South China Morning Post – or maybe more accurately, Bhavan Jaipragas – is really stepping up the op-ed game and I’m here for it. Let’s move beyond ‘why is this so boring’ into ‘what does it mean for x, y and z’. I’m personally fascinated by the Robert Kuok saga and wider analysis on how the Chinese-Malay community feels, while this piece looks at what could go wrong for Barisan Nasional.
Beyond interesting food for thought, the last few days have been dominated by Anwar Ibrahim who lost a court challenge to be sprung from prison prior to polls. "I shouldn't say I'm surprised but I am disappointed," Anwar told media after the decision yesterday. "I'm just hoping for one judge, one avenue, to have the courage or conviction to uphold the law and justice. Otherwise, wait for GE14."
What was he even thinking, asks the High Court, calling the civil suit a ‘backdoor and veiled attempt’ to undermine the courts. High Court judge Justice Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad tossed the case and was unimpressed, telling the courtroom: “The issue of fraud has to be specific. I do not see the plaintiff specifying which prosecution witness committed the perjury. This should have been specified. You cannot pluck ‘fraud’ and throw the word to the court.”
The development put the Anwar-Mahathir Mohamad history back in the spotlight. I shouldn’t have sacked him, says Mahathir, reflecting on the pair’s fractured relationship. It’s not his fault, he maintains, and anyway, sending him to trial proves that he was never a dictator no matter what critics say.