Sungai Kandis Analysis: You Kinda Suck

Long queues were not a problem last weekend in Sungai Kandis

It was pointless to write about this before Monday, when the workday begins.

Because over the weekend, it seems, not enough people chose to care about the Sungai Kandis by-election. Statisticians had to reach for their binders to locate when was the last time, less than half the voters came out to vote in a by-election.

Already, the theories are flying about why only 49% of the Selangor constituency nestled in the Klang-Shah Alam zone, wanted a ballot paper.

Some of them prove Malaysians do not lack an imagination.

1. The people did not vote because they were disappointed with Pakatan Harapan Continue reading “Sungai Kandis Analysis: You Kinda Suck”

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Mahathir, Needs To Lead Not Control

Change, everyone needs to.

A prime minister does a lot.

This is why in regular countries the PM has no specific ministry.

Because as PM he is ultimately responsible for all the ministers, which is why he gets to choose them.

But after choosing them, he has to let them get on with it.

Of course, a while back, a prime minister was so insecure about attacks — after his party expired when he allegedly manipulated elections — that he felt the best way to lead is to keep control.

Control of everything. Continue reading “Mahathir, Needs To Lead Not Control”

Umno President Death Race

Used to be a huge deal, the Umno general assembly, but this season RTM is busier showing the World Cup.

Everyday #MalaysiaBaru offers political writers enough fuel power a space rocket, and at this rate, all the way to Pluto.

Hitherto, in 72 years of existence, a total of *four men have ever challenged for the Umno presidency, otherwise incumbents or the anointed ones win without a contest.

The all so famous “Umno” no contest culture.

Today, ** seven men dare to defy the culture, and vie for the overall leadership. Continue reading “Umno President Death Race”

Umno, Just Like My Grandma

Police removing bags, presumably with money and luxury goods in them from one of Najib’s residences.

“Our former president had sourced the funds prior to GE14 and was managing it,” said Zahid Hamidi, the acting president of Umno.

I sourced the quote from Umno’s own New Straits Times, so that we are absolutely sure, that Zahid is not misrepresented. Thor be shamed, if we ever misspeak of the fallen Umno leaders.

He was of course referring to the police seizure of RM130 million in cash and about RM200 million in gems from premises linked to Najib, the report went on to detail. Continue reading “Umno, Just Like My Grandma”

Umno Ditching Race For New Love?

Khairy, I guess you can’t be wrong when you have the official tags.

Later this year, if Khairy Jamaluddin wins the Umno presidency the party will — shock, horror & please be mortified — likely open its doors to non-Malays.

First, don’t laugh, and rebut for the party has been open to non-Malays for years. I still smile when I fondly remember its former president Najib Razak declare at one of their gloriously televised general assemblies that Malays include Turks and Pakistanis.

Every day, new parents in hospitals in Lahore exclaim, while holding up their new-born sons, “You can join the army rise to prominence or join the Pakistan Taliban for eminence in this and the next life, and if failing both, settle to become an Umno supreme council member.” Continue reading “Umno Ditching Race For New Love?”

Jumping Lawmakers And The Culture Of Absolute Power

The civil servants, still to just serve the master?

Sugut assemblyman Datuk James Ratib (Umno), Pitas assemblyman Datuk Bolkiah Ismail (Umno), Kuala Penyu assemblyman Datuk Limus Jury (Upko) and Kuamut assemblyman Datuk Masiung Banah (Upko) are rumoured to be next to abandon the BN ship for Pakatan.

Most Malaysians won’t remember their names or seat names, come tomorrow, but they are aware of the mass exodus everywhere.

It was expected long before that whenever BN finally loses, their candidates will flee, but the rate is unprecedented. It does not happen in regular democracy, but Malaysia is different kind of democracy. Continue reading “Jumping Lawmakers And The Culture Of Absolute Power”

Flimsy Umno

Zahid, the big boss for now.

At the end of decision day, early in the morning of May 10, while rakyat and pundits were scratching their head guessing the total number of seats Pakatan as a coalition had, one number was rarely mentioned, which is 54.

Which is the number of seats Umno won. The Pakatan and BN overall seat counts aside, they were the largest party in Parliament, on May 10. Continue reading “Flimsy Umno”