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Over the past few decades, some books about Malaysian defence were written and published from time to time. But most of them were written for academicians rather than the general public. Strategic and security studies are important, yet good governance, … Continue reading

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Guns Versus Butter

“Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.”  Hermann Göring, German military leader, 1936.   You might have heard of the term Guns and Butter[1]. The Guns versus Butter model is used to refer to the relationship between … Continue reading

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In conjunction with the launch of REFSA’s second book in its Tempurung Series – Are We Protected: Malaysian Defence Uncovered, a public forum entitled “Does Malaysia Need A Security Sector Reform Agenda?” will be held on 29th July 2015 (Wednesday), … Continue reading

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC DEBATE ON DEFENCE POLICIES

By Lam CHoong Wah Senior Fellow, REFSA Traditionally, defence is not a popular topic for neither parliamentarians nor the public. The reasons are multifaceted and complex. The fact that Malaysia is not a military orientated state and the country faces … Continue reading

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In his Parliamentary reply this week, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan made the oft-repeated argument that local government election will cause racial discord and greater racial polarisation in Malaysia. This is indeed one of the biggest … Continue reading

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  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all speakers, moderators and participants that attended our conference on 13th of March 2015 in Parkroyal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This conference is part of REFSA’s local authority month of March … Continue reading

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‘Chinese bogeyman caused PAS local vote paranoia’

Published on 5:25PM Mar 13, 2015 by Malaysiakini https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/291937   PAS central committee member Hanipa Maidin today postulated the party’s “unwarranted fear” of local elections was due to Umno’s influence. He said this was because Umno had made PAS’s top … Continue reading

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Malay rights not affected by local polls, says Umno man

Published: 13 March 2015 6:39 PM by The Malaysian Insider http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malay-rights-not-affected-by-local-polls-says-umno-man Restoring local government elections will not erode Malay rights, said an Umno leader, amid worries by Malay leaders from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat that the third vote … Continue reading

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Mixed reactions to KL state proposal

    Posted on 9 February 2015 – 09:36pm by The Sun Daily Last updated on 9 February 2015 – 10:10pm http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1325377 PETALING JAYA: The suggestion that Kuala Lumpur be administered as a state entity garnered mixed reactions from non-governmental … Continue reading

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Published: 1 February 2015 8:19 PM by The Malaysian Insider http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/turn-kl-into-14th-state-for-better-governance-dap-lawmakers-say Kuala Lumpur should be turned into Malaysia’s 14th state to ensure better governance and transparency on its spending and the Federal Territories Ministry abolished to democratise governance of the … Continue reading

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