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A state of birthday cheer

A once-in-a-year celebration that brings the Ruler and people closer together and even the weather cooperated this time.

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Deadly strikes opening the year

THE optimistic ending of my article last week was immediately blunted by a meme I received on Jan 4 that pronounced on Jan 1, the new decade was going fairly well; on Jan 2, Australia is on fire; and on Jan 3, World War III has begun. The latter is a reference to the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani by drone strike in Baghdad on the orders of US President Donald Trump.

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Imperfect visions for 2020

No matter how much the world has changed, our country’s original cornerstone principles remain relevant and important and should guide our plans for progress.

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New platform for ummah unity

ONCE upon a time, the King of Saudi Arabia asked the Prime Minister of Malaysia to organise Muslim unity. The prime minister replied that he was probably not the right person for it because he was “fond of life and all that went with it”.

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Get Brexit done, and improve ties

At previous British general elections I have suggested that Malaysians living in the UK should vote (in accordance with UK law though some argue, in contravention of Malaysian law) Conservative, on the basis that the bilateral relationship seems to fare better when they form the government.

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A deep state of reflection

AT a recent gathering I was asked about my thoughts on the “deep state”. This refers to people and organisations, often within national institutions, that work together to further an agenda separate from the one intended by the formal institutions of state.

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Communicating policy sustainably

MY interest in public policy has always focused on our national institutions: our democratic bodies, our checks and balances, our values and principles, and of course the broad topics of education, culture and the nurturing of our collective identity.

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An artful coalition of the young

MANY friends have urged me to write about an important topic concerning the protection of children, with particular reference to my home state.

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Paying homage to tradition

In these antagonistic days, the whole nation would do well to find inspiration from the innovations of our predecessors.

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In regional geopolitics, context matters

MALAYSIA has not experienced a revolution or a full-fledged civil war in the modern era (although World War II and the Emergency were bloody). We did not wage a violent war of independence against colonial masters. Rather, we underwent a comparatively peaceful and consultative process to determine the institutions, laws and modes of government that were appropriate for us. We have not been the victim of serious economic sanctions, trade embargoes or blockades. We experience few natural disasters.

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The right and wrong time to protest

People should be free to express themselves. But when the exercise of that freedom disrupts the lives of others, it becomes a murky and divisive problem.

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Goodbye to a feline friend

Cats can be more truthful and loyal than many human beings, teaching us something new about the universe in a way that no educational institution could.