How does institutional quality dictate a bureaucracy’s ability to change? Should we see change as transformational? Or should we see change as incremental, one that takes place in small steps over time? Are institutional legacies great impediments to change? This is a newly released book that touches on various issuesContinue reading
Category: Public Policy
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
A Covidian-age budget: Malaysia to announce its budget for 2021
Malaysia is set to announce its budget for 2021 this coming 6 November. How will the Malaysian budget look like? How different will this budget be compared to the pre-covid 19 budget statements. One certainty is that Malaysia’s budget deficit is set to breach its self-imposed limit of 5.5% ofContinue 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
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
It is time the world takes crisis management seriously
No one, back in December 2019, would have thought that the Coronovirus flu that started in Wuhan, China, would have taken the devastating scale it is now exacting. The virus is paralysing national economies. Normal life has been greatly disturbed by a flu pandemic never seen in modern history. CountriesContinue reading
Representation of the bureaucracy
Why is it that bureaucracies tend to be represented by people of certain class, ethnic group or gender. For example, why are some parts of the bureaucracy dominated by males and some other parts of the bureaucracy by females? Why is it that top officers in a bureaucracy usually comeContinue reading
Can big data divide us?
The internet and technologies associated with it, are great social, economic and political leveler. Facebook, twitter, online publications have democratized knowledge. They have changed how we perceive power structures. With the internet, information is no longer the monopoly of the few in the power hierarchy. But as much as weContinue reading
How do you prescribe a public policy?
When it comes to prescribing policy, policy makers are greeted with numerous policy recommendations. Let say, you want to develop an economic diversification policy. One option is of course to do nothing. Another option is to look at existing economic activities and attempt to deepen and broaden each of theContinue reading