Justice And The Law

In the midst of all the noise emanating from East Malaysia last week, I came across an article in The Malaysian Insider that caught my attention, entitled “Ministers squabble over Judicial Commission”: The Malaysian Insider understands that the Umno ministers were not in favour of the proposed composition of the commission, citing the presence of former judges or lawyers.… Read the article

MCA ≠ Chinese, Umno ≠ Malays, and etc…

Some years ago on a MAS flight to London, an Indian Malaysian hostess asked me: What do you study? And I said politics. She uttered, ‘Oh, so you want to be like Lim Liong Sik is it?’ You can imagine my bafflement on hearing this. Anyway, my cheekiness got the better of me as I found myself telling her that had I really desired a political career, I would most probably do better than Lim, the MCA president at the time.… Read the article

Sift Them Or Shift Them

‘MYANMAR JUNTA ACCUSED OF DELAY IN STORM RELIEF’, ‘MYANMAR VOTES AS RULERS KEEP TIGHT GRIP ON AID,’ ‘JUNTA LEADERS POWER-HUNGRY AS PEOPLE STARVE,’ ‘JUNTA; SUU KYI DESERVES FLOGGING,’ ‘MUGABE’S BRUTALITY TO FORCE ELECTION VICTORY IS REVEALED,’ ‘ZIMBABWE ARMY UNLEASHING TERROR,’ ‘MUGABE MUST CALL OFF HIS DOGS,’ ‘MUGABE JUNTA HAS KILLED 66’.… Read the article

Conversations: Bernard Dompok

His office in the Prime Minister’s Office with its tall glass windows afforded visitors a panoramic view of those grand buildings, manicured gardens and famous bridges in Putrajaya. The minister in the PM’s Department (and former deputy chief minister and chief minister of Sabah) was relaxed, very warm and hospitable, easy in his manners, informal and welcoming.… Read the article

My Reply

It is not as if those of us who argue against government mismanagement, lack of forward planning and lack of transparency about the disbursements of Petronas profits from higher oil prices are any less sober than those who argue against fuel subsidies per se. Nor are we necessarily against properly managed withdrawal or reduction of fuel subsidies if there is a corresponding reinvestment into such infrastructure enhancement as public transportation.… Read the article

Corruption: Perceptions and Realities

Last week, I chanced on an article in The Malaysian Insider entitled, “Malaysia improving in corruption index, can do better”. Basically the article was by Bernama, the Malaysian news agency, on a report presented by Transparency International (TI) Malaysia president Tan Sri Ramon V. Navaratnam on June 12. Malaysia has made a headway in the battle against corruption, but the country can do better, according to an analysis in a United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) report.… Read the article

Conversion Issues & Legal Rights

Shamala, Subashini, Nyonya Tahir, Lina Joy, Moorthy, Revathi. These are names recognisable to Malaysians. The issues which emerge upon the conversion of a family member are multi-fold and have great implications on our most fundamental human rights. They are the subject of reform proposals today. We cannot afford to be left out of this debate.… Read the article