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End of a Parliament Session

As I have said before, today’s Parliament sitting may very well be the very last one for the 13th Term since GE14 is around the corner.

It is very strange to say goodbye to friends and foes, knowing very well that some will be dropped, some are barred, some are retiring and some will lose in GE14. I want to wish all the best of luck and thank everyone for their service to the nation. Opposition MPs who stayed till the very end of today, spontaneously got together and took this last group photo.


Deepavali in Desa Mentari 2017

Good morning. I attended a Deepavali function in Desa Mentari last night organised by Uthayam, a local urban poor NGO. This NGO is a bit unique because all its members are regular folks that live in the Desa Mentari flats. There is no external influence, no VIPs and completely apolitical. It was set up with a very specific purpose, which is to provide welfare help to their poorest neighbours. Last night’s Deepavali event had some 200 attendees.

The Chairman Mr.Sugumaran is a frozen truck driver and devotes a big chunk of his spare time to this NGO. He and his deputy Mr. Paneer, are regular visitors to my office, dropping by almost once a month with a variety of constituency problems. My office finds the Uthayam people to be reliable and earnest.

The event last night was nearly hijacked by local PAS leaders who promised Uthayam to foot the entire bill of the function, provided that Nik Nazmi (the PKR ADUN) and I am, are not invited to the event. Poor as they are, they turned the offer down. It appears that the election campaign on the ground has started in Seri Setia.

INVOKE: A mission in analytics

Good morning. To my constituents, my officers will be attending my community functions on my behalf today. I will be hosting a very important visitor this morning and then spending the entire day till night at INVOKE Malaysia.

A few days ago, INVOKE published its first survey findings. It is a very big deal because it is the biggest ever survey conducted with 100,000 plus respondents. In comparison, most surveys done in Malaysia are in the slightly more than 1,000 range.

Here is the link to the survey report:…/GE14-Survey-Preliminary-Res…

What we have achieved since we started INVOKE some 4 plus months ago is incredible and all thanks go to the hardwork of our young 20 something, dynamic staff. And also to Rafizi as chief slave driver and fundraiser. For all of you who have contributed, a very big thank you from the bottom of all our INVOKE hearts!

Meet the INVOKE team:

Many people have been asking me why did we publish our findings. Will it not be better to keep the results a secret? The answer is yes and no. We publish overall findings because the public needs to know what the pulse of the nation is. We keep secret the much finer details of the data for strategic planning.

The real mission of giving out the overall general finding is to target undecided voters (fence sitters) and voters that have given up (fed-up with government and opposition). These targeted categories and you need to know exactly how important their votes will be in this general election. They are the ultimate deciders of whether we say goodbye to Najib and Rosmah. Some 15% to 20% of voters are undecided; they are the kingmakers, not Hadi Awang. If you hang on to hope, mobilise to vote and get your “tak apa” friends to do the same, we will have a change of government, irrespective how Hadi Awang swings.

Sending this message out is also important for the public to track and influence negotiations that are ongoing between politicians. If politicians are constantly negotiating in secret, our democracy will be in peril.

Some have said that our data is not important. Going to the ground blindly and doing deals is not a strategy. If we want change we have to work industriously to achieve it and that means data gathering, analytics, strategic planning and field deployment.

As you can imagine, we now have a massive amount of data to work with and our analytics team have been working non stop at this front. When the analytics is done, we will form our strategy. And when that is done, in the coming months we will re-activate and begin our field deployment. This process will continue in a loop, to continuously seek improvements all the way to election day.

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