Najib is correct in asking for the trust of the “Hindu” (Indian) voting public because for the past 30 years Umno-BN has known exactly what they want. But he has no interest or desire in discovering or fulfilling what the Malaysian public really need, writes S Thayaparan.
This is an article written by P Ramakrishnan in 2003, tracing the roots of the Maika-Telekom share allocation scandal.
For almost 30 years, Maika shareholders, many of them poor, waited in vain to enjoy the fruit of their investment. Now the shareholders are being offered a miserable RM0.80 for every ringgit invested, observes P Ramakrishnan.
If substantive changes to the lives of ordinary peoople are unlikely, what does it matter who heads the MIC; why give the impression that changing the top leadership will change anything substantial for the Indian community, asks Rani Rasiah.
Training the spotlight on the Barisan, Martin Jalleh feels the MIC does not have much of a future, thanks to its long-serving president, Samy Vellu, who could sink the party along with himself.
In our cover story Anil Netto looks at the Pakatan Rakyat’s economic orientation and questions whether its pro-business policies are compatible with pro-people sustainable development.
Within the Pakatan, Pas appears to be speaking with different voices to different constituencies, observes Farish Noor, who says the party can and should play a key role in determining the development of democracy in Malaysia.
Anil Netto takes a look at the Bakit Selambau state seat in Kedah where the MIC faces crunch time as Samy Vellu goes house-to-house campaigning.