Strengthen our preparation to protect national sovereignty through a holistic approach. The ever-expanding defence and security landscape exposes Malaysia to increasing threats – cyber, health, nutrition and so on. Therefore, a cross-government approach needs to be established.
Turning the police from a militarised force to a community partner
25th March 2021 marks the 214th anniversary of the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP). It has also been a year since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was instituted, with the RMP…
Vaccine passport between Malaysia and Singapore a major priority
The flow of people at the Malaysia-Singapore border is the most important factor to the Johor economy. Prior to the border closure, many Johoreans and Malaysians from other states travel to work in Singapore. Businesses in the Johor Bahru area are also highly dependent on Singaporean visitors.
Malaysia-Saudi Relations Should Be Based on the Principle of Neutrality
The interests of Malaysians must be given priority in formulating our foreign policy. The lives of our military personnel also cannot be put at stake solely for political interests.
There is no time to waste in resolving the issue of Myanmar
As fellow ASEAN member states, Malaysia has an obligation and interest in ensuring that stability and rule of law in Myanmar. As the Foreign Minister stated, Myanmar’s stability is integral to Asean’s regional integration and economic success and while Myanmar has prerogative over its own domestic political matter, this cannot be at the expense of the common good of all in the Asean region.
Malaysia should halt handing over of 1,200 Myanmar nationals to the military junta
As a leading member of ASEAN, Malaysia needs to lead regional opinion in pushing at the least the minimalist agenda of getting the junta to free all prisoners of conscience.
The Armed Forces as the Catalyst for a Rejuvenated Malaysia
At the start of 2021, it is not wrong to say that globally and domestically we live in the worst time in decades. But at the same time, we also see great potential for a reset that will bring peace, prosperity and well-being for the decades to come. The Armed Forces is one of the tools in the toolbox of Malaysia’s statecraft, or national power.
America, China and Southeast Asia: Where “Win Win” Can Become a Reality
There are ways for competition to be beneficial. If the US and China responsibly compete to provide public goods needed by the world, there will be benefits all round.
Mind-set Shift Needed to Effectively Deal with Covid-19
Insanity is doing more of the same yet expecting a different result. As far as Covid-19 is concerned, Malaysia needs to do things differently, urgently!
Lockdown should now be last resort, not first response
Unfortunately, eleven months after the first lockdown on 18 March 2020, lockdown should now be the last resort, no longer the first response. The nation must be mentally prepared to live with Covid-19 for at least another nine months until vaccination reaches a huge number of our population.
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.
12th Malaysia Plan: Time to Steer the Nation towards a Dynamic Growth Path
Muddling through as we did in the past two decades would only exacerbate the current grim reality: Malaysians are voting with their feet and moving abroad in search of better opportunities.