Curly’s advice for GST

It's always just one thing... Jack Palance as Curly in City Slickers 1991
It’s always just one thing… Jack Palance as Curly in City Slickers 1991

This column first appeared on the Malay Mail Online on May 21, 2015.

MAY 22 — Dilbear Singh’s conundrum is making him go nuts, or more like drawn away from the fried sort. The Air Force pensioner’s local — and favourite — kacang putih (nut snacks) vendor is charging his patrons Goods and Services Tax (GST). So, the five-ringgit fried peanuts come with the additional six per cent handwritten on the receipt, not a machine-issued one.

This has irked the serviceman who before helped planes land—and presumably take off — in the Signals Corp for 22 years.

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#KitaLawan misfiring Pakatan’s fortune

This first appeared in The Malay Mail Online on March 5, 2015.

Weekend after weekend, but where is the surge? The group downtown KL February 28, 2015
Weekend after weekend, but where is the surge? The group downtown KL February 28, 2015

MARCH 5 — On Saturday, as a country, so many things will be clearer.

There’s a rally on that day, the 7th of March in the city — not quite the Ides of March but it certainly appears ominous for Pakatan Rakyat. All indications point to a mediocre turnout at this latest instalment of #KitaLawan (We shall fight) and a real dent on the prophesy claiming the people of the country will show up as they did at the height of Reformasi in 1998 if Anwar Ibrahim goes to prison again.

I wish that were not to be true and I’ll end up eating humble pie come Sunday. However, I fear I won’t have to. Too much is pointing to #EpicFail. Continue reading “#KitaLawan misfiring Pakatan’s fortune”

This column first appeared on The Malay Mail Online on January 22, 2015. The link is here.

 

They stand together, but they say the same things?
They stand together, but they say the same things?

JANUARY 22 — The year is 22 days old and already the prime minister has changed the Budget — and a third of a million of Malaysians are trying to get back on their feet after they were forced to swim from their living room to the kitchen if they wanted to make tea.

Malaysia is — tragically perhaps in most cases — filled to the brim with endless possibilities.

And Pakatan politicians, old and new, have returned like gunslingers to score fresh points to chip away at the Barisan Nasional juggernaut. Continue reading

Perak – The Rock Opera (courtesy of the Beatles)

May 15 — Let’s skip the hackneyed rigmarole on Perak, and talk about the Beatles. Songs from the Beatles (and album) that do represent the developments in Perak. I’ve listed them, and they don’t follow a logical pattern. It helps heaps if you know your Beatles.

I want you (She’s so heavy) — Abbey Road

The collective feeling of Umno politicians towards Perak after they lost it to Pakatan Rakyat on March 8, 2008.
“I want you, I want you so bad
It’s driving me mad, it’s driving me mad.”
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2008 in review Pt 4: Umno, PKR and tentativeness

(Four parts : This 4th part looks the Umno nominations and the year end subterfuges)

The final quarter of 2008 was a bit of getting back to old basics, but with a twist.

When Umno elections are around the corner, all party members let go of all other preoccupations and focus on it. A position in the party, gives you political import. It is so vital to political viability that players would give up their place in parliament if it meant keeping your supreme council seat. Continue reading “2008 in review Pt 4: Umno, PKR and tentativeness”

2008 in review Pt 3 – All about Anwar

(four parts: part 3 , talking about the months of july to september)

Any casual reader of Malaysian newspapers for the third quarter of 2008 would be comprehensively confused. There were developments but they had to be seen through the lenses of the situation preceding and the players involved.

Easy for avid soap opera viewers, not so for the rest of us, however a recurring theme during those heated months was Anwar Ibrahim. Continue reading “2008 in review Pt 3 – All about Anwar”

2008 in review Pt 2 – succession, oil and a tea boy

(Four parts – this is second part about the changes and posturing in the second quarter of the year)

The theoretical expectation after state governments and opposition coalition in parliament were sorted out in the aftermath of the general election – was governing. That the designated people got on with their roles.

The actual expectation notwithstanding, the actual outcome was very different. The numbers showed that the BN had been second best in the peninsula. There were inroads even in Johor. The BN was relying on the coat-tails of the Borneo parties to keep a substantial majority in parliament. Continue reading “2008 in review Pt 2 – succession, oil and a tea boy”