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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.

The Barisan Nasional’s Votebanks

March 16, 2016

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According to Wikipedia, a votebank is a loyal bloc of voters from a single community, who consistently back a certain candidate or political formation in elections. Such behaviour is often the result of an expectation of real or imagined benefits from the political formation, often at the cost of other communities. Votebanks play a pivotal […]

Can We Overcome Money Politics?

January 14, 2016

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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

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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 […]

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, […]