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Constitutional success and succession

Our Parliament and head of state have key roles to play in the evolution of democracy in Malaysia.

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Game for the challenges of 2019

IT had been over a decade since I was in London to welcome a new year. I have spent the majority of recent new years on Kuala Lumpur rooftops, though the experience of seeing the fireworks and lights across the waters around Sydney was certainly memorable – not just for the actual display, but also for the knowledge that I was celebra­ting in one of the earliest time zones on the planet.

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Finding optimism for 2019

Things will be better if the government can show that its policies benefit all, and if there are new platforms to deal with the people’s frustrations in a more structured way.

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When ideals collide with pressures of power

Entering politics with knowledge of what is to come requires either courage or foolhardiness. Or maybe both.

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The true voice of the people

Parliament and civil society must team up to properly represent the interests of Malaysians and achieve the ideals of democracy.

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Standing committees to stand up for democracy

These six new committees in the Dewan Rakyat will play powerful legislative and policy examination roles.

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Corporate, musical and national notes

The government should nurture a shared understanding of our constitution and harmonise the best efforts of corporates and musicians alike.

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Good morning, Malaysia ... from Vietnam

THE airport at Ho Chi Minh City (whose code, SGN, points to its old but still used name, Saigon) was efficient enough, but the journey thereafter was manic.

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Why we should remember the fallen

LAST Sunday, dozens of world leaders, including those of France, Germany, the United States and Russia, assembled in Paris to commemorate the end of the first World War. In London, the Queen and political leaders also gathered with veterans to remember the fallen from that war.

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A budget for hope in Malaysia?

The government has outlined its plans to collect and spend money next year. Equally important are institutional reforms and stakeholder engagement.

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New reign for an ancient dynasty

A harmonious blend of past and present, Kedah Ruler’s installation last month was a proud moment for all.

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UN objectives rely on a united nation

THE Federation of Malaya became a member of the United Nations within three weeks of Merdeka, with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Rahman Tuanku Muhammad saying, “In the field of external affairs (we will be) on the most friendly terms with all countries in the world.”

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