The Koboi Returns 2023

In December 2019, I did a Koboi Performance for Percha Art Space in Lumut, in which I raised a new SUPERSTAR banner depicting a giant hoarding of Anwar Ibrahim. I performed a cleansing ritual on the Lumut waterfront and left for Vancouver soon after. I will return to Malaysia in August this year (2023).

Since my performance, and after a long struggle, Anwar Ibrahim has become the 10th Prime Minister of the nation and holds on to this seat by the skin of his teeth. Anwar incredible return to power, after a quarter-century perjuangan, is an exemplary Hero’s journey – a striking display determination, endurance and a sense of destiny. To mark my own much less momentus return, I am working towards another Koboi Performance the details of which will be announced shortly.

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18. Autocracy: A form of government wherein a single person has unlimited power, usually but not necessarily a form of despotism. Malaysians might associate the term with the long reign of Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister, although his rule was effected under the auspices of Democracy..

Update 17. 12.2022: Some quarters are now suggesting that Anwar Ibrahim’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)signed with his Unity Government supporters on the eve of the vote of confidence on his new government, is a prelude to a new Malaysian Autocracy! The MOA allegedly contains a condition that misconstrues Article 49A of the Federal constitution as it refers to it as the basis for a clause that requires government MPs to vacate their seat if they vote against the prime minister. On the other hand one cannot but sympathize with the new PM in his desperate need to restrain Malaysian parliaments inherently amphibious condition – its tendency towards Katakcracy!

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11. Xerocracy: A form of government in which power is achieved and maintained by rule by leaflet … surat layang lah…. apa lagi – Misalnya  ’50 Dalil Kenapa Anwar Ibrahim Tidak Boleh Jadi PM .oleh Khalid Jafri Bakar Shah.

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8. Theocracy: An archaic form of government, soon to make a comeback near you! In Malaysia, theocracy used to vie for power with ethnocracy but in GE15 these the forces pushing for these two systems of goverments have coalaced to an unprecedented degree.

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7. Plutocracy: A form of government exercised by the few (the 1%). It is a global phenomena but in Malaysia we can see clearly how its the same small bunch of friends, or rather frenemies, that has ruled us for decades.

Ke Mana Malaysia Kita? 17

NOW SHOWING at a Parliament Near You! … Anwar Ibrahim’s Unity Government Cabinet! PKR, DAP, AMANAH, UPKO, MUDA, MAP, UMNO, MCA, MIC, PBRS, PBB, PRS, PDP, BERSATU Sabah, PBS, STAR, SAPP, USNO, WARISAN, MUDA, PBM, KDM, ….


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Zahid visiting Anwar in Hospital in 2017. Pecah belah kuncu yang rapat, Lama lama berkuncu lagi!

A friend, in need, hs a friend in deed. Whenever Anwar Ibrahim has been in need Zahid has been there in deed –

  1. Brothers in activism at Universiti Malaya in the 1970’s
  2. Zahid wase chief during Anwar’s risi in UMNO in the 1990’s
  3. Spearheaded Anwar’s challenge to Mahathir during Umno general assembly in June 1998
  4. Stood by Anwar at the cost of being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) when Anwar was sacked in Sept 1998.
  5. Joined Najib to write a letter to the Agong, backing Anwar’s bid to become prime minister in October 16, 2020.
  6. A press statements matching with Anwar’s in a bid to topple Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in March 2021.
  7. His surprisingly intimate and sympathetic with Anwar against respective party sentiments, leaked in Aprin 2021.
  8. And now, leading UMNO in backing Anwar’s long awaited asscent to Malaysia’s Prime Ministership



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Mungkin kah Zahid jadi DPM? Carik-Carik Bulu Ayam, Lama-lama Bercantum Juga!

Anwar Ibrahim and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi began their close association as student activists at Universiti Malaya in the 1970s. This relationship reached its apotheosis at the Umno general assembly of 1998, during which Zahid spearheaded Anwar’s bid to oust Mahathir with allegations of cronyism and nepotism in the award of government contracts. As the coup collapsed and Anwar went to prison, Zahid survived by shifting his allegiance to Mahathir. Today, despite pending  criminal breach of trust cases, he is poised to become Anwar’s deputy once again. Although a top UMNO leader is reported to have said this is not likely, Carik-Carik Bulu Ayam, Lama-lama Bercantum Juga!