The Hurt Does Not End By Hurting Them

Arrest them all!

At times it seems the solution to all our problems is to arrest someone, or a whole bunch of people. A proper remand if the lad is daft enough to just write whatever the daft write without regard for the consequences.

Then there is deportation, it’s in this season.

Punitive measures are what they are, to extract the pound of flesh.

And it does not seem out of place or not deserved, but it’s not my idea of building a great society.

The United States has a third of black males incarcerated at one point or another, but that’s not a great advert. “America, we nail them when they get it wrong.” Continue reading “The Hurt Does Not End By Hurting Them”

Latheefa Koya Is The Nation’s Top Graft-buster

Latheefa Koya

JUNE 4 — The news still sizzles, so hold on to your roller-coaster seats everywhere in Malaysia, the Latheefa Koya Show is coming your way.

As the newly appointed head of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

She is not for the meek, that’s the quick summary.

My favourite story about Latheefa is when of one of our reporters a decade ago tried to avoid contacting Latheefa, because she’s afraid of getting an earful from the lawyer who never minces her words. Worse, if the issue is misrepresented when speaking to her.

Say what you must, Latheefa is a believer and is willing to stick by her principles, come hell or high water. Continue reading “Latheefa Koya Is The Nation’s Top Graft-buster”

We Must Persevere As Malaysians

Less we forget.

Happy New Year,

What should be Malaysia’s resolution be for 2019?

To find our confidence, if you ask me.

In the aftermath of the most critical election ever, changing irrevocably the political landscape, doubt has crept into our national mentality.

The leaders, the people they defeated, the civil service and all the people — whichever way the rakyat voted — have remained shocked and awed. Continue reading “We Must Persevere As Malaysians”

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”

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”