This morning's headline in the Mole Fighting for Papa's Friend is intriguing and makes you smile, but it can be a tad misleading, too. For this is not a story about a gallant child but of a young, ambitious, angry politician who is being exposed for misleading the people. It is possible that Nurul Izzah does not know that xxx is a close associate of his papa, Anwar Ibrahim but the point of the story is she is not actually fighting for a better ATS, that she does not even understand the issue... Read Rabid Spinning for Past Cronyism, the original piece by Big Dog, an expert among bloggers in this kind of stuff.
As his story goes, Nurul Izzah's campaign against the existing operators of our civil air transport system would unearth a bitter rivalry and jealousy between rival companies.
It was learnt that the main player of AMCOP Dato’ Mustaffa Abdul Rahman is an associate of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, when the latter was Finance Minister and calling the shots for all Federal Government contracts and awards. They have established the relationship a while back and now, the Princess of PKR ‘Politics of Hatred’ is taking up the fight for ‘an old Papa friend’.
The third headline that got my attention this morning is Rumah Lebih Murah on the front page of Utusan Malaysia. Other newspapers go with the usual GDP figures, etc. as a teaser for this afternoon's Belanjawan Negara 2013 to be tabled by the PM, but I like the Utusan editors' focus. Cheaper homes - not cars - are what Malaysia desperately needs to improve the quality of life. But can Najib Razak resist the housing cartels and their evil agents who have been pushing up prices of properties to the detriment of the people? Samy Velly tried and failed (through his 4P initiattive in the 80s) and Anwar Ibrahin tried and failed in the 90s! Daim Zainuddin (who was a developer himself) had warned us of escalating home prices but nothing was done.
I will be very interested to listen to his Budget if only for his proposals on how to address the housing issue. Borrowing his own favourite word, it could be the game-changer for PRU13.