By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This ebook contains articles chosen usually 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 USA and covers his position in rules. From calling for the assessments and balances so the most important to the potent functioning of a democratic society to be bolstered, to reminding all individuals in a democratic society in their rights and obligations, the writer writes in a language that's effortless to learn and with a wry experience of humour.
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That the solution is not to sack or transfer teachers if the government deems them naughty. Instead, it is far better to subject the entire teaching profession to a proper market where the demands of parents come first, without government interference. This would enable parents to apply whatever criteria they want in judging the individuals who are to teach their offspring. One criterion might even be merit – a characteristic that individuals, rather than groups of people, are usually perceived to possess.
Our challenge is always to ensure that all these voices get an airing in equal measure. Otherwise there will be broken links, missing parts and loose ends a-plenty in this great project we call Malaysia. From one columnist to another, I congratulate Tunku ’Abidin on this new book. In a short space of time, he has published two volumes of his columns. Perhaps, just like much of the older generation in Malaysia, it is I who now needs to play catch-up. Marina Mahathir Columnist and activist January 2012 FOREWORD BY NURUL IZZAH ANWAR Bespectacled, pleasant, and refined – perhaps with a dash of naïveté in his overall demeanour – Abidin certainly made an impression during our first meet in early 2003.
Being a rather blasé kind of guy he seemed to be amused by this development, but there was a 17-year-old who enjoyed the experience rather less. Do they think that subjecting people to such humiliation is sufficient to contain outrage against the ISA? I have denounced the ISA before: in a time of peace the government uses it as a tool of oppression and intimidation. This nauseating weapon against individual liberty excuses the government from having to fight ideas with ideas: force will suffice.
Abiding Times 2 by Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz