Riding the wave

THE final board meetings for the year for the two public listed companies I sit on took place in the second half of November. Being an independent director carries increasingly heavy fiduciary duties and the penalties for failing to uphold... more »

Malaysia’s democratic roots

IN discussing democratic transitions in the Muslim world, its intellectual justifications and today’s geopolitical realities, we should remember relevant historical experiences. For some, reclaiming the Islamic Golden Age means subjugating people by force. For others, it means creating conditions that... more »

Virtute et Labore

EVERY great country relies on effective institutions, and it is most apt that the name of this school contains the word ‘Institution’. St Paul’s Institution has the distinction of being 118 years old this year and it is clear that... more »

An enduring relationship of values

ALL the countries that recognised the Federation of Malaya at its independence have been celebrating 60 years of bilateral ties with Malaysia this year (the 1963 entity inherited the 1957 entity’s seat at the United Nations). Of course, some countries,... more »

Principles to budge

IMAGINE you had to design a brand new country, given certain facts of geography, natural resources, location, and demography. Assume that you know the history of the societies that will become part of this new nation, and the educational qualifications... more »

The challenge of improving ethics

THE Oxford Dictionary defines ethics as “moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity”. In the business and public sectors, it is companies and institutions, composed of and led by people, that behave and conduct... more »

Uphold the rulers’ vision

Article VI of the Engagement Entered into by the Chiefs of Perak at Pulau Pangkor with the Governor of the Straits Settlements on 20 January 1874 created the post of British Resident “whose advice must be asked and acted upon... more »
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