What do Malays want?

DECEMBER 1 — It haunts me at night. This prized question.

The last general election — on May 5, 2013 — was alleged as proof of insatiable Chinese community gone amok, but the aspersion was never directed at the dwindling race. It was to the Malays, to suggest, “Hey look, look what they Chinese have done. We are next.”

It was about inflating the bogeyman as a large menacing Zeppelin hovering over the population’s soon to implode sanity, and in reaction hope they ignore a shocking electoral process and result. It worked.

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Friends in the Pakatan submarine keeping separate beds

This was first seen at The Malaysian Insider, July 7 2009. I’m putting up my old copies up. Some of the information, ideas and thoughts may be dated in retrospect.

JULY 9 — It is a Greek tragedy of sorts, the ever-increasing admonishments of Pakatan Rakyat — for its alleged rising ineptitude, communication breakdowns, tantrums and obtuseness.

The Kampung Buah Pala saga, PAS-Umno talks, PKR-DAP hostilities in the Seberang Perai Municipal Council and more, resulting in some claiming that this coalition of the willing risks the ire of an electorate and may lose its present gains in the next general election, probably in 2012.

Fair enough, the warning. Continue reading “Friends in the Pakatan submarine keeping separate beds”

Mugilan is for BN or MIC first?

APRIL 14 — Why has V. Mugilan the MIC youth chief in Hulu Selangor not come out and backed  Datuk G.Palanivel — his party’s sole nominee for the Hulu Selangor by-election?

No matter what Umno wants, if Mugilan turns down the overtures to turn his back on his party’s leadership, Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be forced to name MIC’s pick.

Is Mugilan ready to pick up the BN candidacy for Hulu Selangor despite the objections of his parent party, MIC? Continue reading “Mugilan is for BN or MIC first?”

Gods we can live with

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim viewing the damage at the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati with Hulu Kelang Assembly Azmin Ali right behind him in blue

JAN 9 — The country is in a mess.

The homemade bombs trying to bring down churches, and people outside mosque trying to bring down ideas, these are just Malaysia’s ‘chickens coming home to roost’.

We have some serious problems, and we need some serious people to solve it.

We have for far too long been crafty in putting everything off and imagining eventually our problems will go away. Continue reading “Gods we can live with”

PAS the buck please?

JUNE 2 — PAS gets to pick its leadership again, and so much is made of how much different PAS has become in the last five years.
Pause.

Has PAS become a different party or has it become a party more adept to appearing different?
The core battle in PAS, and it even predates the rise of Erdogan or even the Ayatollah, has been about it being a Malay party or a party of egalitarian Islam. Continue reading “PAS the buck please?”

The nanti ends for Penanti

May 18 — There was to be an announcement a while back, it got dragged on for what seemed an eternity. Finally with the wisdom and foresight that only someone with Najib Razak’s experience and breeding could have had, they have decided to pass.

It was a ding-dong from the word go, when Fairus Khairuddin resigned as Penanti state assemblymen, as Umno just kept everyone guessing.

So the tennis ball exchanged ended. Continue reading “The nanti ends for Penanti”