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Mahathir impeached former colleagues in Barisan Nasional

The horse’s mouth has spoken, literally. 老马 (Lǎo Mǎ, chinese for Old Horse, Mǎ being the first word of the chinese transliteration of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s name) responding to DAP Lim Kit Siang’s call to investigate the lost of country’s funds amounting to RM100 billion during his 22-year reign as Prime Minister did the unexpected. He … Continue reading

Manufacturing fear – UMNO, the party that failed to progress

It used to be “I help you, you help me”. But with the political bullying by UMNO and UMNO-sponsored groups against the Opposition and those who criticise the government becoming a trend, it is now more like “I beat you, if you don’t help me”. UMNO is trying to manufacture fear, but it clearly does … Continue reading

Bumiputera status, UMNO’s political commodity

UMNO has always projected itself as the champion of Malay-Bumiputera rights. Thus this piece of news demonstrates clearly UMNO’s own contradiction. Last weekend, in the morning, the President of UMNO, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, an UMNO blue blood, being himself the son of a former UMNO President, was conferred the heroic title “Sri Tri … Continue reading

Decentralisation in Malaysia – Asking the difficult questions

*a reflection post roundtable discussion on decentralisation jointly organised by the Office of the Penang State Speaker, Penang Institute and IDEAS Malaysia. After the March 8 general election in Malaysia, the debate on decentralisation has gained momentum. For decades now, state and local governments have surrendered power to the federal government in Kuala Lumpur and … Continue reading