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What Would It Take To End BN’s Rule Over Malaysia?

January 14, 2017

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If Malaysia is likened to a cancer-stricken person, 1MDB would be a Stage 4 cancer, where its impact has spread to all other organs of government, undermining the soundness of the political and economic system of the country. Without immediate and drastic intervention, the prognosis is poor, at best we are unlikely to achieve developed or high income country status by 2020 or at worst, on the slippery road to being a failed state.

New Politics Is Needed

April 3, 2016

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In an Instagram post recently, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak the brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said that the future terrifies him. He just can’t see how our institutions can recover, how our political atmosphere can become less toxic, and how our international reputation can be repaired. He is not alone in feeling […]

Becoming The Angel We Know

March 27, 2016

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2012 said that it is better to vote for the devil you know (Barisan Nasional) than the angel you don’t (Pakatan Rakyat). He must be regretting what he said now that the devil he knows has ousted his son Mukhriz as the menteri besar of Kedah. In my opinion Dr […]

How Pakatan Harapan Can Win GE14

March 21, 2016

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Recently I did a 10-part series which started off with an article entitled “Why BN Will Win GE14“. It was a depressing series for some as I listed 10 major challenges Pakatan Harapan (Harapan) faces as they prepare for GE14. It was not my intention to kill off any hope that people may have in […]

Sabah and Sarawak, the Battleground of GE14

March 14, 2016

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It is clear from the results of the last general election in 2013 that Barisan Nasional (BN) continues to rule the country because of Sabah and Sarawak. The ruling coalition won 48 of the 57 Federal seats contested in the two states (including the Federal Territory of Labuan), securing 56% of votes cast, with the […]

Realignment, Opportunism and Desperation

March 7, 2016

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The unimaginable has happened. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, sat down with many of his political adversaries on March 4, 2016 to sign a Citizen’s Declaration to demand the removal of Datuk Seri Najib Razak and to usher in institutional reforms. The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and the revelation […]

Gerrymandering, An Insidious Tool To Win Elections

December 28, 2015

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There have been many allegations that electoral boundaries in Malaysia are drawn to favour the incumbent and it is probably the single biggest factor that can determine the outcome even before an election is called. Since the last re-delineation in 2003 for the Peninsula and Sabah and 2005 for Sarawak, the country has seen three […]