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Local democracy is more than just local election

Opening speech at the George Town Roundtable on Local Democracy On the evening of 1 December 1951, there were flash floods in several areas in George Town. The rain started with a drizzle at about 6.30pm and then within one hour, it was pouring heavily. It was an evening not unlike some of the evenings … Continue reading

The Budget Speech Is NOT The Budget (Part One)

From my column in Penang Monthly: Oddly Enough Parliament must appear very strange for the uninitiated. After all, the Westminster system that Malaysia models itself after is an old and quaint one. There are many weird practices involved, such as the thumping of tables, addressing MPs by their constituencies instead of their actual names and … Continue reading