Distrust, history hold the final key to PH puzzle

IT may be the last piece in Pakatan Harapan’s jigsaw puzzle, but it is the hardest yet: who should lead the opposition coalition into GE14? The key to this PH dilemma revolves around Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the 92-year-old former prime minister, who stepped down 14 years ago. Sources told The Malaysian Insight while DAP, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Amanah have agreed that Dr Mahathir be the “face of PH” going into the 14thgeneral election, there is a faction within PKR which opposes him. “Three of the parties have already…

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#hungparliament : WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

(Scroll down to read the article in the Malay language. )   The media is abuzz with the term: a#HungParliament. Fret not! Nobody will be hung / hanged out to dry or die. It simply means that there is no political party (or a pre-election alliance or coalition) that wins a ‘simple majority’ – meaning 50% + 1 of the seats – thus will be able to form a government in its own right. What will happen then? Well, many possibilities! [1] But let us look at the process step…

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Towards a people’s charter on trade

Free trade agreements have been the battering rams that have been used by the political elite of advanced countries to create a lop-sided economy that favours billionaires, says Jeyakumar Devaraj. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) has been part of a network of groups that have objected to some of the trade agreements being negotiated by the Malaysian government. We mobilised against the free trade agreement with the United States in 2005-2006, then against the TPPA in 2014–2016. Now we are part of a group responding critically to the proposals being brought…

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The New Election Boundaries: Where GE-14 will be won or lost

Earlier this month, in historic legal victories, BERSIH 2.0 Outreach Officer Chan Tsu Chong along with six others were granted leave and a stay order to challenge the Election Commission’s (EC) delineation proposals in Melaka. This means the process of re-drawing the election boundaries for Melaka has been suspended until the court case is completed. This builds upon the work already done in Selangor to challenge the new proposals. The importance of these legal challenges for the fate of the Fourteenth General Election (GE14) can’t be overstated. The EC’s motivations…

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