Power base

Teachers in certain categories are now allowed to be involved in politics.

In the early days of the country, teachers were one of the main groups involved in politics. that was why the portfolio of the Minister of Education was seen as something leading to the ultimate price for those ambitious ones.

Later on, when there were restrictions on the involvement of teachers, and when money politics comes into play, other ministers who can hand out lucrative contracts become very powerful too.

With the restriction being lifted, the MOE is once again very very powerful, and since the voting of the TOP leaders of the Big Brother is now no longer limited to just the few thousand delegates but to a much bigger base, teachers become important since they normally play very prominent roles in grassroots politics and they are also well respected in rural community.

With the restriction lifted, the MOE becomes  very powerful now, since teachers will probably form a big group of the enlarged voting base, and their influence goes beyond just their numbers and they will have a big say in influencing the big groups of people who are eligible to vote for the presidency of the Big Brother.

By so doing, the MOE, who is the no. 2 , is now petting more powerful.

The No 1 failure to win back Chinese votes is now being used by right wingers within the party to try to create resistance to his reforms and in a way he is now facing the same problem that his immediate predecessor is facing before — a threat to remove him if he gives out too much and still cannot win back the votes. The problem is that the right wingers, with the help of the outsourced Perkasa, is harping on racism to play a very dangerous game; a game that will cause polarisation of politics. The same right wingers are also in talk with some in the Islamic party..

What i have said in an article in my blog as well as Malaysiakini  in march is still valid . Maybe we should revisit the post here.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 12:15:36

    Law of karma ta work. I see Samsara heading to PWTC as well as Putrajaya. No wonder WKS is such a happy man nowadays. Is MCA and Gelakan too will have a fight for No. 1 seat soon?

    By the way, I see Low Jho Teik become Minister of International Trade or Tourism Minister and all of us live in Malaysia happily thereafter. You meet Paris Hilton for free and petrol flow in from Middle East thus avoiding RON 95 nail harga again.


  2. disgusted
    Jul 30, 2010 @ 03:00:27

    CYC, u maybe right, on the karmic factor.

    Former RMC student charged today under CBT on PKFZ.


  3. Phua Kai Lit
    Jul 30, 2010 @ 08:39:52

    Dear Dr Hsu

    Malaysia is a multiethnic country.
    In order to rule, political parties need to get support from all major ethnic groups.

    So the obvious strategy is to move toward the political centre. Therefore I think this mischevious
    UMNO strategy of pandering to the ultranationalists and fascists will fail in the long run because it alienates those non-Malays who voted for BN in the past. Also, already about 50% of Malays are voting for Pakatan Rakyat. I’m sure a lot of these (especially educated, middle class Malays) are turned off by racist rhetoric & they are more concerned by corruption and gross misrule.

    In the end, if UMNO continues playing its mischevious game, it will end up as nothing more than an extreme right, fascist political party.

    (Historical lesson: the Malayan Communist Party learned, to its great cost, that you can’t come into power without significant support from Malays and Indians)


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