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Patronage is king?

WHEN Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad led the opposition to a stunning election victory, he had an effective rallying cry that reflected why Umno’s form of governance was problematic: “Cash is king!” If Dr Mahathir is not careful, worrying recent trends indicate a similarly disconcerting problem about Pakatan Harapan’s government: “Patronage is king!”


Political patronage debate is reason why reforms are needed

M. Shanmugam - The alternative view THE intense debate on giving government contracts to political leaders in return for support is healthy. It is a sign that there are leaders within the government who are determined to see that the political patronage system that was pervasive in the old Barisan Nasional administration is dismantled.


No patronage in govt dealings

From TUN DAIM ZAINUDDIN of Kuala Lumpur.


Analysts: Bersatu needs to break ‘old patronage’ culture

PETALING JAYA: The clash over the “old patronage” of giving government contracts reflects a deep division within Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, say political analysts.


Pahang Regent denies RM1.3bil kickback for his ‘patronage’

KUANTAN: The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has refuted an allegation circulating on social media that he received RM1.3bil as a kickback for his “patronage” over a project.


Mat Sabu: Stop politics of patronage

SHAH ALAM: Parti Amanah Rakyat president Mohamad Sabu has called on his party members to stop the "politics of patronage" that has become cancerous in national politics.


South African deputy finance minister says graft, patronage threats to governance

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Thursday that patronage and corruption were undermining efforts to build a credible government, as Africa's most industrialised country faces the prospect of potential ratings downgrades.


FIFA patronage endears Blatter to 196th-ranked Fiji

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The unflinching support of tiny, developing countries has long been a vital plank of Sepp Blatter's political base and those in any doubt of the impact of FIFA's patronage need look no further than the Pacific Island nation of Fiji.


ABRSM honoured by continued patronage

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), in a statement, said that the Prince of Wales has agreed to extend his presidency of the Associated Board until 2009.


New breed starts to muscle in on Indonesia's old-style patronage politics

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's presidential election on Wednesday could be the last chance for old style politicians to lead what is one of the world's biggest democracies, and one of its youngest.