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IN my last article, I mentioned the Malaysian Islamist party PAS’ recent decision to so-called “go it alone” in the next Malaysian general elections, instead of coordinating their election strategy with that of the main opposition coalition. I argued that in essence, this is nothing but a shrouded decision to…

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WE continue with the political developments in neighboring Sabah. In the last article, we mentioned a sort of conglomerate of some of the minor opposition parties in Sabah, called the United Sabah Alliance (USA), which appears to want to keep on emphasizing their Sabah origins. This was of course ostentatiously…

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LAST week we explored the plausibility of early state elections in neighboring Sabah. I posited that one of the motivating factors for so doing could be to forestall the political advances of a new Sabah-based opposition party, Warisan, lest it makes too strong an electoral inroad into Sabah’s political landscape.…

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LET’S talk about politics closer to home. Well, not exactly home, but at least neighborly so. Which brings us to my home state of Sabah just across the Sulu Sea. Malaysia’s current federal government as well as the Sabah state government are entering the fourth year of their five-year term,…

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THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Manila came and went, without much of a bang, reaching consensus where consensus could be found, and remaining essentially silent on issues deemed perhaps too sensitive and controversial. This is of course in stark contrast to a few previous Asean summits…

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OVER the past week or so, the political scenery in a few countries around Europe and Asia saw quite dramatic shifts. Let us first look at the United Kingdom. Some Filipino readers may not be familiar with the British election system, which has also been more or less inherited by…

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FOLLOWING the subway bombing incident earlier this month in St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, violent attacks took place a day apart in Stockholm and Cairo, the capitals of Sweden and Egypt, respectively. Another wave of terrorist hits appears to have reared its ugly head. What happened in Stockholm last…

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JUST as barely a fortnight ago, a terrorist attack took place next to the Westminster parliamentary complex in London, a new wave of terrorism once again seems to be sweeping the world, raking up casualties along the way. There was the suicide bombing in the subway train of St Petersburg,…

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WE live in a world and a region where idealism is fine but realism is often a necessity. As we are all but one tiny species living in a rather fragile planet, ideally we should of course set aside our often artificially constructed differences and try to work together to…

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YET another terrorist incident has hit London. And this time it took place at arguably the cradle of modern democracy, the seat of the British Parliament at Westminster, by the side of the Thames River which traverses London. The seemingly “lone-wolf” (at least at the time of the tragedy) terrorist…

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