By Hafidz Baharom If there were any more divisive topic beyond politics, it would be about age - the age of voting, driving, drinking, smoking, withdrawing our Employee Providence Fund (EPF) monies, and finally - retirement. The government is now in the process of studying whether or not to raise the official retirement age of … Continue reading Retirement age and unemployment
Joan Lau of the Malay Mail wrote a brilliant commentary on their website on how we are all racists. And honestly, I love this one quote she wrote: We, as communities, fight for our “rights” and are not willing to give a centimetre because we think in previous times we have already given away too … Continue reading If everyone’s racist…
Happy 21st Anniversary, PSM By Hafidz Baharom The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) recently celebrated their 21st anniversary after their formation on May 1, 1998. That said, the only party in Malaysia continues to be a sole voice in the country to promote the left wing ideology as their central thrust. However, they have yet to … Continue reading Happy 21st Anniversary, PSM
Patronage politics is not new. It has been going on for some time, particularly if we look at rural areas of the predominantly Malay diaspora. You can even draw the scene to be similar to that seen in "The Art of Killing" - an Indonesian documentary regarding those who carried out the anti-communist purge in … Continue reading By hook or by crook politics of patronage
After Buku Harapan, #UndiRosak most valid option By Hafidz Baharom After reading the so-called Book of Hope marketed by Pakatan Harapan as their manifesto for the upcoming general election, I have to say that it leaves us truly no choice other than to spoil our votes. Protect environment with cars and petrol? … Continue reading After Buku Harapan, #UndiRosak most valid option
From plastic bags to quinoa, is #undirosak still the immature and brain damaged ones? By Hafidz Baharom In the last two weeks, this has been the campaigns leading up to the 14th General Election. It was initially to call us using the #undirosak hashtag as “immature, brain damaged, treasonous” and even going so far as … Continue reading From plastic bags to quinoa, is #undirosak still the immature and brain damaged ones?
A very interesting article in Utusan today. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told a crowd that Barisan Nasional met "97.6 percent" of their 2013 Manifesto - the Janji Ditepati document from 5 years ago. I'll do a point by point analysis and update this soon. However, I do hope that the prime minister made … Continue reading Did BN really meet 97.6 percent of their 2013 manifesto?
Interesting. It looks like Jason Kay has produced a short video about #undirosak - the Malaysian spoiled votes movement. Just to explain briefly what it is to spoil a vote. Wonder what else is in store with the rest of those in this citizen's movement. I'm guessing we will see in March.
Reading Naomi Klein's "No Is Not Enough" is an eye opener to just why we need to move on to a policy battleground rather than just the acceptable "mud wrestling" spectacle that is Malaysian politics. Klein points out something that is similar to Malaysia in what happened to Hillary Clinton - while she did win … Continue reading Time to say “No”!
Us and Israel, a love hate relationship By Hafidz Baharom We have been against Israel since Tunku Abdul Rahman declared them persona non grata in 1965. However, we have been on and off again trying to establish relations with Israel since the 1990s, dependent on whatever happens in their relationship with Palestine. Thus, having Israelis … Continue reading Us and Israel, a love hate relationship