handwritten on the receipt, not a machine-issued one.

This has irked the serviceman who before helped planes land—and presumably take off — in the Signals Corp for 22 years.

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#KitaLawan misfiring Pakatan’s fortune

This first appeared in The Malay Mail Online on March 5, 2015.

Weekend after weekend, but where is the surge? The group downtown KL February 28, 2015
Weekend after weekend, but where is the surge? The group downtown KL February 28, 2015

MARCH 5 — On Saturday, as a country, so many things will be clearer.

There’s a rally on that day, the 7th of March in the city — not quite the Ides of March but it certainly appears ominous for Pakatan Rakyat. All indications point to a mediocre turnout at this latest instalment of #KitaLawan (We shall fight) and a real dent on the prophesy claiming the people of the country will show up as they did at the height of Reformasi in 1998 if Anwar Ibrahim goes to prison again.

I wish that were not to be true and I’ll end up eating humble pie come Sunday. However, I fear I won’t have to. Too much is pointing to #EpicFail. Continue reading “#KitaLawan misfiring Pakatan’s fortune”

This column first appeared on The Malay Mail Online on January 22, 2015. The link is here.

 

They stand together, but they say the same things?
They stand together, but they say the same things?

JANUARY 22 — The year is 22 days old and already the prime minister has changed the Budget — and a third of a million of Malaysians are trying to get back on their feet after they were forced to swim from their living room to the kitchen if they wanted to make tea.

Malaysia is — tragically perhaps in most cases — filled to the brim with endless possibilities.

And Pakatan politicians, old and new, have returned like gunslingers to score fresh points to chip away at the Barisan Nasional juggernaut. Continue reading

Column archive: Hey Mahathir, where is the love? (2009)

(First appeared in The Malaysian Insider on July 23, 2009. This was written a week after Teoh Beng Hock died while in anti-graft officers’ care. Most people were expectedly following that development, but being Malaysians it is hard to forget Mahathir. Amazing that almost three years later, nothing is really different from Mahathir, he does possess consistency)

APRIL 17 — Some of us are doing quite well. Some of us are doing ok. Some of us struggle to keep the bills from mounting. Some of us don’t know how to keep going.

That is Malaysia, today. Actually that could be the US, Chile or Sudan. Yes, Sudan. All countries — all economic systems despite and due to encroaching globalisation — have differentiated living scales. You have poverty everywhere. And you have them people sitting on the terraces of KLCC looking on at humanity while sipping their iced coffee. Continue reading “Column archive: Hey Mahathir, where is the love? (2009)”

No one puts Kamalanathan in a corner!

APRIL 22 – The Hulu Selangor by-election is about to hit its home straight, and in typical Malaysian style we are nowhere to knowing what will happen, since in typical Malaysian fashion the voters are keeping their know views close to their chests.

One certainty is the folk up here never got that much of ‘outsiders’ as much as they have in the weeks past.  The hotels, motels, shoplots, parking lots and snooker spots must have all filled up and money being a non-issue. You can say, in the last week or so, no one went hungry.  Continue reading “No one puts Kamalanathan in a corner!”

Mugilan is for BN or MIC first?

APRIL 14 — Why has V. Mugilan the MIC youth chief in Hulu Selangor not come out and backed  Datuk G.Palanivel — his party’s sole nominee for the Hulu Selangor by-election?

No matter what Umno wants, if Mugilan turns down the overtures to turn his back on his party’s leadership, Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be forced to name MIC’s pick.

Is Mugilan ready to pick up the BN candidacy for Hulu Selangor despite the objections of his parent party, MIC? Continue reading “Mugilan is for BN or MIC first?”