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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Malaysia Election: Photo of the day with Zeti.

We are sharing a simple photo picture here capturing the excitement  with Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Ungku Zeti Akhtar binti Ungku Abdul Aziz.  

Photo of the Day:

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. - Ghandi

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Photo of the 'After-Day':

(PH's supporters took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur in celebration - AFP Photo)

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Report of the Day:

Bloomberg: Malaysia's Political Earthquake Is Deeply Ironic

The opposition just won, led by a former head of the establishment.

May 10, 2018, 4:39 AM GMT+8

After six decades of uninterrupted rule by one political bloc, Malaysia's democracy showed it can work — ousting that bloc and the nation's incumbent leader in a seismic shift. The irony is that it took a onetime scourge of democracy to come back from retirement to topple the party that ruled since independence from Great Britain in 1957 — the same party he led as prime minister for 22 years.

How much will change?

by Daniel Moss

That man, Mahathir Mohamad, declared in his 90s that his new mission 
in life was to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling 
Barisan Nasional coalition. They had become corrupt and too addicted 
to power, he claimed. Never mind that as prime minister Mahathir did 
much to centralize power. Never mind that Najib's career was 
nurtured by none other than Mahathir.

Najib claimed the opposition, now on the cusp of taking control of 
government, is a motley collection of parties. True enough. That's 
how parliaments work.

How would the opposition rule? Like Mahathir last time around or 
more freewheeling? How would leadership issues within the opposition 
resolve themselves, chiefly the relationship between Mahathir and 
Anwar Ibrahim, now languishing in prison? (Put there the first time 
by Mahathir.) What will be the administrative priorities of an 
opposition that probably doubted it could ever win?

It almost doesn't matter for now, because first the nation and the 
world can savor that this system, constructed on theoretical 
possibilities, has been shown to work. Gerrymandering and crackdowns 
on the press can't suppress political and economic tides 
indefinitely. Ironies abound. Nobody in the media in the 1990s, when 
I worked in Malaysia, would have considered Mahathir a friend of a 
free and vibrant press.

Barisan Nasional had struggled in recent years and, as a result, had 
become more dictatorial and more dependent on xenophobic appeals to 
rural Malays and political Islam. How the opposition functions in 
government and what the role of smaller parties looks like is 
anyone's guess. And all this assumes, of course, that the government 
allows the opposition to take office. There's never been a change of 
power in Malaysia, since independence. The party was the government 
and the government was the party.

Not to get completely swept up in the moment: Over the longer run, 
Malaysia's economic and political direction will be governed by 
interest rates and fiscal and regulatory policy, just like most 
countries. Mahathir himself isn't exactly a political novice. And 
there are broader macroeconomic forces also at work, including 
China's relative economic strength, what happens with global trade 
and developments in technology.

The economic and social distortions caused by the existing regime's 
preferences for powerful Malays, members of the majority ethnic 
group, may not go away soon. They were cemented during Mahathir's 
previous tour of duty.

Malaysia faces its share of challenges in this new era. And with a 
former prime minister returning to power, it's fair to wonder how 
much will really change. There's also no getting away from the fact 
that the once-unstoppable Barisan Nasional has lost the election. 
That's already a huge change.

- Bloomberg