Timor Leste as 11th ASEAN Member any time soon?


June 20, 2017 Timor Leste as 11th ASEAN Member any time soon? by Kavi Chongkittavorn http://www.aseannews.net/will-timor-leste-finally-join-asean-2017a/ Cristo Rei–Dili, Timor Leste BANGKOK, June 15 (Reporting ASEAN) – By the time ASEAN turns 50 years old next year, Timor Leste could already be its eleventh member state. After filing its application six years ago, Timor Leste is … Continue reading

The Role of the Malaysian A-G in Political Scandals


June 20, 2017   The Malaysian Attorney-General is the Public Prosecutor. He must uphold the Rule of Law. (The Malaysian Constitution–Article 145). His job is to protect the public interest, act with objectivity, take proper account of the position of the suspect and the victim, and pay attention to all relevant circumstances, irrespective of whether … Continue reading

ASEAN’s strategic diplomacy underpins regional stability


June 19, 2017 ASEAN’s strategic diplomacy underpins regional stability by Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/18/aseans-strategic-diplomacy-underpins-regional-stability/ Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) stands next to Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) during the opening of World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Phnom Penh on May 11, 2017. Try imagining a … Continue reading

The Graduate–Remember Plastics: All about Growing up in The Fifties and Sixties


June 19, 2017 The Graduate–Remember Plastics: All about Growing up in The Fifties and Sixties By Jacob R. Brackman http://www.newyorker.com The Young Dustin Hoffman as The Graduate   “We thought we had a commercial picture here, but we didn’t know what we had,” an Embassy Pictures official said to me. He was marvelling at the success … Continue reading

The Ethically-Blighted Prime Minister of Malaysia–Najib Razak


June 19, 2017 The Ethically-Blighted Prime Minister of Malaysia–Najib Razak by Dr.M. Bakri Musa, Morgan-Hill, California As for MO1, his spouse and stepson, they are beyond shame. With the millions if not billions they have already expropriated, they can handle the setback. Malaysians however, would be saddled for generations with 1MDB’s humongous debt. Quite a … Continue reading