On 2015 Selangor Budget: MB Azmin Ali breaks new ground


November 25, 2014 MB Azmin Ali breaks new ground in Maiden Budget for Selangor Commentary by the Malaysian Insider@www.themalaysianinsider.com It might not seem much, but Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali broke new ground today when he proposed a RM200,000 allocation each for people-friendly programmes in opposition-held seats in the country’s wealthiest state. His own … Continue reading

President Jokowi Gets on with His Job


November 24, 2014 President Jokowi Gets on with His Job: No Talk, Just Action by Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff bin Mohd Kassim Jokowi has barely stepped into office as the new President of Indonesia and he is already making waves. He is coming into world prominence not by grabbing the microphone to make thunderous speeches … Continue reading

Horrendous Devastation of Cameron Highlands due to Plainly Ugly Greed


November 23, 2014 Horrendous Devastation of Cameron Highlands due to Plainly Ugly Greed by Tunku A  Aziz@www.nst.com.my IF a picture, as the saying goes, is worth a thousand words, then the New Straits Times’ startlingly brutal depiction of the horrendous devastation of Cameron Highlands merits at least ten thousand drops of tears of anger, frustration … Continue reading

Your Weekend Entertainment: The Velvet Voice of Indonesia’s Hendri Rotinsulu


November 22, 2014 Your Weekend Entertainment: The Velvet Voice of Indonesia’s Hendri Rotinsulu For this weekend, Dr. Kamsiah and I wish to present for your listening pleasure the velvet voice of Indonesia’s Hendri Rotinsulu. The entertainer surely knows how to put life and passion into songs composed by composer, Ismail Marsuki. May the songs we … Continue reading

Anwar Ibrahim at Georgetown University, Washington DC


November 21, 2014 Anwar Ibrahim at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Desperate Times for Democracy in Malaysia by James Giggacher, Asia Pacific Editor http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2014/11/07/sodomy-and-sedition-desperate-times-for-democracy-in-malaysia/ As Anwar Ibrahim’s fate hangs in the balance, Malaysia’s democratic chances are slipping further away, writes James Giggacher.  Malaysia’s long-time Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s fate still hangs in the balance; his political … Continue reading

With Bad Economic News, Abe’s Magic Seems to Evaporate


November 21, 2014 Japan: Between Monetary Stimulus and Fiscal Austerity By Martin Fackler http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/asia/japans-economic-woes-cast-new-doubt-on-abenomics.html?ref=asia  TOKYO — Is this the end of Abenomics? And if so, why did it fail? These are the questions being asked in a shellshocked Japan just days after government accountants announced that the economy, which most experts said they believed was … Continue reading