Tunku Zain Al ’Abidin

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19 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

#MyButterflyEffect for Dubai

IN 1851 the Great Exhibition was held in London. Organised by Prince Albert, it provided a platform for nations to show off their newest inventions, sparking creativity and ultimately fuelling scientific progress and economic growth. Over the years, these World Fairs evolved, and now come under the ambit of the Bureau international des expositions, organised into “World Expos” and “Specialised Expos”.

12 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

Voting for more voters

I WAS 18 when I began my first year at university in London, and a few months later there was a UK general election.

5 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

Negri’s experience of federalism

With the recent local elections approved, perhaps the state can lead the way in restoring centuries-old traditions of rule of law after periods of turbulence and erosion.

21 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

Speaking about a common theme

INVITATIONS to speak at various events have resumed in earnest after Ramadan. I am sometimes slightly puzzled by some of the requests that I receive, including on topics I know little about, so I always try and understand from the organisers how they think my words can benefit those who will be present, lest I fall into a bout of impostor syndrome.

14 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

Part and parcel of a healthy democracy

I HAVE written enthusiastically about Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Election Commission Chairman Azhar Harun, Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Attorney General Tommy Thomas and Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Hamid Bador as they set out to do these important jobs.

7 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

Unity in Raya forgiveness

TOWARDS the end of Ramadan, there were different views expressed about the permissibility of Muslims breaking fast in buildings in (or near) non-Muslim places of worship, about Muslims breaking fast with food cooked and distributed by non-Muslims, and about a supposed general trend of events that include people of different faiths gaining in popularity that might “threaten” the faith of Muslims.

31 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Reflections this Ramadan

AS in previous years, this Ramadan began with time-honoured traditions.

24 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Cooling political dragonfire

Drawing parallels from medieval fantasy television epic to real life, especially in politics.

17 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

A duel between dual anniversaries

If we learn the right lessons from history, perhaps we can demonstrate that strong institutions are essential to achieve the desired economic growth and prosperity.

10 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Joining UiTM’s Rome stature

I’M happy to announce that I have recently become an Associate Fellow at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), and I confess that Rome was one of the reasons I have been appointed.