Coming Soon: Lonely Old Men in Parliament

On top, and for long.

MARCH 10 — What’s Mahathir Mohamad’s MP support level today? What will it be on May 18 when Parliament convenes? Or more pertinently, the figure when a parliamentary majority would matter, closer to the budgetary proceedings in October?

Will Mahathir, Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang become isolated figures in a shrinking opposition bench?

Shafie looks around, of course he has to.

At what point will the Sabah faction desert them, if the defections become pronounced? After all, for Warisan and UPKO it’s a state game not a federal one, and they will flee to protect their own future, notwithstanding Shafie Apdal’s relationship with Muhyiddin Yassin and Umno. The last time a Sabah government stood against a Federal government, 1990 under Joseph Pairin Kitingan, the chief minister had a corruption trial shortly after, and his party won the state election only to lose the state the day after — thanks to the roles of Mahathir and Anwar at the 1994 state election (as they say, back in the day, eh, Anwar?)

That would mark a complete transition of Borneo’s support to Perikatan Nasional (PN)

That’s one foot closer to Pakatan Harapan’s grave. Continue reading “Coming Soon: Lonely Old Men in Parliament”

Knowing Your Enemies is not the Same as Knowing Your Country

They see power slip from both of them.

With so much which transpired over the week, it’s a mountain to climb. To cover key components. I’ll bit-size it and approach the less-looked at angles. Beginning the wild call to regain paradise lost.

MARCH 2 — “We have to take back our country from this backdoor government.”

I struggle with this abused statement among liberal Malaysians. The past week, the phrase repeats incessantly across social media platforms, but only results with limited offline activities.

The we, it appears, is either not numerous or fails to have enough gumption to show up.

Or the we is uncertain of its own definition.

It’s clearer by the day, other than foreign observers and media, Malaysians themselves by large struggle with a cohesive view of themselves, in isolation or with the larger population or in practical terms to the various key segments, their idea of a country and what constitutes a leadership they can support. Continue reading “Knowing Your Enemies is not the Same as Knowing Your Country”

Latheefa Koya Is The Nation’s Top Graft-buster

Latheefa Koya

JUNE 4 — The news still sizzles, so hold on to your roller-coaster seats everywhere in Malaysia, the Latheefa Koya Show is coming your way.

As the newly appointed head of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

She is not for the meek, that’s the quick summary.

My favourite story about Latheefa is when of one of our reporters a decade ago tried to avoid contacting Latheefa, because she’s afraid of getting an earful from the lawyer who never minces her words. Worse, if the issue is misrepresented when speaking to her.

Say what you must, Latheefa is a believer and is willing to stick by her principles, come hell or high water. Continue reading “Latheefa Koya Is The Nation’s Top Graft-buster”

PKR’s Cold War, Ensues

Anwar measures the divide inside the party.

The deputy president has to air his objections to the party president’s new leadership council appointments, publicly.

Things have not improved between Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali.

That is to say, the president and deputy president were not able to agree, or the deputy was never consulted. Either way, that’s a mess inside PKR, because the top two don’t see eye to eye.

In the backdrop, more quagmire.

Nurul Izzah Anwar, the top elected vice-president, the technical number three, albeit being the president’s daughter quit the leadership cloaked in secrecy. Continue reading “PKR’s Cold War, Ensues”