Archive for February, 2013

February 28, 2013

Who will be the next PM?


As much as questions fielded to Pakatan Rakyat as to who will be their choice for the PM position in the event they win the GE13, the same question should also be asked of Barisan Nasional as if current PM Najib will continue to be one if they win with a lesser majority than during ex-PM Abdullah Badawi in 2008.

Tun M has voiced out his opinion that Najib is weak and if a lesser majority is obtained by him, Tun M believes Najib should be replaced. Of course, he gave a caveat that it was to be the decision the of Umno Supreme Council. The observation of most political analysts actually concurs with Tun M and if Badawi had to go for historical poorest performance, so should Najib in following the precedent. Read here for an analysis that BN will not get a 2/3 majority in the GE13.

BN has been trying to shake the PR tree playing up a strawman that Anwar may not be the PR choice for PM because of objections from PAS. At the same time, BN is playing ignoramus regarding Najib’s position as PM and Najib knows it all too well.

That is why the GE13 will now be held at the very last possible moment that Najib can call. It is very clear by now he has missed all the best timing over the past 3 years and has placed Malaysia in a state of flux guessing the GE13. The expected date will now be mid-April for dissolving Parliament and EC shall call for the GE in mid-May with a possible 10 days of campaigning. Otherwise, Najib’s term automatically expires on 30th April and the constitution will take over from there onwards.

What is clear will be as follows:

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February 27, 2013

Don’t Get Carried Away With Survey Stats


Public opinion pollster Merdeka Center has reported a drop in prime minister Najib Razak’s popularity, falling 2 percent since December last year to 61 percent as at January 2013.Over the past 12 months, Najib’s popularity has steadily declined from 69 percent.

“The survey shows that satisfaction among Chinese and Indians respectively remain at 34 and 75 percent, but among Malays it has dropped 4 percent from 77 to 73 percent,” says the research centre.

Read more here and here.

The Opposition supporters will cheer on this and BN supporters will cry foul over this. Just what does the survey results actually prove?

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February 26, 2013

Song Befitting Malaysians – From Les Miserables


A new production of Les Miserables take to the cinema screen. It has certainly attracted a lot of viewers and one particular song rings loud in the minds of Malaysians. It is Do You Hear The People Sing. Enjoy the lyrics and watch the video here.

Do You Hear The People Sing

Enjolras:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Combeferre:
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

Courfeyrac:
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

All:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Feuilly:
Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

All:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

February 26, 2013

February Roundup


February was expected to be a very eventful month, notwithstanding the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Politics take the fore in Malaysia during this time. There were strong indications that PM Najib was going to dissolve the Parliament towards the end of the CNY celebrations right around the 20th but that never happened. Electoral assistants were asked to prepare for a late March work as well as helicopters were being block booked for East Malaysian states.

We are now at the end of February and that announcement for GE13 is now touted to be announced in mid-April for a May General Election. Some say that this time it could be held during a weekday to discourage the turnout. Whatever the date may be, it is certainly an anticlimax for the long expected event.

What happened?

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February 14, 2013

Teng Digging Hole Deeper


Teng came out to issue a defense on the sponsorship of Psy and the reason why he did not join the BN leadership on stage for the yee sang tossing (read here).

Malaysians who read his explanation are having a field day questioning his logic and lack of wisdom in defending BN in this matter. The Opposition has jumped on the so-called gaffe as they called it about how BN was left red-faced by Psy declining to join the yee sang tossing.

Anyway, the entire episode is really a small matter if at all a problem to the BN. They were genuinely wanting to have a Chinese New Year celebration in Penang for the local folks to warm up again to BN and feel good about BN once again. They wanted them to see that BN can identify with the young and BN can do what they promise about bringing a lot of people together with the current favorite Psy on location in Penang. That they did and promises fulfilled.

The fact that no political party will and can ever spend a reportedly RM2 million for Psy to sing his Oopa Gangnam Style as a point of attracting crowds shows that BN BOLEH! So why should anyone complain?

Let the Opposition say what they want. Money was spent and Psy has gone home.

But this is not all, is it?

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February 9, 2013

How will Malaysians vote in GE13?


It is clear that GE13 is around the corner. PM Najib’s claims that the BN engine is going strong sends a reverberating signal to chill the spines of the Oppositions. Bold and brave words in the light of dropping popularity of BN as a whole. It is intended to give BN supporters the perception that BN is going strong and ready regardless of current sentiments.

The question is how will Malaysians vote this time around in GE13. Certainly, this is not an exact science and filled with much speculation although sentiments and perceptions play a very big part of Malaysian voting mentality.

Many observers note that if the sentiments of voting remain along the same lines of GE12 with a 5% swing vote towards Pakatan Rakyat, then BN will lose and PR will form the next Government. This assumption can also go the reverse that 5% swing vote may go to BN and BN remains the next Government.

This article stays away from those statistical assumptions and attempts to dissect the Malaysian psyche in their thinking of how to vote.

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