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 »

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 »

Autonomous imbalances

THE issue of secession is once again trending, triggered by what is happening in Catalonia: the north-eastern region of Spain that has long possessed its own language and culture, but has not been an independent sovereign country. While it is... more »

Moderating polarisation

MEETINGS with politicians, civil servants and others on the public payroll, as well as diplomats representing countries near and far, seem to have taken on a familiar and repetitive format of late. The first part of the conversation will centre... more »
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