CRONYISM AND THE NEP 609

1. When the New Economic Policy began to show some results in the early eighties, the Western Press and local opponents of the Government began to talk about cronyism. Whoever succeeded in a developing country like Malaysia, did so because they were the chosen favourites of the Government, particularly the head of the Government. 2. ...

A CENTURY OLD SCHOOL 395

1. I came back from a holiday in Croatia to attend the centenary celebration of my alma mater, Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid or Sultan Abdul Hamid College recently. 2. It was a sentimental occasion. Seeing the old school, quite unchanged since I was admitted into Primary I way back in 1932 brought back many sweet/sad ...

STRANGE POLITICS 498

Something strange is happening in Malaysian politics. Suddenly there is a lot of talk about cooperation and even merger between UMNO and PAS. Friendly and unfamiliar sounds are being heard from all sides. I wonder whether it is a sudden concern about the need for Malay unity or it is the realisation that both PAS ...

BLAIR AND THE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE 477

I feel sad that after a very well attended Press Conference (see picture) chaired by me as Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Perdana Global Peace Organisation to condemn the visit of the war criminal Tony Blair, almost nothing has appeared in the print and electronic media in this country. It looks as if Malaysia supports ...

PULAU BATU PUTIH AND TERRITORIAL WATERS 379

(Versi Bahasa Malaysia di akhir artikel ini) 1. We had expected the International Court of Justice to declare that Pulau Batu Putih is ours, together with South Ledge and Middle Rocks. 2. But the decision of the Court left me flabbergasted. On the one hand Pulau Batu Putih which is nearer Malaysia and very much ...

ANTI-CORRUPTION 348

1. ACA, or Anti-Corruption Agency is now willing to investigate possible corruption based on newspaper reports. 2. It is now doing just that with regard to the huge bill for maintenance of Proton Perdana official cars used by the Terengganu Government. 3. This has prompted the Terengganu Menteri Besar to question why the very costly ...

THE COUNTRY WE LOVE 596

1. When we became independent in 1957 nobody gave us much of a chance to make any progress beyond what had been achieved under the British. 2. I myself at that time thought that the only difference independence would make would be Malaysians would take over the administration of the country from the British. Nothing ...

SIAPA LANTIK ABDULLAH 861

Tiap kali saya kritik Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebagai Perdana Menteri ada sahaja orang yang secara sinis berkata, “Awak yang lantik dia”. Ya, saya mengaku salah. Saya mengaku yang saya lantik Dato Seri Abdullah sebagai pengganti saya. Tetapi ahli UMNO juga pilih Dato Seri Abdullah.

MONEY – MORE WASTE AND LOSSES 718

The Government of Dato Seri Abdullah Badawi has lost billions of Ringgit by cancelling the bridge project to replace the causeway, postponing the double-tracking and electrification of the North-South railway and the sale of M.V. Agusta by Proton. The Government had also wasted money – RM2 billion in Terengganu. Thinking that he had the right ...

Snippets – Reducing the burden 412

Recently the Star reported “Budget to help reduce burden”. The burden is of course the high cost (40 per cent increase) of oil which has triggered off an inflationary process with increases in the cost of everything. Since the withdrawal of Government subsidy for oil and the resultant “burden” on the people the Government has ...