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According to Muhammed Abdul Khalid and Li Yang, an analysis of pre-tax national income in Malaysia over the period 2002 to 2014 shows that “the Bumiputera in the top income groups (the top 1 per cent and the 10 per cent) benefited the most from economic growth. In sharp contrast, the income of the Chinese in the top income groups deteriorated. In a way, the strong growth in high-income Bumiputera occurred at the cost of a decrease in Chinese and the slow growth of Indians in the top income groups.”

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-349-16634-3_6

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2019/09/11/income-inequality-among-different-ethnic-groups-the-case-of-malaysia/

Best Player Award!

“Without being together we would not have the kind of clout that we need in order to unseat the government!” What a champ … Mahathir is the master of the soundbite and much much more besides … no doubt the best player on the field … nevertheless, its time to step aside and let others play!

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3088900/muhyiddin-who-najibs-still-real-problem-malaysia-mahathir

Nenek Sudah Tua!

Twice former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is reported, in Singapore’s Straits Times, to have sarcastically said that he would like to form a new party for Malays who are keen to enrich themselves quickly. The beauty of Dr M’s political style has always been the efficaciously ironic rhetoric that he has been able to cast so very precisely in the gap between falsehood and truth. The ultimate irony of his situation today is that, by force his own trajectory, he has caused that very space of irony to evaporate! Although I still think he is the coolest politician in the sadly depleted Malay (read Malaysian) leadership of the day, I would be remiss were I not to say … Cukup lah bapak … Nenek sudah Tua!

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/dr-mahathir-says-might-form-a-what-can-i-get-party-to-buy-support-in-dig-at-pm

Antara Saudara Mara 5

Sorry Dr M

  1. You cant blame Myuhiddin for Najib’s comeback.
  2. Najib came back because you demurred on your promise to Anwar.
  3. Najib came back because of the weakness in Pakatan Harapan due to the originary fallacy that you and Anwar were united.
  4. Najib came back because you lost your channel to the Agong when you tried to usurp his role by announcing that vote of confidence on 2 March 2020, feigning that His Majesty had consented.
  5. Najib came back because you lost credibility and trust when you tried to form a parliamentary dictatorship that was not acceptable to anyone.
  6. Najib came back because you were working with PAS to while PAS was working with UMNO.
  7. Najib came back because of you!
  8. If you are unable to strike an honest and enduring alliance with Anwar, Najib will remain.

Still, we have to acknowledge that, right or wrong, Dr M’s way is a தனி வழி (one of SUPERSTAR Rajinikanth’s greatest punchlines is “En vazhi thani vazhi,”  which means, “My path is a unique path.”)

Indeed, in spite of all of the above intrigue and conflict, Anwar and Harapan still back Mahathir as their prime ministerial candidate. Even after a massive box office failure, the SUPERSTAR still remains the SUPERSTAR!

Image https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/03/01/as-muhyiddin-tastes-power-whos-the-biggest-loser-not-mahathir/

Image https://tamil.oneindia.com/news/tamilnadu/if-rajinikanth-comes-politics-will-he-speak-punch-dialogues/articlecontent-pf239800-283252.html

https://www.yosanaiputhusu.com/2019/09/11/yen-vazhi-thani-vazhi%E0%AE%8E%E0%AE%A9%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%B4%E0%AE%BF-%E0%AE%A4%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%BF-%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%B4%E0%AE%BF/

On Being Malaysian Tamil 12

I am delighted to note that according to Malaysiakini the Malaysian Attorney General has discontinued proceedings against the 12 Indians on trial for alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with immediate effect.In his statement he reveals the poverty of reasoning behind the charges as follows, ” the common thread among all of them was that they simply had photos of slain LTTE leaders such as Velupillai Prabhakaran in their phones or Facebook accounts”, and quite rightly, if belatedly, he acknowledges that “If such conduct can constitute a criminal offence, it would bring the law into disrepute.” He has saved the nation’s legal system from the absurdity that was arising in the context of these charges against Indians for celebrating the cause of Tamil Elam and the defunkt Tamil Tigers! The Attorney General’s full statement is available here and is definitely worth a read!

As an aside, I can not help but speculate on the implications of the timing of this withdrawal of charges against the 12 Indians, which comes on the heels of the announcement of the transfer of the policeman responsible for these arrests, Malaysian counterterrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, to a new position as head the police force in Johor state.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/511720

https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/counterterror-chief-02072020184651.html