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Thoughts on Rantau By-Election Results

April 13, 2019

Rantau election results:

BN 10,397
PH 5,887
Bebas 83
Bebas 79

Mat Hasan wins with a majority of 4,510 votes. Congratulations to him and his team. This is a resounding win for UMNO.

Consolations to Dr. Streram and his team. He did his very best. For us, it is back to the drawing board again for Pakatan Harapan.

Three defeats in a row is no longer an anomaly; it is now a systemic issue.

Briefing on disappearances

April 11, 2019

At lunch, MPs were given a briefing by Suhakam and Caged on the disappearances of Amri and Raymond Koh. Dato Mah of Suhakam and the family of Raymond Koh attended the briefing. The deputy minister of Home Affairs also attended the briefing.

In reply to the issue, he says that the home ministry has yet to officially receive a copy of the report from Suhakam and as such the ministry has yet to read it. That being the case he has no comment at this stage. The report was published and available for public download since 3rd April.

After the briefing, I took the visitors to visit the Speaker. My officers and interns will help Suhakam to distribute the hard copy of the report to all MPs tomorrow.

Vote on constitutional amendment

April 9, 2019

The big historic vote of the night on the constitutional amendment took place at 10.25 pm. Two thirds majority was required for this vote. Four PH MPs were absent, three were on overseas trip and one was unwell, recovering from cardiac surgery. The results were 138 for and 0 against. 56 MPs abstained from voting. We needed 148 votes, as such the amendment was defeated.

Salam Reformasi and a Happy 20th Birthday to Parti Keadilan Rakyat!

April 4, 2019

The party started in 1998 with the arrest of Anwar, the black eye incident and the call of Reformasi. Back then the corporate world was crumbling from the 1997 financial crisis. I was negotiating a distressed deal in a law firm near Padang Merdeka when the police attacked the crowd. We stopped work and witnessed protestors being chased down the road by the FRU.

10 years later, I joined PKR as a corporate advisor. The first task given to me was to plan a road map to unlock lopsided concession deals. I was then assigned to help Zaid Ibrahim, who was then Pakatan Rakyat protem chairman. After Zaid left, I was redeployed to work on public policies, and manage the Investment and Trade Bureau. That was when I got to know Rafizi Ramli. I worked with Raf on the Pakatan alternative budgets for four years from 2011 to 2014. I took over the budget and policy writing from Raf from 2015 to 2018. I also served Kak Wan as an economic and policy advisor when Anwar was incarcerated.

It has been a real journey, two terms as an MP, the never ending myriad of challenges, and even now, the struggle for real reforms in the New Malaysia. I want to acknowledge all those who stayed the long haul, who came and went, and those who recently joined to make PKR what it is, a dynamic, noisy (differing opinions allowed) and democratic multi racial party. It has been a deep honour to serve along with my PKR colleagues for the Rakyat.

Happy Birthday PKR, may we continue to deliver the reforms for a better Malaysia.

A step forward

April 4, 2019

Good morning with excellent news.

Item no. 9 of today’s Order Paper for Parliament, shows that the prime minister will be tabling a motion to put UMNO’s Noraini (Parit Sulong) as the Chairman of PAC to replace Ronald Kiandee. This motion will likely take place on the last day of this sitting, 11th April.

This motion, if passed next week, will enable Pakatan Harapan to regain some credibility on its manifesto regarding an independent PAC. More importantly, this change of heart could signal the start of the much delayed reforms as contained in Pakatan Harapan manifesto.

On this positive development, credit must go to YB Nurul Izzah for taking her principled stand by resigning from the PAC, 2 weeks ago. I know she took a lot of criticisms from this, but it was the right thing to do.

I hope Izzah will be returning to the PAC. Her uncompromising stance on the PAC may have just woken up PH from a deep slumber. This is a small but positive win for Parliamentary reforms. My office is energised by this development, and we will continue to push for Parliamentary reforms (a project we started 8 months ago) on standing committees and full independence from the cabinet.