PH Clueless About Playground Politics

Facts beneath the story.

Trying to figure things out.

Why BN always seems to dominate opinion and PH just losing breath keeping up.

Then it struck me.

PH is the dorky kid in the playground who reaches out for facts as a shield and proof of correctness.

BN,the jock with no care about facts. Facts don’t determine support or love from the larger school population.

It is a horrible thing to say, but as people, human beings, we are predisposed to trust strength even if it slants to the cruel.

The many rather follow the cocksure jock rather than the informed but forlorn looking dork. Confidence is a tricky thing, it’s less about facts and more about gut instinct, and more often than not it coincides with physical strength and commitment. Continue reading “PH Clueless About Playground Politics”

The First Temptation Of Pakatan At The Cameron Highlands By-Election

Tea up

Clichés are in rich vein at the Cameron Highlands’ by-election.

If someone missed the whole of 2018, woke up today in the middle of the tea-growing region, the person likely relapse back into a coma, or beg to be induced into one.

Minor senator reminds the Orang Asli to vote for Pakatan Harapan as an act of gratitude. Pakatan worker seen passing money to volunteers. Najib Razak trekking up to the resort town to lecture people about financial propriety in a by-election. The Umno secretary-general tells all that his party is under-funded for the poll. The communication minister assures the locals about their broadband connectivity conveniently in during the campaign when party colleague is contesting the seat. The minister is Gobind Singh.

Welcome to the first by-election in a traditional Umno-Barisan Nasional seat after the 2018 by-election. Pakatan is itchy to etch itself into the collective consciousness of Malaysians as a colossal winner by collecting the scalp of an-always BN seat. Continue reading “The First Temptation Of Pakatan At The Cameron Highlands By-Election”

Thanks, Bob: Vote-buying Thrives In Cameron Highlands

Bob, before power.

I usually like Bobs, back in the day, we used to call each other Bob.

But this Bob, the shoot from the hips Senator Bob Manolan upset me plenty, after he put forward an ultimatum to  the Orang Asli community who dabble in Umno politics, in the lead up to the Cameron Highlands by-election.

The message: Want money and help, dump Umno and follow Pakatan Harapan.

He was coercing votes for the Pakatan candidate, M. Manogaran. He’s probably right now, somewhere on the hillside constituency, haranguing aboriginal votes. Continue reading “Thanks, Bob: Vote-buying Thrives In Cameron Highlands”

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”

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”