Hadi’s private member’s Bill listed in Parliament Order Paper today: MP


Is this Umno’s knockout punch for Pakatan Rakyat? But then Pakatan Rakyat is already lying sprawled on the canvas, after it “ceased to exist” yesterday. So is this a blow after the bell has rung and the towel thrown in?

The private member’s bill towards hudud laws is listed as the last item in the Order Paper, according to an MP in a text message from Parliament at 11.20am. He feels it is unlikely to be debated though.

“Theoretically, the government could vacate the rest of the Bills ahead of Hadi’s and move his up. But very unlikely.”

So is this just a wayang?

Meanwhile, what do you think of Nazir Razak’s reported plan for a new party? (Nazir has since clarified he is setting up an NGO to advocate moderation.)

While some may welcome a more moderate approach to politics, we should be wary of the top 1 per cent and those pursuing the corporate agenda stepping forward to ‘hijack’ the movement for real change during the current realignment of politcal forces.

PKR for its part held its political bureau meeting last night but did not reveal the outcome to waiting journalists. It is possible that the party will make an announcement later today, after consultation with party leaders.

We are also watching to see what the Pas ‘progressives’ have got up their sleeve. The 18 ousted Pas leaders are mulling over a new platform, either by setting up a new party – perhaps an Islamic democrats party? – or an NGO, aligned with PKR and DAP.

Pakatan may be flat on the canvas, a white towel covering it, but the way things are shaping up, we could well see a new coalition emerging: Pakatan v2.0.

Many are also watching Razaleigh’s next move as some have speculated that he could turn out to be an interim leader in whatever realignment that takes place.

Some analysts are seeing the current realignment of political forces as the drawing of a line in the sand between  liberal, ‘moderate’ Malaysians on the one side and conservative, nationalistic right wing forces in Malaysian society on the other.

Let there be no doubt where we stand: for a progressive, democratic Malaysia that upholds international human rights standards and empowers ordinary people.

In the midst of all this realignment, concerned people must insist to the political parties that people-centred policies should be their priority:

  • the abolition of the regressive GST
  • the introduction of a more progressive tax system
  • improvements to the conditions for workers and unions, including raising the minimum wage
  • really affordable housing (not RM400,000 ‘affordable’ housing)
  • universal quality health care in the public health care system
  • radical improvements to education in government schools and public universities
  • a revamp of the judiciary, MACC and Election Commission
  • the repeal of all oppressive laws and
  • the protection of the ecology.

That will do nicely for starters. Under no circumstances should the people’s movement for change be hijacked by anyone or any party,  existing or new.

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18 Oct 2016 5.03pm

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gk ong
gk ong
21 Jun 2015 4.53pm

Moderate leaders of G25 must now come forward to form a secular Islamic party, else the country is heading towards talibanisation.


18 Jun 2015 5.58pm

Now Malaysia is infested with Disintergration Syndrome ?
I dread to think of if Malaysia as a nation is also facing that !

18 Jun 2015 12.11pm

MCA can now be hero to fight the hudud bill in front of Umno.

MIC is now confused on who is their president.

Park Sengat
Park Sengat
17 Jun 2015 4.40pm

Commentators yang super all now must explain why the rich businessmen now swapping for A$, S$ and even Hong Kong money causing no confidence in ringgit to slide further.
jangan asyik CAT nanti semua susah duit

gk ong
gk ong
18 Jun 2015 8.30am
Reply to  Park Sengat

Never mind for them as they can live on GST-free home cooked Nasi Goreng, served straight from Kuali with cucumber as side dish, Ahmad Maslan style.

18 Jun 2015 12.18pm
Reply to  gk ong

Francais nasi goring Maslan for Tekun soon?

17 Jun 2015 2.44pm

I think most Pas progressive will not leave Pas with the exception of Sabu or Huzam. Like I said before, the CAT and senior are now in panic mode. Remember how the Cat senior wanted to entice M to save Malaysia. M spurned him so he is now going for Razaleigh. Anyone once regarded as syaitan will now do lah, no problem and will be regarded as God sent. Holy cow anything chau sui (sour or smelly) also no problem. What has become of the CAT and senior.

17 Jun 2015 1.57pm

If Razaleigh come in he will get the second blow. Najib will give him a.good knockout