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”

Cabinet Members, Welcome To The Future

The people, in the room, and they are not leaving.

Some are unhappy with some ministers, some are not enthused with the decisions of the prime minister and others are unsure what the future economy holds for them.

These are great findings!

Parties or coalitions which head a system of government are not infallible, they only offer leadership direction. On a fixed mandate which requires renewal.

The difference between an absolute government and one just popularly elected is that the former is impudent, as natural extension of its omnipotence. Continue reading “Cabinet Members, Welcome To The Future”

A new MB for Selangor?

Quick change in Selangor after election day? Seems like it.

With the swearing-ins fresh and the general public coming to terms with the new line-ups at the federal and state levels, there may be a shake up in Selangor.

With MB Azmin Ali named as economy minister, his shift to Putrajaya will likely see him vacate Shah Alam.

Azmin may be eager for the joys a national job can offer while being circumspect about losing the plum job of driving the richest state in Selangor. Continue reading “A new MB for Selangor?”

Mahathir Sebagai Menteri Pelajaran Melanggar Janji-janji Pilihan Raya Pakatan Harapan


18 MEI, 2018


Apabila Perdana Menteri Mahathir Mohamad mengumumkan semalam yang dia bakal menyandang jawatan Menteri Pelajaran beliau secara terus-terang memecah salah satu janji utama pilihan raya Pakatan Harapan, seperti mana di tertera dalam manifesto mereka.

Perdana Menteri tidak akan memegang jawatan menteri lain, terutamanya jawatan Menteri Kewangan.”

(Janji 12, Manifesto Pakatan Harapan. Mukasurat 48 Continue reading “Mahathir Sebagai Menteri Pelajaran Melanggar Janji-janji Pilihan Raya Pakatan Harapan”

Fear, fear and more fear: The history of elections in Malaysia

The air up there! Cheaper flights mean easier exits?

“Don’t be in Kuala Lumpur, after a general election.”

It has been shared through the decades, and apparently carries force as tales of the upwardly mobile set to flee KL after voting on the morning of May 9, reach me. Some, they add, won’t even bother to vote. This is not the first election I have heard of strategic family trips to coincide with polling day.

Does it still merit notice in 2018, and can we excuse the temerity?

[The capital city witnessed race riots after the 1969 General Elections, which has in ensuing elections has always raised the spectre of violence, around electiont time.]

Let’s be honest, fear is an overpowering sentiment.

Continue reading “Fear, fear and more fear: The history of elections in Malaysia”

PACA this, PACA that, go get that seat!

Voters in Kuala Kangsar.

For a long time, it was impossible to beat Barisan Nasional (BN) in the state of Johor.

It was, if you ask some, because Umno was founded in the state therefore it is impregnable there.

Others would say, because it is the last state to fall under white rule (1914), and a such had a stronger sense of Malay nationalism and even the non-Malays accept this paradigm, it organically shaped as an Umno vote bank.

And some claim, it’s down to the lack of PACAs. Continue reading “PACA this, PACA that, go get that seat!”