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.
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.
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”→
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.