What’s in it for 2010?

2009 was definitely a year with lots of interesting developments and roller coaster rides with very sharp turnings. Now that 2010 is here, we here at BigDogDotCom would like summarise what we would like to watch out for, within the next 364 days till we fire up those sparkling and thunderous pyro-technical fireworks again.

1. MCA. How would the Chinese nationalist party turnout. The outcome of how MCA resolve their internal crisis will determine the support of the Chinese on the Barisan Nasional within the next two years. It is imperative that MCA resolve their issues as the true colours of the Chinese Chauvinist DAP are being clearly shown.

2. Petronas. Would President and CEO Tan Sri Hassan Merican’s tenure be renewed, extended or ‘retired’ (effectiely, terminated). If the termination is final, who shall be his successor? Will his successor be able to do as well as Hassan, the past 14 years which developed a respected world class state oil corporation that has managed to portray the best example of a Malay corporate success? All these is not with standing the fingers that would be crossed for the media-adrenalised Petronas’s sponsorship of the Mercedes GP Formula 1 team over Tony Fernandes’s Lotus F1 Team, which the latter wanted to call as “1 Malaysia F1 Team”.

3. Cabinet Reshuffle. When will Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announce the much awaited and anticipated cabinet reshuffle? Would he still retain Dato’ Seri Mohd. Nazri Tan Sri Aziz, despite so many which include UMNO Leaders calling for his sacking? The fate of failed EPU Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yackop is being watched as well. Who would be the Ministers representing MCA and the Chinese community?

4. UMNO. Since taking the helm of the Presidency on 28 March 2009, Seventh UMNO President Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s stewardship left not so much to be desired for, in the perspective of reprimanding the people who dwelled into ‘money politics’. For the last nine months, none of the UMNO leaders who contested and their agents and/or supporters ever been reprimanded for the crime which left so many Malaysians, especially turn their back against UMNO. PM Najib should pave the way for the nationalist party to adopt the ‘3K’ approach.

5. Anwar Ibrahim. Would his second sodomy trial ever take off the ground? Its been 18 months since his former aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan did the Police report being sodomised. Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim has been deflecting, using one delay tactics and theatrics after another. As they say, “Justice delayed is justice denied”. Let Saiful get his justice in court. That is all what he wanted. This time, there is no more excuse that the sodomoy charge is about ‘political conspiracy’. This is about an individual making the complaint on his own accord for being ‘victimised’ as he alleged being sodomised, which is against the Penal Code.

6. Pakatan Rakyat. Will the unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-strange-bedfellows ever hit it of. formalised as a legal political entity? Comes 8 March 2010, it would be exactly two years since the tri-party managed to wrestle 5 + 1 states from the hands of BN and denied the coalition ruling government psychological 2/3 control of the Dewan Rakyat. Since then, PR has seen so much contradicting, turmoil, bickering, infighting and even, conspiracy and now thought to illustrate premonition to pre-destruction.

7.  KPI and NKRA. This is the report card of PM Dato’ Seri Najib’s adminsitration. This will determine the effectiveness of the ‘1 Malaysia’ induced leadership where service to the rakyat is paramount. This is one of the key areas that PM Dato’ Seri Najib promised upon taking over UMNO Presidency and Premiership from PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on 28 March 2009.

8. New Economic Model. This is the much awaited PM Dato’ Seri Najib’s new economic policy. So far, he has been giving emphasis on the ‘innovative model’ and service industry of propelling the economy, on top of revocation of the FIC and liberalisation on the Bumiputra content policy on listed companies. Of course, how the Malaysian economy will recover and growth of aggregate demand in 2010 is also something to closely watch at. The decrease in public spending, as per announce in the 2010 Supply Bill recently narrowly-passed in the Dewan Rakyat is a concern. All will be reflective in the RMK 11 five-year plan, which is supposed to kick off  year.

9. Nik Aziz. 2009 saw the cronysim and nepotism of the PAS Spiritual Leader and longest Opposition Chief Executive, which drew a lot of flak even from PAS Leaders. At the moment, there are mounting pressures for Nik Aziz to leave and Kelantan be allowed to be managed by ‘new blood’, since his 19 years administration brought little progress and development to the Malay heartland state. This Nik Aziz episode evolved from the ‘Ariffahmi Gate’, will now has the possibility to split PAS in the middle, especially in Kelantan. The patronage of the ‘Erdogan’ faction within PAS will also be determined from the success of Nik Aziz to hang on to power.

10. NSTP Vs Bloggers. Three years ago, NTSP, Kalimullah ‘Riong Kali” Hassan, Brenden Perraira, Hishamuddin Aun and Syed Faisal Albar took bloggers Ahirudin “Rocky’s Bru” Attan and Jeff “Screenshots” Ooi to court. That drew a lot of attention and brought bloggers, especially socio-political together, despite their diversed political stance and views. The togetherness (plus their common objective to see PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi go) even brought upon the inception of National Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs). Today, all the four already left NTSP (with the departure of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah), Jeff has been elected DAP MP for Jelutong (eventually appointed as the Chief of Staff in Penang Chief Minister’s Office) and Rocky is now back again in mainstream media as the Malay Mail Executive Editor. The suit should be back in active mode this month, despite the four no longer in NSTP. Considering Rocky’s lawyers are anti-BN personalities such as Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, Haris Ibrahim and Edmund Bon and interestingly his pro-BN personal friends are back in the helm of the one-time-leading English daily, the stand-off (if the two parties slug it out in open court) would be very interesting.

11. “Gas attack”. The trial of Dato’ Nik Sapeia for deploying obnoxious gas during the reception of Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad upon arrival of the latter at Sultan Ismail International Airport, Kota Bahru on 28 July 2006 is expected to resume this month. The acused has been called to defend himself after the prosecution finished their case. It attracts so much attention as the case has now dragged into the fourth year. As they say, “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

12. Zaid Vs Kadir. Weeks ago, former Law Minister Senator Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim sued Supremo-Journo-Blogger Dato’ A. Kadir Jasin for article written by the latter which was published at AKJ’s blog, The Scribe. For a politician who was thought to be ‘liberal’ and advocated the ‘freedom of speech’, he was simply behaving like his party defacto leader, Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim, who uses the court and process of law for theatrics and media circus.

There we have it. 2009 had been a busy year for us here at BigDogDotCom. We are anticipating that 2010 not be any less interesting and challenging. Regardless, we would like to take this opportunity to wish a prosperous, productive and progressive year for all.



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