Category Covid-19

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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RESET & REFLECT: Ushering Malaysia 2021

The year 2020 has been unprecedented in many ways. We were faced with the greatest political, economic and health crises in many years. The crises exposed our weaknesses. We may be angry with the Sheraton move. The economic and Covid-19 crises may cause us to despair. But as we end the year 2020 and move into 2021 I hope we’re still optimistic.
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Covid-19 Outbreak in Prisons – High Time to Speed Up Prison Reform

Covid-19 is a great equaliser, affecting Presidents and prisoners alike. The marginalised in society are often worst hit by the pandemic, as underscored by the outbreak in the migrant workers’ colonies in Singapore and lately, Malaysia’s overcrowded prisons. Despite the public’s strong desire for law…

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