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AS THE hustings for the 15th General Election (GE15) kick into full gear, political parties and coalitions pull out all the stops to win votes.
As the high political drama raged unabatedly last year, many did not expect Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to last very long as Prime Minister. Most of us expected elections would be called soon after, and there would be a new government and possibly a new Prime Minister.
THE Dewan Rakyat is back in session. It's arguably been a long time since we've had a sitting like this, focused just on legislation.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, said that 39 Members of Parliament had switched sides since the 14th General Election. This translates into roughly 20% of MPs defecting, which does not augur well for our democracy.
IN the latest edition of the Economist Magazine, there is a dedicated article on the political resurgence of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The author attributes this resurgence to the failure of the political forces that oppose Najib to come together and find a common purpose.
ONE of my earliest recollections of war was Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1991. I recall it because whenever I would quarrel with my elder sister, my mother would refer to my sister as Iraq as she was older, myself as Kuwait and herself as America – the one attempting to make peace.