It’s not all that surprising

Seriously, there are a few things that need to be considered when we look at the performance of Pakatan Harapan as a government.

Primarily, there will be enormous teething problems that – while some are wildly optimistic – will not be settled within 100 days of them being in office.

And secondly, yes – they will have to rethink their promises as time moves forward for the sheer scale of what they promised was not thought up properly. Or to make it well known – their populist manifesto promises are going to bite them in the ass.

Thirdly, now that they are in power, expect all of them to have different thoughts on how well to move forward. True to their word, this isn’t the past Mahathir era where everything was done his way or build another highway.

Instead, what we have is pretty much sheer chaos until Wednesday when Cabinet meets and they come up with a collective decision. Well, at least they’re democratic in that sense.

Fourthly, don’t expect big changes so soon. However, there should be changes in the direction the country should be headed. And by that, I mean we should not have to subsidise yet another national car company with taxpayer ringgits.

But all in all, they do have their head in the game, even if I’m astounded they’re taking so long with the changing regulations regarding child marriages.

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Time to say “No”!

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.

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The book. Currently being placed on a very messy table

Klein points out something that is similar to Malaysia in what happened to Hillary Clinton – while she did win the majority vote, Donald Trump won 2,600 of the 3,000 counties in America.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Continue reading “Time to say “No”!”

Half time: Education and the DLP

The Malaysian Parliament is currently in session. Those interesting in watching these proceedings live can do so here.

First off, a shout out to Kasthuri Patto for asking the Education Minister to answer regarding the Pos Tohoi Orang Asli school tragedy. I will personally admit that I had forgotten that it is now 7 months after and no actions nor any word has been said regarding this.

Now, regarding the Dual Language Programme (DLP) launched by the ministry of education, which allows parents to volunteer their kids into learning subjects in English.

Continue reading “Half time: Education and the DLP”

Did Penang allow land to be sold to an offshore company?

In Malaysian parliament currently, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and his Barisan Nasional (BN) counterparts from Penang dropped even more bombs on the current Taman Manggis land controversy.

All this comes after the ejection of the state’s chief minister and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng from the hall, followed by the exit of all MPs from the DAP and also the MP of Sepang.

Continue reading “Did Penang allow land to be sold to an offshore company?”