‘Foreign interference’ has ruled this week. First with the bonkers reaction to a piece from the Economist earlier in the month outlining how gerrymandering is being used to ensure a smooth ride for the government. And then – Cambridge Analytica had to go and make things so complicated. I wrote on length about both of these instances and how they’re being used by both sides to pre-empt an excuse for a loss for the Diplomat.
I don’t know how anyone can say the election is boring when it has so many twists and turns already. Yesterday, for example, we saw a headline referring to Mahathir Mohamad’s ‘scrotal gumption’. What’s not to love about that!
‘Say it to my face’. A panel in KL debating if the candidate is ‘too old’ to be PM got a surprise guest yesterday when the 93-year-old former PM dropped by.
Police have said there are 1,100 individuals and 140 or so hot spots which will be closely monitored during the election’s security efforts. The individuals are mostly thought to be associated with Islamic State or purveyors of fake news, but given how tough it is to be an activist on an average day I’d hazard a guess some of these names are less about a caliphate and more about non-corrupt democracy.
See you next week!