PKR-Umno Secret Deal Rumours Escalate

To the point, without any delay, are there backroom negotiations between Anwar’s men and Umno?

Has a deal been struck?

The speculations are swirling.

Like a decent play, let’s list all the players in this stage production.

Anwar Ibrahim’s protege is Ahmad Zahid Zahidi. Anwar will officially assume the PKR presidency when the annual meeting rolls in November. Zahid has been Umno president since Johnny-Come-Lately Khairy Jamaluddin was defeated for the post in June. Continue reading “PKR-Umno Secret Deal Rumours Escalate”

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The First Temptation of Maszlee Malik

Looking for truth, Maszlee

It’s not hard to understand.

Every university staff fancies it. Actually most employed in large bureaucracies rife with rituals and glamour due to cultural imageries associated with the institutions would occasionally imagine themselves being literally, the big man in campus.

Robe, mortar board and flashing lights, while the young adulate and the parents smile in approval.

It’s a self-structured game show:”Who wants to be a university rector?” — ready to be exploited by a TV station.

The CEO of a public listed company has appeal, but a university supremo while with less money is offered class, and class is forever. Continue reading “The First Temptation of Maszlee Malik”

‘Please Cry For Me, Malaysia’

Time to be supreme

This might come out as shocking news, but Anwar Ibrahim is a politician born in 1947, and has been deputy prime minister. There is a fair certainty he will be the next prime minister.

I say surprising because the rancorous noise from his ardent supporters demanding those in the party and generally in the country, must do everything possible to ensure Anwar becomes the next prime minister, is threatening to present the new president of PKR as petulant to his countrymen.

Look how PKR politicians are expected to pledge they would vacate their parliamentary seats on demand, so Anwar can contest the by-election.

Look how some PKR leaders demand Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamaruddin should raise their hands and scream the chorus “Take my seat, Anwar.” Continue reading “‘Please Cry For Me, Malaysia’”

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?”

How About A Chemist Prime Minister?

Always right? Not quite.

Mahathir Mohamad says that if it was not for affirmative action he would not have been a doctor.

Therefore, today, he presents himself as an evidence that affirmative action works.

I’d like to deconstruct his statement.

Mahathir jumped the queue and became a doctor. Ahead of him, those with better grades.

It is assumed, his parents would not have been able to afford him a medical degree unless through a state option.

Is that settled than, the argument made for affirmative action?

Not so.

Mahathir’s legacy is in politics, not in medicine. He was never more than a competent general practitioner (GP). Would he have failed in politics if he had no medical degree? Continue reading “How About A Chemist Prime Minister?”

Enter Anwar, Exit Mahathir?

Always up for special consideration.

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.

They are willing to resign, so Anwar can contest.

This is not new. Continue reading “Enter Anwar, Exit Mahathir?”