Why an independent MACC matters

(First published in theSun here, on 7 January 2016). OVER the last few months, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been one of the few government bodies undergoing tremendous pressure. Most recently, rumours circulated that its chief commissioner, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, might be replaced for health reasons, although …

Governing GLCs in Malaysia

First published in theSun here, on 26 November 2015. LAST week, I was invited to speak at an OECD (Organisation for Economic …

Tun Ismail: Up Close and Personal

First published in theSun here, on 12 November 2015. TUN Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman’s life in politics has in two previous books …

Public duty and private interest

First published in theSun here on 15 October 2015. A MONTH ago, Otto Perez Molina resigned as president of Guatemala following an …

Minorities in an age of distrust

(First published in theSun newspaper on 1 October 2015, here). OVER the last week I spent in Paris under invitation of the …

Opening up budgets

(First appeared in theSun newspaper on 17 September 2015, here). THE Auditor-General’s Office has found massive discrepancies in government spending for the …

Whose cause is Bersih’s?

First published in theSun on 3 September 2015, here. MANY of my urban, middle class friends and relatives went for their first …

A prime minister’s powers

First published in theSun on 13 August 2015, here. THE news of the prime minister having removed the attorney-general and deputy prime …

Why media freedom matters

First published in theSun on 30 July here. THE three-month suspension of The Edge Financial Daily and The Edge Weekly newspapers by …