By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This publication contains articles chosen in general from the author's column, Abiding instances, in theSun, Malaysia, in addition to people with Tengku Zatashah Idris, Syed Haizam Jamalullail, Sharyn Shufiyan and Quek Sue Yian. released among March 2008 and August 2010, they have been written within the interval after Tunku Zain's go back from the united states and as much as the Proclamation of the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar. From calling for the exams and balances so an important to the potent functioning of a democratic society to be bolstered, to reminding all individuals in a democratic society in their rights and duties, the author writes in language that's effortless to learn and with a wry experience of humour.
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There’s the press, the judiciary and universities; but also concepts like federalism, civil society and student activism. How free they are and what they can do depends on how free parliament permits them to be. Strengthening parliament is, therefore, key to strengthening our other democratic institutions. Go and visit it one of these days—it’s easy to do. 07 What Unity is Strength? Abiding Times’, theSun, 25 July 2008 LIKE most people, I have many competing and overlapping loyalties. I am loyal to my family.
His joy at the victory might have been tinged with irony, for it was he who got in trouble from the BN whip for supporting an opposition motion as a backbencher in 2006. A first-world parliament comprises MPs who believe that they serve their constituents above all else, and the party a distant second. I have laboured the point in these pages before but it can’t be stressed enough, particularly since the anti-party hopping lobby continues to chant the mantra that switching sides is necessarily ‘immoral’.
We weren’t alive on Merdeka Day, Malaysia Day or 13 May 1969. We don’t know what it was like to live through World War II, the Emergency or Konfrontasi. In our childhood, we knew only Tun Dr Mahathir as our Prime Minister and to a great extent, we grew up with his legacy. Our political views were formed either in support or reaction to his policies, and we probably remember what our families thought of the sacking of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Today, these two figures continue to provoke strong reactions.
Abiding Times by Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz