Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has announced a new set of affirmative action policies under the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment (BEE) agenda. Does Malaysia need race-based development policies?
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Theories of Bersih 2.0By Ding Jo-Ann
The Bersih 2.0 9 July 2011 march drew thousands of Malaysians onto Kuala Lumpur’s streets to call for clean and fair elections. But according to Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders, the government-controlled press and the authorities, that’s not what the march was really about. In the aftermath of the Bersih march, The Nut Graph summarises some of the more popular theories by Bersih’s detractors of why it actually organised the march.
Galas: The old story of development politicsBy Gan Pei Ling
BARISAN Nasional (BN) won big in both the Batu Sapi and Galas by-elections on 4 Nov 2010. In Galas, BN beat PAS with a 1,190-vote majority and won 12 out of the 13 polling districts. PAS only managed to retain its stronghold in Sungai Terah with a reduced majority of 258 compared to 510 in […]
The many forms of vote-buyingBy Gan Pei Ling
ARE transportation reimbursements, alms for the poor, land titles and welfare allocations given during a by-election just different forms of inducement? Even PAS is not exempt from the very thing it accuses the Barisan Nasional of. Perhaps the only difference is which party the Election Commission dismisses.
Winning Galas for BN: Can Ku Li do it?By Gan Pei Ling
BARISAN Nasional is banking on Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah‘s star power to win the Galas by-election. The Kelantan prince, fondly known as Ku Li, was appointed to lead the BN’s campaign because of his popularity among Gua Musang constituents, and his much-respected authority. Indeed, Ku Li’s persona eclipses that of the two candidates themselves, […]
Umno needs “independent monitoring”By Shanon Shah
PETALING JAYA, 23 Oct 2009: Money politics must be addressed through laws that allow independent investigations into the ethical conduct of political parties, including during party elections, said Universiti Malaya’s Prof Dr Edmund Terence Gomez. But the political analyst told The Nut Graph in a telephone interview that he didn’t think Umno would try to […]
Contesting Isa SamadBy Ding Jo-Ann
“Tan Sri Isa has already been found guilty. If Umno fields him, it means that Umno is not serious about such cases. Even if he can win there, [we] have to consider what the whole of Malaysia thinks of Umno … “One can win to become Umno president but it does not mean that he […]
Nik Aziz should not confuse the people: Ku Li
KUALA KRAI, 26 June 2009: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat should not make statements that could confuse the people, especially when he likened the Umno cause to the teachings of Ayah Pin, describing the party as “communistic” and propagating the socialist ideology that rejects religion and belief in God. Gua Musang Member […]
Ku Li: Assess cabinet after six monthsBy Jacqueline Ann Surin
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 April 2009: The new cabinet should be evaluated after it has been given a chance to perform, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said today. “Let’s give them six months to perform and then we can assess them to see if they have earned the people’s confidence,” he said. Refuting a Bernama report that quoted […]
Ku Li refutes Bernama report
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 April 2009: Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has denied a Bernama report that claims he supports the new cabinet under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. “Bernama quoted me (yesterday, 10 April 2009) as hailing the new cabinet and saying it ‘could solve the country’s economic problems’. “This is a laughable misrepresentation […]