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Back to the future for Malaysia

MOST Malaysians, including myself, went to bed in the early hours of Thursday morning after hearing the news that the Pakatan Harapan coalition of four parties had won a simple majority of 113 seats out of the 222 parliamentary seats contested in the 14th General Election.

Earth-shattering news: The aftershocks of the general election are not over by any means. Voter turnout declined by 8.84 percentage points from 84.8 in 2013 to 76 this time around.

Order or disorder under heaven

AT a time when the world is wondering how to make sense of sharp swings in foreign policy, the two Koreas’ historic rapprochement must mean a great sense of relief for anyone who cares about peace.

Tough demands: The US has demands on Japan that Abe may not be able to deliver, especially because of domestic problems. — AFP

Fixing the roof while the sun is shining

SPRING is the season of big meetings – Davos, Boao and coming this weekend, the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank in Washington DC. Here, the Davos men (and increasing women) gather with the central bankers, ministers of finance, bankers, policy wonks and academia to debate the state of the world.

Robotics and AI: Visitors touching a robot arm at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing. Asia’s speed of installation of robotics and artificial intelligence means that the door for cheap-labour growth strategy in manufacturing in Africa, Latin America and the labour surplus economies is closing. — AFP

Easter is a time of remembrance

THE Easter weekend is a time for remembrance of life and death. Millions of Christians around the world remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ as an act of personal sacrifice that contributed towards peace and salvation for all.

Making sense of Trump’s trade war

Think Asian by Andrew Sheng
HARDLY a week goes by without another tweet storm from Washington DC. “You’re fired” was heard by Secretary of State Rex Wayne Tillerson and national economic adviser Gary Cohn (although strictly speaking, he resigned).

White House agenda: A file picture showing Bannon addressing members of the far right National Front party at the party congress in Lille, France. Bannon still has the best strategic outlook of what Trump’s White House agenda is all about, despite the tactical moves that seem to go over all the place. — AP

Tailwinds and headwinds into 2018

ALL markets function on a heady mix between greed and fear. When the markets are bullish, the investors know no fear and regulators think they walk on water. When fear grips the markets, and everyone is staring at the abyss, all eyes are on the central banks whether they will come and rescue the markets.

What can we do about inequality?

Think Asian by Andrew Sheng
IN the last column, I asked why we were blind to inequality. The more important question is: what can we do about it?

Thriving in a disrupted world

Comment by NAZIR RAZAK
“CIMB is in good shape for the future, but, unfortunately, the future is not in good shape.”

Why are we blind to inequality?

Think Asian by Andrew Sheng
THE concept that human beings should be equal is very old. It was the fight against injustice and inequality between the French royalty and the citizens that drove the 18th century intellectual Jean-Jacques Rousseau to write “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.”

The real Thucydides Trap

THE year 2018 began with two leaders with nuclear capability arguing about whose button is bigger.

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