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”

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Sungai Kandis Analysis: You Kinda Suck

Long queues were not a problem last weekend in Sungai Kandis

It was pointless to write about this before Monday, when the workday begins.

Because over the weekend, it seems, not enough people chose to care about the Sungai Kandis by-election. Statisticians had to reach for their binders to locate when was the last time, less than half the voters came out to vote in a by-election.

Already, the theories are flying about why only 49% of the Selangor constituency nestled in the Klang-Shah Alam zone, wanted a ballot paper.

Some of them prove Malaysians do not lack an imagination.

1. The people did not vote because they were disappointed with Pakatan Harapan Continue reading “Sungai Kandis Analysis: You Kinda Suck”

What do Malays want?

DECEMBER 1 — It haunts me at night. This prized question.

The last general election — on May 5, 2013 — was alleged as proof of insatiable Chinese community gone amok, but the aspersion was never directed at the dwindling race. It was to the Malays, to suggest, “Hey look, look what they Chinese have done. We are next.”

It was about inflating the bogeyman as a large menacing Zeppelin hovering over the population’s soon to implode sanity, and in reaction hope they ignore a shocking electoral process and result. It worked.

Continue reading “What do Malays want?”

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