How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sarawak the tail wagging Malaysia the dog

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) of Sarawak is in an unassailable and enviable position of being untouchable or uncontrollable by PM of Malaysia. Having 14 MPs and 35 ADUNs (simple majority in Sarawak), its President Taib Mahmud, who is also Chief Minister of Sarawak, has strong bargaining power. Though Umno assumes it as a 'fixed deposit', in fact, it is anything but fixed, fixation maybe. Umno relies on PBB more than the other way round.

Umno can boast about their 88 MPs (which is almost equivalent to Pakatan's 89), but it is relying on other parties to have at least 112 seats in order to have simple majority. Similarly, Pakatan could have simple majority if they could make at least 23 MPs to crossover.

By the way, in case anyone accuses me of being a 'shit stirrer', as an analogy, what Najib did to Perak soon after GE12 could then be described as having made shit cake after stirring it. Anyway, we all know there are no permanent friends nor enemies in politics. So everything and anything you can think of can be made possible, if there is a good enough reason. Surely, power is a good enough reason for most if not all politicians. Often, the end justifies the means. Furthermore, political loyalty cannot be so fragile that it can be so easily influenced by this simple suggestion.

Theoretically, we can do a bit of 'mix and match' to party loyalties to see how our PM is under certain constraints as far as control is concerned. He has no real control over the bigger parties within BN, and his own position as PM is at the mercy of Umno division leaders or warlords.

PM can try to exert pressure on other party leaders, but his hands are tied rather than free. Take Sarawak for example, if too much pressure is exerted on PBB's President, he can choose to work out a deal with Pakatan, making the latter's goal nearer by 14 MPs (just short of 9), and bringing along a whole state to its fold! If we add PRS's 6 and SPDP's 4, then simple majority is achieved! Or, Sabah's PBS (4), Upko (3) and SPDP (4) could be added instead. Alternatively, MCA's 7 and MIC's 4 in West Malaysia could be used in this theoretical exercise. There are a few other possible combinations which make this exercise interesting.

Looking at the ministerial and other appointments, we can see how Najib tried his best to look after all those he needs to maintain BN's majority; as well as to maintain his position as President of Umno, and by virtue of that, his position as PM of Malaysia.

Umno leaders can be arrogant every now and again, but there is a limit as to how much insult they can throw at their other coalition party leaders.

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