By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This publication contains articles chosen generally 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 function in principles. From calling for the exams and balances so the most important to the potent functioning of a democratic society to be reinforced, to reminding all contributors in a democratic society in their rights and tasks, the writer writes in a language that's effortless to learn and with a wry feel of humour.
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P. cm. eISBN : 978-981-4398-76-3 1. Malaysia – Politics and government. 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.
One wonders why they are still around: the Cabinet can be altered, or even better, reduced – “in my time we had a Cabinet of 13 Ministers. Even then they didn’t have enough work. ). But I suppose since there is no Shadow Cabinet, there is even less incentive to change anything. *** In answer to Dr Lim Hong Hai who referred to my column ‘Managing racial bias in the civil service’ (2 September 2010): no, I don’t necessarily mean privatisation of schools, since there are ways of transferring control while maintaining public funding.
The closure of non-Muslim societies at the Klang High School (and apparently others) that Citizen Nades has exposed also exemplifies the dangers when civil servants get too powerful. Regular readers will predict that I utterly oppose the idea that a school should get permission from a bureaucrat to open a society. In the tradition of education that I was lucky enough to experience, it is unbelievable. And it is a little tepid merely to say that non-Muslim societies that have been around for ages won’t be closed down.