Wednesday, January 29, 2020
To save the principle of ASEAN centrality, the regional body should transcend its consensus-based decision-making and embrace minilateral arrangements on divisive issues. The regional body is increasingly suffering from a ‘middle institutional trap’. The type of decision-making arrangements that enabled...
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a great graphic novel. In it, an imaginary cartoonist draws his homeland Singapore – a tiny island city-state defined by multiple languages, rampant economic success and repressive politics. As if to prove life imitates...
Even a loose cannon like Donald Trump cannot breathe life into an Asean meeting, which can be turgid, pompous and comatose at best. Asean, meet Donald Trump. Donald Trump, meet Asean. Who will prevail in an encounter between the Great Disruptor and...
As Singapore gears up for the ASEAN chairmanship in 2018, the wider international community watches with immense interest to see what this spells for one of the fastest growing, yet increasingly turbulent regions. It is perhaps useful to consider...
Proposed joint development agreement for contested area's oil and gas underscores diplomatic warming trend but faces legal hurdles and political risks. China and the Philippines are now considering a series of resource-sharing agreements in the South China Sea, the latest...
It is often said that “failure leads to success”, and I am sure that readers would have met variations of the same phrase.  One thing that is conveniently left vague in that saying, however, is whose failure should lead...
Last year, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea took the centre stage in the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. The recent ruling by the international tribunal at The Hague grabbed headlines across the globe and brought to attention...
I recently gave a talk at the Communications ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur. There I was, a tukang cerita (or storyteller) among techies, start-up founders and data evangelists. The message of the multiple speakers was loud and clear: Goodbye subjectivity,...
Especially among the young, Malaysia’s 14th general election is increasingly being seen as a choice between the lesser of two evils. Lunar New Year has come and gone. Malaysia’s 14th general election, or GE14, could take place by the end...
High living costs and poor public transport are just the surface symptoms of Malaysia’s malaise, says a government doctor. The root of the disease is the separation of society into tribal silos. I am sipping tea in an eclectically decorated,...

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