Mahathir’s signature on Free Anwar petition seals major political realignment


This was the signature that set tongues wagging at the PKR annual assembly, showing how much Malaysian politics has changed since Reformasi was unleashed in 1998.

Meanwhile, Umno and Pas appear to be drawing ever closer to each other.

Mahathir and his Bersatu colleagues did not hold “Anwar PM Ke 7” (Anwar 7th PM) placards. A PKR source, however, informed me that no placards were placed on the table in front of Bersatu leaders out of respect to Pakatan parties. So the issue of Mahathir not agreeing to Anwar as the next prime minister did not arise.

Let us hope that Mahathir is a changed man.

Meanwhile, check out Dennis Ignatius’ thought-provoking post on whether Wan Azizah, Mahathir or some other personality would be the best person to take on the mantle of the opposition’s choice for prime minister.

Whatever the case, we cannot afford to go back to the Old Politics that is overly focused on race and religion and the issues that divide us.

Instead we need to move forward to a new politics that transcends such divisive issues; we need to come together to tackle the serious issues that the nation is confronted with: corruption, the soaring cost of living, income and wealth inequality, environmental degradation, youth unemployment, and the erosion in credibility of some of our institutions of governance.

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8 Jun 2017 2.37pm
31 May 2017 11.20am

Opposition politicians have hit out at a civil society organisation for saying that non-Muslims, like Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should not be allowed to break fast together with Muslims. “It is un-Islamic to forbid non-Muslims from joining Muslims to break fast,” Penang state assemblyman Abdul Malik Abul Kassim stated yesterday. Criticising the statement made by civil society organisation Jaringan Muslimin Pulau Pinang (JMPP, or Penang Muslim Group), Mr Abdul Malik assured both Muslims and non-Muslims that it is not wrong to participate in break fast events. He said: “All Muslims and non-Muslims must not be confused by his… Read more »

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
27 May 2017 3.56pm

Many of us cheered and clapped when Dr.M steps down.
But the ones replacing him are really of below par .
Clearly no need to elaborate on that.

BN or Pakatan?
Clearly if BN wins again, it is najib.
Who gets that high seat if Pakatan wins?
By not naming Pakatan’s potential PM is a terrible idea.
Why not come up with two or three names just for formalities?
Filling the blanks later (after winning) is inviting disaster.

Make and gain your voters confidence especially the fence sitters, the younger generation and the first time voters.

31 May 2017 11.25am
Reply to  Khun Pana

To spoil more votes in Penang and deny Pakatan Harapan in the process, there are Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) and Penang Front Party (PFP) out to target first time voters by exploiting their frustration of not able to buy affordable homes. Both Huan and Patrick Oil are clearly BN-friendly…

27 May 2017 9.54am

Why should M’sians wait 33 years for a clean gov’t?

What a joke! Asking us to wait another 33 yrs while they try to clean up the gomen?
We aren’t suppose to elect a kotor gomen just to clean up the corruptions, misdeeds & etc.

What we want is a clean up right after GE. And also tangkap those like #1 Big Thief, corrupts, murderers, cronies. We have run out of patience.

Now this is a slap: JUST VOTE OUT BN. And pls don’t ask us to apologise.

26 May 2017 1.32pm

Khairy Jamaluddin has taken an apparent swipe at those critical of handshaking between men and women after a picture of the Saudi King greeting Melania Trump went viral. “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques greets Mrs Trump. And we’ve stopped inter-gender shaking of hands,” the Youth and Sports Minister wrote on Twitter, in a sarcastic reference the “practice” of some people in Malaysia who do not shake hands with the opposite sex. His tweet was accompanied by a picture of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud greeting the First Lady of the United States. In Saudi Arabia, touching between unrelated… Read more »

24 May 2017 8.06pm

Che Det: How Najib plans to win

By imposing taxes on any money owned by even the relatively rich. And so:
Money more than RM 40,000 taken out from the bank will be asked to give details as to how the money is to be spent. Any hint that the money is to be donated to Opposition parties will meet obstacles to withdrawals, and harassments by income tax people.

24 May 2017 12.02am
23 May 2017 3.33pm

Tun M has repent, to fulfil the prophecy of RAHMAN Theory. Times up for MO1!

TV3 continues to demonise Tun M every night on 8pm Buletin. MO1 needs to upsize his Dedak package to secure more support?

23 May 2017 4.03pm
Reply to  Xemo

TV3/NST/Utusan will not report this:

TIME magazine has included Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in its list of five world leaders who the publication claims are less popular than US President Donald Trump.

The “risk report” published on its website claimed that despite an approval rating of under 40 percent, Trump was “sitting pretty” compared to the five.