After what's been happening in Egypt, I thought I would draft a memo to dictators and authoritarian leaders around the world to give them some free and unsolicited advice. Dear Mr Dictator/Authoritarian Leader Recent events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and elsewhere...
By now, we are gradually becoming familiar with the poverty, unemployment (especially among youth) and income inequality in Egypt that seems to be fuelling the protests. But what is less well known is that Egypt, like Tunisia, had only...
Syed Shahir and his team have been defeated in the MTUC elections today. I spoke to a veteran unionist to find out the implications of the result. "It's a black day for the workers' movement," he lamented. He described the...
Along with Nazri's straight talking to Utusan comes another pleasant surprise: Khairy Jamaluddin has called on the government to implement a minimum wage. Image via Wikipedia In an opinion piece in The Edge (20 September), the Umno Youth...
Both the United States and its trade rival, the European Union (EU), have been forced to modify their strategy in South-east Asia in pursuit of their 'free trade' and 'liberalisation' agenda. The Malaysia-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is effectively dead;...