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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.

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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.

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On constitutional nullification

“JIKALAU anak cucu Tuanku dahulu mengubahkan perjanjian, anak cucu patik pun mengubahkan ia.”(If your descendants break your agreements, mine will do the same.)

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The many things in common with Canada

Lessons can be had from the world’s second biggest country – where different sources of identity, a foundation myth, reconciliation with indigenous history and efforts towards modern multiculturalism – are interwoven.

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Getting to know Canada up close

First impressions of this immense and curious country with a fascinating culture.

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Roaming around Rome

PROMISE 26 of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto is to “make our human rights record respected by the world”, and the last paragraph says that “suitable international conventions that are not yet ratified will be ratified as soon as possible”.

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Asserting our homegrown values

One impediment to advancing democracy across Asia is the erroneous, but unfortunately, widespread notion that “Asian values” are somehow opposed to democratic principles. Elections, human rights and freedom of speech are deemed to be “Western concepts” that should be modified to our Asian context.

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Seeking refuge in refugee policies

a more enlightened and humanitarian approach in dealing with refugees in the country is proposed as it can be good for our democracy and commitment to human rights.

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Stemming the tide of social fracturing

Normally after Friday prayers, I will allocate some time after lunch to go through my phones.

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A precipitation of identity

Viewing the cultural output of an earlier age gives valuable insights about how people at the time thought: what was considered conservative or radical can also be deduced by how authors, artists and musicians conveyed their message.

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Memories in better health

Is the shifting political landscape in Malaysia and strange bedfellows political strategies, a temporary sickness or a long-lasting shift?

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Remembering a special residence

I WAS invited to join an extraordinary reunion on Feb 2 for the former staff of Istana Tetamu, many of whom had not met each other in decades. They rekindled friendships and shared their experiences with new generations.