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EI SUN OH TIME flies as it has been five years since I left the Malaysian government service. I can still recall the reason I gave for my resignation, “to spend more time with my family”. I think not many among the Malaysian public believed this somewhat commonplace reason for…

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EI SUN OH BEFORE Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States, American mainstream and international opinion was decidedly dead-set against the chance of him being elected, not to mention his purported governance style if elected. On election night, when it became increasingly clear that Hillary Clinton…

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EI SUN OH THE phrase “larger than life” does not begin to describe the deeds and times of Fidel Castro, the legendary founder of modern Cuba who passed away last week. Fidel, as Castro was affectionately addressed by many of his countrymen, was not just the absolute leader of a…

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EI SUN OH YOU could almost hear and feel the voices of shock and despair both online and off, when news of Donald Trump leading the vote counts started to sink in during the recent US presidential election night (the next morning in East Asia). Almost right up to the…

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EI SUN OH IN recent years, writing about Indonesia has often been a pleasurable task, as the largest and most populous country in Southeast Asia appears to have progressed by leaps and bounds in almost all aspects of its national development, be it economically, socially or politically. A boundless harvest…

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EI SUN OH MALAYSIAN Prime Minister NajibRazak is currently undertaking an official visit to China, his third after taking office in 2009, making a sum total of at least seven visits there, including working ones since then. And during this visit, announcement after announcement of either fresh Chinese investments in…

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EI SUN OH We discussed briefly Thailand’s gingerly balancing act in its strategic and diplomatic approaches in the Southeast Asian and wider contexts. Indeed, what Thailand has thus been doing is a microcosmic reflection of what many other Southeast Asian countries have been pragmatically exercising throughout the centuries as well,…

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EI SUN OH After a prolonged period of essentially being confined to a sickbed, King Bhumipol of Thailand passed away last week at the ripe age of 89. Bhumipol reigned for seven decades, the longest of modern monarchs around the world. He ascended to the throne almost right after the…

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EI SUN OH An original aim of this column is to introduce and discuss some of the current happenings in other Southeast Asian countries, so as to serve as (hopefully) helpful lessons for the Philippines and perhaps yet other neighboring countries. I have attempted to do so in varying degrees…

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EI SUN OH Shimon Peres of Israel passed away last week. Though never having made his acquaintance, I was nevertheless somewhat saddened, or at least stirred in my heart. For those of us who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s with eyes and ears tuned to international current affairs,…

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