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Making Progress


Making Progress

Getting my feet wet

Despite the initial setback faced by Gerakan and other Barisan Nasional component parties in the 12th General Election or better known colloquially as 308 because it was on March 8, 2008, there was a general sense of excitement that was also tempered with trepidation as Gerakan faced its 37th National Delegates Conference (NDC) on Oct 11 and 12, 2008.

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Learning the ropes

I returned from the United Kingdom after a short break and my call to the Bar in October 2008. My call to the English Bar will always be memorable for two reasons. The first reason is that it happened on my father's birthday of Oct 9, and the second is that it was held in the Temple Church that was made famous by the Da Vinci Code.

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A political awakening

In March 2008, I was a student in the United Kingdom. I was completing my Bar vocational studies in Cardiff University and like many Malaysians in Britain at that time, we were closely acquainted with the political happenings back home.

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From hero to zero

It has been almost two months since my last column. It has been a busy time as I was preoccupied with my party's preparations for the 14th General Election (GE14).

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Elections and candidacy

As expected, Parliament will be dissolved imminently, thus paving the way for the 14th General Election.

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Politics overload

It has been an interesting couple of months for all political watchers.

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Justice for Indira Gandi

In the Indira Gandhi case, the primacy of the civil courts was reaffirmed as the proper and correct forum to dispense with matters relating to conflicting laws.

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A blast from the past

The French talk about “déformation professionnelle”, which means the way your profession or your post can subtly warp your judgement so that you only see things from one perspective.

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The importance of history over his-story

It is fundamental to fully appreciate how Malaysia was founded for a meaningful study of history to take place.

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Imperilled nation states

The nation state is actually a fairly recent construct. Throughout history, our maps have always comprised of microstates, empires and city-states. For example India before independence was actually a confederation of 565 princely states and colonial territories.

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Taxes and individual responsibility

There is a famous saying by Benjamin Franklin; “in life, only two things are certain: death and taxes.”

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Moderation is cool

The recently concluded German elections sent shockwaves through Europe and the world. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) with a far right ideology, emerged as the third largest party in the Bundestag.

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