By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This publication includes articles chosen more often than not from the author's column, 'Abiding Times', in theSun, Malaysia, in addition to others. released among July 2010 and August 2011, they have been written within the interval after Tunku 'Abidin's go back from the united states and covers his position in rules. From calling for the exams and balances so an important to the potent functioning of a democratic society to be bolstered, to reminding all members in a democratic society in their rights and duties, the writer writes in a language that's effortless to learn and with a wry feel of humour.
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The battle of ideas must first be won, and that is why I am so heartened by my often-fleeting conversations: in essence, they agree with us. If only there was a political leader to speak in a way that resonated with them; to make them want to defend what they hold dear: the Malaysia that they know and love – our job would be so much easier. ” with sarcastic connotations 09 What are the chances? ‘Abiding Times’, 3 September 2010 RECENTLY I had to go to Singapore, to conclude a posting that I had the privilege to be a part of.
I have also included a couple of pieces I wrote for other publications and some speeches I delivered within the same time period, from July 2010 to August 2011. I was grateful for all the positive feedback I received for the first book, but one thing I’ve encountered is that some people are too deferential or hesitant to criticise in person. Indeed, when meeting members of the political or bureaucratic establishment I often have to engage in casual chat throughout an entire dinner before they reveal that actually, they took issue with something I wrote in the past.
You get the same emotional response watching Mansor Puteh’s recent documentary on Tunku Abdul Rahman which depicts him doing the ronggeng, or old footage of our first election: people entering polling stations with smiles on their faces even as communists lurked in the jungle. Does that same sense of confidence exist when we go to the ballot boxes today? I think not. It simply is not in the interests of the contemporary political environment to educate young Malaysians of such an era, and it is why something as innocuous as a filmmaker talking to students at Universiti Teknologi MARA was banned by the authorities this week, and it is why it was only when Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin passed away last month that many Malaysians of my generation learnt about him: his trip to London with the Tunku prior to Merdeka, his status as a member of the Tunku’s first Cabinet and his instrumental role in formulating the original Alliance that was later replaced by the Barisan Nasional.