Reviewing upcoming Covid-19 bill in Malaysian parliament
The Covid-19 bill should not be taken lightly by the Malaysian government. It must include transparency practices to ensure government’s integrity in managing the Covid-19 crisis.
Should a Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat represent the ruling party?
The important role and principle of a Speaker is to act as a gatekeeper to the country’s Parliament and democracy with independence, tenacity and maturity. For MALAY version please click here
It’s time for Government-Opposition cooperation, not snap election
A snap election may not necessarily end with stability. The current government must do all it can in the Parliament by introducing the right bills and amendments to reduce the economic burdens of the people.
Akta menetapkan tarikh pilihan raya perlu untuk kestabilan politik Malaysia
Untuk memastikan kuasa membubarkan parlimen tidak disalahgunakan, secara dasarnya Malaysia memerlukan akta until meletakkan tatacara yang telus dan terbuka.
To set the path for recovery, the Government must step up job creation via a “Mission-Oriented” Industrial Policy
The RM35b PENJANA plan has its merits, but may still fall short in protecting jobs and supporting livelihoods. While some temporary reliefs are essential, the government must urgently look into a much-needed long-term economic reform for Malaysia.
Addressing ‘new norms’ of party-hopping
Legislation like UK’s Fixed-Term Parliaments Act serves as a check and balance to the powers of a prime minister and prevent any possibilities of dissolving parliament and setting election dates based on favourable political arrangements.
Why Dewan Negara should be made part of Malaysia’s Covid-19 success story
Dewan Negara should lead to a healthy debate on policy issues rather than political rhetoric synonymous with the Dewan Rakyat. Covid-19 has been an opportunity to have a relook at the Dewan Negara as an important part of the government’s check & balance.
Malaysia’s rationale and response to South China Sea tensions
Malaysia’s low key attitude towards recent incidents and recommendations on how to balance between defending Malaysia’s national interests vs diffusing tensions..
Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah contoh terbaik fungsi Parlimen ketika COVID-19
Sabah State Legislative Assembly demonstrated great example as a legislature which democratically and effectively fit the new normal under Covid-19.
Pandemic a chance for governments to prove themselves or stumble
Covid-19 is today’s test, and provides numerous opportunities for our governments to prove themselves up to the task of protecting the public good.
Parliament is an essential service for the country facing the Covid-19 crisis
Parliament is in fact one of the most important services in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak to discuss economic plans and issues of the nation’s people.
(Also available in Bahasa Malaysia: Parlimen ‘perkhidmatan penting’ untuk negara berhadapan krisis COVID-19)
Does Big Tech Hold One of the Keys to Restarting the Economy?
In this day and age, where most of the population in the hardest hit countries have a smartphone on them at all times, the technological opportunities for contact tracing are vast and might be key to restarting economy for post-Covid-19.
The importance of governance transparency in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic
The urgency for transparency is as great as the urgency in overcoming the pandemic. People and leaders of the country cannot compromise on the issue of financial leakage and misuse of power or information today.
(Also available in Bahasa Malaysia: Kepentingan prinsip ketelusan urus tadbir berhadapan pandemik Covid-19)
COVID-19: Refleksi ketidaksamarataan pekerjaan dan pendidikan isi rumah B40
COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the uncertainty of B40 households regarding job security and the development of their children’s education. Government’s approach to address their economic challenges must be radically changed.
Building resiliency into Malaysia’s long term food security
Covid-19 crisis has alerted the government to embrace a truly diverse, modern agricultural sector, one that can ensure long-term resiliency in Malaysia’s food security.
We need to ‘flatten the curve’ of economic recession, now
A massive intervention is required to prevent the economic fabric of the nation from disintegrating. What are the immediate efforts required to “flatten the recession curve”, and why it is important to do it, now.
(Also available in Mandarin: 减缓经济衰退的冲击)
Re-examining national security architecture of Malaysia
What are the different roles of Malaysia Armed Forces during peacetime and wartime, and a look into the much needed long term structural reform in our security sector.
Flexible work arrangements deserve more than just this Covid-19 crash-course
FWAs are more than just a tool to cope with Covid-19, their positive externality effects such as diversifying economic growth and labour force, as well as reducing traffic congestion, are too good for us to pass up for much longer.
Beyond Covid-19: Building back better for a more resilient economy and society
Our post-crisis recovery efforts should be planned well in order to rebuild the country for a stronger and more resilient economy and society under the idea of “build back better”.
Covid-19: Revisiting the economic stimulus after the world woke up
To cushion the sudden global downturn, the government need to double down on measures announced, expand scope of application to more workers and businesses, and do it quickly.
Covid-19 a national security concern, calls for whole-of-society approach
The government should treat Covid-19 as a national security issue, and to show leadership by adopting a whole-of-society approach to combat the virus as a nation.
(Also available in Mandarin: 以国安规格抗疫：谈“整体社会”方针之必要)
Economy needs immediate stimulus package, with eye on the long-term
While the stimulus package primarily aims to tide over workers and businesses through tumultuous short-term economic currents, the government should also evaluate these measures with an eye on the long term, and look to promote a transformation of the economy to new growth sectors and higher productivity, and prepare the workforce for the future.
The Singapore factor in the Malaysian labour market
With a stimulus package due to be announced soon, the government has a great opportunity to work towards a skills-oriented labour market and hence prioritises the wellbeing of Malaysians. As a starting point, we should consider the Singapore factor in the Malaysian labour market.
清廉指數佳績鼓舞改革 | Malaysia climbs up in global Indices: a motivation to reform
The encouraging headway Malaysia made in the Democracy Index and the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranking is a great motivation for the government to continue pursue its reform agenda.
保守勢力反撲，協商民主此路不通？| The return of conservatism and populism, consociationalism no longer works?
REFSA revisited Arend Lijphart’s concept of consociational democracy and emphasized the importance of Pakatan Harapan to maintain as a coalition in the middle.