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The Malaysian Idea

(First published in theSun on 14 September 2017, here). WHEN we come together to celebrate Malaysia Day on Sept 16 each year, what …

Taxing federal-state relations

First published in theSun here, on 22 June 2017. Earlier this month, the Sarawak state government decided to quit the Malaysian Tourism …

The rise of regional politics

(First appeared in theSun on 14 May 2015, here). THE second biggest piece of news emerging from the UK in the last two …

All policy is local

First published in theSun here, on 29 January 2015. EARLIER this week, the PAS president’s statement that local council elections would eventually lead …

Making voluntarism legal

First published in theSun here, on 5 September 2014. I SPENT the Merdeka weekend writing a paper on the choppy relationship between the …

The rights of oil producing states

(First published in theSun on 22 May 2014, and can be accessed here). THE Sarawak state assembly recently passed a resolution calling for …

Penang Port in peril?

Penang Port in peril? Photograph: Ong Ee Lynn The social costs involved in privatisation of public goods have been obvious since this …

Decentralisation the way forward?

Decentralisation the way forward? (First published in Selangor Times, on 15th June 2012). At the launch of my book, “States of Reform: …