Why such naysayers for youth political representation? By Hafidz Baharom You know, of all the people having to write this out, I cannot believe that I had to. But when two political titans who should both be enjoying retirement and grandkids come out saying the youth should not be “divisive” or “won’t get far”, I … Continue reading Why such naysayers for youth political representation?
Visit to Turkey, playing chicken with Covid-19? By Hafidz Baharom It was brought to light yesterday that a lawmaker and minister decided to go on an official visit to Turkey, came back and went straight into parliament, ignoring the Covid-19 standard operating procedure of a quarantine. At a time when Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail … Continue reading Visit to Turkey, playing chicken with Covid-19?
Why an anti-hopping law won’t work, and what will BY HAFIDZ BAHAROM There have been a spate of local non-government organisations in Malaysia writing about support towards having an Anti-Hopping Law. Such a law is supposed to stop Malaysian politicians from jumping from their political parties and toppling a government, as we saw in February … Continue reading Why an anti-hopping law won’t work, and what will
When we talk about wanting a government that is willing to reform, willing to pass legal bills that are necessary, and even willing to rewrite history and even the education syllabus to get with the times, there is one thing we keep forgetting. See, we are electing a government of politicians who wish to cling … Continue reading A government of reform requires a mature electorate
And once again, Pakatan Harapan is torn apart in the question that plagued their 22 month rule of Malaysia. Since winning the last general election and the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from prison, the question of when the PKR president will take over the premiership of the country. Unfortunately, that question continued to … Continue reading Pakatan needs to move on from Mahathir and Anwar
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…
It is now revealed that closed circuit television (CCTV) footage is covered under the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). If this is true, then we are in a very grey area when it comes to social media. If all footage handled by security both private and government is considered CCTV footage, then the videos … Continue reading CCTVs and PDPA
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
Selling off PLUS needs answers By Hafidz Baharom It comes as quite a surprise that the government is considering to sell off their stake in the North South Expressway toll concessionaire PLUS to Maju Holdings. Though to be fair, it was even more surprising that Utusan Malaysia is in support of the deal. That is … Continue reading Selling off PLUS needs answers
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