Justice for Streram or The All-New Rantau By-Election

Streram held back by police on nomination day, April 28, 2018.

This all began when they stopped him at the gate.

The upcoming Rantau by-election requires context, and in this noisy political space, things go amiss. So let’s go back to nomination day last April.

Mohamad Hasan won unopposed the Rantau assembly seat in the Rembau parliamentary seat, because the only person about to file his papers to challenge him, Streram Sinnasamy was barred from the premise. Umno wins, because the PKR-Pakatan Harapan candidate was locked out.

Most media now refer to a  May 9 win, but that is not true. Mohamad won on April 28 when no one was allowed to contest against him, in Rembau that day.

There is much can be said about Streram the local resident, or the anaesthetist, or the local party member, but on the aforementioned nomination day it was about a citizen who was denied his rights. Continue reading “Justice for Streram or The All-New Rantau By-Election”

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PKR Race Final Weekend Predictions

They get to choose, the new bosses

Here we go, something to compete with the Manchester derby tomorrow, the completion of the marathon PKR elections.

[They even managed a by-election within the time frame!]

If PKR’s intention was to ensure most Malaysians have heard about its election, they’ve exceeded expectations.

But knowing does not mean impressed by it. The opposites of impressed, like bemused, exasperated, flustered, annoyed and alarmed might be more suitable for wear.

Still, which races matter?

But before the Julau qualifier has to be added. If at the ballots at the controversial 11,000 new members living in 11 locations added in one day scandal-ridden division have a huge bearing on the overcome on the national results, all hell will be unleashed within the party.

It goes without saying. Julau, may end up being the start of the president’s Waterloo.

So, we’ll assume a normal distribution at Julau, for now. Hold back the smirks. Continue reading “PKR Race Final Weekend Predictions”

‘We Have More Crazy Stories, Why Focus on Julau?’

Saifuddin is not too worried.

It is mad, absolutely mad.

In response to the preposterous overnight increase of PKR members in Sarawak’s Julau, the party’s secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution claims there are equally outrageous shenanigans in other divisions. He names Kuala Lumpur’s Batu and other parts of Selangor.

Firstly, he might want to reconsider.

Because if the answer to inexplicable manoeuvres in one division is to point to other shady situations in other divisions, that does not negate the problem. It does nothing for Julau, but it does raise more eyebrows over other divisions.

As secretary-general, he can’t absolve the party by pointing at other problems.

They are all problems. Why not admit to them being problems? Why this irrational behaviour? Continue reading “‘We Have More Crazy Stories, Why Focus on Julau?’”

PKR Elections: Train-wreck Alert!

Watch out, chairs falling from above.

PKR’s first round of state by state elections has been a colossal FUBAR.

To state simply, if this is the last of three party elections (2010 which have had allegations of fraud, undue influence, delayed results and faulty polling structures, to appear surprised now with last weekend’s debacle is an act of cowardice.

Yet PKR’s Secretary-General Saifuddin Nasution says it is everyone’s fault since the process was presented at leadership meetings.

“JPP will give us a report tomorrow and only after that can we identify the real cause of the weaknesses in the system. Then, we will look at ways to improve the system so that the problems do not recur in future elections.”

They’ll get a report tomorrow, and discuss it in the evening. I can’t explain my dismay at the indifferent attitude.

The election can split the members and the leaders. Only a fool would look at the matter lightly. Continue reading “PKR Elections: Train-wreck Alert!”

The PD By-Election Losers? Voters

The silent war through gossip.

Many have weighed in on the upcoming Port Dickson by-election. One group has not. An insignificant group. The actual voters of Port Dickson.

More than most, since located in a coastal attraction close enough to the capital, the residents in that constituency are used to people, coming and going. Procuring floaties, kites and banana ride services, before the Sunday evening drive.

Whether they see Anwar Ibrahim, his opponent or the army of supporters about to descend on the holiday town, as new friends or just people who’d take what PD can offer, will be revealed on voting day.

Don’t misunderstand, Anwar will win, there is not even the remotest chance of defeat. Turnout, however, is a different matter. Continue reading “The PD By-Election Losers? Voters”

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”

Will Port Dickson Show Up For Anwar Ibrahim?

Seizing the beach in Port Dickson, Anwar.

The result is a foregone conclusion, the Port Dickson by-election winner.

Anwar Ibrahim will win, barring the impossible.

MIC can’t muster a candidate of value, and when it is the added lustre of a by-election, the candidate they do find might melt beachside on nomination day.

As a traditional seat of the minion minor party, the last winner from the party being S Sothinathan, it might entice Umno to ask MIC to step back and let a real contest transpire.

Might as well, and probably a likely scenario since there is no Barisan Nasional anymore. Continue reading “Will Port Dickson Show Up For Anwar Ibrahim?”