Think tank Refsa makes an argument for “one clear cut choice” at the polls after comparing both the BN and PR on the issues of hudud, poor candidates and political violence.
MPs and Freedom of InformationBy Gan Pei Ling
BOTH the PR state governments in Selangor and Penang have passed Freedom of Information (FOI) laws while the BN-led federal government has yet to dismantle the Official Secrets Act. Find out what the different parties think about a citizen’s right to know before heading to the polls on 5 May 2013.
The transfer of power: What should happen?By Jacqueline Ann Surin
WHAT ought to happen should there be a change in government after the general election? How is the transfer of power from the caretaker prime minister to the prime minister-in-waiting meant to happen? Constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas explains.
The contest for SelangorBy Gan Pei Ling
Both the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat have claimed they are confident of winning back Selangor but which coalition actually has the upper hand?
MPs and the ISABy Gan Pei Ling
The Internal Security Act has now been abolished and replaced with the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act. But not all Barisan Nasional MPs were keen on abolishing the ISA. Find out what MPs told The Nut Graph about what they thought about the ISA during the MP Watch: Eye on Parliament project.
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: The cause and effect of three-cornered fightsBy Ding Jo-Ann
THERE are a record number of three-cornered fights this election, including those involving candidates from the same coalition. Why all the bickering over seats? Couldn’t seat allocations have been agreed upon before nomination day? And most importantly, what will it mean for the final results of GE13? The Nut Graph asks political scientist Wong Chin Huat.
If I were Chua Soi LekReductio ad Absurdum by Chan Kheng Hoe
CHAN Kheng Hoe reflects on how he would hate to be Chua Soi Lek at this point in time, with Chinese Malaysian support for the Barisan Nasional at an all-time low. What would he do if he were leading the MCA into the toughest fight of its political life?
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Possible GE13 outcomesBy Ding Jo-Ann
IT’S nomination day today. Thus begins the official campaigning period for the 13th general election since Malaya’s independence (GE13). The Nut Graph asks political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat what possible outcomes we can expect come polling day on 5 May, and what it would mean for BN and PR.
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: The battle for JohorBy Ding Jo-Ann
THE Nut Graph speaks to political scientist Wong Chin Huat on the exciting contest in Johor this coming general election. Will Pakatan Rakyat (PR) make significant inroads in this Barisan Nasional (BN) bastion? Or is BN support in Johor just too strong to overcome?
The promise of political violenceShape of a Pocket by Jacqueline Ann Surin
THE Barisan Nasional government has been making a lot of promises as a decisive general election looms. Of all the promises the Umno-led coalition has made, which should citizens be most concerned about?