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Joceline Tan

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18 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Message that ignited a thousand rumours

An SMS from the Umno secretary-general had everyone jumping up and down thinking that Parliament was about to be dissolved but it turned out to be an announcement of the return of the man known as ‘Mike Tyson’.

17 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Bringing it on in Johor

Parti Pribumi turned one year old with a grand celebration but can its 92-year-old superstar help turn around the floundering fortunes of Pakatan Harapan?

One year on: Pakatan’s ‘top dog’ is enjoying his new lease of life on the fast lane of politics as his party marks its first anniversary in Muar..
14 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Winning the war of perception

IT is apparent by now that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s White House visit went far better than expected.

10 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Final severing of ties

The smooth running of the Umno division meeting this year was a sign that the political turbulence has passed. It also saw the end of any emotional ties that the party had for its former president who is now the leader of the opposition.

Target division: Najib and Dr Ahmad Zahid made it a point to officiate at the divisions that are said to be having problems at the leadership level.
6 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Rafizi fighting too many fires

PKR’s ‘Wonder Boy’ is taking a huge gamble by openly questioning Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘amanat’ or mandate to engage with PAS in facing the general election.

3 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

PKR infighting boils over

The disagreement between those who want to engage PAS and those who don’t has left PKR circles stirred and shaken. It also lifted the lid on the split between the Datuk Seri Azmin Ali camp and the Rafizi Ramli faction.

Cracked: The long-standing enmity between Rafizi and Azmin was known largely among the Pakatan crowd but it is all out in the open.
30 Aug 2017 | 7:00 AM

Still a thorn in Pakatan’s side

There are doubts that Pakatan Harapan’s declaration of ‘talak tiga’ or final divorce from PAS will prevent PKR from continuing to engage PAS from behind the scenes.

28 Aug 2017 | 7:00 AM

Opposition in a flap over White House meeting

Najib’s meeting with President Donald Trump next month carries lots of messages on foreign policy as well as the home political front, and it has also drawn strong reaction from Pakatan Harapan leaders.

27 Aug 2017 | 7:00 AM

Malay tsunami – fact or psywar?

DAP has been talking about a Malay tsunami that will carry Pakatan Harapan to power. But without PAS in the coalition, where is the giant wave of Malay votes going to come from?

Brickbats and bouquets: Lim’s assertion that the Mahathir factor will cause Kedah, Perak and Johor to fall has drawn mixed opinions ranging from applause and support to claims that the DAP leader is delusional.
20 Aug 2017 | 7:00 AM

Memali tragedy blame game goes on

Old wounds were reopened by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rather nonchalant account of the bloody clash in 1985, and PAS wants a Royal Commission of Inquiry for the truth to be told.