Din Merican–The Malaysian DJ Blogger
Welcome to my blog.
Hi, my name is Din Merican. I am originally from Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
I learned to play golf while I was at graduate school in 1969, where I had the chance to meet the greatest golfer of the modern era, Arnold D. Palmer (left) and got a few tips from him during one of his visits to Washington DC.
Those who are interested in playing golf should read Mr. Palmer’s book, Go For Broke: My Philosophy of Winning Golf. It is an excellent book. It teaches you to play good and exciting golf. Mr.Palmer was taught golf by his father, Milfred (Deacon) Palmer who was a professional and greenskeeper at The Latrobe Country Club in Pennsylvania which Mr Palmer now owns.
I like to use this opportunity to remind readers and commentators that this is a serious public affairs blog. Comments which can promote ongoing intelligent discourse are welcome.
Please refrain from making remarks or comments which exceed the bounds of common decency. I am looking for ideas and suggestions which are useful for people in power and those whose duty it is to formulate policy and implement programmes.
The articles I post on this blog are carefully chosen for the relevance to issues of the day. The fact that they are on this blog does not mean I share or endorse the views contained in them. I try hard to be balanced in both my writings and comments. The quality of the discourse, with few exceptions, leaves much to be desired. Most of the commentators tend to be petty and very personal. I get very few responses to my posting on economics, geo-politics, and international affairs. That is regrettable, but with time, the number of responses to these subjects will grow.
I have friends in UMNO-BN, Pakatan Rakyat and civil society who I respect very much. In general, they are well meaning and dedicated individuals who are passionate about their undertaking, be it politics, business or social or humanitarian causes.
I appeal to all not to use this blog to boost their egos or post snide remarks. By all means disagree, but please disagree agreeably. I will, therefore, delete comments that provoke hatred and anger against those who happen to disagree with your points of view.
I served in government as a foreign service officer and central banker and then I moved on to industry and commerce (with Sime Darby Group and Indonesia’s PT Bakrie Brothers). I am also with the University of Cambodia as Visiting Professor (Global Strategy) (since 2002) and a member of the Advisory Board of the University’s Asia Economic Forum, and serves the Phnom Penh based Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (since 1996) as Senior Research Fellow.
I received my tertiary education from the University of Malaya in Economics, and did postgraduate studies at The George Washington School of Business (above), George Washington University, Washington D.C in the States respectively on Kedah State and Bank Negara Malaysia scholarships. I was also at the INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (1989).
I am Associate Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) and a former Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Penang-based Socio-Economic Research Institute (SERI), now Penang Institute. I have an Advisory Role in US-based Northrop Rice Advanced Institute of Technology (NRAIT) in the area of human capital development and capacity building.
On January 16, 2011, I was conferred Darjah Dato Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) by DYMM(His Majesty) Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman on the occasion of DYMM Tuanku’s 83rd Birthday.
Call me, Din. Come along, guys and gals, with me and let’s go change Malaysia. You can contact me at DMerican2@gmail.com
Here is my interview on BFM89.9 during which I talked about my life, current activities and in particular why I became a blogger. Hope you will find it useful background on the person behind this blog.