Cultures of diplomacy

    IT’S a treat to build on old friendships after years of absence. Nowadays people who were once best mates in the same class can be working across the globe, so it’s a rare treat when they are able to converge... more »

    Hooray for the judiciary

    ON recent occasions where I’ve been asked to speak on our Federal Constitution, I have quoted five legal luminaries from our history: Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Sultan Azlan Shah, Tun Mohamed Suffian and Raja Aziz Addruse.  Confusion sometimes... more »

    Seeking peaceful transitions

    PSEPHOLOGISTS and analysts are having a field day with recent and ongoing elections: finding lessons that can be learnt, identifying trends that could replicate in other places or might have global repercussions. Jakarta has elected a new governor, after a... more »

    United for competition

    AIRLINES in the USA are crap compared to Middle Eastern and Asian ones, as I learned intimately on the occasions I had to fly within the US. Thanks to long-standing protectionist policies, only US carriers may fly within two points... more »

    Squaring cycling

    IF I had an antipathetic attitude towards running before being persuaded into it ahead of the Seremban Half Marathon event back in August 2014, I was still repelled by the idea of road cycling in the months before the CIMB... more »

    In solidarity with democracy

    AFTER I graduated with my Master’s degree in London, I did some work for a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords and her think tank, which focused on issues relating to demographic change. As such, I worked both... more »
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