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.
I’m entirely unsure which sounds better, Selayang Move or Sungai Petani Move. Though the former offers an exaggerated imagery of hundreds of undocumented Myanmarese fleeing immigration just outside the city’s main wet market.
We are talking about the potential by-election to put Anwar Ibrahim in Parliament.
Where five PKR lawmakers have latched on to the idea, party before self, Anwar for prime minister no matter what.
It was pointless to write about this before Monday, when the workday begins.
Because over the weekend, it seems, not enough people chose to care about the Sungai Kandis by-election. Statisticians had to reach for their binders to locate when was the last time, less than half the voters came out to vote in a by-election.
Already, the theories are flying about why only 49% of the Selangor constituency nestled in the Klang-Shah Alam zone, wanted a ballot paper.
Some of them prove Malaysians do not lack an imagination.
This column first appeared on The Malay Mail Online on January 22, 2015. The link is here.
JANUARY 22 — The year is 22 days old and already the prime minister has changed the Budget — and a third of a million of Malaysians are trying to get back on their feet after they were forced to swim from their living room to the kitchen if they wanted to make tea.
Malaysia is — tragically perhaps in most cases — filled to the brim with endless possibilities.
And Pakatan politicians, old and new, have returned like gunslingers to score fresh points to chip away at the Barisan Nasional juggernaut. Continue reading →
APRIL 22 – The Hulu Selangor by-election is about to hit its home straight, and in typical Malaysian style we are nowhere to knowing what will happen, since in typical Malaysian fashion the voters are keeping their know views close to their chests.
One certainty is the folk up here never got that much of ‘outsiders’ as much as they have in the weeks past. The hotels, motels, shoplots, parking lots and snooker spots must have all filled up and money being a non-issue. You can say, in the last week or so, no one went hungry. Continue reading “No one puts Kamalanathan in a corner!”→