Maria Chin Abdullah, (now former) head of Bersih 2.0 and one of my personal picks for the region’s most fascinating women list, has resigned from the protest group. As I write this she’s telling press in KL she’ll run in GE14 as an independent candidate within the Pakatan Harapan coalition. It’s still breaking so there will be more on this later in the week.
Barisan Nasional is holding an election dry run this month. Tell you what, you couldn’t do that in my country without an avalanche of pun headlines. Here’s the important takeaway care of a ‘BN insider’: "We expect voting day to be held by the third week of April and preparations are already being made to identify white, grey or black areas.”
No matter when it comes the opposition is useless, says Najib Razak. All they’re good for is lots of loud noise and no action. Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?
We might have to have a deep look at the way Chinese-Malaysians have been evoked in the campaign so far because it doesn’t feel great, particularly after a call this big: “Of all the prime ministers we have had, Najib has done more for the Chinese community than the prime ministers before him combined."
Parliament is sitting for its last session before it must be dissolved prior to the vote. The sitting will likely see a ‘fake news’ bill pushed through. There’s little info just yet on what the bill entails but much of the analysis is pointing squarely at 1MDB saying it is likely an effort to shut down any criticisms of the monster graft scandal.
See you Friday!