Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has confounded sceptics, even in the so-called British liberal media, by putting up a strong showing in the UK general election.

Critics who had labelled him as “unelectable” and mocked him relentlessly now have to eat humble pie. Labour posted strong gains, increasingly its share of the popular vote by 10 per cent to 40 per cent, just behind the Conservatives’ 42 per cent.

Although the Tories lead Labour by 318 to 261 seats, it is a hung Parliament, with no single party able to command a parliamentary majority on its own. UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority – ironically in an election she called much earlier than she had to in a bid to increase that majority.

Before the elections, Labour under Corbyn had trailed far behind in opinion polls, and few expected the party to do well given the hostile media barrage against him. Yet, Corbyn defied the odds and Labour put up a robust showing. Not bad for someone who was once a 100-1 outsider to take over the Labour party leadership.

A real alternative

How did Corbyn’s Labour do it? Chiefly by presenting a real alternative to the policies of the Conservatives. Labour focused on tackling wide income inequality in British society and reversing the neoliberal trend and the damage it has caused. Full article in Aliran website

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  1. Isa Samad appointed as new acting SPAD chairperson shows a lack of young talent within Umno?

    What say you, Umno Youth?

    • ISA Samad (allegedly) has the ‘Port Dickson incident’ evidence to scare the … out of MO1. So he gets the SPAD reward to replace that Botak guy now getting new ambassador role.

  2. The outcome of the next GE will be determined by bread-and-butter issues instead of 1MDB scandals and headline-grabbing deals with China investors, reported Straits Times today.

    In a forum titled “Malaysia’s Next GE: The Perils And Prospects” held in Singapore yesterday, panellists agreed that these scandals were not enough to oust BN in the next general election.

    http://m.malaysiakini.com/news/385513

    • Pls cry.

      calvinsankaran:
      Reproduce from somewhere below:
      Good list but there are plenty more.

      – Business first, Developers Above People policy
      – Cozy relationship with business tycoons
      – Use Open Tender system to justify awarding dodgy deals
      – Talk Freedom of Information but in reality refuse to release any information on government dealings
      – One man show where the Supreme Leader… makes all the decisions and micro manage
      – Sell lands like there is no tomorrow to cover the ballooning operating expenses
      – Talk about being prudent but spend billions on white elephant projects
      – Talk loudly about the evils of corruption but carry out (allegedly) below market price property transactions
      – Talk about the bloated government service but refuse to cut the state’s civil service
      – Complain about Hari Raya dedak but without fail give out bonus during Raya.

      • No politician can deliver all promises.
        Get real.
        Focus is to deny those who cheated our money via political money game 1MDB – your next generation will bear the nation debt.

  3. Now, this is not something new – the underworld linked to political parties.
    It can happen anywhere, not only in Penang.
    Gangsters or former gangsters in the guise of businessmen or politicians is also not something new.

    It takes more than political will to weed out such undesirable elements who can do more damage to those we trusted in the ballots.
    BUT money can do wonders, so much so the source is inconsequential to those we trusted to lead.
    As long as Money Talks or Money Closes the Eyes.

    Nab ‘politically-linked’ gambling kingpins now, demands Zahid
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/385474
    Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has instructed the police to arrest and jail gambling kingpins who sponsor political parties.

    Without elaborating or mentioning the names of the political parties, Ahmad Zahid said this is a concern raised by the various communities.

    “Use the law, arrest and jail them,” Ahmad Zahid told the police during a buka puasa event in Balik Pulau.

    Zahid said crimes related to gambling was the highest in Penang, urging state police chief Chuah Ghee Lye to focus on the area.

  4. Political fatigue happening so Anil should focus on daily issues faced by the people and how to overcome them with or without BN or PakatN Harapan.

    If Anil cares to survey the ground, he will notice business climate now not rosy with many shops closure. Spending customers now becoming less and selective and many businesses cannot sustain. Likely many Penangites already got burnt big time by money games, and now have less disposable income to splash around.

  5. Youths disillusioned due to political fatigue, says IDEAS
    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/06/10/youths-disillusioned-due-to-political-fatigue-says-ideas/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FreeMalaysiaToday+%28FMT+News%29

    KUALA LUMPUR: The majority of Malaysia’s youths no longer have the energy to care about current political events in the country, says Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) chief operating officer Tricia Yeoh today.
    “Despite the fact that there are many weighty issues, there is a sense of political fatigue out there among the youth,” she said.
    She said the youths generally no longer distinguished between different sides of the political divide.
    “To them, politicians are all the same, they are all corrupt,” she told a forum entitled “Emerging issues in Malaysia for the coming GE14 (14th general election)” at the Wesley Legacy Centre here.
    Yeoh added that the sense of apathy was not helped by the fact that religious and racial issues often took precedence in politics, and had the tendency to dominate the political narrative in the country.
    “Racial and religious issues keep coming up, and small things get blown out of proportion. Because of this, neither side has the chance to talk about issues that really matter,” she said.
    She also said the media’s tendency to cover such issues that undermine the more serious concerns only served to make the matter worse.
    Yeoh urged youths not to give in to feelings of disillusionment as politicians needed to be pressured into doing the right things.
    “Politicians follow sentiment. The only reason PAS is gung-ho about hudud (Islamic criminal punishment) is that they think that’s what people want,” she said.
    “Politicians aren’t hearing the people’s voices clearly enough. If the voice is clear then they will follow the sentiment.
    “If, however, they don’t feel their positions are under threat, they won’t move,” she added.

  6. What I’ve heard from Pakatan at ceramahs and Youtube have been mostly of them highlighting the corrupt UMNO practices and 1MDB scandals. Only Rafizi has told us a little of what we can expect if Pakatan wins, but that speech was a long time ago. I’d like to hear what changes we can expect if Pakatan becomes the new government. It should be a manifesto of hope and security. Of removing the GST, highway tolls, JPJ, Immigration, Customs corruption, too. Of real transparency of govt dealings. Of replacing corrupt police personal, which I guess, is almost everyone. Of replacing our judiciary. Every govt department has these little Napoleans who makes our lives a just little difficult. Then when they’ve won, do all these in 4 years before GE15. They can hang the 1MDB, Altantuya, etc. guilty parties after carrying out their manifesto.

    • there are many dirty hidden skeletons concealed. if it is not exposed you still want to vote them like tunglang? people keep voting then election after election. policies are entrenched and will take some time to change. further new government may find how deep in debt we are in. of you can continue to vote the same parties and tell us what future will hold for you and children having the same parties in power?

      • Vicky,
        Have you seen who I voted everytime came GE?
        Why I contributed some money to bail out your Deity?
        Pls be matured in your comment!
        Spinning won’t help but makes you looked foolish like zoro!

        Spare the criticism & spoil the Niao Kong + CAT, understand?

      • Vicky, you want to see the official receipt of my other contribution?:
        Donation to the Coming Battle for Justice, Equality & Truly Malaysia
        Online payment to DAP: RM100.00
        Date: 61-2-2008
        Appointed payment gateway: NetBuilder (M) Sdn Bhd

        As for LGE bailout fundraising, my payment via ATM to Maybank account: “DAP Penang – 5070 1301 4596” has no official receipt from DAP.
        This I cannot show (only God knows), you can curse me if I lied.

      • Don’t divert the issue like you are telling off others. But you are compelled to do so after relevation by US Dept of Justice. Your paymaster is in hot soup. You are good in analysing but only good in figures 1 to 10. Billions are too complex for you? Never mind, tunglang is there to back you up. He is good. He howl best at komtar and and at sometimes at Putra. But no worries, he can donate like Arab sheik as he claim he also donate to developer party.
        If not loaded with cash how can Tun Lang make noise. Cash is king just like Number 1 M0.

      • Vicky or zoro, I don’t care what you analyse or accuse, all I can say is I don’t earn a cent, so can’t enjoy what dedak as you accused.
        Maybe you are the one on dedak, so you are now under pressure to perform.

        As a Penangite, I want a better Penang for all. A truly Cleaner Greener Penang.
        My focus on Penang doesn’t mean I am indifferent to or support MO1 & 1MDB ills.

        Too bad for an educated commenter like you, you seem to subscribe to a childish Bush Doctrine of “Either you are with us or against us”. A failed doctrine in Iraq.

        Stay in Penang & experience real ground zero of some CAT forays of arrogance & unsavoury. Keyboard political Bush Doctrine attacks won’t sell an inch.

        You have to ‘grow up’ to understand what is “there is no absolute perfect politicians” beyond the sur-face of a Cat or more precisely Niao Kong. Real politics is all about options & alternatives. Learn from the British or French.

        My Observation: most of the Cat worshippers’ comments, trolls or supporters of arrogance of CAT Gomen seem to focus on one entity. Is there no other better politicians in Penang? Too bad for Karpal Singh’s sons or Chow.

      • RBA alert! They keep changing their names every week it is so obvious…shan, vicky, zoro, shukor, etc etc…..

        calvinsankaran, UR spot on!

      • I subscribe to one political doctrine:
        Either you carry out (fulfil) what you promised, or you are out.

        Forget about more than 2 terms in CM office.
        Penang is not a political temple for worshippers of one & only one deity.
        Ram Karpal, Chow, other promising Penangite politicians, you have my words.

        Life is too precious for realist politicians to subscribe to a surreal 9-Lives Politician preying on politics of Absolute Vodka blindness.

    • Guilty conscience? Agitated and has to reply a few times. in a row. Now you want to ride sunset cruise after your foray with your Belum valley in Landcruiser?. Poor public has their ferries hijack for weddings and leisure cruises. Asking Paris H. for joy ride?
      What a perfect team with Calvin whose agenda is to perpetuate the rule of Ammo. Of course you love the says of yMCA leaders just like shooting stars instead of upcoming leaders to be tried under baptism of fire and grooming to take over. Of course you love PH other races leaders to be devoured by attacking wolves.

      • Go on spinning. Still want to see receipt?
        Maybe, you will spin on it.
        Vicky or more like zoro!
        Btw, your Niao Kong won’t last in Penang! Go on spinning on this one!
        I am waiting.

        Fyi, at least PH has more harapan for a better Penang & Malaysia. We don’t need no Deity.

  7. The French are supposedly socialist and intellectual, but they ended up electing a Rothschild employee (ex-banker) as President. He is alreading baring his teeth and ripping up public benefits.

    Corbyn has stated many thruths about the global religion of capitalism as it affects his country, which the mass media suppresses. The apocalypse of climate change is the final gift capitalism brings to the world. Younger people – those below 50 or so – know that it is going to wreck their lives and kill most of them horribly.

    This does not mean Corbyn will not do a u-turn like Trump. Don’t blame those who voted Trump in. At least, he lied that he was anti-war, unlike H Clinton.

  8. If Anil to helm Penang Labour Party, most supporters are foreigh expatriates labourers, but at least his presence can stir up the scene, so wh not?

  9. If Gelakan or Huan or Kaffa Ooi can provide disgruntled Penangites better housing and transport plan then we can expect The Cats going back to the basics rather than allegedly overzealous in developing in concrete highways and lifestyle homes.
    But I doubt they can domesticate the cats running wild with ideas apparently not friendly towards planetization efforts.

    • The apparent problems with CAT regime:

      a top-down leadership with no tolerance for alternative views / options /oppositions (like toe-the-line demand)

      class one arrogance with zero empathy for Penangites of different needs & expectations

      insincere (hide + seek + expose at the last minute) communication with the public on development projects / state proposals making it hard to reverse policies / legislations / plans / agreements

      playing perennial blame games to justify a controversial stand, to shift responsibilities, to gain sympathy (which is a waste of time = money)

      the Cleaner Greener Penang is self-contraction, misleading & a badge of dishonesty

      apparent support of more than 2 terms (perpetual?) state leadership via one politician (which is risky, irresponsible & oligarchy)

      wield more money power than sanity + responsible will power

      Pls add to the list if I have missed out.

      • Good list but there are plenty more.

        – Business first, Developers Above People policy
        – Cozy relationship with business tycoons
        – Use Open Tender system to justify awarding dodgy deals
        – Talk Freedom of Information but in reality refuse to release any information on government dealings
        – One man show where the Supreme Leader… makes all the decisions and micro manage
        – Sell lands like there is no tomorrow to cover the ballooning operating expenses
        – Talk about being prudent but spend billions on white elephant projects
        – Talk loudly about the evils of corruption but carry out (allegedly) below market price property transactions
        – Talk about the bloated government service but refuse to cut the state’s civil service
        – Complain about Hari Raya dedak but without fail give out bonus during Raya.

      • That’s all? Lucky Bonnie and Clyde can list them as compare to the other side. The other side piles up that even kalvin never bothers to analyse and tell us about 1MDB, FVG, 9.5 M man and many more circumvented the solar system many times.

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