Monday, September 21, 2015

Malaysian oligarchy

Wikipedia informs us the following on 'Oligarchy':

Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "few", and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning "to rule or to command") is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.

These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, religious or military control.

Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.

Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical, relying on public obedience or oppression to exist.

Malaysia (like Singapore, Myanmar, Philippines, sub-Continent states like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and indeed North Korea) is ruled by an oligarchy.

Though the Wikipedia explanation talks about an exclusive group, my post is even more specific, about one particular factor, that of rule by a few families and their ties. 

For example, in the Philippines, you have the Macapagal's, Marcos' and Aquino's, with an actor (Joseph Estrada) and a general (Fidel Ramos) breaking the family pattern but only for a while.

In Malaysia, we have the Razak's including their close relatives the Onn(s?), Mahathir(s?), and the AAB(s?).

My notation of (s?) implies a potential PM in that family, respectively Hishamuddin, Mukhriz and KJ.

On that, many suspect that Najib will be succeeded by his cousin (the son of Hussein Onn), though Mahathir wants his son as PM, and which has been the reason for his current campaign against Ah Jib Gor.

If now-popular Nazir Razak of CIMB becomes PM (a possibility considering Lim KS wants him as an exalted all-powerful tongue-lashing ombudsman to chew up ministers, wakakaka) just remember he is also Razak's son and indeed Najib's brother and thus part of the Malaysian political oligarchy. 

Ahmad Zahid as PM will break up the cozy ruling family group, wakakaka.

OTOH, if Anwar Ibrahim is freed and becomes PM, then it could spell another family affair vis-a-vis the PM post a la Anwar(s?) - Wan Azizah, Nurul, Nuha and who-else - perpetuating the Malaysian oligarchy.

Back to now - But if Mahathir loses to Najib, then Mukhriz will be toast, and Mahathir ends like Tunku, a 'one-off'.

That's because even if Najib is not vengeful, someone close to him could be, wakakaka.

The Old Man must try harder or his son will soon be a goner and he'll lose his place among the Malaysian political family-oligarchy, wakakaka.


  1. Kaytee is right.Zahid will put his spanners to work, to end,at least temporarily the oligarchy system in Malaysia.

    1. Sorry la Zahid. Let's start a new oligarchy. Anwar will be the next PM. After that Izzah takes over. After that her son takes over. And so on and so forth. Hehehe. Hidup Jamal!

  2. And if the opposition takes over in GE16,then the oligarchy system will be banished in Malaysia for decades to come.Manmanlai,forget about him.His political career is over and done.Let him to enjoy his retirement with peace of mind in Hilton,Sungei Buloh,courtesy from Malaysian taxpayers.

  3. OutSyed The Box about the Liwat Monkey roosting in Sungei Buloh and why Malaysia is the most favored transit point for terrorists.But the Liwat Monkey is the most favored PM designate of the opposition.That is if it comes into power.Go figure.

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    2. Bruno Bruno. A monkey doesn't roost. A cock roosts. Thats why it is called a rooster cock. And oligarchy is not some kind of starchy spaghetti olio ok. Nanti go off tangent pulak. Hehehe.

  4. oligos means few and arkho means to rule. so oligarchy can mean the government of a few by the few and for the few?

  5. going by the same standard...can we say dap is an oligarch too?

  6. 30 mil souls ruled by 133 (134?) wakil rakyat or wakil parti. is it democracy or oligarchy?