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Critics rushed to assign the new Pakatan Harapan government grades for its 100-day performance. MCA had the cheek to give the government a D grade. Others gave a B. If Pakatan Harapan had its own Pemandu, I am certain grade A+++ would have been announced in a pompous self-congratulatory parade. I am unsure what grade […]

We have the right to celebrate May 9. It is after all the first time in Malaysian history change at the very top happened. For years we were only chipping at the edge. Progress felt irrelevant. But now, here it is. Change. Yet, not all or even most of the changes Malaysia needs have been […]

Puji dan syukur pada Ilahi Anugerahnya tiada terhingga Kedamaian kemakmuran Malaysiaku bahagia Dengan tekad untuk berjaya Berbakti pada nusa dan bangsa Kami junjung cita-cita luhur Perpaduan seluruh negeri Seia sekata sehati sejiwa Menghadapi cabaran Kami sedia kami setia Berkorban untuk negara Bersemarak Malaysia tercinta Kibarkan panji kebesarannya Kami rela menjaga namamu Sejahtera Malaysia

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I take pride in knowing my streets and its history. When I drive in the city, I generally go around without any navigation aid. When I am in a rideshare vehicle,  I sometimes override the driver who is totally reliant on his or her not-so-smart smartphone. “No, no, no… please turn left instead. I know […]

So, how would I rate Pakatan Harapan’s massive manifesto for the 2018 general election? I generally agree with the conclusion reached by the people at the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs. Pakatan’s institutional reform agenda is impressive, and it satisfies my demand enough. But its economic proposals are difficult to stomach wholly. Pakatan’s economic […]

Two of Pakatan Harapan’s ten big promises are the abolition of GST (returning to the SST regime) and the reintroduction of fuel subsidy.[1] While I can agree with most of its other proposals that include credible investigations into various financial scandals besetting the Barisan Nasional government, I oppose these two policies. With respect to the […]

People are starting to canvass for votes. The Malaysian general election is just somewhere around the corner. But some are advocating a no-vote strategy and some others are proposing to go out and spoil their votes. All that to express dissatisfaction over the options they will likely face at the ballot box. I can see […]

Reading is a private experience that takes place within a personal bubble. It is one between you the reader and the author through his or her text. You can read in a group silently or aloud, but chances are most of the time it is a private experience.   During the time you spend reading, […]

There were a lot of talks about the budget recently. About those by the opposition and by the government. The opposition may have to improve on its budget quality especially on the assumptions made, but I believe the annual tabling of such alternative is healthy and is a positive development in our increasingly flawed democracy. […]

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