June 12, 2020

Why do people behave the way they do?

I often wonder why people behave the way they do. So far it bottles down to options with respect to self-preservation. The more options one has, the more they can protect their well-being and their livelihood. Having options is also a matter of control. I associate the lack of options with the lack of control. Control, not just the task, but also the outcome. Here’s […]

May 4, 2020

Malaysia’s Federal System in the Spotlight

The era of the federal government having the final say is over. YBhg. Dato Sri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Vice President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) It was not an era that should have started or sustained. #Malaysia is a #Federation. No one can deny that this came about because Parti Perikatan/Barisan Nasional dominated Governments at the Federal and State levels. Especially during #PM4 […]

September 3, 2019

Should the Office of the Prime Minister be subjected to Term Limits?

Westminster Model The Westminster Model, i.e. sistem kerajaan perwakilan beparlimen, does not prescribe such mechanics. Instead a prime minister and his/her government will continue as long as: S/he remains a member of the elected house, and S/he commands the confidence of a majority of the members of that elected House. Consider the cases of John Major, Gordon Brown, Kevin Rudd, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee among […]

September 3, 2019

Another Visitors Day is Coming Up!

BNI Signature Chapter, in Kuching, is having a Visitor’s Day on March 18th, 2015. It is held at the Pullman Kuching. It’s my second Visitors’ Day after the launch of this Chapter.

September 3, 2019

Yes or No: Which Way Would I Go?

A close friend remarked: “I’d rather us stay in the Federation but maintaining the autonomy”. And then the question popped into mind: am I pro-Federation or pro-Independence? Am I a No or a Yes? (No to Independence, Yes to Separation a la the Scottish Referendum). In my early 20s, I am not ashamed to say I am pro-Independence. I would love to see Sarawak as […]

January 10, 2018

Les Affaires, C’est Moi

Though deemed apocryphal, Louis XIV is famously attributed to saying “L’Etat, c’est moi“. This may be transliterated to “I am the State”. As an absolute monarch, the authority of the State came from le Roi Soleil. In businesses, the owners and founders are typically seen as the source of the enterprise. Often I have seen – and been guilty of – embracing a similiar spirit: […]