One year of PM Anwar – Unrealistic expectations or underperformance?

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My take on Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s first year in office. What do you think of his performance over the last year?

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luca

The Challenges Facing Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim After 1 Year In Office (CNA Insight):

Salamiah

Amboi Madani
Reformasi mana ni
Sudah jadi permaidani
Banyak cakap ini
Jangan mencapati janji
Bacalah komen sini
Buat apa singgah sana sini
Jagalah tepi kain negera diri

Last edited 2 months ago by Salamiah
Mike

Anil in fact these days toe the line, less provocative, hence not controversial. The downside is Anilnetto.com is losing readership as a result of being “obedient”.

Politicians

Is it safe to say that the mighty river of justice is slowly drying up leaving behind small pools of water here and there? Do not we have a Democratic nation, its admin, muddle with foreign names and religiosity. How do then we move forward?

Shriek

Demo cracy by the people, for the people and to the people. If vote and chose the crocked road, the nation goes bengkok

Inquisitor

PSM appeared to be the first off the starting block to commend Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim for dropping V Sivakumar as the human resources minister.

Whereas PAS chimed in with a sardonic swipe at the cabinet size, which has grown from 28 to 31.

Public

That’s right. Before the GE15, boast about bringing the size of cabinet / ministers to half, but just one year only, make a U-Turn and increase the size further.

A copy from TMM’s playbook, manifestoes and promises are not cast in stones. Quantity before quality or qualified.

Economy still in doldrum since the 1998 financial crisis. Food security and sustainability no sure where it is heading. Price of goods still high. Quality poor. National debt now? Etc etc etc.

Shriek

You can predict the outcome of the election? If can predict, then don’t have election to save $$$. The outcome shows the newly formed Gomen is unstable and may plug into crisis with cross overs.

luca

Very seldom Anil got interviewed by media.
Possibly because local media is still tightly controlled and the local TV stations (RTM, Media Prima, Astro, Bernama) tend to interview less controversial people that toe the official line.

luca

Malaysia’s weakening ringgit and subsidy removals fuel rising cost of living

Nasha

Good video reflecting current woes of Malaysia people difficult coping with rising costs.

enid

The numbers paint a worrying picture – nearly 40% Malaysians do not have a retirement plan, which has experts calling for government intervention to forestall a crisis.

In the Malaysia Ageing and Retirement Survey (MARS) Wave 2, some 37% of the 4,821 respondents said they had not given much thought towards retirement while 23% said they may opt to change the nature of their work.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/12/09/retirement-crunch-looming

shriek

Never mind – that is what we have to shouting – Boleh, ketuan and putras and 2Rs

Shriek

Yet PAs has been talking about 2Rs and ask PKR about its reformasi

Public

“PM’s Cabinet reshuffle joke has reporters in stitches” by Amirul Aiman 
dd 01 Dec 2023, 3:20pm

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/12/01/pms-cabinet-reshuffle-joke-has-reporters-in-stitches/

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If the musical chair of who get which seats involves the same actors, how is it going to be different for the betterment of our Nation and the well being of our Rakyat?

luca

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 30 — Penang has been found to have rare earth elements (REEs) estimated to be worth RM100 billion, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow told the state legislative assembly here today.

Xiang Yee

Bad news is the extraction of such REEs will cause environmental degradation.

shriek

heritage city may be sitting 50 billion – dig them up??

A Green Miner

Yah, yah, dig them up. When no water, someone suggest use underground water but State admin say cannot, say ground will become unstable and pigeon hole tall building will wobble and start coming down crashing.

But this one REEs is okay, can supersede all that because of money, money, money, billions in $$$, its a rich mans world.

And it will all begin, with a misplaced footing of an overly excited, double talking, my legacy seeking, CM.

Wonder where Kedah fits in all this?

Shriek

It shows you do not know about the laws and planning. You can build a house about 300ft sea level?

Apanama

The real root cause facing Malaysia is this. In one hand, the voters, especially, the non-Malays have NO choice. Due to fear of PAS, they need to vote PH regardless whether Anwar perform or not, in the name of giving him more time. Of course, Rome is not built in one day. But back here, Malaysia is also NOT built in proper manner in last 67 years. We are still divided and being divided by politicians. We can’t even get our education system right. Don’t talk about other things. A 67 years old guy still struggling to know what is… Read more »

Xiang Yee

Can PM Anwar be counted to enforce promised reforms related to merit based governance, institutional reforms against abuse and corruption, ceasing politics of patronage, zero corruption and reigning in the 2R hate preachers that divide the rakyat by race and religion for political expediency?

These are the clear and present danger facing the country. The people are struggling, especially the B40s, from the stagnated economy, ever raising cost of living, tumbling currency and dwindling FDI.

shriek

We need modern believers just like modern Singhs???

A Tourist

High-end parcels the main choice of foreigners By Imran H, KHOO GS and DAVID.T dd Friday, 22 Dec 2023 https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/12/22/high-end-parcels-the-main-choice-of-foreigners ======== Whatever it is, our locals must come first, owning a home, prices of goods and food must be affordable. No point talking about boosting our economy from this sector if it is going to make our local lives difficult to live. The State should look into limiting the number of applicants applying for Malaysia My Second Home and foreign investors buying properties here. We locals have no issue with Thailand or Indonesia or for that matter any other countries… Read more »

Shriek

You think how many tourists will come back? What is there to enjoy? You complain it is getting more expensive, they don’t feel the same?

Shriek

Where you live, shop and eat? Bukit Kenny, Pasar malam and food courts? You see rich foreigners compete with you? Maybe you are rich spending your time in Starbuck and high end shopping centre.

A Rakyat 88

“Look East Policy includes China now, says PM” by Bernama dd 19 Dec 2023, 10:28am

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/12/19/look-east-policy-includes-china-now-says-pm/

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“Malaysia advocates a “fiercely independent” foreign policy, and Anwar said the country would deal with China according to Malaysia’s interests.”

>>> Well, as we can see, The only country among Asean countries that is taking some form action or steps to control China’s expansion in South China Sea now is Philippines.

Shriek

You want to control the export of durians to China? You want to say no Chinese tourists to Penang? You go and tell look east does not include China? China’s expansion has its own reasons. You see China expand into Laos, Burma, Vietnam? You can see the boundary lines clearly marked in Hi malayans?

A Rakyat 88

“But Anwar said Malaysia would firmly negotiate with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea and not allow any unilateral action by Beijing.” >>> Maybe one does not realize this but Beijing, China has taken unilateral actions already, latest being the introduction of their latest China’s MAP that covers most parts of South China Sea and some parts of other adjoining countries with China. Later, when things have settled down, they will just enforce it. So, unless the Asean cooperate together and do what needs to be done in the initial stages, Asean countries may not be able to do… Read more »

Shriek

You want to drag Sin, Thai, Burma, East Timor part of Asean into this?

A Rakyat 88

“During the recent Apec 2023 summit in US, he was asked why Malaysia was tilting towards China. He replied: “Because they’re investing more.”

>>> One needs to understand that China is a communist country with about 88 million communist governing 1.3+ billion Chinese people. To them, their survival will come first. 

So, all the rhetoric about China being a trade partner and whatnot will not have any importance later, for will they come to your aid unconditionally in your hour of need?

Shriek

You think USA leader of the free world and human right? Human rights to whom? Palestinians with over 20k killed and more are under famine and sickness. Yet this leader continue to supply weapons of mass destruction. The water down resolution passed by UN is completely ignored.

shriek

you think US president Biden very truthful? He talk very much about 2 states in Middle East. He just pay lip service.

A Rakyat 88

Note that during the Cultural Revolution in the mid sixties, initiated by Mao Zedong, the aim was to preserve the communist ideology and eliminate capitalist and traditional elements within Chinese society.

It involved widespread persecution, purges, and violence, leading to the deaths of millions of individuals. 

Is China’s mindset, their ideological beliefs and views any different now ?
What they show externally may not be the same what they think and hold close to their heart internally.

shriek

It is just like another believing. Holier than thou. He is better than she and she is holier than him.

Shriek

Who told you it is to preserve communist ideology? Then what about USSR? What about Cuba, North Korea and North Vietnam? They are not communists to eliminate capitalists?

A Rakyat 88

“Hadi rebuffed Muslim Brotherhood’s olive branch with Anwar, says source”
Mohd Farhan Darwis – 19 Dec 2023, 9:15am

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/12/19/hadi-rebuffed-muslim-brotherhoods-olive-branch-with-anwar-says-source/

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Now the lines are drawn and it is clear. PAS is in PN and is the dominating political party in the coalition with 40 plus Federal seats.

But if PAS joins Pakatan Harapan it is going to get complicated. PAS is all for a theocratic state. Pakatan Harapan is about democracy and multiculturalism.

A Rakyat 88

If PAS joins and pushes for any form theocracy, the other political parties in PH unity are going to oppose. If they don’t, they will be voted out. And lets not forget the East Malaysia factor. They will definitely not want any of it.

In this scenario, PKR will become the biggest loser. Already Rakyat were not happy with their leadership and their constant theocratic approach. DAP might split, Amanah and East Malaysia might join with DAP and there are other small political parties on the side line. Not sure yet but UMNO might just become history.

A Rakyat 88

Right now, we Rakyat are mostly interested in the improvement of our economy, food security and sustainability, reduced cost of living, protection of our green environment, proper management of our Nation’s finances, reduce our national debt, complete eradication of corruption, etc etc etc. A whole lot of us are still living here, not in the hereafter, we need clean water, food , clothing and shelter to sustain our lives, which now have a average life expectancy of about 65 to 70 years.  Lastly, our country Malaysia is blessed with peace and prosperity, so don’t spoil it. Lets just wait for… Read more »

shriek

same status? Dont change it? Dont have an election. Save $$$. Save donating $$$ to political parties. Donate to charities

shriek

now you change your tune. Last year you want no development – hills and sea. Now you want food, reduce national debt and better economy. In short you want everything. Dont be greed and selfish. You cant take everything

Public

Shriek asks,”Apart from complaint, what you want readers to do?” Answer : Unite, Rakyat! Shape the Future of our Nation! All readers / Rakyat should come together, embrace our Nation’s diversity, be inclusive and make collective decisions on our opinions and desires. Let us be consistent in our vision for progress, using the power of social media to voice our concerns to the political parties. If political parties do not listen, fear not, for in the coming General Election, support to increase the number of qualified independents to become MPs and State Assembly persons. This includes passionate citizens from NGOs,… Read more »

Shriek

What diversity? Many said their feelings are hurt. Also the wrongs and rights are questioned. Preferences are the norm and many like from Penang have to work over the seas. A girl asked about entering science colleges and unis.

Public

It’s time for the political parties to feel the impact of our united front. We must not tolerate broken election promises, sluggish policy reviews, or deceitful rhetoric about the state of our nation. Let’s make a big dent on the political parties, their power, showing them that we demand transparency, accountability, and progress. The future of our nation rests in our hands, the Rakyat. Let’s grasp this opportunity and forge forward, to a path of positive change. Together, we can shape the destiny of our great nation for generations to come. Are the Rakyat / readers up for it? You… Read more »

shriek

So what happen when you demand transparent, accountability and progress, they says 2Rs and hurt their feelings?

Public

“Penang murals now just shadows of their past” by Imran Hilmy
by Saturday, 16 Dec 2023

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/12/16/penang-murals-now-just-shadows-of-their-past

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“State tourism and creative economy chairman Wong Hon Wai confirmed that plans are afoot to touch up the eroded murals in George Town.”

>>> Good! Just don’t take too long. Imagine, Penang Murals have become a tourist attraction. That is the beauty of our Pearl of the Orient. Anything touristy in Penang is worth preserving.

Oldy Senior

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2023/12/16/anwar-malays-will-be-pm

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” Anwar said the Opposition bloc should focus on finding ways to strengthen the country’s economy and alleviate the burden on the people.”

>>> So, how is the Opposition progressing with their SG4 Initiative. Any uplift or improvement in the well being of the people living in the 4 states under the Opposition State Government rule ? Or is it all just cakap cakap makan angin only. 

A Senior

“Upgrading works at Sg Dua water treatment plant can’t wait, says PBAPP”
by Ian McIntyre dd 12 Dec 2023 1:24PM

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/100347/upgrading-works-at-sg-dua-water-treatment-plant-cant-wait-says-pbapp

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“Crucial 1,200mm valve can break down at any time.”

>>> Exactly how many 1,200mm valve are there at the Sungai Dua water treatment plant in Butterworth because last year the same reason was used to shut down the Sungai Dua water treatment plant.

What about all that upgrading work that has been taking place, believe since 2017 at the plant.

Shriek

If no upgrade and maintenance, you like to drink kopi or kau jau or the tarik?

A Senior

Expensive to do? But water rates have been raising for free water falling from the sky. Where is the state tax payers money going to? Budget seems to be in deficit with higher cost allocations and less for development cost.

Straight 4 days of no water, is this the 1st time ? The whole of Penang is going to stink. Some people need to be replaced. This is beginning to remind us of the Klang valley water episodes.

shriek

If free, go and buy containers and collect them. During rain – go and wash your car, clothes and floor. pipelines, pumps, chemical dosing, treatment plants, staff – metre readers work free?

A Senior

Yap, that is exactly what ah have been doing, wherever possible like washing car or balcony and car poach floors, etc. Possibly, others could be doing the same too.

Some time ago, the State with its Green 2030, was talking about designing and building houses with rain harvesters to harvest free rainwater. Has this been implemented?

What about harvesting free energy from the Sun, designing and building houses with energy harvesting solar cells as rooftops?

shriek

State build 4 story walk up flats or high rise flats not landed properties. You can show them where to put the rain harvest tank in flats? Yu want the state to wash their cars? Which state supply electricity to roads or house? You orso want state to pay for their solar panels and storage?

A Senior

Today’s mollycoddled youngsters, this can be really challenging including your middle age self to figure out. So, very old senior with a feeble mind, poor eyesight and rickety hands / fingers is going to you a clue,

critical mass + mass production = lower price OR mass production + critical mass = lower price. Can figure or not?

Infamous hand greasing of any kind or form not included otherwise lower price cannot be achieved.

Shriek

Tell us what you did when greasing hands are prevailing in your time?

Green Farmer

“Petroleum tax plan not in line with green initiatives, Penang told” by FMT Reporters dd 03 Dec 2023, 10:55am https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/12/03/petroleum-aspirations-not-in-line-with-green-initiatives-penang-told/ ======== Yap, have mentioned these things and many more to the Penang State government so many times already, but in their eagerness to want to make money, money, money, they don’t think proper, their thinking just goes sideways. Until today no news about total ban on use of plastics, etc etc etc but beat their chest, gloat and declare, green this, green that, until the cows also don’t want to come home. Do you know there are green green grasses… Read more »

Shriek

Plastic ban. Then you bring your own cup, bowl when you eat outside? Or they serve the food onto your two open hands.

Green Farmer

How was people eating outside in restaurants, coffee shops or roadside stalls, etc or buying food in packs to go before the introduction of plastics?

If you do not know, ask your grandparents, they will be able to tell you.

Shriek

Yes go and ask grandparents. There are no plastic bags, plates, fork and spoons. They are first class green.

A Politician

“Bersatu leader insists 10 ‘Madani’ backbenchers are set to join PN soon”
By FocusM 

https://focusmalaysia.my/bersatu-leader-insists-10-madani-backbenchers-are-set-to-join-pn-soon/

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Only about a year pass GE15, they are already back to their usual political song and dance. Political parties self interest above Nation and Rakyat.

Security

” Kidnapped Bangladeshi journalist recounts ‘ordeal’” by Predeep Nambiar 
dd 01 Dec 2023, 11:41am

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2023/12/01/kidnapped-bangladeshi-journalist-recounts-ordeal/

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As per the news, it means there are already foreign gangs on our land. For how long have they been here and operating on our soil and what kind of security threat will it have on our Nation. How many more of them are there?

https://api.nst.com.my/news/nation/2023/11/984396/visa-exemption-national-security-not-neglected-anwar

A Tourist

Remember, our ‘s is a democratic country until the our Federal Constitution, the supreme law of our land says it otherwise. It is what our forefathers chose our Nation to be, beginning from our illustrious PM1 ( Tunku Abdul Rahman )

shriek

dont you know how they rojak the constitution? tell us where is the social contract? …

A Rakyat 88

Let me rephrase the term ‘Social Contract’ in my earlier reply dd 25 Dec 2023 10.24am.

The term ‘Social Contract’ refers to the consensus reached by our forefathers on specific social issues, which was then incorporated into our Malaysian Federal Constitution.

Shriek

Let me rephrase. Dr Lim in your quoted article said is myth. Why no one said anything about SC to LKY when Sing was part of Malaysia? When North Borneo, Sarawak and Sing join in 1963, how can one drag 1957 into 1963?

shriek

Show us the social issues TAR, Siew Sin and Sambathan used after independence and after formation of Malaysia. Reserved places in edu, housing, civil jobs, defence. If no response, you are just spinning like Biden.