The Barisan/ROS decision of 17 April had an unintended consequence: it gave an opportunity to the three parties in Pakatan: Pas, the PKR and the DAP to become a closer union, writes Tommy Thomas.
Tommy Thomas demolishes the myth being propagated about how the next Prime Minister should be chosen after the conclusion of the general election.
The essence of the concept of a caretaker government is to equalise the position of the ruling party and the opposition in the lead-up to the polls, says Tommy Thomas.
Even a cursory consideration of the Pakatan performance as administrators of five states will establish that they are fair, reasonable and, most importantly, not corrupt, observes Tommy Thomas.
It is only the beginning of the struggle, says Tommy Thomas. There are many battles to engage in.
Tommy Thomas wonders if the Security Offences Bill is constitutional. The much inferior treatment of an accused when prosecuted under the Bill violates the fundamental right to equality, he points out.
Was Malaya ever colonised? Most definitely, according to Tommy Thomas, and by not one but four different colonial powers.
Tommy Thomas is concerned that we are sliding into a Police State with no place for the Rule of Law.
Many believe judges are the natural protectors of liberty. Tommy Thomas debunks this myth, pointing to the Griffith thesis: judges will lend their support to government measures to preserve ‘stability’ and they will not be overly concerned if such measures require the invasion of individual liberty.
As Anwar faces a fresh charge of sodomy, Tommy Thomas discusses the implications of the second prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim.