Category National

Malaysia does not need more than 20 Ministers

The impending Cabinet reshuffle provides a chance for Prime Minister Najib Razak to make transformative changes to the currently dysfuctional cabinet structure. Three key areas of reform are: – 1) reduce the number of ministers in Prime Minister’s Department; 2) appoint a full-time Finance Minister;…

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Herculean task ahead, but there is no short cut

In the wake of the twin by-elections last Saturday, there is a sense of hopelessness enveloping Malaysians. Suddenly, to defeat the UMNO/Barisan Nasional juggernaut seems a distant dream for many. The idea of “New Politics” replacing the “Old Order” seems impossible too. Some opine that…

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The twin by-elections and political realignment

The outcome of the twin by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar will have huge bearing on the political realignment nationally. Since the 2013 general election, Malaysian politics experienced several massive political earthquakes, namely, First, after two years of intense battle, the conservatives and progressives…

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Reforming the Special Branch

The statement by the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, after his meeting with the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim yesterday, did not clarify anything. Khalid’s statement did not clarify whether or not Tunku Ismail’s phone was tapped and whether…

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High speed rail: the irrelevant Transport Minister

In a reply to my parliamentary question on the High Speed Rail by Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, it is obvious that both the Minister/Ministry of Transport and Cabinet are bypassed in the decision making process. According to Wahid, a…

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A New Deal for Sarawak

A New Deal for Sarawak – through devolution of education, health, municipal policing, transport powers, backed by a much higher tax sharing between federal and Sarawak governments (say, 50 percent of income taxes collected in the state) – should be the central campaign theme for…

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