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

Getting to the ‘what’ of our parties

Hee Yit Foong, courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
Hee Yit Foong, courtesy of The Malaysian Insider

This was first seen at The Malaysian Insider, June 25 2009. I’m putting up my old copies up. Some of the information, ideas and thoughts may be dated in retrospect.

JUNE 25 — There is a growing frustration among Malaysians. And in economically difficult times, political shenanigans grate people a little deeper, because they compound the growing uncertainty over their proverbial rice bowls.

They become edgy about all political parties, and this makes the present vote more knee-jerk and less habitual. In the long run, however, the Malaysian vote will be decided by what political parties — and by extension what their leaders — stand for. Continue reading “Getting to the ‘what’ of our parties”

The change

The country has irrevocably changed. Naysayers, cynics, druids and microphone technicians across the country can vacillate on the causes, and invariably they will, however the change in the country exceeds beyond the obvious, more than just deciding to have Barisan Nasional (BN) or not. It has turned out to be a judgement of who we are as a people, and what we can become. Continue reading “The change”