This column first appeared on The Malay Mail Online on January 22, 2015. The link is here.
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 →
(four parts: part 3 , talking about the months of july to september)
Any casual reader of Malaysian newspapers for the third quarter of 2008 would be comprehensively confused. There were developments but they had to be seen through the lenses of the situation preceding and the players involved.
(Four parts – this is second part about the changes and posturing in the second quarter of the year)
The theoretical expectation after state governments and opposition coalition in parliament were sorted out in the aftermath of the general election – was governing. That the designated people got on with their roles.
The actual expectation notwithstanding, the actual outcome was very different. The numbers showed that the BN had been second best in the peninsula. There were inroads even in Johor. The BN was relying on the coat-tails of the Borneo parties to keep a substantial majority in parliament. Continue reading “2008 in review Pt 2 – succession, oil and a tea boy”→
The budget is done, and today on the eve of the country people might not bother too much about it other than the key information: a) because it is the eve of Merdeka and a long weekend, people may have already fled the city by now; b) what is the point to a budget when the government is in tatters, and a government collapse real and possible? Continue reading “Merdeka Weekend”→
“Petronas paid out a total of RM26.839 billion in royalties to the Federal Government and the state governments of Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak for the financial years ended March 2004 till March 2007.” http://www.Malaysianinsider.com May 14 2008
Here’s an idea, why not pay the royalties from Petronas direct to Malaysians. Most of of it to the residents of Trengganu, Sabah and Sarawak. If the oil is from there, then the money should be channeled for the present and long term benefit of the people of these states. Continue reading “Petronas money direct to the People”→