Browsing All Posts filed under »Nation in Distress«

How many does it take to constitute a 3rd Force?

May 19, 2016

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First, lets get definitions out of the way. The freedictionary explains the phrase “THIRD FORCE” to mean, amongst others, “one or more nations, political parties, or other organizations occupying an intermediate position between two other opposed forces”. Could we expand this to allow for individuals? Or just 1? Seriously, I’ve never needed numbers behind me […]

Dear Anwar

May 17, 2016

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The last I wrote to you through this blog was on 18th August, 2008, 8 days before polling day in Permatang Pauh. Then I wrote to say that I was going to “take a chance with you”. Much has taken place since, and our personal circumstances have changed radically. You now languish in prison on […]

Who won Selangor in 2008? And how?

May 15, 2016

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Heck, throw in the whole lot. Perak, Penang and Kedah, too. Who won, and how? We know UMNO/BN did not. Pakatan Rakyat? They weren’t even a formal election pact then. So who? In January, 2009, I was in Kuala Terengganu for the bye-election. BN had won the seat in the 12th GE. As the group […]

A nation bankrupted well before 1MDB?

May 13, 2016

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I am not referring to the state of the economy. I speak of the state of leadership and in whose hands may fall the fate of this nation. NST online reports my friend, Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming, as saying that ‘Pakatan Harapan is confident of winning the Kuala Kangsar by-election provided that it […]

Treat the symptoms or rid the cancer?

May 13, 2016

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A cancer blights the nation. Stage 3. Najib? 1MDB? These are the symptoms. I reckon the first signs of this cancer showed up some time in the 60’s, when the unconstitutional  notion of Bumi / non-Bumi was introduced into the national psyche. Divide and rule, remember? Then, round about 1973, the Alliance morphed into Barisan Nasional, bringing on board, […]

Opposition parties end-goal? Reform, or power?

April 26, 2016

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In the run-up to the 13th GE, ground intelligence reports suggested that, subject to one important condition, opposition could win 12-14 of the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah. That one all-important condition? Straight contests in all the constituencies. Government servants, uniformed personnel and small time businessmen dependent on small government contracts had to see and […]

Dr M to lead? Nah! We need a reformist, not an opportunist!

April 15, 2016

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A  little over a week after the Save Malaysia initiative and the People’s Declaration had been officially announced, I was invited to attend a forum at the KLSCAH organised by activists who had concerns about this latest initiative. I, too, had concerns, and so I said I would attend, not to speak, but to hear out […]

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