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
Change, but change meaningfully By Hafidz Baharom It was an awkward week when you have a prime minister saying that a government linked investment company did not achieve it’s objective of furthering the Bumiputera agenda. Mostly because he was talking about Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which I’m not sure if it even had the duty of … Continue reading Full article – Change, but change meaningfully
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
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”!
Why Pakatan is freaking out over #UndiRosak By Hafidz Baharom There have been so many parables over Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional that I have pretty much lost track of which one actually tells the tale properly. Initially, it was a mere story of Pepsi versus Coke, and both of hem might trigger diabetes and … Continue reading Why Pakatan is freaking out over #UndiRosak
With the upcoming celebration of Awal Muharram, it is important that we recall this event in a historic situation. As a Muslim, we were told that the Hijra - the move from Mecca to Medina, was one that was ordained by God Himself in order to avoid religious persecution. Religion teaches us that this was … Continue reading Muharram, Hijrah and seeking refuge
For those not in the know, there is a private members bill called RUU 355 currently brought up by the Islamic conservative party (PAS) in Malaysia's parliament. It raises the stature of the Sharia Court to be on the same level as the Malaysian civil courts with regards to the level of punishment it is … Continue reading How will the “hudud bill” play out?
You have to ask yourselves whether the next generation will be up to scratch. It is a changed world, with paedophiles grouping together and sharing kiddie porn on Telegram, while kids begin to get into awkward situations that borders being born with a lack of self preservation. In the last few months, Malaysian kids have … Continue reading Brain fart: Ugh, Malaysians *rolls eyes and sigh*
I'm starting a new series of articles called "Brain farts". They are raw, unedited, unscripted writings on current topics. The mass murder of over 50 Americans in a gay bar located in Orlando is shocking, and should be condemned by the highest level. The actions of the alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, calling 911 and declaring … Continue reading Brain fart: On Orlando
In 2014 during the hype over removing Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Mentri Besar of Selangor, I attended a forum by then Pakatan Rakyat over the need to remove him at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH). The panelists were DAP's Tony Pua, PKR's Rafizi Ramli, activist Hishamuddin Rais and PAS' (now Amanah's) … Continue reading Leaders, humble pie and lamb stew