GST, ugh. So important but so boring to read about! Barisan Nasional has ruled out an increase on the current 6 percent if it is returned to government. The announcement follows after rumours an increase was imminent, which BN blamed on opposition forces.
Felda communities are still considered Barisan Nasional strongholds, but are not immune to the pressures of rising costs of living either.
I love this op-ed from Channel News Asia on the deep ironies which pepper Mahathir Mohamad’s campaign. For people late to the game, like me, there are a lot of moving parts in this election which aren’t necessarily easy to understand so I’m thrilled to have this reference. Elvin Ong explores the contemporary connection between MM and those who opposed him during the 1990s but now support the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
This unsteady coalition-building might be paying off, at least according to Mahathir (and at least one KL journalist I’ve spoken to recently!), who told AFP PH is receiving a huge amount of support at the grassroots from Malay voters. Still, chances of a win are still just 50-50, he says, "because of the government's tendency to cheat, to threaten people, to use money, to even block the election process."
Three women were detained after being caught tearing down Barisan Nasional flags in a KL suburb earlier in the week.
‘Can Sabah find leaders to solve its long overdue need for autonomy, without injuring a federal government's pride? For a state lavished with natural resources, it remains riddled with a legion of insecurities.’