Sunday, February 25, 2018
High living costs and poor public transport are just the surface symptoms of Malaysia’s malaise, says a government doctor. The root of the disease is the separation of society into tribal silos. I am sipping tea in an eclectically decorated,...
This week’s summit in New Delhi brings together an age-old coalition that goes back to the Tamil Chulia Indian diaspora in Malaysia, and could serve to keep economic and geopolitical parity in Asia. As China continues its inexorable rise, global...
Back in the mid-1990s when I was a young corporate lawyer, I used to do a lot of work in South Africa. At the time, the "Rainbow Nation", under the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) chief and global...
A deeply riven country tired of fighting struggles to heal from lingering political divisions. In Chiang Mai, the name Shinawatra – the family of ousted prime minister and billionaire Thaksin – has deep roots. Shinawatra Silk is a household brand, having...
To save the principle of ASEAN centrality, the regional body should transcend its consensus-based decision-making and embrace minilateral arrangements on divisive issues. The regional body is increasingly suffering from a ‘middle institutional trap’. The type of decision-making arrangements that enabled...
Sceptics look to China’s imperial past as a warning about a possible new hegemon in the region. Is China, under President Xi Jinping, Southeast Asia’s new hegemon? Pundits like to compare President Xi to an emperor. Such talk has increased after...
While the infamous series Game of Thrones might say that “winter is coming”, unfortunately, the truth is the other way around. Summer is coming to the Northern hemisphere of the world and it is coming at a faster rate...
I recently gave a talk at the Communications ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur. There I was, a tukang cerita (or storyteller) among techies, start-up founders and data evangelists. The message of the multiple speakers was loud and clear: Goodbye subjectivity,...
Reliable reports since the start of this year indicate the economic competition between China and the US (and its allies) for global supremacy has intensified and will, of course, be expected to escalate in the next five years. Certainly, this...
Even a loose cannon like Donald Trump cannot breathe life into an Asean meeting, which can be turgid, pompous and comatose at best. Asean, meet Donald Trump. Donald Trump, meet Asean. Who will prevail in an encounter between the Great Disruptor and...

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