Jumping Lawmakers And The Culture Of Absolute Power

The civil servants, still to just serve the master?

Sugut assemblyman Datuk James Ratib (Umno), Pitas assemblyman Datuk Bolkiah Ismail (Umno), Kuala Penyu assemblyman Datuk Limus Jury (Upko) and Kuamut assemblyman Datuk Masiung Banah (Upko) are rumoured to be next to abandon the BN ship for Pakatan.

Most Malaysians won’t remember their names or seat names, come tomorrow, but they are aware of the mass exodus everywhere.

It was expected long before that whenever BN finally loses, their candidates will flee, but the rate is unprecedented. It does not happen in regular democracy, but Malaysia is different kind of democracy. Continue reading “Jumping Lawmakers And The Culture Of Absolute Power”

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Who’ll be in the Mahathir Cabinet?

Definitely in? Tony ” I’ll never stop talking about 1MDB” Pua

There will be only twelve in the Cabinet.

I’ll predict the 10 ministers, joining the prime minister and deputy prime minister.

This is actually wonderful, if even after Anwar Ibrahim returns this approach is retained. Continue reading “Who’ll be in the Mahathir Cabinet?”

Ten things to learn from GE14 Nomination Day

All eyes on the PM candidate from Pakatan, and ex PM Mahathir Mohamad as he exits the nomination centre at the Langkawi Land and District Office, midday.

1.Old ways return

Nomination Day returns to days of old, when significant advantages are won by the ruling coalition, when non-BN candidates are rejected or disqualified.

2. Pakatan calons slip

Regardless of silly candidate nomination rules, candidates have all the information necessary to ensure they meet them and therefore have to be diligent, because it’s the rules for now. Continue reading “Ten things to learn from GE14 Nomination Day”

Friends in the Pakatan submarine keeping separate beds

This was first seen at The Malaysian Insider, July 7 2009. I’m putting up my old copies up. Some of the information, ideas and thoughts may be dated in retrospect.

JULY 9 — It is a Greek tragedy of sorts, the ever-increasing admonishments of Pakatan Rakyat — for its alleged rising ineptitude, communication breakdowns, tantrums and obtuseness.

The Kampung Buah Pala saga, PAS-Umno talks, PKR-DAP hostilities in the Seberang Perai Municipal Council and more, resulting in some claiming that this coalition of the willing risks the ire of an electorate and may lose its present gains in the next general election, probably in 2012.

Fair enough, the warning. Continue reading “Friends in the Pakatan submarine keeping separate beds”

Getting to the ‘what’ of our parties

Hee Yit Foong, courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
Hee Yit Foong, courtesy of The Malaysian Insider

This was first seen at The Malaysian Insider, June 25 2009. I’m putting up my old copies up. Some of the information, ideas and thoughts may be dated in retrospect.

JUNE 25 — There is a growing frustration among Malaysians. And in economically difficult times, political shenanigans grate people a little deeper, because they compound the growing uncertainty over their proverbial rice bowls.

They become edgy about all political parties, and this makes the present vote more knee-jerk and less habitual. In the long run, however, the Malaysian vote will be decided by what political parties — and by extension what their leaders — stand for. Continue reading “Getting to the ‘what’ of our parties”

Perak – The Rock Opera (courtesy of the Beatles)

May 15 — Let’s skip the hackneyed rigmarole on Perak, and talk about the Beatles. Songs from the Beatles (and album) that do represent the developments in Perak. I’ve listed them, and they don’t follow a logical pattern. It helps heaps if you know your Beatles.

I want you (She’s so heavy) — Abbey Road

The collective feeling of Umno politicians towards Perak after they lost it to Pakatan Rakyat on March 8, 2008.
“I want you, I want you so bad
It’s driving me mad, it’s driving me mad.”
Continue reading “Perak – The Rock Opera (courtesy of the Beatles)”