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NORMALLY, these corridors would permit young relatives to run, jump, chase each other or play hide and seek. Occasionally they wonder about the portraits on the walls and the trinkets in crammed cabinets: memorabilia of ancestors who once played in the same hallways. This year, the planks stayed uncreaked, sweat-free.
THE second paper by Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) fellow Tricia Yeoh on federalism is titled “The Political Economy of Federal-State Relations” and makes for concise but fascinating reading on how ministries, agencies and other federal bodies have been established and empowered over and above institutions and mechanisms at the state level: “the politico-bureaucratic complex”.
AS the notion of a “new normal” percolates further into public consciousness, changes which a few weeks ago would have been unthinkable are being anticipated and embraced. I am not referring to the widely circulated list of alleged political appointments to government-linked companies and statutory bodies: though is that really a change, a reversion to type or a perpetuation of what has always been?
THE best traits of Malaysians continue to support frontliners in the fight against Covid-19, with diverse individuals and groups working together. These groups source different types of personal protective equipment, distribute foodstuff that provides nutrition and immunity for medical and security staff, and coordinate deliveries to ensure a maximum number of people can be reached with fewer journeys.
ONE school I keep returning to is SMK Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, partly due to its connection with the family – Tunku Besar Burhanuddin ibni Yamtuan Antah is my great-grandfather – and partly because it is located next door to Istana Besar Seri Menanti in Negri Sembilan.