Justice for Streram or The All-New Rantau By-Election

Streram held back by police on nomination day, April 28, 2018.

This all began when they stopped him at the gate.

The upcoming Rantau by-election requires context, and in this noisy political space, things go amiss. So let’s go back to nomination day last April.

Mohamad Hasan won unopposed the Rantau assembly seat in the Rembau parliamentary seat, because the only person about to file his papers to challenge him, Streram Sinnasamy was barred from the premise. Umno wins, because the PKR-Pakatan Harapan candidate was locked out.

Most media now refer to a  May 9 win, but that is not true. Mohamad won on April 28 when no one was allowed to contest against him, in Rembau that day.

There is much can be said about Streram the local resident, or the anaesthetist, or the local party member, but on the aforementioned nomination day it was about a citizen who was denied his rights. Continue reading “Justice for Streram or The All-New Rantau By-Election”

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Will Port Dickson Show Up For Anwar Ibrahim?

Seizing the beach in Port Dickson, Anwar.

The result is a foregone conclusion, the Port Dickson by-election winner.

Anwar Ibrahim will win, barring the impossible.

MIC can’t muster a candidate of value, and when it is the added lustre of a by-election, the candidate they do find might melt beachside on nomination day.

As a traditional seat of the minion minor party, the last winner from the party being S Sothinathan, it might entice Umno to ask MIC to step back and let a real contest transpire.

Might as well, and probably a likely scenario since there is no Barisan Nasional anymore. Continue reading “Will Port Dickson Show Up For Anwar Ibrahim?”

The Bizzare Love For The Other Side In Malaysian Politics

The raid at Blue Boy Bar in Kuala Lumpur.

AUG 21 — The past week has seen morality overdrive, for instance the move to discourage public representation of homosexuals, raids at a known gay spot, Blue Boy, and defending rights of polygamy regardless of age.

I don’t want to have a debate about those issues. Let’s say, there are enough supporters on either side of the aisle.

I want to talk about politics and the idea of representation.

Any government must represent all its people and ensure they get the benefits and access within the system.

But when they push for new policies or policy reform, they do it for their side, their ideology (which is debatable here) and their voters. Indeed it is expected the bulk of their supporters, to a lesser degree the fence sitters who backed them this time, associate with the politics of the coalition in power.

This is to posit, a plain point, perhaps Pakatan Harapan should worry less about the people who did not vote for them, and attempt more to connect with the politics of people who did vote for them? Continue reading “The Bizzare Love For The Other Side In Malaysian Politics”

Mahathir, Needs To Lead Not Control

Change, everyone needs to.

A prime minister does a lot.

This is why in regular countries the PM has no specific ministry.

Because as PM he is ultimately responsible for all the ministers, which is why he gets to choose them.

But after choosing them, he has to let them get on with it.

Of course, a while back, a prime minister was so insecure about attacks — after his party expired when he allegedly manipulated elections — that he felt the best way to lead is to keep control.

Control of everything. Continue reading “Mahathir, Needs To Lead Not Control”

No #MalaysiaBaru at Khazanah

Never a man for change, Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad is really slimy.

The Pakatan Harapan manifesto seeks to slice the prime minister’s department, because there is too much power in the PM’s hands.

That too much power in a few is against the idea of #MalaysiaBaru

And here now, the pm names himself as the chairman of Khazanah, with Azmin Ali and Hassan Marican as directors.

How Mahathir muda lupa. Continue reading “No #MalaysiaBaru at Khazanah”

The UEC Is Bad News

Does not look insidious, but it is.

Now to write the uncomfortable truth.

Chinese education and the UEC it brings is bad for the country.

It has always been a no-brainer.

The UEC issue is not about certification as much as it is about the viability of a separate but equal system.

As it stands, Chinese vernacular schools prevent millions of Malaysians from the best opportunities to integrate. This is not to assert the products from these schools refuse to integrate, but to posit fairly that the students from those schools are disadvantaged when it comes to engaging non-Chinese persons in general. Continue reading “The UEC Is Bad News”

Less Special Officers Should Mean Cuts Elsewhere Too

The young. wanting to follow the footsteps of special officers before them.

Much has been made over the number of officers ministers are entitled to.

The hallowed passage where leaders like Khairy Jamaluddin, Azmin Ali, Amiruddin Shari and the rest cut their teeth, there’s so much promise in the position.

Yet, the intention, in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, was to cut the patronage fat accumulated over the decades.

Government is not solely about rewarding the supporters of leaders, is the message. In realpolitik terms however, it is unavoidable, a sort of cost of doing business. But this new administration wants to curb the enthusiasm, even if it can’t end it.

People support leaders for their ideas and beliefs, with consideration of their own person too. Here lies the danger. Continue reading “Less Special Officers Should Mean Cuts Elsewhere Too”