Accidental Prime Minister, goodbye!

So it is time to write Abdullah Badawi’s political obituary.

An Umno man all his life – because his father was, that pretty much set the tone for a man who was never meant to make great things, just too nice a guy to be jettisoned when the ‘great things’ boat embarked on its journey.
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Mageran II

Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to Mageran II.

In 1969 in lieu of the emergency rule post May 13 elections, the country was placed under the care of the National Operational Council or Majlis Gerakan Negara(Mageran). Parliament was suspended and all laws were those of the Council really. Continue reading “Mageran II”

Gerakan 1969-2008 RIP

Sapp, Supp, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation and a litany of names. BN parties, parties that may leave or stay.

However no one is wondering where and what Gerakan is up to. Have they closed shop?

It all came down to putting your eggs in one basket.

In 69 Gerakan were the bomb. A new intelligentsia party with the likes of Syed Hussein Alatas, Lim Chong Eu and Tan Chee Koon in it. They were to be the multicultural and modern answer to the feudal infused and rigid Alliance. Continue reading “Gerakan 1969-2008 RIP”

Spoilt political children

Last week a political attache – who has been in Malaysia for close to two years – quizzed me on why so many people are making a big deal about the oil hikes. She still sees so many people at the KLCC during the weekend and its accompanying traffic.

All the Malaysians were equal in challenging her view, since we could not find confidence in her analysis. We know what things are like at different ends of KL. Continue reading “Spoilt political children”