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Time to Empower Voters To Recall Political Frogs

March 14, 2020

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As the political drama unfolded on 23rd February 2020 with the “Sheraton Move” that saw the eventual collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government that was elected less than two years ago at the 14th General Election (GE14), Malaysians could only watch in horror, dismay and haplessness as the mandate given to PH was subverted […]

Forging a Bangsa Malaysia Identity Through Electoral System Redesign

October 27, 2019

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There have been some discussions and ideas proposed on what is Bangsa Malaysia and I would like to contribute to this discussion from the angle of democracy and the kind of political and electoral reforms that we need in order to forge a clear Malaysian identity. I will acknowledge that there are no quick and […]

How To Buy An Election

January 12, 2016

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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 […]

The Days After The Vote of No-Confidence

October 24, 2015

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Prime Minister Najib’s disablement of investigations into the 1MDB scandal and the silencing of critics has all but reinforced public perception that the allegations of corruption made by the Wall Street Journal, Sarawak Report, Tun Mahathir and the opposition are true. The impact on the country is far-reaching, destroying the confidence of both local and […]

Are The Chinese Less Malaysian?

September 19, 2015

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After the first Bersih rally that ended peacefully, with a record estimated number of participants of 500,000 over the 34 hours period, the UMNO-owned newspaper of Mingguan Malaysia and Utusan Malaysia, as expected, went on to rubbish Bersih 4. The focus of these newspapers, this time, was on the racial profile of the majority of […]

The Bersih 4 That Never Was

September 14, 2015

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At the stroke of midnight on the 30th of August, 2015, when the countdown to Merdeka Day had ended, the Negaraku was sung and shouts of ‘Merdeka’ rang throughout the areas around the Dataran Merdeka, the crowd dispersed quietly without much fanfare, thus ending the largest and longest protest ever in our nation’s history peacefully. […]

The Triumph of Volunteerism at Bersih 4

September 3, 2015

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If bets were taken on the eve of Bersih 4 that it would end the way it did, the momentous success that it is, you would probably be given very long odds that it would be a peaceful rally with the biggest ever crowd in Malaysian history. You’d be a very rich man by now. […]

Why Is The Government So Afraid Of Bersih?

August 26, 2015

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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 […]

Bersih 4: It’s Not About Regime Change

July 31, 2015

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Since Bersih 4 was announced on the 29th of July. 2015 with the call for PM Najib Razak’s resignation over the 1MDB mega-scandal, some commentators and Facebookers have misunderstood the call as a call to overthrow Najib’s administration à la Arab Spring-style with phrases like regime change, Occupy, overthrow of a democratically elected government, etc, […]

To Resist is To Win

April 28, 2015

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Today is the 3rd of anniversary of Bersih 3.0 and the the Election Commission is still as dirty as ever. They still went ahead and conducted one of the most dirty General Election ever in 2013 but don’t take my word for it. The Election Integrity Project in a a global survey rated Malaysia near […]