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M'sia deserves better – making Pakatan hopeful again

AFTER my last column, I was asked by friends and colleagues how can Pakatan Harapan turn its political fortunes around.

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A Malaysian dilemma: The more things change...

SO MUCH has happened in the past couple of weeks that there is only one certainty in Malaysian politics – nothing is certain.

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Let’s talk about the haze

I MUST say, like most Malaysians, I'm relieved we are enjoying a respite from the haze and smog that engulfed our skies over the past couple of weeks.

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Finally, a moment of truth: PM's BFM interview

IT HAS been a whirlwind September for most Malaysians. We have had three long weekends in a row, celebrated the coronation of our much-beloved King, followed by Malaysia Day and grappling with the haze situation once again, which only going to get worse – according to the experts.

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Malaysia Baru confronts Malay/Muslim Consolidation

Some months before the last general election, I attended an intimate dialogue organised by a friend who is also a public policy specialist.

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The dilemma of hope

If the past couple of weeks are anything to go by, then we have a real reason to worry about the state of our nation.

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Game of thrones a la Malaysia

As I write this column, I am travelling on a train from Paris to Amsterdam. One of the things I enjoy the most in my post-political life is being to travel freely without having to worry about a phone call with a complaint that a house has burnt down or there is a flood somewhere.

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Why politics is not for everybody

I AM often asked why I went into politics.

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When form and substance collide – the MACC appointment

Many Malaysians, me included, expected a more consultative and cooperative form of government as Pakatan Harapan (Pakatan) dislodged Barisan Nasional (Barisan) – one that would give equal importance to form and substances and exercise its vast powers with restraint and in the best interests of Malaysians.

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Public buy-in required even for policies beneficial to M'sians

DESIGNING effective public policies in Malaysia is often a thankless job. I spent 10 years in government, intermittently, and one thing I realised pretty early on is that while a lot of effort is made to craft good public policies, it is almost never appreciated.

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Is Malaysia governable?

Last week, Malaysians were rocked by an interview given by the princess of the Reformasi movement to a Singaporean newspaper.

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It's time for PH to step up

They say marriages are made in heaven, and that is exactly what PAS and Umno leaders said this week when they “consummated” their cooperation with a formal alliance they termed a “marriage.”