Striving for equitable opportunities to ensure that no community is left behind. Building inclusive policies and social institutions to empower each person to fulfil their aspirations.
Keep our prisons free from COVID-19, for everyone’s sake
This call to action on prison overcrowding is purely an act of conscience and non-partisan. Prison inmates have as much right as anyone else to remain safe from diseases. This…
Government doesn’t know everything, whole-of-society effort is needed
I applaud Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for adopting the #kitajagakita framing we advocated in his speech on 10th April. He also adopted the word “new normal”, a welcoming sign from…
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.
Integrating Women in Defence for greater peace and stability
I believe that while we need to treat women equally as men, we must at the same time acknowledge the gender-specific challenges that they face in order to advance in their military careers.
The Challenge of Governing in a Post-truth Multiethnic Democracy
The truth is, we are governing in a post-truth environment and we who believe in the Malaysian dream need to step up to ensure that no racial confrontation takes place. The mandate given to us is to govern in a coalition government to secure Malaysian democracy for all Malaysians from all backgrounds.
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.
Cultural confidence and mutual trust
As a society, we lack confidence in our own identity therefore we see the Other as threat. Some Chinese fear that the Malay officialdom would attempt to eliminate their cultural identity. Some Malays think that the Chinese are scheming to dominate the Malays. There are politicians and media that thrive on such fear and suspicion.
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.