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There is no better time than now for parliamentary reform

Speech at panel discussion on “Mengembalikan undang-undang perkhidmatan parlimen di Malaysia” by Liew Chin Tong on 3 September 2021 I would like to first congratulate Idzuafi Hadi Kamilan, Executive Director of Institute for Political Reform and Democracy (REFORM), for his excellent 93-page report examining the…

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Winners and losers from Ismail Sabri’s cabinet line-up

The Ismail Sabri Yaakob cabinet sets the stage for a possible three-way battle in the next general election. Essentially, this is a Muhyiddin Yassin government without Muhyiddin. The winners Let’s begin with giving credit where it’s due. Khairy Jamaluddin’s appointment as health minister is certainly…

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An idea of economic governance for new PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 24): While grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia has also gone through a very toxic and stormy period of political crisis since the Sheraton coup took place in February 2020. Seventeen months after the parliamentary coup, we have yet another unelected government…

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Farewell to Malaysia’s presidential premiership

The presidential premiership in Malaysia has finally ended. This means the prime minister is no longer able to lord over everyone in the political system. The 2018 election ended the Umno one-party state which ruled Malaysia from 1955, two years before the nation even achieved its independence. A…

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The Malaysian impasse: Some outcomes to consider

While Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government only commands a minority in parliament, those who wish to see him gone would need to cobble together an alternative majority. After his audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Wednesday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin…

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The unfolding of a constitutional crisis

It would be ideal if Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin decided to resign honourably. Or at the very least take a less confrontational approach towards the palace by apologising and offering the heads of the Law Minister and the Attorney-General. Then, Malaysia could have avoided a…

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We shall overcome

We need every politician to recognise that their role is more than just giving handouts. They are elected to think, deliberate, and decide on good public policies for the society and the nation. Democracy needs to deliver progress and improvement to daily lives, and the people’s wellbeing.
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Remembering the second Bersih rally – 10 Years On

Today a decade ago, we were being tear-gassed on the streets of Kuala Lumpur during the second Bersih rally on 9 July 2011. In my opinion, of the five Bersih rallies between 2007 and 2016, the 2011 one was most consequential. Days before the rally,…

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Time for a Covid reset

A year ago, I published my book “The Great Reset” in a modest attempt to explain how the once-in-a-century Covid-19 crisis is going to reset our politics, the economy and healthcare system. However, the powers-that-be didn’t bother to learn much from the 18-month Covid crisis…

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