Posts tagged ‘september’

September 20, 2008

Times of Grave Uncertainty

The world’s markets fluttered at the news of ailing giant companies floundering.  Malaysians are grappling how to manage with the 8.5% inflation rate, highest for a long time.  Pump prices remain high in a fuel net export country.

Who is doing what in Malaysia for Malaysians?

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September 16, 2008

D-Day September 16

LATEST @ 8:00 pm

September 16 is the start of clear and concrete steps to take over the government. This was announced by Anwar in a press meeting this afternoon.

Anwar revealed that there are at least 31 MPs who have agreed to crossover. What does that mean? It implies that there is the minimum number required but is there more than sufficient to shore up the strength of a new and stable government?  These are serious representations to Pak Lah.

He will reveal the names only when Pak Lah agrees to meet with him on the request for a smooth and peaceful transition. This presents a pressure to concede but can Pak Lah even take that from Anwar? This is a “show hand” move but in a confidential manner to protect the MPs.

Pak Lah retorted to name them and says that Anwar is seeing a mirage (read MalaysiaInsider here). He said he is not under pressure and brushed aside Anwar’s claims. But the general concerns will be that these MPs will be incarcerated or hindered in ways that will prevent them from publicly making this stand which is a very easy action by the ruling BN Government. Then the MPs will be neutralized by a stroke of a pen.

Anwar today outlined 4 things requested of Pak Lah (for the press release, read MalaysianInsider here).

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September 14, 2008

Countdown to September 16

UPDATED 16/09 @ 9:00 am

Yesterday night was electrifying. Today? More on D-DAY SEPTEMBER 16 here.

1 day to go – It was the eve of Malaysia Day. The mood was upbeat. The moment the National Anthem “Negara Ku” was sung, the atmosphere became electrifying. It was the Pakatan Rakyat celebration of Malaysia Day and filled with speeches from leaders of the PR. Notable was Lim Guan Eng, Kamaruddin Jaafar and Anwar.

It was anticipated as an historic event by the Opposition bloc and the turnout was exceptional. More than

The tens of thousands who went to hear out Anwar

The tens of thousands who went to hear Anwar waving the Malaysian flags

20,000 thronged the stadium peacefully to hear what Anwar has to say about “916“. Each of the PKR, DAP and PAS leaders that spoke referred to Anwar as the “PM in waiting“.

Kit Siang referred to it as a “sky changing” event. Guan Eng pointed out that never has a BN minister resigned not because he was ill or involved in a personal scandal but Zaid Ibrahim was applauded as one that has his principle to stand against the misuse of ISA. Furthermore, he chided those BN ministers who only dare whisper their dissent and challenged them to do what Zaid has done – QUIT, if it goes against their principles, don’t just talk!

Kamaruddin underscored the fact that September 16 will show much clarity on concrete steps of change, not necessary the very change of government itself. He alluded to the points that PR has what it takes to become the next government and Malaysians will learn more tomorrow.

More importantly was Anwar’s much awaited announcements. What does September 16 bring to Malaysians tomorrow?

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September 7, 2008

Gerakan leaving BN? MCA too?

We read about Gerakan pondering about leaving BN.  We read about MCA being urged the same.  What’s happening?  Koh Tsu Koon is now talking out loud about this now (read here).  MCA leaders are mooting a review of their position in BN.  All of these considerations are somehow linked to Anwar and September 16.

Nobody moots such ideas in public to only serve as passing remarks.  Such thoughts must have been mulled for a long time and now is making their way out of the mouths of various leaders in Gerakan and MCA.  And these are serious thoughts and possibly viewed as serious threats to leaving the BN.

Are they for real or merely political rhetorics? 

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August 31, 2008

Malaya Merdeka! What about Sarawak & Sabah?

Today is 31 August, commonly referred to as Hari Merdeka or Independence Day.  What is not commonly understood by most people is that 31 August is actually Malaya Independence Day when Tunku Abdul Rahman together with the rest of the founding fathers of various communities gained independence from British Rule for Malaya.  This is West Malaysia today.

So, we are really commemorating the 51st year of independence for Malaya or West Malaysia.  Happy Merdeka Day!  So where does East Malaysia fit in?  Did somebody forget that they are part of Malaysia?  Why is it that Merdeka Day which is Malaya Independence Day celebrated as if it was for all Malaysia?  What about Sarawak and Sabah?

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August 27, 2008

A New Government – Is it even possible? A Sarawak-Sabah Affair

After Pematang Pauh – Anwar has long been talking about September 16 and the formation of a new government by having at least 30 MPs to crossover from BN to PR.  Certainly, this is easier said than done and many people find it hard to believe if this can be pulled off.  However, you must certainly give Anwar the credit for his audacity to dare call for a change in Government.  Unlike Mahathir, Anwar has taken his first step into Parliament with a resounding victory last night at Pematang Pauh by-election.  Mahathir will remain commenting on the sideline outside of Umno.

What Does Anwar Need?

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