We need to rebuild a dynamic and sustainable economy where Malaysians from all walks of life can live with dignity. Deliver growth that creates decent jobs, with reforms that would lead to more resilience, competitiveness and inclusivity in our economy.
As the Old Order Grinds to a Halt, Malaysia Must Refocus on Creating Jobs Again
Labour Day 2020 is not just another bank holiday, the way we have come to think of 1st May in recent decades. With the Covid-19 pandemic pushing the world into…
War-time Self-Sufficiency in Medical Supplies Urgently Needed
Those who think that the COVID-19 crisis will end within three weeks or even three months are deluding themselves. Governments and societies that do not understand this bare fact will…
Extraordinary Times Require Extraordinary Economic Actions
Much as I opposed the political coup that brought in the current regime, I want to be as bipartisan as possible to ensure the government would make the right call…
Thinking beyond the current housing financilisation model
At the invitation of Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia President Lilian Tay and my friend Tan Loke Mun, who chairs Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival, I was given the honour to speak at…
The Singapore factor in the Malaysian labour market
56% of Malaysian workers in Singapore are considered low- and semi-skilled and work as cheap labour. They work as cleaners, security guards, bus drivers, hotel and F&B workers, factory workers and machine operators etc.
A winning coalition built on strength of middle ground
For any political groupings that intend to win from the middle, we need to genuinely acknowledge that Malaysians have more similarities than differences. The majority, while coming from different cultural backgrounds, share similar aspirations.
Beyond US-China tensions: What else can the rest of us do?
We need to “resurrect” the notion of Asia. ASEAN Centrality is great, and as long as ASEAN gets its acts together, it is a great power house. But Asia the label is something that we shouldn’t lose either.
Changing Thinking Habits to Make Our Cities Resilient
We should therefore think of building decent public and private housing in the inner city for young people to rent. Seriously, not everyone needs to own a house. But everyone does need shelter.