An email I sent to my friends yesterday: A fortnight ago, when I was in Singapore, I met a prince. He is the heir of a royal household whose origin traced back to the mid-1700 and a nephew of a reigning European monarch. We sat beside each other at a meeting, and I would not… Continue reading #freeAhmad
Originally published in the Edge Malaysia IN the last couple of months, the Penang Institute has been screening a very interesting documentary to an audience of councillors, engineers, town planners and urban managers in the two local governments in Penang. Response from the audience at both screenings was overwhelming. Council officials were inspired by the… Continue reading Lessons from cities around the world
A few weeks ago, I sat for coffee with the renowned Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan. He is the grandson of Sheikh Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Early this month, at the opening of the muslim fasting month of Ramadan, my wife and I joined a few of my close friends who are muslims… Continue reading Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Recently, I was in the Philippines to attend Akbayan Citizens' Action Party's 5th National Congress. Akbayan is a partner in President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino's government and together with DAP participate in the regional Network of Social Democracy in Asia as well as Socialist International. President Aquino delivered the keynote address at the congress which was… Continue reading My book for President Noynoy Aquino
On March 6, the World Economic Forum announced its Young Global Leader (YGL) honourees for 2012. I was among the two Malaysians who was named YGLs, the other being my friend, Nurul Izzah Anwar MP. The YGLs are chosen from among outstanding leaders below the age of 40 in the fields of business, civil society, arts… Continue reading World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders
"When the wealthy vie with each other in splendor and display while the poor squeeze each other to death; when the poor do not enjoy a moment's rest while the rich are comfrotable; when the poor lose more and more while the rich keep piling up treasures; when in some ever more extravagant desires awaken,… Continue reading Class dialectics
Allow me to greet the opening of the second decade of the 21st century with an invitation to innovate. I recently said to a group of close friends that this decade we are heading is for the new "Steve Jobs" of our time - the old Steve Jobs showed us that what we know as… Continue reading To a great year and great decade
Penang is set to be a true cultural and intellectual capital of Asia; in December, Penang Institute is proud to host the 1996 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Professor Sir James Mirrlees who will deliver the 2nd Penang in Asia Lecture. Professor Mirrlees' lecture is entitled, "Finance and the Current Recession". The Lecture… Continue reading Nobel Prize winner coming to Penang!