Titillating Titas

REGULAR readers will be familiar with my laments at the woeful state of the education of history in our country: in particular, the need for the inculcation of a shared (but contestable) national history, the importance of that history in... more »

Holding fast to practice

THE arrival of Ramadan brings with it familiar sights and sounds – though I learnt in an interview with BFM’s Umapagan Ampikaipakan to promote my book (‘Roaming Beyond the Fence’ featuring forewords by Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Tony Pua, RM39.90... more »

No tradition without representation

I NIPPED down to the Dewan Rakyat this week and caught a glimpse of the parliamentary action that has been widely reported in the newspapers. The foyer around the chamber was buzzing with special officers and interns brisk-walking, hands clutching... more »

Hazier diplomacy

I DID not do justice to the haze last week. It is far worse, invading almost every aspect of our lives: I mentioned the effects on health, productivity, tourism, transport and education but we’ve also had cancellations of sports events... more »

Hazy policies

THE jetlag after a long-haul flight from Europe arriving in the morning is tough to remedy. The only consolation is the stunning view of KL from the aircraft window, but I had forgotten about the haze. The A380 literally shuddered... more »

Freedom to protect institutions

ALAS, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was swiftly defeated at the semi-final stage of the French Open, resulting in two Spaniards fighting it out for the Men’s Final. After learning so much about the deposition, restoration, deposition and near-restoration of the French monarchy,... more »

The French Open

I AM in Paris at the invitation of the French Foreign Ministry as a participant of the Programme d’invitation des personnalites d’avenir to immerse myself in French institutions and culture; a far cry from previous trips here that focused on... more »

State of the Hall

THE call to abolish the Dewan Negara because it is a costly rubberstamp is not as incendiary as some people make it out to be: several democracies have unicameral parliaments. But given Malaysia’s circumstances, abolition would be overkill. Instead, the... more »
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