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GE15: Surveys inaccurate when it comes to realities of the vote

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.

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Candidate or party?

As I write this, nominations for the 15th General Election are over.

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What kind of election campaign can we expect?

AS soon as the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, announced Parliament's dissolution on Oct 10, 2023, I found myself thinking about what I did when the previous Parliament was dissolved on April 7, 2018.

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So, it's election time for Malaysians

AFTER much wrangling, dealing, arm-twisting and debates, it is decided that we will head to the polls.

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The PM’s one year in office

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.

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Parliament should work without haste, but without rest

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.

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The danger of being tone-deaf

ONE of the most significant challenges for any government is communication.

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Are Malaysians the problem with Malaysia?

A CLOSE friend, Kevin Christopher, a prominent analyst with an investment firm in Kuala Lumpur, recently posted a question in a WhatsApp group chat.

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To hop or not?

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.

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The Gerakan leadership remains bewildered

OVER a year ago, Gerakan joined Perikatan Nasional as the fifth component party after Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, PAS, Sabah People’s Progressive Party, better known as SAPP, and Sabah STAR.

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The merits of political unity

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.

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Ukraine, Russia and a new world order

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.

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