By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This e-book 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 U.S. and covers his function in rules. From calling for the assessments and balances so an important to the powerful functioning of a democratic society to be bolstered, to reminding all members in a democratic society in their rights and obligations, the writer writes in a language that's effortless to learn and with a wry feel of humour.
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In such a politicised environment as ours, it is this very nuanced, tempered, and clinical objectivity which helps us assess, postulate, and ultimately form policies for the betterment of this nation. After all, the heavy influence of the Executive does not go far in providing much room for conflicting positions and enabling the contestation of ideas, hence – in my view – limiting the chances of placing before Parliament the best policies possible. Indeed, this second offering is an important one, leaving readers with a greater understanding of our rich, diverse, songket-woven past.
2. Democracy – Malaysia. I. Title. ’, Philosophy of American Enterprise, 3 March 2011 Launching Abiding Times, 17 March 2011 Epilogue Glossary About the Author FOREWORD BY DATIN HALIMAH MOHD SAID Having regularly followed Tunku ’Abidin’s column in theSun, it has come as no surprise that his writings which span a period of three years in ‘Abiding Times’ are being published in two volumes – this being the second. I have greatly enjoyed his keen observations on the multifarious aspects of Malaysian life written in the best of English styles, displaying an impressive lexical range.
But the thing about those old photographs was that they do not merely portray Malaysians who were to steer their country, but also a country different in feel and ambition to the one we have today; I wonder how different the hopes and ambitions of a young Tun Suffian in the 1930s are to those of a Malaysian teenager today. It’s not just the slanted songkok, mengkuang mats and rattan chairs, but an obvious sense of confidence and of freedom. 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.