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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!”
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.
MY article, “Patronage is king?” (The Star, Jan 12), has elicited much response from those associated with the Pakatan Harapan government.
KUALA LUMPUR: Moves by Malaysia's new government to change the guard at market regulators and state-owned firms have lifted the country's stock markets this week as investors hope for better governance and an end to decades of patronage politics a report said adding the stock exchange chief might be replaced.
MANY questions have been raised on the way spectrum for cellular companies has been awarded in Malaysia. Political patronage appears to have had a role in some awards despite pledges for transparency in the past.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Leonore Annenberg, who as the widow of billionaire publisher Walter Annenberg continued his tradition of philanthropy and patronage of the arts, died Thursday. She was 91.
Genting Bhd's leisure and hospitality division is expected to be robust given rising number of visitors to Genting Highlands Resort and improved patronage of its gaming facilities in Malaysia and Britain, said Kenanga Investment Research.
FINANCIAL institutions under the patronage of the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) were urged yesterday to look into the possibility of financing the overseas expansion of local small and medium-sized industries (SMIs).
Comment by Terence Gomez PAKATAN Harapan’s unexpected victory in Malaysia’s 14th General Elections (GE14) was one of monumental proportions as the ruling Barisan Nasional, under Umno’s control, had instituted a series of unscrupulous methods to retain power. Pakatan, led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had achieved a colossal feat, unseating a powerful Umno that had never lost power.
THE government is considering setting up a single national network infrastructure company (netco) to own and run the nation’s 5G network, which will have multiple shareholders, sources say.