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”

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Guan Eng & Arul (Two Malaysian Kids Growing Up In The Heart Land)

The new finance minister, very different from the old one.

Lim Guan Eng could have held back the punches.

It was beneath the office to call Arul Kanda “utterly dishonest and untrustworthy”.

1MDB is under major scrutiny from multiple government agencies, mainly law enforcement, and therefore the minister of finance, could have oozed class.

[Still, better than the kiss-up statements from MOF before this general election]

Look, the man has served jail time, harassed by the government and perpetually prosecuted in court and life, so I am going to say, it’s a lot of restraint not to have gone ballistic when offered the opportunity. Continue reading “Guan Eng & Arul (Two Malaysian Kids Growing Up In The Heart Land)”

Pakatan’s Turn To Honour Borneo

Baru Bian. PKR Sarawak boss and Selangau MP, why has he not been named minister?

Thirteen persons swear-in on Monday to generate a Cabinet of fourteen.

It is a relief not to rely on just councils of elders, eminent, transparency, special skills and x-force — if applicable as the country moves forward — as they are lack democratic mandate.

Just as it was undignified that in the past so many offices were managed and run, in executive capacity, by those without democratic mandate, it would have been a travesty if the same continued.

But my critique of mandate is for another day.

It is my focus today to highlight that all of Cabinet is West Malaysian.

We have — for now — shut out two other members of the Malaysia Agreement. Continue reading “Pakatan’s Turn To Honour Borneo”

Mahathir Sebagai Menteri Pelajaran Melanggar Janji-janji Pilihan Raya Pakatan Harapan

KENYATAAN MEDIA

18 MEI, 2018

MAHATHIR SEBAGAI MENTERI PELAJARAN MELANGGAR JANJI-JANJI PILIHAN RAYA PAKATAN HARAPAN

Apabila Perdana Menteri Mahathir Mohamad mengumumkan semalam yang dia bakal menyandang jawatan Menteri Pelajaran beliau secara terus-terang memecah salah satu janji utama pilihan raya Pakatan Harapan, seperti mana di tertera dalam manifesto mereka.

Perdana Menteri tidak akan memegang jawatan menteri lain, terutamanya jawatan Menteri Kewangan.”

(Janji 12, Manifesto Pakatan Harapan. Mukasurat 48 http://kempen.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/Buku_Harapan.pdf) Continue reading “Mahathir Sebagai Menteri Pelajaran Melanggar Janji-janji Pilihan Raya Pakatan Harapan”

The Five-Man Cabinet, For Now

Mahathir is a bit unclear at his latest PC

Only 3 names revealed.

Mahathir Mohamad began by saying — at his press conference — seven more will be named later, and was adamant there should be no deadlines set on something so important.

He then alluded to a final 25 ministers in the cabinet.

That too has no deadline. Continue reading “The Five-Man Cabinet, For Now”

Crocodile Tears For Daim, Rais and Rafidah

Not so much fun when the shoe is on the other foot, eh, Rafidah?

Former ministers for finance, information and trade were sacked by their political party due to their overt support of an ex-prime minister, by the party president, who is the prime minister.

Sounds vindictive, big time. And it is, but is it cruel?

Major corporate personalities who’ve gained their wealth through their blind and absolute support for Umno were ejected from the party when they veered away from the basic approach of the party, to have blind and absolute support for Umno. By Umno, it means the president. Continue reading “Crocodile Tears For Daim, Rais and Rafidah”

Don’t stone principles in the Batu seat

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Tian Chua, started with his candidacy rejection on April 28, 2018.

About the tragicomedy in the Kuala Lumpur constituency of Batu.

It’s hard to argue against a Praba on the vote ballot, when you happen to be a Praba too.

I find myself in this odd predicament.

Mind you, I’ve been used to having other Prabas in my life, early. We moved into a new development when I was eight, and soon after a Prabakaran moved in right across my house, and a year older. Two Prabas and we got along well. Continue reading “Don’t stone principles in the Batu seat”