Let The Talent Inside Pakatan Harapan Shine

Who’ll filling up the political positions at the new PNB tower?

Though the feudal power structure has been crushed, the remnants still require detection to tell what is what anymore, or not. Rampant, however, the Malaysian thinking that leaders, old and new, are omniscient.

Most WhatsApp groups are rife with issues big and small pertaining to the old order, and messages end with the conviction Mahathir, or as they prefer “Tun” (I can never bring myself to saying it), solves all pronto. Continue reading “Let The Talent Inside Pakatan Harapan Shine”

Time For Public Hearings

We want an agenda, OK, but what is the agenda?

The Pakatan Harapan manifesto can improve lives, no less the 10 key promises within the first 100 days.

However, these are priorities as perceived by the four parties inside the coalition.

The issues the nations have, the pressing needs are many, and since the nation’s start the following has occurred: contrarian views muzzled, responsible agencies muted and even culpable, and civil society removed. There is a need for the damn to break. For the truth to come out. Continue reading “Time For Public Hearings”

Getting more and more for the people

Tick the box, as you see it all the time, and reserve the right to change your mind.JAN 22 — I wrote, though I wished I was able to go through each idea more thoroughly, in my column about giving value to the working class.  Government in this country have reduced the ability to govern to about who you give what to, rather than making the spending provide greater value than any one person in the state taking their share of that spending and spending it.

It is about stretching the ringgit. Should the state spend for us, so that we can be happier, or are those decisions better in our hands? Continue reading “Getting more and more for the people”

The role of government

In the past six months we have been befuddled by trying to see who must run government, but rarely do we ask what are governments meant to do. That is to ask what is the role of government.

Analyst when they look at the various failed nations in the post-colonial period have recognised some similar patterns. Nations that are run by people focussed on the powers they inherited rather than on rationalising the need for government, let alone determine what type of government they require. First world nations – who are not superior – experienced the lengthy period of rationalisation through the change of think progressing the industrial age. They had to confront what was to be better government – the commitment to it (Rousseau), the solidity necessary in it (Hobbes) and the limitation of it (Locke). There were repeatedly failed governments, but these governments in their failing still kept on being colonisers who were not as keen to let their conquests to experience similar process of rationalisation. Continue reading “The role of government”