Everyone is thirsty for the 6.5 million or so Chinese-Malaysian voters. Which makes for an interesting race and great, insightful reflection on the wider siloing of races in Malaysia. For the government, this means quietly ignoring complaints of enacting policies favouring ethnic-Malays for much of the last few terms and accusing the opposition of being actively anti-Chinese. Would-be candidates of all stripes have latched onto Chinese New Year celebrations, including PM Najib Razak who used the occasion to announce policies specifically aimed at the community, including big money into Chinese schools.
Still no date yet, but the Star has gone pulled out the whiteboard markers and worked it all out on a pane of glass.
Mahathir Mohamad and PH has laid into the deeply unpopular BN plan to scrap plastic bag fees in Selangor.
UMNO has submitted its list of candidates for approval to the party president (Najib), PAS is 90 percent of the way there. But what of Mahathir! Langkawi, they reckon. It has been a safe as houses BN seat since it was created in 1995, but can a big name unlodge it? Who can say, but UMNO isn’t taking any chances.
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has talked to Channel News Asia about her teary introduction of Mahathir Mohamad at the conference in January. It’s a juicy story with some interesting criticisms received online. But it’s all worth it for this line, which she has clearly been waiting to use: ‘I feel and believe corruption is a cancer, dangerous and pervasive, and you need a surgeon's touch. I happen to be a woman and I happen to be a surgeon, I think that helps very much.’
See you next week!