Malaysia’s opportunity for Asian democracy

LIBERATION and democratisation in Asia is a complex story. Our continent is geographically so vast and is home to so many different cultural and religious narratives that have given rise to multiple justifications for political legitimacy; and our myriad interactions... more »

Timeless in Seri Menanti

The cannon I WAS designed and built as a weapon for war, but those duties – last performed during the fight against communism – are long gone. Now I announce duty and celebration to the people of the valley. Seven... more »

Ramadan in the new Malaysia

RAMADAN is about cleansing and purification, and for most Muslims it is both a joy and a challenge to be as productive while fulfilling the religious obligations.  For me the daily routine of this year’s fasting has been similar to... more »

A maze for Maszlee

Within a week of the general election I visited four different educational institutions for equally different reasons. The first was Cempaka Cheras, to watch their performance of Happy Days, involving primary and secondary level students from both their national- and... more »

Instituting institutional hope

AFTER the electoral tsunami, the political volcano has been spewing ceaselessly with the lava of change. We barely have time to absorb one eruption before the next occurs: as I write, the loudest has been the release of Datuk Seri... more »

A new dawn for democracy?

THE ninth day of May 2018 will be etched in the memories of those who enabled and witnessed Malaysian political history. The initial stirrings of concern and caution unfolding to emotions of sadness and/or euphoria; the disbelief evolving to acceptance;... more »

An X (or Ex) for institutional renewal?

MANY recent elections around the world have been described as defining events for nations ‘at a crossroads’, or as ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunities’ for citizens to determine their societies’ onward journeys. This was certainly the case for both the 2014 referendum on... more »

The legacy of political veterans

THE funeral of Tan Sri Napsiah Omar Tuesday last week brought together mourners from the royal family, politicians from across the divide and civil society. Joining the Tunku Besar Seri Menanti Tunku Ali Redhauddin at Surau Tuanku Muhriz in Kampung... more »
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