Abiding Times by Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz

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By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz

This e-book includes articles chosen ordinarily from the author's column, Abiding occasions, 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 assessments and balances so the most important to the potent functioning of a democratic society to be reinforced, to reminding all members in a democratic society in their rights and obligations, the author writes in language that's effortless to learn and with a wry feel of humour.

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A Conservative shadow minister resigned in protest and is now contesting a by-election solely on the issue of civil liberties. It is inspirational stuff. Some votes in the Commons—particularly on conscience issues like abortion and euthanasia—aren’t whipped at all, but when they are, rebellion is still a common occurrence. Can you imagine when 10 percent of Malaysian lawmakers might vote against their party line? Minister for Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Shahrir Samad’s motion on Monday supporting ‘the government’s measures to restructure the oil and gas system’ sailed through the chamber.

Furthermore, despite the fact that the DAP’s Alternative 2008 Budget and PKR’s Malaysian Economic Agenda indicate some desire to move away from state control in our economy in favour of less price distortions and freer trade, no one acknowledged these as the essential economic components of the classical liberalism which drives most right-wing parties around the world. However, the strengthening of institutions such as parliament, federalism, press freedom, the judiciary and the anti-corruption agency are in line with the right’s emphasis on protecting individual liberty and decentralisation.

In this way, our civilisation has been enriched since Srivijaya; but when I returned from my merantau overseas, I was struck by how much the apparatus of state—justified as sanctioned by the Federal Constitution—is intent on defining us instead, limiting our ability to contract ourselves to the nation on our terms. We are instead told that a contract already exists. “Which ‘unity’ did they refer to? Unity within, or between, races, states, religions and classes? ” Odd, because it is clear that once upon a time, competition was intrinsic to the Malay psyche.

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