By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This e-book contains articles chosen ordinarily from the author's column, Abiding instances, in theSun, Malaysia, in addition to people with Tengku Zatashah Idris, Syed Haizam Jamalullail, Sharyn Shufiyan and Quek Sue Yian. released among March 2008 and August 2010, they have been written within the interval after Tunku Zain's go back from the USA and as much as the Proclamation of the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar. From calling for the assessments and balances so an important to the powerful functioning of a democratic society to be reinforced, to reminding all individuals in a democratic society in their rights and duties, the author writes in language that's effortless to learn and with a wry experience of humour.
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It is claimed that this legislation will prevent deceitful politicians from breaking their promises to the people: they supported a party as candidates and they should support the same party as parliamentarians—or so the argument goes. But a mechanism already exists to punish bad politicians: elections. Surely deceitful MPs will be ejected by voters when the time comes; or are Malaysian voters so unobservant that a constitutional amendment should replace their judgement? It is pointed out that elections are rare and it may be years before MPs can be punished, but trusting representatives to make decisions in our interest until the next election forms the basis of our democratic system.
Traditionally, Western scholars considered the experience of the Greeks, Romans, English and Americans but in recent years there’s been an uptake in arguments via other cultural or religious sources. Here, politicians have spoken of imbuing democracy with Asian values, and there are those who seek to inject Islamic values—as well as those who reject the notion that democracy and Islam are compatible at all. Some of the common questions are: Who should get the vote? How often should people vote?
He cares about his heritage, and takes every opportunity to remind the reader that the traditions of democracy and constitutionalism pervaded the societies of both his Minangkabau and Terengganu forebears. He cares about music, and it is easy to see how his preference for Chopin represents his commitment to individual expression. Of all the policy areas, he clearly feels most strongly about education, and frequently writes about how schools can be freed from central control, becoming subject to competition and the preferences of parents.
Abiding Times by Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz