So I gather some see this by-election as a proxy battle between Najib and Anwar. Others see it as a mini-referendum on the Barisan Nasional's performance. Then again, there are many who are totally put off by the way...
Few people are aware that Asean's ‘Vision 2020’ of economic integration and competitiveness is to be further developed into the concept of an ‘‘Asean Economic Community (AEC)’’. The AEC is seen as the end-goal of economic integration in Asean...
It is something of a joke these days to see the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Talk about the pot calling the kettle(s) black. Since the 11 September 2001 attacks, the human rights struggle has...
So is the bumi share of corporate equity 18.9 per cent? Or 45 per cent? Here's something to think about this weekend. In many ways, the NEP 30 per cent target has become almost sacrosanct. On it hinges much of...
While attending the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Singapore, I soon realised that a slick makeover job, a real PR job, was underway. In recent years, these two...
The real war in our world today is not "the war on terror" but a larger, more critical struggle for the soul of our world. A monumental battle is taking place between those who want to ram through neo-liberal economic...
When I attended the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Singapore, one thing I quickly realised was how even language - the common everyday words we are familiar...
When people think of the World Bank, the image they often see in their minds is one of a global financial institution that provides loans to developing nations to raise their standard of living. That is basically the picture...
It looks like the FTA negotiations between the United States and Malaysia - now in a crucial phase - are not going to be easy to conclude. For one thing, there is the whole issue of government procurement and...
I wrote this article for IPS because I was concerned that Asean was heading down the neo-liberal path. I felt there were many lessons that the people of Asean could learn from South America, where many countries have rejected...

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