The debate for Malaysia to recognise the United Examination Certificate (UEC) has gone on for some time - probably for the past four years or more. Those proposing that the nation recognise this certificate are mostly from the Malaysian ethnic Chinese communities, from the education collective to non-Malay majority political parties, particularly the MCA and … Continue reading UEC – Two scenarios
The question is still in play after 60 plus years of independence, billions reserved, and even 12 Malaysian Plans, going on to the thirteenth - yes, there has been the same number of Malaysia Plans as The Doctor in BBC's Doctor Who series. That being said, are the Malays still desperately in need of … Continue reading Do Malays still need a crutch?
The question needs to be asked, especially in lieu of the new notice from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) that e-hailing drivers are now no longer allowed to pick up passengers at airports. This was announced yesterday after a Grab driver was issued a summons for picking up a passenger at Penang International Airport. However, … Continue reading Is government protecting airport taxis and limos?
I wasn't surprised when PPBM VP Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said it would be stupid not to give contracts and works to division leaders of the party so that they can gain cash to service their divisions. I wasn't even surprised when this was followed up by him saying the party needed to … Continue reading If you want government contracts, then stop calling it a New Malaysia
The supposed temple issue in Selangor is not a new one. In fact, ever since a Pakatan Harapan government took root in the state under Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, there have been continued issues with the relocation of Hindu temples. Case in point, the temple move in Shah Alam early in the days of … Continue reading Temple fracas: Not new for Selangor, but…
A caucus, approval delays, sabotaging Lynas? By Hafidz Baharom Since last week, it is as if the government insists on shifting goalposts when it comes to the Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Gebeng. Not only did the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) under Yeo Bee Yin put the company into … Continue reading Letter – A caucus, approval delays, sabotaging Lynas?
Goods and Services Tax (GST) Reintroducing the GST will generate more revenue for the government. Even if set at 3 percent, an estimated revenue of RM16.5 billion would be worth it. However, it would have been better off if the shadow budget had recommended a tiered GST system instead. For those who can recall, the … Continue reading Shadow budget comments
No, smokers don’t have less rights than Malaysian LGBTs By Hafidz Baharom A short piece appeared on Southeast Asia Mashable had a Malaysian lawmaker (https://sea.mashable.com/malaysia/779/lgbt-community-has-more-rights-than-smokers-malaysian-mp-lam) saying that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT). Malaysians have more rights than smokers. Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin was quoted saying this after seven people and one lawmaker were … Continue reading No, smokers don’t have less rights than Malaysian LGBTs
Why taxing sugar, not soda, makes more sense By Hafidz Baharom While the government continues to talk about a need to introduce new taxes in Malaysia, it seems too keen to just implement a soda tax rather than do an all round sugar tax instead. Why? Well, perhaps they are more keen to tax the … Continue reading Why taxing sugar, not soda, makes more sense
I couldn't help but laugh at a recent Starbucks hangout session. A close friend complained that the current ruling coalition was dashing hopes of a "new Malaysia", particularly after feeling pained by the label of being a "super" liberal. For myself, I couldn't help but guffaw at the title - "super liberal", used by Datuk … Continue reading “Super” Liberal