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Echoes of defeat: Five things Anwar must do to win back Malaysia’s trust

The most telling moment for the “unity government” came on Sunday night, when a crowd of a few thousand at a dinner banquet applauded DAP MP Lim Lip Eng’s announcement that Pakatan Harapan had lost the Sungai Bakap by-election.

Imagine that. If that is not writing on the wall for Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, I don’t know what is.

Two years have flown and if Anwar does not buck up, he will lose the next general election. Look what just happened to Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron in the UK and France.

Alarm bells at Sungai Bakap

Clearly, many among the ethnic minorities are no longer willing to give PH their undivided support. But because many of them feel they do not have a political alternative they are comfortable with, they stayed out of the Sungai Bakap by-election.

Some of the ethnic majority, the Malays, have no such qualms about voting for the opposition, so they switched their support from Umno or PH to Perikatan Nasional. Full article on Aliran website

Dull public interest in Sungai Bakap by-election

Voters in the Sungai Bakap by-election in Penang are heading for the polls tomorrow, but it has failed to capture the public interest.

It’s hardly the stuff of coffee-shop conversations here in Penang. Why? Perhaps its because it won’t change the balance of power in the state. But I suspect the real reason is that both sides have failed to articulate the People’s Agenda (structural reforms to the economy, healthcare, education and democratic change) endorsed by over 50 civil society groups.

Critical analysis of Penang LRT decision: Debunking proponents’ view

By Rosli Khan and Anil Netto

So the piece “Penang LRT decision, the result of comprehensive evaluation“, published by a news portal on 11 June turns out to be only the personal view of the author.

Three hours later, the same new portal reported: “Putrajaya, not state, will decide on Penang LRT, says Loke“.

ART: A better fit for Penang

By Rosli Khan and Anil Netto

The population of Penang Island, standing at around 800,000, is simply too small to justify an elevated light rail transit (LRT) system, which is typically meant for cities with over three million people.

Is the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project a good idea?

Not from the perspective of Malaysia, says investment analyst Tan Teng Boo.

Check out the video below.

PH wins Kuala Kubu Bharu by-election

Media reports are saying it is a close call. Unofficial results here

But what does the by-election even mean to the ordinary voters?

There is an awakening…

The sweeping protests in universities in the West shows that young people are waking up to the realities of the Empire. These protests are reminiscent of the student protests in the 1960s against the US war on Vietnam.

Why the obsession with Penang LRT?

Former Penang state transport engineer Lim Thean Heng has written a piece asking why the Penang state government seems so obsessed with having an elevated LRT system.

Times have changed…

Who says we haven’t made progress? Times have changed. Even Astro Awani has provided ‘live coverage ‘of the Bersih rally on its YouTube channel. And the police guided the rally participants.