Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Commentary: Malaysia reborn? Does GE14 spell an end to racial politics?

Many had predicted a Malay tsunami would rise up against the ruling party but what happened instead was a tsunami rakyat, where voters voted with economic concerns in mind, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak’s Serina Rahman.

Serina Rahman

10 May 2018

SINGAPORE: Malaysia woke up this morning to a new dawn. The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition lost their 61-year hold on government and Mahathir Mohamad, now the prime ministerial candidate for the Pakatan Harapan coalition, is poised to be sworn into power after a 15-year hiatus.

Prior to Polling Day, the term of the moment was “Malay tsunami” – the prediction that rural Malays will swing to Pakatan Harapan to dethrone the incumbent government.

What happened instead was a “tsunami rakyat”: A citizen’s tsunami.

MP suggests changing valuation method for ageing flats to raise demand

By Chen Lin

15 May, 2018

SINGAPORE — With owners of older HDB flats worried about the value of their homes as their leases shorten, Ms Cheryl Chan, Member of Parliament for Fengshan constituency, proposed taking a “multi-prong” approach to help sellers and buyers by changing the valuation method for ageing units and extending the lease for flats in mature towns of selected precincts.

To further help Singaporeans put a roof over their heads, she also proposed reassessing the property loan structure and allowing selected older flats to be leased directly from the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

Monday, May 14, 2018

Commentary: Malaysia’s new leadership line-up strengthens Mahathir’s hand

Mahathir Mohamad named three Cabinet ministers and announced the establishment of a Council of Elders on Saturday (May 12), in a move that strengthens his position within the Pakatan Harapan coalition, says one observer.

By Tricia Yeoh

14 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s seventh Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wasted no time in getting to work after the 14th general election concluded with the country’s first ever change in government.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

With Anwar’s pardon, will ‘Mahathir’ prophecy come true?

New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 11, 2018.
11 May, 2018

PETALING JAYA — The ‘Rahman’ prophecy was an amusing, albeit unconventional, way for Malaysians to predict the country’s first six prime ministers.

For the uninitiated, the legend started circulating around the 1960s and 1970s and predicted that each letter in the word ‘Rahman’ represents the name of Malaysia’s prime ministers: Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, Hussein Onn, Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak.

Some believe the prophecy would mean the end of Umno.

With the Najib administration’s defeat in the 14th general election (GE14), many believed the Rahman prophecy was fulfilled.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Commentary: Pakatan Harapan’s successful campaign strategy, informed by data, powered by people

Data highlighting Malaysians’ key concerns helped the Pakatan Harapan connect with voters and formulate a winning strategy in Malaysia’s 14th General Election, says Khor Yu Leng.

By Khor Yu Leng

11 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: News of an extraordinary political upset for Barisan Nasional came through slowly after polls for Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) closed.

Mahathir Mohamad, leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, claimed victory for Anwar Ibrahim’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat, under whose flag the Pakatan Harapan coalition parties contested under.

Where many have called the win a “shock victory”, in fact, there were early signs of voter concerns that Pakatan paid close attention to and worked hard at addressing to gain the electoral advantage.

Friday, April 27, 2018

A final farewell to Inuka, the ‘Singa-polar bear’

By Toh Ee Ming

26 April, 2018

SINGAPORE — Stopping the waterfall in its enclosure was one of Inuka’s favourite tricks, more than 400 staff of Singapore Zoo, well-wishers and fans heard on Thursday (April 26).

At a private memorial service for the Republic’s last polar bear, deputy head keeper Mohan Ponichamy delivered an eulogy for the Singapore Zoo’s beloved bear, which was not revived from anesthesia on Wednesday on “humane grounds”.

Paying tribute to Inuka’s inquisitive personality, Mr Mohan recounted some of the polar bear’s mischievous antics to the crowd who gathered at 11am at the Frozen Tundra exhibit’s amphitheatre on Thursday.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Former Cambridge Analytica workers say firm sent foreigners to advise U.S. campaigns

By Craig Timberg and Tom Hamburger

March 25, 2018

LONDON — Cambridge Analytica assigned dozens of non-U.S. citizens to provide campaign strategy and messaging advice to ­Republican candidates in 2014, according to three former workers for the data firm, even as an attorney warned executives to abide by U.S. laws limiting foreign involvement in elections.

The assignments came amid efforts to present the newly created company as “an American brand” that would appeal to U.S. political clients even though its parent, SCL Group, was based in London, according to former Cambridge Analytica research director Christopher Wylie.