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    A test of the election date

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/10/2018

    » The regime claims that it has just discovered that its advertised, "most likely" date for the general election will horrendously clash with another, hugely important event. For some time, the government has been teasing the likelihood for a general election on Feb 24. However, late last week came the "discovery" that tens of thousands young men and women will be busy in the midst of something else that day: University entrance exams, which will be held between Feb 18-23.


    New EC faces tough tasks

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/07/2018

    » A new Election Commission (EC) has been partly chosen and will unofficially take office in 10 days. It will temporarily have five members instead of seven, the same number as the outgoing poll agency. And it will work under the same, uncontrollable handicap as the now lame-duck EC. Not only is there no election to prepare for, the military-enforced ban on political activities means the EC cannot even supervise the primaries or campaigning.


    Malaysia's vital D-day

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/05/2018

    » A strong turnout is expected today, when Malaysians vote in the most important election in their history. On the surface, Prime Minister Najib Razak leads the incumbent Barisan Nasional, or United Front coalition against a united opposition, Pakatan Harapan, known as PH, the Alliance of Hope. The drama is intense, as former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad leads the alliance, and has possible victory in his grasp.


    Eyeing new speed limits

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/04/2018

    » On the eve of yet another festival period on the nation's roads, a debate is under way over road safety. The discussion is about speed limits.


    Public lose the airwaves

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/03/2018

    » The junta is poised to "reset" the regulatory body that makes all the key decisions about radio, TV and mobile phones. Secret meetings of selectors have narrowed a field of 86 applicants down to 14 short-list candidates. From that final list, the National Legislative Assembly will soon vote on which seven are best qualified to sit on the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). There will be winners but more importantly, there will be so many losers.


    EC walks fine media line

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/01/2018

    » Once political campaigning for a general election, tentatively set for November, kicks off, social media will likely become an even more powerful tool, not just for vote canvassing but also manipulation.


    New law must rake in all corrupt figures

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/07/2017

    » The recent National Legislative Assembly (NLA) decision to approve a law on criminal procedures for holders of political positions has drawn mixed public reaction.


    Time to set poll dates

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/06/2017

    » The country's only election for governor is supposed to take place next year. Bangkok is a special case in national administration. All provinces are governed by appointees from the top echelons of the Ministry of Interior bureaucrats, but the capital has elected its own governor since 1975. That is, until now. The current Bangkok governor is a junta appointee, and the election originally scheduled for 2018 is not yet in sight.


    The war over North Korea

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/05/2017

    » South Korea votes today for a new president. The election shows the world that country is a true democracy. After holding their former president accountable and legally impeaching her, the South Koreans are constitutionally electing a new head of state. This is a true achievement for a country that so recently was a military dictatorship, and shows up the northern half of Korea as a sad but violent nation, important only because of its threats to international peace.


    End the local leader mafia

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/04/2017

    » The National Reform Steering Committee (NRSA) has for the first time in years come out with an issue where it has broad-based support from academics, politicians and the general public.

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