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Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim in an incisive speech at the LawAsia 2008 conference in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

“It has resulted in waste of crucial resources, energy and time and has distracted from the real issues confronting the country,” said Zaid, who criticised the race-based policy despite being a member of the ruling Umno party which was set up to safeguard their interests.
zaid ibrahim resignation from ministerial post 160908 01 “This is positive step but it should include all political leaders and be premised on the
social contract that was the foundation of independence,” said the lawyer by training who was made senator and subsequently minister entrusted with the task of reforming the judiciary by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi following the March 8 general election. 

He quit last month in protest against the arrest of three individuals under the Internal Security Act (ISA) which provides for detention without trial. 

He also underscored the importance of promoting discourse and dialogue so that Malaysians learn to talk and to listen to one another again.

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The famous Burmese Muslim actor, Maung Maung Ta

The famous Burmese Muslim actor, Maung Maung Ta



Dr. Maung Maung Ta (January 91926-) is a Burmese


Maung Maung Ta
Born Maung Maung Ta
January 9, 1926 (age 82)
MandalayUpper Burma
Residence Yangon, Myanmar
Nationality Myanmar
Ethnicity Myanmar Shia Muslim
Citizenship Myanmar
Occupation President of the All Myanmar Shia Muslim Organization
Religious beliefs Islam
Children ten

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Money remitted by the Migrant workers from Malaysia

Money remitted by the Migrant workers from Malaysia

COMMENT: Then, allow the migrant workers to bring in their families, dependents, long term job security or longer stay permit, allow their children to stay here, they will spend all their money in your country. No need to send back home.



While the World Bank has recorded that the Malaysian exports were US$140.9 billion, just 1.4 percent of the total world exports against a total import of US$157.75 billion, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$157.9 billion (GNP: US$124 billion) in 2005/7, it is very important to note that the Malaysian economy has been suffering from a deficit balance of payment for sometime. Continue reading

PRINCE: Governments must not discriminate


Governments must not discriminate

   Raja Nazrin: Governments must not discriminate 


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 – The Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah said today that governments should not set down discriminatory laws or policies but must ensure inclusive development through empowerment.

“No segment of society must be disrespected, discredited and disenfranchised,” he said in his address at the 21st LawAsia Conference here.
He said that no single group in any country should feel their contributions are unrecognized or unwanted.

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Gist and notes about lessons of Asia’s 1997 economic crisis

Today’s policymakers should consider what worked — and what didn’t — during Asia’s 1997 crisis 

 Gist and notes about lessons of Asia’s 1997 economic crisis

Ten years ago, much of Asia suffered an economic wipeout that makes today’s crisis seem like a rounding error. Asia’s crisis holds lessons for today.


Most important: leadership matters.

Leadership can foster a belief that we’re all in it together.

Surviving a crash

·      isn’t just a matter of everyone holding hands.

·      Strong institutions matter.

 These are not ordinary times.

·      But they won’t last forever.

·      Institutions matter.

·      Leadership counts.

·      How we — as individuals, as family members, as employees and as citizens — respond will determine

·      not only how quickly

·      but in what form we emerge from these tumultuous times.

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Famous Burmese Indians

Famous Burmese Indians

Bahadur Shah Zafar, the exiled Moghul Emperor

Suk Bahadur, the Pelé of Burmese football

Daw Tint Tint @ Usha Narayanan

 Helen of Bollywood

Bahadur Shah Zafar, the exiled Moghul Emperor

The last Muslim Moghul Emperor of India, Abu Za’far Saraj al-Din Bahadur Shah and his family members and some followers were exiled to Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) by the British. 

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Rise of Karl Marx?

   Rise of Karl Marx? 

The Malaysian Insider


OCT 29 – Isn’t life strange? In 1989, Francis Fukuyama, wrote “The End of History?”, published in the national Interest.

In this famous  essay, Fukuyama argues that the march of Western liberal democracy may signal the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and thus, liberal democracy (American’s kind) has won against the ideas of Karl Marx.

He wrote: “What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

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Asean in disarray?

Asean in disarray?

COMMENT: How about Asean’s failed con-structive engagement of exploiting Burma?

OCT 29 – Asean has come a long way. Last year, it celebrated its 40th anniversary. This month, the Asean Charter was ratified by Indonesia – the last of the Asean member states to do so. Asean should have good reasons to be confident about its future.


However, Thailand’s political turmoil has cast doubt over whether Bangkok is ready to host the upcoming annual Asean Summit, and indeed to assume its responsibilities as Asean chair for next year.

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constitution is a system for government, often codified as a written document, that establishes the rules and principles of an autonomous political entity. In the case of countries, this term refers specifically to a national constitution defining the fundamental political principles, and establishing the structure, procedures, powers and duties, of a government. Most national constitutions also guarantee certain rights to the people. Historically, before the evolution of modern-style, codified national constitutions, the term constitution could be applied to any importantlaw that governed the functioning of a government.

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AP:Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.

In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people — 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, “shooting at him from the windows,” the court documents show.

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Country Data Report for MYANMAR, 1996-2007

Country Data Report for MYANMAR, 1996-2007

Apology: Graphics and tables are defective here, so please read original web space linked above. 

Relevant links: 

The data and research reported here do not reflect the official views of the World Bank, its Executive Directors, or the countries they represent.  The WGI are not used by the World Bank Group to allocate resources or for any other official purpose. 

Report provides a summary of the six aggregate governance indicators, together with all of the publicly-available disaggregated data on which the aggregate indicators are based.  The underlying data as well as methodological issues are described more fully in “Governance Matters 

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Governance Indicators

Governance Indicators

Based on a long-standing research program of the World Bank, the Kaufmann-Kraay-Mastruzzi Worldwide Governance Indicators capture six key dimensions ofgovernance (Voice & Accountability, Political Stability and Lack of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption) between 1996 and present. Sometimes referred to as the “KK“, “KKZ” or “KKM” indicators, they measure the quality of governance in over 200 countries, based on close to 40 data sources produced by over 30 different organizations worldwide and are updated on an annual basis since 2002.


2007 World Map of the Control of Corruption Index, which measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among businesses, public officials and politicians. Colors range from dark green (90th-100th percentile) to light green (75th-90th percentile), yellow (50th-75th percentile), orange (25th-50th percentile), pink (10th-25th percentile) and red (0th-10th percentile). Percentile rank indicates the percentage of countries worldwide that rate below the selected country. Higher values indicate better governance ratings.

2007 World Map of the Control of Corruption Index, which measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among businesses, public officials and politicians. Colors range from dark green (90th-100th percentile) to light green (75th-90th percentile), yellow (50th-75th percentile), orange (25th-50th percentile), pink (10th-25th percentile) and red (0th-10th percentile). Percentile rank indicates the percentage of countries worldwide that rate below the selected country. Higher values indicate better governance ratings.

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Good governance

Good governance


The terms governance  and  good governance are increasingly being used in development literature. 

Governance describes the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented). Hereby, public institutions conduct public affairs, manage public resources, and guarantee the realization of human rights.

Good governance accomplishes this in a manner essentially free of abuse and corruption, and with due regard for the rule of law.

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Good government

Good government


Good government is a normative description of how government is supposed to be constituted. It has been frequently employed by various political thinkers, ideologues and politicians.

Thomas Jefferson and Good government

Thomas Jefferson often referred to the term good government. In his opinion, the Government ought be judged by how well it meets its legitimate objectives.

For him, good government was the one who most effectively secures the rights of the people and the rewards of their labor, which promotes their happiness, and also does their will. [1].

For instance, he said: “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” –Thomas Jefferson to Maryland Republicans, 1809. ME 16:359.

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