Category National

The Melaka Imperative

If you asked me whether Pakatan Harapan would win the Melaka state election, my immediate response would be “I don’t know.” A more nuanced response would be “depends on voters’ turnout.” It is down to the wire. My team and I have been in Melaka…

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PAS: A decline in struggle

After the 2015 split between the conservatives and the progressives which left to form Parti Amanah Negara, PAS is ideologically uniformed though not without internal friction. The latest fault-line within the party is whether to work with UMNO (Barisan Nasional) or with Bersatu (Perikatan Nasional).…

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Budget 2022: The devil is in the details

When Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz presented Budget 2022 last Friday  (29 October), it was my first time in 16 years not being inside the Parliament precinct, either as aide or as parliamentarian.   Each time the Budget was presented throughout those years, I kept…

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The great political vacuum

There is a myth circulating among the high circles of Kuala Lumpur and beyond, that no matter what, UMNO will win handsomely in the next general election. According to this myth, UMNO is the “natural” ruler of this nation. Hence, the 2018 general election was…

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Key agenda for parliamentary reform

Wan Junaidi was Pandikar’s deputy from 2008 to 2013. Pandikar described, “kami terseksa bersama”. As speaker and deputy speaker, Pandikar and Wan Junaidi both suffered at the hands of the executive and more specifically, the ministers for parliamentary affairs. 
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