Ivanpal Singh Grewal

Recent and archived articles by Ivanpal Singh Grewal

17 Apr 2019 | 8:52 AM

Public buy-in required even for policies beneficial to M'sians

DESIGNING effective public policies in Malaysia is often a thankless job. I spent 10 years in government, intermittently, and one thing I realised pretty early on is that while a lot of effort is made to craft good public policies, it is almost never appreciated.

26 Mar 2019 | 10:23 AM

Is Malaysia governable?

Last week, Malaysians were rocked by an interview given by the princess of the Reformasi movement to a Singaporean newspaper.

8 Mar 2019 | 9:54 AM

It's time for PH to step up

They say marriages are made in heaven, and that is exactly what PAS and Umno leaders said this week when they “consummated” their cooperation with a formal alliance they termed a “marriage.”

13 Feb 2019 | 9:29 AM

Camerons, race and the New Malaysia

IT promised to be an interesting by-election, and Cameron Highlands did not disappoint.

16 May 2017 | 8:30 AM

Individual responsibility must count

Malaysians have a penchant for blaming everyone but themselves for everything that goes wrong, and one of the constant targets is the government.

17 Nov 2016 | 9:10 AM

Containing Populism: Stability in a time of upheaval

I have written extensively about the rise of far left and far right movements in the United States (USA) and Europe and their impact on politics in their regions and beyond.

20 Aug 2016 | 11:28 AM

Loyalty and politics

THE 40th United States' President, Ronald Reagan, coined one of the most memorable quotes on loyalty in politics. He coined the rule he called the Eleventh Commandment during his 1966 campaign for Governor of California. It reads: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.

29 Apr 2016 | 10:11 AM

Sarawak Votes 2016: Observations

Elections are always colourful affairs. Posters, buntings, banners adorn every possible corner. Political speeches better known as ceramah bring out the best and worst in most aspirants for political office.

4 Feb 2016 | 12:08 PM

Economic inequality and the Malaysian experience

The global economy is currently undergoing a steady stream of headwinds. The fall in the price of oil, a slowdown of the Chinese economy, the migrant crisis in Europe, the political turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East coupled with money being removed from emerging markets, all this present a complex set of challenges to policymakers.

25 Nov 2014 | 8:32 AM

Bridging the urban rural divide

Bridging the urban-rural divide is no easy task but nevertheless, one that must be carried out.

The heart and soul of Malaysia is as much in smaller towns like Teluk Intan as it is in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kuching or Kota Kinabalu.