Browsing All Posts filed under »Corruption«

The Borneo Fixed Deposit

January 16, 2016


At the last General Election, Barisan Nasional (BN) won only 40 percent of the popular votes for Peninsula and 85 of the 165 Federal seats it contested. The Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak secured BN a victory with a haul of 48 of the 57 seats up for grabs (including the Federal Territory of […]

Can We Overcome Money Politics?

January 14, 2016


In my article last week, I looked at the sources of political financing in Malaysia and how the Government of Najib Razak is able to access huge and almost limitless amount of money to win elections. Is it any wonder that Tun Dr Mahathir alledge that Najib told him that cash is king. So, how […]

How To Buy An Election

January 12, 2016


We have heard of the refrain, “Money makes the world go round” and this would be true of winning elections as well. It would be naive to believe that it should cost nothing to win political office and indeed to form a government. But how much money is needed before it becomes excessive, unfair, immoral […]

Jangan Main-Main Dengan Undi Kita

December 26, 2015


Negara kita adalah negara demokrasi, hak memilih jenis kepimpinan dan masa depan negara adalah hak asasi kita. Tiada sesiapa pun harus berfikir mereka boleh menafikan hak kita untuk mengundi atau memanipulasikan undi kita. Namun begitu, terdapat sekitar 4 juta rakyat Malaysia berumur 21 tahun masih belum berdaftar sebagai pengundi. Manakala setiap tahun sekitar 450,000 warganegara […]

Looking to Tunisia’s Civil Society Organisations

October 24, 2015


One of the most inspiring story to come last week was the announcement that the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015. Unknown and unheard of outside of Tunisia, it was a surprise choice but a most worthy winner. Tunisia was the country that sparked the Arab Spring in 2011 […]

Why Is The Government So Afraid Of Bersih?

August 26, 2015


As we count the days to Bersih 4, the 4th installment of mega rallies organised by the Coalition for Free & Fair Elections (or more commonly called Bersih 2.0 or just Bersih), we are seeing the same stance and gameplan by the authorities. Ridicule it as lacking support, label it as an opposition tool, accuse […]

Has Bersih Lost Her Focus?

August 17, 2015


When the Coalition for Free & Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) called for their fourth rally, Bersih 4, with a call for PM Najib Razak to step down and the new government to implement institutional reforms, some people wondered if Bersih had gone beyond its scope of electoral reforms. The 10-points institutional reforms didn’t help to […]

Think Malaysians, think!

July 24, 2015


Think Malaysians, think! Why would the data Justo stole be worth millions and various parties, including PetroSaudi, were willing to pay him if they were not detrimental to some VVIP? Think!  If the data were tampered with, just show the evidence, refute and sue The Edge, SR and WSJ. That would have totally discredited these […]


May 10, 2015


大马人究竟做错了什么?  范平东 前净选盟主席那督安美嘉最近在《东盟人民论坛》上问了一个很重要的问题,那就是——大马人究竟做错了什么? 我么究竟犯了何等滔天大罪而受到当今国阵政府如此的对待。而我本人也常常对这一问题常思不解。 一般的大马人还算得上是爱国,不论是缴税, 或是搞社会公益,大家都额外的认真。我国社会也可算是基本上和平共处。一等良民可能还算不上,但起码也算得上是一般良民。反观当今的政府,施政不利不说,贪污腐败,兴文字狱,十八般暴政,样样精通。

What Have We Done To Deserve This?

April 23, 2015


Datuk Ambiga posed this question at the ASEAN People’s Forum on human rights – “What have we done to deserve this stifle of various freedoms by Putrajaya?”  What a great question for us to ask ourselves and ask of this Barisan Nasional government. We love our country, pay our taxes faithfully (albeit, grudgingly at times), […]