Individual success for the nation

MY second last speaking engagement of the year was to about 100 Malaysian civil servants in a seminar session entitled ‘Young leaders shaping the future of global society’. I was glad to be speaking ahead of my two co-panellists (an... more »

Crowning change

(Warning: contains spoilers for ‘The Crown’) THERE are four little nuggets for Malaysians to enjoy in season two of ‘The Crown’. The first comes in the first episode when Queen Elizabeth guesses her husband’s whereabouts during his five-month solo tour.... more »

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 »

Creating certainty amidst uncertainty

UNCERTAINTY characterises our world today. Leaders of authoritarian regimes can make decisions that can transform domestic and regional landscapes – as seen in Russia and recently Saudi Arabia – and in democracies, electorates have enabled unprecedented decisions or styles of... 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 »
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