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Malacca in the seventies and eighties was the front-line state in the Malaysian First campaign – now the torch has come back to Malacca

(Versi BM)

Many thought I am a Malaccan. They are wrong.

I was born, bred and educated in Batu Pahat, Johore up to the end of my secondary education.

I first visited Malacca in April 1955 when I was in Form One and cycled with two classmates Tan Tik Seng and Allan Goh Chay Foo from Batu Pahat to Malacca during the April school holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can the Agenda Nasional Malaysia Sihat (ANMS) succeed when the government is not prepared to admit that Malaysia has become one of the worst performing nations in the world in the Covid-19 pandemic?

(Versi BM)

The Prime Minister Ismail Sabri today launched the Agenda Nasional Malaysia Sihat (ANMS) to help the Malaysian Family face and cope with the endemic phase of Covid-19 pandemic by cultivating a healthy lifestyle and promoting environmental sustainability.

The ANMS agenda is for a period of 10 years, from 2021 to 2030 and the implementation is to be divided into two terms; the first from 2021 until 2025, and the second from 2026 and will end in 2030.
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Despite umpteenth times of talk of “light at the end of the tunnel” since last year, the total ban on any form physical campaigning in Malacca general election shows the light is not there

(Versi BM)

For umpteenth time since last year, Muhyiddin Yassin had been talking about seeing light at the end of the tunnel in the Covid-19 pandemic – from when he was the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia to yesterday when he was an ordinary MP in Parliament.

But the “light at the end of the tunnel” proved to be very flickering, and although Malaysia ranks 10th among countries with the highest full Covid-19 inoculation rate, we rank among the world’s top 20th country for the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases and daily new Covid-19 cases, while having the highest daily Covid-19 death per million people in ASEAN and Asia (the Asian average is 0.31 compared to Malaysia’s 2.38 on November 9, 2021). Read the rest of this entry »

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Can the voters of Malacca turn the Malacca general election on Nov.20 poll into the first “Malaysians First” election forerunner to the 15th Malaysian General Election?

(Versi BM)

Last night, I had the first taste of the Malaysia-made Timah Whisky. I also had a first taste of Taiwanese Omar whisky.

Whisky connoisseurs will have their opinion of Timah and Omar whisky but only those who don’t drink can come out with silly or stupid statements like “drinking a Malay woman” or “drinking a Malay man”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malacca General Election the messiest general election in Malaysian history for six decades with the most number of candidates likely to lose their deposits

(Versi BM)

The Malacca General Election is the messiest general election in Malaysian history for six decades, with the most number of candidates likely to lose their deposits.

There are 112 candidates vying for 28 Malacca State Assembly seats. There will be three-cornered fights in 11 seats, four-way contests in nine, five-cornered battles in five and six-way fights in three.

Although it is a Malacca state general election, it will have far-reaching political future implications for the future of Malaysia and may even decide whether Ismail
Sabri will Prime Minister for the shortest term – shorter than the term served by his “backdoor” predecessor, Muhyiddin Yassin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Election Commission failing its national duty to conduct “free, fair and and clean” Malacca general election with its antediluvian, anachronistic and antiquated election SOPs imposing a virtual ban on physical campaigning

(Versi BM)

The Election Commission is failing in its national duty to conduct “free, fair and clean” Malacca general election on November 20, 2021 with its antediluvian, anachronistic and antiquated election SOPs imposing a virtual ban on physical campaigning.

Malacca is in Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). Is this the phase for the virtual ban on physical campaigning for elections? If so, when will physical campaigning be allowed? Read the rest of this entry »

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Election Commission is becoming the most anachronistic and antiquated agency which goes against the government’s “Live with Covid” policy marking the transition of Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic and the opening up of the country and economy

(Versi BM)

The Election Commission is becoming the most anachronistic and antiquated agency which goes against the government’s “Live with Covid” policy marking the transition of Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic and the opening up of the country and economy.

Malacca is in Phase 4 of the Covid-19 Pandemic National Recovery Plan (NRP). Is the election SOP of the Sarawak general election going to be as strict as for the Malacca general election, although Malacca is in Phase 4 and Sarawak in Phase 3 of the NRP? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ismail Sabri is the weakest Prime Minister in Malaysian history – completely lost about the Malacca state general election which would have far-reaching implications for Malaysia for many years to come

(Versi BM)

Ismail Sabri is the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia but he is the weakest Prime Minister in Malaysian history, completely lost about the Malacca state general election which would have far-reaching implications for Malaysia for many years to come.

Tomorrow is the Nomination Day of the Malacca general election. It will see multiple contests – between the Pakatan Harapan and the Government parties on the one hand as well as between Perikatan Nasional and Barisan Nasional on the other. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is the Election Commission the most anachronistic and antiquated agency which goes against the government’s “Live with Covid” policy marking the transition of Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic and leading to the opening up of the country and economy?

Is the Election Commission the most anachronistic and antiquated agency which goes against the government’s “Live with Covid” theme marking the transition of Covid-19 pandemic to an endemic and leading to the opening up of the country and economy?

Malacca is in Phase 4 of the Covid-19 Pandemic National Recovery Plan and Sarawak is in Phase 3 of the Plan.
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Malacca and Sarawak general elections will be important forerunners of the 15th General Election to decide whether the Malaysian Dream has come to an end and there is no way for Malaysia to become a successful plural society and a world-class great nation

In my 57 years of political work, I have always regarded myself as first and foremost a Malaysian.

This has been distorted by my enemies to mean that I have sold out the Chinese or given up on my identity as a Chinese. They cannot be more wrong for one who regards himself as first and foremost as a Malaysian does not relinquish his ethnicity. I want everyone to regard himself or herself as a Malaysian first and foremost without relinquishing his or her ethnic identity and roots whether as a Chinese, Malay, Indian, Kadazan or Iban.
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Election Commission should draw up separate SOPs for the four phases of the NRP to demonstrate its is mindful of its duty to conduct free, fair and clean elections

From Monday, five more states currently under Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will transition to the final Phase 4 for full re-opening, leaving Kelantan and Sarawak as the only states still in Phase 3.

Compared to Phase 3, Phase 4 has fewer restrictions for curtailing the spread of Covid-19, such as by allowing social functions such as wedding receptions to take place albeit with certain precautions still in place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malacca and Sarawak general elections must renew hopes of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and region, that the Malaysian Dream, though difficult and uphill, is not an impossible dream

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, I issued an Open Letter to DAP leaders, members and supporters in Malaysia and the Diaspora that the hardliners in the Ismail Sabri government who wanted Malacca and Sarawak general elections this year believing that there is a possibility of wiping out the DAP or delivering a fatal blow to DAP have won over the moderates who wanted to uphold the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) memorandum of understanding (MOU) and delay elections.

I warned that the DAP faced the existential threat of either being wiped out or suffering a fatal blow to the DAP’s Malaysian Dream of building an united and prosperous multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural country which is a world-class great nation in important fields of human endeavour after leveraging on the best values and virtues of the four great civilizations of the world.
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Formulation of Covid-19 SOPs for Malacca and Sarawak general elections should not be abused but should strike a proper balance between ensuring free, fair and clean election and preventing the spread of Covid-19 infections

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, the emergency in Sarawak was lifted and the Election Commission is set to conduct the 12th Sarawak state general election within 60 days.

Election Commission Secretary Ikmalrudin Ishak said that in accordance with Section 2(2) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (Sarawak) Ordinance 2021, the Sarawak state assembly is automatically dissolved when the emergency is lifted.

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The hardliners in the Ismail Sabri government who want Malacca and Sarawak general elections this year and believe there is a possibility of wiping out DAP or deliver a fatal blow to DAP have won over the moderates who want to uphold the CSR MOU and delay elections

The hardliners in the Ismail Sabri government who want Malacca and Sarawak general elections this year and believe that there is a possibility of wiping out the DAP or deliver a fatal blow to DAP have won over the moderates who want to uphold the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) memorandum of understanding (MOU) and delay elections.

The hardliners argue that a devastating blow to DAP in Malacca and Sarawak will further the cause of the “race and religion” politics and rhetoric of the political parties in government which had toppled the 22-month Pakatan Harapan government in February 2020. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ismail Sabri should stop making “motherhood statements” but act or explain why no action is being taken against two former Prime Ministers for violating the Health Ministry SOP for the Malacca general election

(Versi BM)

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri should stop making “motherhood statements” but act or explain why no action is being taken against the two former Prime Ministers, Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin, for violating the Health Ministry SOP for the Malacca General Election banning physical election campaigns and “disguised” events.

Ismail Sabri has an alternative – admit that the Health Ministry SOP was not suitable and not well thought through and should be repealed and replaced by a more suitable one – the result of the consultation of the Health Ministry, Election Commission, the political parties and interested NGOs. Read the rest of this entry »

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PKR fined RM10,000 for crowdless ceramah is height of idiocy

(Versi BM)

The RM 10,000 fine on PKR for the crowdless ceramah in Paya Rumput, Melaka last night is the height of idiocy in the Covid-19 pandemic for the forthcoming Malacca state general election.

I would have thought Malacca PKR should be commended for coming up with a very novel way of electioneering in the forthcoming general election in Malacca which takes into account the paramount consideration not to worsen the Covid-19 situation and yet further the objective of free, fair and clean election – but instead, there was a $10,000 fine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Health Ministry should not just give empty warnings but should punish the two former Prime Ministers, Najib and Muhyiddin for defying the ban on physical election activities in Malacca through “disguised” programmes or scrap the ban and invite Election Commission and all political parties on the SOPs that should be followed

The Health Ministry should not just give empty warnings but should punish the two former Prime Ministers, Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin, for flouting its ban against physical election campaigns in Malacca through various forms of “disguised” activities.

What is the use of the Health Ministry having officers in the state monitoring activities in Malacca towards the state election, if there is going to be a new form of Dua Darjat – one for the ruling parties and the other for the opposition? Read the rest of this entry »

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Health Ministry should produce SOPs for election for all the four phases of NRP and not just for one phase and ensure that there is no Dua Darjat in their implementation

The Health Ministry should produce standard operating procedures (SOPs) for election for all the four phases of the National Recovery Plan in Malaysia and ensure that there is no Dua Darjat in their implementation instead of arbitrarily banning all physical gatherings and social events related to the Malacca state general election from Oct 25 to Nov. 27.

While responsible Malaysians are mindful of the need to reduce the risk of new Covid-19 infections, the Covid-19 pandemic should not be an excuse to ban all physical gatherings and social events which comply with the SOPs. Read the rest of this entry »

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The best campaign theme for Pakatan Harapan in the Malacca general election is to ask the Malacca voters to restore the mandate for PH to rule Malacca state under Chief Minister Adly Zahari

The best campaign theme for Pakatan Harapan in the Malacca state general election is to ask the Malacca voters to restore the mandate for Pakatan Harapan to rule Malacca state under Chief Minister, Adly Zahari.

Pakatan Nasional Chief Muhydidin Yassin has announced that PN coalition will likely contest all 28 state seats in the upcoming Malacca polls.

Muhyiddin said he expected Umno would reject cooperation with his party, and Bersatu is prepared to face them in two, three, or four-cornered fights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan must not lose the moral high ground to allow three of the “immoral Malacca quartet” to stand as Pakatan Harapan candidates in the Malacca state general election

(Versi BM)

For nearly two years, ever since the Sheraton Move conspiracy which toppled a democratically elected Pakatan Harapan government and snatched away the people’s mandate for the first time in Malaysian history, ushering in a backdoor, undemocratic and illegitimate government at the end of February 2020, a pall of immorality had been cast over Malaysian politics.

This is why the Malacca state general election of Nov. 20 has many significance and implications – one of which must be to restore and raise the moral tone of Malaysian politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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