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US Democracy Under Assault: Lessons for Malaysia by Thomas Fann

January 10, 2021


What happened at the US Capitol on 6th January 2021 shook the world not by the magnitude of its violence but by the symbolism it represents. The United States of America has long been regarded as the bastion of modern democracy and a role model for all nascent democracies and the aspiration of people worldwide […]

Time to Empower Voters To Recall Political Frogs

March 14, 2020


As the political drama unfolded on 23rd February 2020 with the “Sheraton Move” that saw the eventual collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government that was elected less than two years ago at the 14th General Election (GE14), Malaysians could only watch in horror, dismay and haplessness as the mandate given to PH was subverted […]

Membentukan Identiti Bangsa Malaysia Melalui Reka Bentuk semula Sistem Pilihan Raya

October 27, 2019


Terdapat ada perbincangan tentang apa maksudnya Bangsa Malaysia dan saya ingin menambah ke dalam perbincangan ini dari sudut demokrasi dan bentuk reformasi political dan pilihan raya yang kita perlukan untuk membentuk identity Bangsa Malaysia. Saya harus akui bahawa tidak ada penyelesaian yang mudah dan cepat bagi cabaran ini. Namun saya percaya dengan kefahaman yang baik […]

Forging a Bangsa Malaysia Identity Through Electoral System Redesign

October 27, 2019


There have been some discussions and ideas proposed on what is Bangsa Malaysia and I would like to contribute to this discussion from the angle of democracy and the kind of political and electoral reforms that we need in order to forge a clear Malaysian identity. I will acknowledge that there are no quick and […]


October 7, 2019


Menjadi kebiasaan kepada saya untuk menghantar ucapan Hari Malaysia kepada semua rakan dalam senarai hebahan dan kumpulan Whatsapp yang saya ada di dalamnya. Seorang rakan ada memberi respon mengatakan bahawa beliau tidak berasa senang hati hari ini untuk mengucapkan kepada sesiapa saja ‘Selamat Hari Malaysia ‘, bukan kerana kurang rasa patriotik beliau, namun kerana beliau […]

Malaysia is mine and I am hers

September 16, 2019


As is a routine for me, I sent out my usual Malaysia Day greetings to all those on my Whatsapp broadcast list and into groups I belong to. A friend in a group responded by saying that he is not in the mood to wish anyone Happy Malaysia today, not for lack of patriotism, but […]

Electoral Reforms One Year On

May 9, 2019


In Promise 17 of their manifesto, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition committed themselves to take firm actions to restore the trust of the people in our elections, acknowledging that there are many concerns about the integrity of our electoral system. Despite several seriously flawed structural issues with our electoral system and the way the previous […]

Jangan Melompat, Kita Perlu Pembangkang Yang Kuat

December 17, 2018


Dengan arus deras MP UMNO di Semenanjung dan Sabah meninggalkan parti mereka serta mengisytiharkan sokongan mereka kepada kerajaan Pakatan Harapan, kehancuran UMNO yang pada satu ketika dahulu yang maha kuat semakin cepat dan berkemungkinan menyebabkan mereka hilang dalam radar politik. Ramai penyokong gabungan Pakatan Harapan mungkin seronok melihatkan PH akan mengukuhkan pemerintahan mereka dengan lebih […]

Please Don’t Jump, We Need A Strong Opposition

December 14, 2018


  With the recent spate of UMNO MPs both in Peninsula and Sabah leaving the party and declaring themselves supportive of the Pakatan Harapan Government, the disintegration of the once mighty UMNO is accelerating and may eventually lead to its political demise. Many who supported the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition may be rejoicing as they […]

It’s Not Malaysia Baru Without Institutional Reforms

August 28, 2018


So, it happened. We have a new Government after 61 years. It came as a shock to many including, I’m sure, the over 6 million Malaysians who voted for Pakatan Harapan and its ally in Sabah, Warisan. The euphoria was palpable and to some, even the air smelt fresher the next day. The term Malaysia […]