Cabinet, gerrymandering and size does matters

Najib has unveiled his latest cabinet line up. Much will be spoken about whether it can delivera nd transform (into what?), whether under-represented communities would be even more marginalised etc. Those are the hot issues but this blog post would look at the cabinet merely on number of votes, vis-a-vis the pending re-delineation exercise due end of the year.

Forced reckless lending: new form of vote buying

The New Straits Times today screamed this enticing headline:


Newly employed to gain under 'My First Home' plan
BETTER PROSPECTS: Requirement to work for at least six months abolished

FROM Jan 1, Malaysians, especially young adults, can now buy a house as soon as they get jobs.
Under the tweaked My First Home Scheme rules, they can immediately apply for loans to buy their first home
Earlier, they had to work for a minimum of six months before they qualified for loans.
Cagamas SRP Bhd (Skim Rumah Pertamaku) said it had abolished the minimum employment period.
It also cancelled the stipulation that workers needed a minimum savings record of three months in banks.
The original intention of Cagamas maybe noble, helping Malaysians to own their first home.
However, like many of the good institutions in Malaysia, for example, the judiciary, the Employee Provident Fund, Petronas, Bank Negara Malaysia, Felda etc, once under Barisan Nasional management, dubious and worrying development would occure.

Felda: protest march and we are paying for it

Feldas' settlers' are pretty unhappy and decided to march in KL.


Farmers to march against FGVH amid dismal share price
December 27, 2012KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — Some 30,000 farmers are expected to converge on the city tomorrow against plantations giant Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) in what they claim is a bid to save the federal land authority — seen as among the last pillars of the Malay community — from crumbling.
 The share price of FGVH had dipped two sen below its initial public offering (IPO) of RM4.55 in early trade at 10am today, continuing its dismal performance in recent months which has angered a group of first- and second-generation palm oil farmers who hold stock in the company.
 FGVH’s share price rebounded later in the day to close at RM4.60 on Bursa Malaysia when trading halted for the day.

Can a hair dresser bring down a democracy movement?

Recently there is a series of absurd looking but well timed “incidents” of “religious confrontation surfacing in controlled main stream media mainly accessed by the non-muslim community.
I am talking about the hair dresser who got fined by the Kota Bahru Municipal Council and now the non-muslim people being cautioned for indecent behavior by the same authority.

I would like to say, it is an insult to tens of thousands of decent hairdressers and customers who like nothing more than a normal way of making a living and get a routine chore out of the way respectively. Do I get a woody while having my hair cut? Never.
However, the above incident, as abominable as it is, is being blown up with strong scent of 2 elements: expectedly timed prior to a GE and subsequent high profile follow up reports that has vote persuasion happen all over it.