Category Covid-19

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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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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Each time I look at the raids and other punitive actions such as hefty compound by the government’s enforcement agencies on helpless ordinary people for violation of SOP and other minor offences, I imagine something terrible. The image of Tunisia’s Mohamed Bouazizi setting himself on…

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How political mismanagement has fuelled Malaysia’s coronavirus surge

Dr Adham Baba, the new health minister, made a disastrous first television appearance on March 19 in which he told the public to drink warm water to “flush” the virus down to the stomach. The doctor, who used to run several small-town private clinics, was roundly panned on social media and instructed by Muhyiddin’s media operatives to disappear from public view.
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Malaysia’s two emergencies: why 2021’s freeze on democracy is not like the trouble of 1969

Under a state of emergency, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet now have powers to make laws without parliamentary approval. This essentially means Malaysia’s rendezvous with democracy – which only began with the May 2018 election that brought down the only ruling coalition the country had known since its independence in 1957 – is now fully frozen. So what’s next?
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