This is reproduced from my column last year in the Malay Mail Online. How does it sound a year later? About the manifesto.
MARCH 15, 2018 — First, congratulations to Pakatan Harapan, for releasing their election manifesto. Right, wrong or mixed signals, you are willing to put your cards down and allow the rakyat to peruse the coalition’s ambition. And pass judgement.
It’s not advantageous to be evaluated, and which is why traditionally manifestos are released late into campaigns and turn out to be window dressing only.
It is advantageous for the voter, to be cognisant of what any side wants to do if offered the chance to govern.
If there is one constant, it is the sheer volume of nonsense daily. Sometimes the world, well at least Malaysia, would be a whole lot better if the white noise died down a bit.
This is not the newsportals or writers’ fault. There is a massive lack of useful or insightful information from the corridors of power or the gang lurking just outside to attack power.
They are either unnecessary, overkill, distract from real issues or just suck the oxygen in the room. Just look at what’s come out so far for the day. Just today,Feb 19, before 5pm. The day is not done yet.
Anthony Loke has been that Seremban guy (I don’t know what the typical Seremban guy is, to be frank). He’s aide, Lim Swee Kuan was aghast when his guy was not featured enough in a RTM coverage, which ended with him claiming “heads must roll” at the national news agency.
It’s fine for the media to lap up the soundbite, but surely the minister does not need to weigh in the matter. Not so prematurely. The rule is to step in when the situation is dire, and minister must either back his man or show him the door.
But before the Julau qualifier has to be added. If at the ballots at the controversial 11,000 new members living in 11 locations added in one day scandal-ridden division have a huge bearing on the overcome on the national results, all hell will be unleashed within the party.
It goes without saying. Julau, may end up being the start of the president’s Waterloo.
At this point, I don’t think I can wish anyone who had been in government before 2008 well.
The system stinks and anyone who was in government through those years should put their head down in shame, which includes most of Pribumi today.
I’m not upset that Tok Pa left Umno, my lack of empathy for that racist cesspool is common knowledge, but rather incensed by his rationale. Not only him, the whole queue of those who left Umno since May 9.
In summary, according to them, they had to serve the people, and which means they had to abandon ship and join the present overlords.
Rozman had to, Anifah had to, Noor Azmi had too. Poor bastards, how their life had come to this, that they had to crawl back to power and point a large middle finger to life in the opposition, because apparently, one can’t serve the people when not in power. Continue reading “Tok Pa And The Giant Peach Lie”→
The Victoria Institution has never been the vanguard of the left but rather a beacon of moderation and progenitor of the doomed Barisan Nasional. It would be interesting to note what gets talked about at dinner.
I’ll walk the aisles like I did the corridors at school decades ago.
I’m guessing these will crop up, about the country.
10. Port Dickson, was Anwar happy to see Saiful?
OK, let’s put the biases out there. Of course VI boys always speak about the Malay College boys being a bit backward and putting from the rough not only at the inter-alumni games. That their brotherhood is always a bit spicier despite the lack of Indian restaurants in Kuala Kangsar.