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 »

Culture at warp

RECENTLY, the Japanese Ambassador hosted a special performance of Noh, a form of classical musical drama with origins in the 14th century, which is inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. I was... more »

More than twice a king

WRITING on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Sultan of Kedah in July 1983, former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman referred to the ancient history of the sultanate, including the legend of Marong Mahawangsa and his apparently Mongul... more »

Patriotic musical notes

ALTHOUGH the buzz right now is sport because of the SEA Games (and perhaps more on that properly next week), it’s also been an incredibly busy month for many in the musical world. Certainly, I’ve never played so many concerts... more »
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