Semenyih Alert

Looking out for winners from Semenyih’s Broga Hill

In the three previous Selangor by-elections, Pakatan Harapan won convincingly. Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia and Balakong.

To begin with until 2018, the seat was a BN stronghold. So already it is different to the PKR controlled Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia, and the DAP bedrock of Balakong.

The three by-elections are no reflection of the impending outcome, and it is deeper into the Pakatan administration, meaning the voters are less patient with the novice federal administration.

Semenyih probably won’t be straightforward. The southern seat inside my Hulu Langat has the ingredients of being a massive slip-up for Pakatan.

While a state seat, its outcome would be a message to the federal government. A direct message. Continue reading “Semenyih Alert”

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They Are Not Fools On The Hill

Candidates…Let them handle their own fight.

The Cameron Highlands by-election has been a homage for the hillside escape, from both sides.

For a constituency left behind, wedged-in by poverty — homes without water and electricity supply — to seasonal floods from the indiscriminate felling of forests for commercial purposes, the current attention must be overwhelming.

Malaysian politician are enamoured by it, for now.

There are operatives arriving from Borneo to campaign, sticking to the idiom, leave no stone unturned to procure victory for Pakatan Harapan.

Diminished as they may be, BN are giving it their all in the only major state they run. (Apologies to Perlis).

However, I fear, the locals can smell the bullshit a mile away, or even further till Tapah. Continue reading “They Are Not Fools On The Hill”

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”

Kuala Lumpur: You got to fight, for your right, to party!

Them people.

This is why Amanah MPs are dangerous (and suck). Now they go after our bars.

They usually mean well, but you can can’t say the same about how they think.

Khalid Samad’s pronouncement to save all our souls and family lives by capping nightlife to 1am is bad. When I say bad, I mean atrocious. When I mean atrocious, I mean foul.

With no recourse, can’t even ask Khalid over to the pub to have a chat over a cold one.

Firstly, about the nature of the decision.

The city is the heart of the country, and its parties. There should be regulation, proper ones and not just enforced arbitrarily by the army of Napoleons from all enforcement authorities. Considerations to shield residential zones, an eye on organised crime and business support for owners, for instance, should be present, but let market forces decide operating hours. Continue reading “Kuala Lumpur: You got to fight, for your right, to party!”

How Great An Average Speech Can Be (The Malaysian 2019 Budget Presentation)

Getting ready for the show at Putrajaya.

We crossed a threshold today. All of us.

There’s the budget, for sure, but along with the RM100 bus passes, RM20 from PTPTN borrowers if they can earn RM1001 a month and the fuel subsidy for the needy, came that moment. One which will long live in our memories.

Since Malaysian budgets were presented in Malay, predating the Tan Siew Sin days in a different Malaysia, and most certainly on live TV, never was a sight as such was to behold: A full chamber listen to a man present with no alacrity  for the language of his country, present the national budget for his country.

There were the potshots, like the tweet about being amused over the way the finance minister pronounced ringgit. Continue reading “How Great An Average Speech Can Be (The Malaysian 2019 Budget Presentation)”

The Bizzare Love For The Other Side In Malaysian Politics

The raid at Blue Boy Bar in Kuala Lumpur.

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.

This is to posit, a plain point, perhaps Pakatan Harapan should worry less about the people who did not vote for them, and attempt more to connect with the politics of people who did vote for them? Continue reading “The Bizzare Love For The Other Side In Malaysian Politics”

Sungai Kandis will tell, one way or the other

Will Umno show up at Sungai Kandis by-election? Noh Omar should know more than most.

The first by-election after GE14, in Selangor next month, will act as a barometer of #Malaysiabaru. Whether the promise of reform holds sway with the voters.

For it offers electoral proof, which is better to weigh the present administration than rely on online banter.

Before that, I would extend my commiserations to the family of the late assemblymen Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, a three time winner, and former chief of staff for ex-mentri besar Azmin Ali. A huge figure in Keadilan Selangor, and always cooperative with us in KUASA, his loss is still being felt by so many in the state. Continue reading “Sungai Kandis will tell, one way or the other”