PKR Race Final Weekend Predictions

They get to choose, the new bosses

Here we go, something to compete with the Manchester derby tomorrow, the completion of the marathon PKR elections.

[They even managed a by-election within the time frame!]

If PKR’s intention was to ensure most Malaysians have heard about its election, they’ve exceeded expectations.

But knowing does not mean impressed by it. The opposites of impressed, like bemused, exasperated, flustered, annoyed and alarmed might be more suitable for wear.

Still, which races matter?

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.

So, we’ll assume a normal distribution at Julau, for now. Hold back the smirks. Continue reading “PKR Race Final Weekend Predictions”

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Bumiputera Congress Farce: Have we ever left the 1960s?

Getting the game plan sorted. Anwar chats with Mahathir at the congress at the KLCC.

While the Malay vote was split three ways at the last election, it has not fazed Pakatan Harapan’s unquenchable priority to dominate Malay support.

But let’s remove the facade, about this congress

It was a Malay agenda event, not a bumiputera agenda setting congress. The double speak of using the Borneo population to up the relevance of the numbers, in terms of population percentage and also the size of poverty is very old.

Perhaps it should be discarded? Because uplifting all of the Bumiputera was not the point.

Power of the economy minister.

As EPU points to 71% of the B-40 are Bumiputera, as a basis of urgency for this congress, it does not distinguish between how much of the 71% is Malay, as opposed to non-Malay Bumiputera (read Melanau, Kadazan, Iban, Bidayuh, Murut, Siamese, Eurasian and Orang Asli, for instance). Continue reading “Bumiputera Congress Farce: Have we ever left the 1960s?”

Azmin And Selangor Deserve A Clean Break

Which hat is on today, Azmin?

The question is not whether Azmin Ali has been a great administrator or the Genghiz Khan of managers. It is clear he should not hold a position in the Selangor government. He is the economy minister, now. He should do that, and not complicate his governmental brief.

Which is why, it is such a misjudgement. He chose to leave Selangor government, and head to Putrajaya, and he should honour his own decision.

He picked Amiruddin Shari to replace him, and Selangor has to get on with it, with the new MB and his crew. Continue reading “Azmin And Selangor Deserve A Clean Break”

The Selangor Power Mess

The Johor born MB of Selangor, Amiruddin Shari

To say it stinks, it would be kind.

In the same day, Selangor swears in its new mentri besar, a challenge is already underway.

Before that an advisory.

I wants to say two things, firstly, I have no mentri besar preference. So I can’t be arsed about the camps, but really, seriously, do it openly without drama. Continue reading “The Selangor Power Mess”

A new MB for Selangor?

Quick change in Selangor after election day? Seems like it.

With the swearing-ins fresh and the general public coming to terms with the new line-ups at the federal and state levels, there may be a shake up in Selangor.

With MB Azmin Ali named as economy minister, his shift to Putrajaya will likely see him vacate Shah Alam.

Azmin may be eager for the joys a national job can offer while being circumspect about losing the plum job of driving the richest state in Selangor. Continue reading “A new MB for Selangor?”

#KitaLawan misfiring Pakatan’s fortune

This first appeared in The Malay Mail Online on March 5, 2015.

Weekend after weekend, but where is the surge? The group downtown KL February 28, 2015
Weekend after weekend, but where is the surge? The group downtown KL February 28, 2015

MARCH 5 — On Saturday, as a country, so many things will be clearer.

There’s a rally on that day, the 7th of March in the city — not quite the Ides of March but it certainly appears ominous for Pakatan Rakyat. All indications point to a mediocre turnout at this latest instalment of #KitaLawan (We shall fight) and a real dent on the prophesy claiming the people of the country will show up as they did at the height of Reformasi in 1998 if Anwar Ibrahim goes to prison again.

I wish that were not to be true and I’ll end up eating humble pie come Sunday. However, I fear I won’t have to. Too much is pointing to #EpicFail. Continue reading “#KitaLawan misfiring Pakatan’s fortune”

Pakatan’s XI

“All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football” – Albert Camus

So in a convoluted way, I’d like to look at naming a Pakatan first eleven, if I had to name a team for the present Pakatan political players.

I’ll be using a strict 4-4-2 formation. The prevailing formations are different, but for the purposes of a team that has never won the championship (Malaysian Parliament) we might want to err on the side of caution. Continue reading “Pakatan’s XI”