The Malaysian Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri, has just announced the dissolution of the country’s parliament, paving the way for the country’s 15th General Election. The move was much anticipated following weeks of speculation. In his address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned that the “people’s mandate is a powerfulContinue reading
Transnationalism and Chinese Diaspora’s struggle for identity in British Malaya
Malayan Chinese muted response to the Malayan Union proposal in 1946 which promised common citizenship rights and equal opportunity to non-Malays have not been sufficiently explained by existing literature. This article suggests that such muted response is due to the presence of Chinese transnationalism that diluted and diverted the community’sContinue reading
India mulls over Indo-Pacific Security Arrangement
The recent tiff between France and Australia over the latter’s buying of nuclear powered submarines has created diplomatic tension. Australia’s about turn – choosing of the US nuclear powered submarines against the French-made submarines – has soured relations between France, UK and the US with the French accusing its NATOContinue reading
The Myanmar Crisis and ASEAN’s role
This is a recent article I wrote for Critical Asian Studies. In the article I raise the point that any intervention in Myanmar should take careful note of the complexities of Myanmar’s political economy and the country’s institutional quality where democratic institutions are still at a nascent stage. ASEAN, specifically,Continue reading
Malaysia’s dilemma and ongoing battle for political change
This is an article I wrote in 2016, before Malaysia’s eventful May 2018 election that saw the Barisan Nasional (BN) losing control of the government and the first time that Malaysia saw a new coalition government, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) taking control. At the time the PH government included manyContinue reading
Change: Why is it so difficult?
Habit is difficult to break, they say, because if you take the H there is still “a bit”. Even if you take away the “a” there is still the “bit”. And even if you remove the “b” there is still “it.” There is some truth about habit and change. WhyContinue reading
Singapore election 2020: Is Singapore politics turning a new page?
Singapore opened its 14th parliamentary session recently. This came on the back of a general election held in early July. By any measure of democratic elections Singapore’s recent election is a thumping victory for the People’s Action Party (PAP) which has ruled the 700 square km island- state since 1959.Continue reading
Malaysia’s fight to contain the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Seven weeks ago, the Malaysian government imposed a lockdown, known locally as the Movement Control Order (MCO). This came after the country experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases in early March. The government was swift in imposing the lockdown and the the public took the MCO very seriously. The resultContinue reading
Institutions and Change and the case of Malaysia
It is almost impossible to discuss present institutions prevalent in Malaysia’s political economy without mentioning the New Economic Policy (NEP). It is an institution that has consumed the mental make up of most Malaysians and created a fair amount of discourses amongst observers. For the critics, especially neo liberals, theContinue reading
The Covid-19 pandemic and the danger of de-globalisation
The Covid-19 pandemic threatens to see a further retreat of globalisation. Donald Trump’s recent executive order to limit immigration to the US, his announcement to withhold US funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and his threat to India’s initial refusal to release the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients,Continue reading