Vote Buying Is Malaysian Culture

Always sunny in Dusun Tua.

Your vote is there to be bought.

That is the key message both coalitions have brought this election. It appears either Malaysian politics has not matured, or politicians believes Malaysians by large are not mature, or perhaps it’s a bit of both.

Either way, the lead up to this election, with the manifestos left aside, has been the focus on what can be given. Continue reading “Vote Buying Is Malaysian Culture”


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

Will you tell the truth?

Imagine picking up the telephone on a Tuesday afternoon while you are doing your laundry. And the person on the other side of the phone telling you that they are calling from the Merdeka Centre and ask you on what you think of the prime minister. They prod on, they ask you if you think he is going to survive the next three months.

Tell me, how many of us will tell the truth? Continue reading “Will you tell the truth?”