MCA’s new dilemma – how to work as opposition

(Also published on Malaysiakini)

Even though MCA is part of the BN ruling coalition at the federal level, it has many characteristics of an opposition party. A dilemma is having to choose between two options which seem equally unfavourable or mutually exclusive. Politicians and political parties in Malaysia often face such difficult choices.

For MCA, its ‘old’ dilemma was choosing between working quietly behind the scenes in the ‘shadow’ of its big brother, Umno, and risk being criticised by the community for being a compliant party, or speak out against certain government policies and risk offending big brother.

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Dissecting the ETP Annual Report (Part 4): 45pc of GNI and 20pc of jobs disappeared in ‘recalibration’

(Also published on The Malaysian Insider)

‘Massive revision’ better describes the loss of GNI (Gross National Income) and jobs. In the ETP Annual Report, PEMANDU glossed over the changes when it ‘recalibrated’ the investments, GNI contributions and job creation numbers of the various entry point projects (EPPs). But the changes are enormous. RM107.7 billion of GNI and 75,000 jobs equivalent to 45 per cent and 20 per cent of the respective original forecasts were written off.

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