Raising the ante somewhat

Okay, allow me to go back to the matter of the 3Rs, which is actually what I want to talk about in my normal cheong hei fashion. The 3R issue will still be with us whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan…

Maybe you misunderstood

Some readers did not get what I said and thought that I claimed Dr Asri has debunked the Hadith (or that I used Dr Asri’s statement to debunk the Hadith). Actually, I said no such thing if you can…

How it works

Normally, the Speaker will invite the MP to speak and only when the Speaker announces who is to speak does the MP stand up to speak. All the others are to remain seated and keep quiet. And if anyone…

Malaysians are an emotional lot

So carry on and be emotional. That is your right. You can be emotional about your religion. You can be emotional about your language. You can be emotional about your culture, customs and traditions.…

Interesting, is it not?

I once related a story (I think it was eight or nine years ago) about one of Anwar Ibrahim’s old classmates in MCKK, a retired army colonel, who went to do his Friday prayers at the KLCC mosque. The…

As I was saying…

It is believed that much of the Hadith were created by ‘spin-doctors’ during the time of the Muslim divide and civil wars. Hence many are suspect. And the Hadith is very important because while the…

The Bernas story revisited

Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday (READ HERE) that the original intent to privatise Bernas was to ensure the fulfillment of the nation’s growing rice requirement through management of

Only when politicised

I sometimes wonder whether Malaysians are really concerned about corruption, abuse of power, wastage of public funds, and whatnot, or whether they just want to politicise issues to gain votes and win…

Am I a maverick?

In that sense, the religionists and politicians are all the same. They expect you to agree with them and if you do not then you are the enemy. If you are a Catholic you must agree with Rome. If you…

It’s a man’s world

It is time we gave real political power to women. The ‘official religion’ of Malaysia is Islam. In Islam, women are not permitted to lead (in Saudi Arabia, they are not even permitted to drive or to…

The snake oil merchant

So there you have it. That is the solution. First of all employ only Chinese police personnel -- especially opposition supporters who are squeaky clean. Don’t employ any Malays -- especially…

Asabiyyah: a scourge according to PAS

The only way to end asabiyyah would be for, say, Indonesia to invade and conquer Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc., and create a new Muslim empire a…

Chinese still the kingmaker

This would mean (if it was 10,722 Malay votes for PAS versus 10,655 Malay votes for Umno) the Malays are still split 50:50 like what Nazri Aziz told me five years ago. And this would also mean that…

The chess game of Malay politics

If I were a Malay voter in Sungai Limau I would vote Barisan Nasional so that Mukhriz would become stronger and hence Najib would always be under threat from Dr Mahathir and his team. Giving the seat…

What the newspapers do not report

In or about 1998, Musa Hassan and Gani Patail were implicated as having fabricated medical evidence in the “Black Eye” incident involving the assault and injury while in police custody of the then…

Melayu mudah lupa

Raja Petra KamarudinHow many of you remember KAL007. No, I am not talking about one of those James Bond movies if that is what you are thinking. Still don’t remember? I thought many of you would…

Old politicians never fade away

Raja Petra Kamarudin“Mahathir’s attacks fuel talk of comeback,” said Leslie Lopez in the Singapore Straits Times on 26 April 2006. Well, I got news for you Leslie. Dr Mahathir never left. He may have…

A crisis of credibility

Raja Petra KamarudinLet there be no misunderstanding about this. Politics is about the attainment of power, plain and simple. If anyone tells you otherwise, then he or she is either a bad politician…

The mark of a true reformist

Raja Petra KamarudinThere are just so many reformists. Almost every country has at least one. Some are still living. Most died a long time ago. Some have been reduced to legends and we no longer know…

There’s no future in the past

Raja Petra KamarudinParti Keadilan Rakyat, or keADILan for short, celebrated its anniversary a few days ago. It was seven years old on 4th April 2006. Conspicuously absent from the birthday…

Power perceived, power wielded

Raja Petra KamarudinI remember reading -- it was many years ago, I think in The Star -- about a foreign dignitary wanting to meet the First Prime Minister and Bapa Merdeka (Father of Independence),…

Georgetown, we have a problem

Raja Petra KamarudinAnwar Ibrahim was released from jail 18 months ago and since then has been based at Georgetown University in Washington DC. In May, Anwar, now a professor, will be coming home for…