1) The bill to extend by five years the authority for the harsh security act Sosma, which allows detention without trial, has moved up to number 3 from number 7 on the parliamentary agenda. [Detention without trial should be abolished – not extended.]
What happened to the safeguard for a Sosma panel to review the implementation of the act, which Najib had promised to set up when he was promoting the Sosma bill, according to former attorney general Gani Patail?
2) Hadi’s private member’s bill, which could pave the way for the implementation of hudud, languishes at number 16. Quo vadis, Hadi?
3) Najib is not only cosying up to China but is also courting investments from India with deals worth US$36bn reportedly signed.
4) Najib also seems to be courting the Indian Malaysian vote ahead of an impending general election by pointing to frivolous things like his favourite breakfast is the healthy idly and taking selfies with superstar Rajnikanth. Even the Indian press can see through this. This excerpt from the Times of India:
Addressing Indian business leaders here as he oversaw the signing of the business agreements, Najib said, “I want to make a confession to all of you that I am beginning to consider idli as my favourite breakfast item and you can see how much of India has crept into our Malaysian way of life.”
Najib has been courting Indian-origin population in his country as he heads into elections, so this is not surprising.
Such gimmicks are unlikely to impress the many Malaysians struggling to cope with the higher cost of living and the 10 per cent of Malaysian youths who are unemployed.
5) A journalist tells me many Felda smallholders near the East Coast are finding it tough going with not a few falling into rising indebtedness. Hard times are here.