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REFSA Quarterly Issue 1, 2016: Public Transport Matters

One of the major urban issues in Malaysia is the poor public transport system which has plagued the nation for decades. The root causes are multifaceted but can be categorized into constitutional glitches and policy preference. The centralization of transport … Continue reading

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Democratisation of the Economy: A Muslim Democrat and Social Democrat response

DAP@50 and REFSA are proud to bring together distinguished German economist Thomas Mayer and eminent Egyptian academic Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery to discuss the democratisation of the economy from the perspective of a Muslim democrat and a social democrat. Such … Continue reading

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“1 Care for 1 Malaysia”?: Indicators and Rationales for Health Care Reform in Malaysia

Since the attainment of independence in 1957, Malaysia’s health care service has been characterized by a mix of dominant public provision and significant presence of private services. Despite considerable changes over the past three decades, the dual system has made … Continue reading

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Reformasi Parlimen Malaysia : Adakah Peraturan Mesyuarat Dewan Rakyat Demokratik?

Malaysia merupakan sebuah negara yang mengamalkan sistem demokrasi berparlimen berpandukan kepada konsep Westminster. Namun begitu, unsur-unsur demokrasi dalam Parlimen semakin terhakis di bawah pemerintahan Barisan Nasional (BN), dimana Parlimen telah hilang peranan menyelia kuasa eksekutif dan undur sebagai mesin melulus … Continue reading

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REFSA Quarterly Issue 1, 2015: Local authorities are fertile grounds for innovation policy solutions

Prime Ministers give speeches, mayors solve problems, as someone once said. Perhaps this is too simplistic, but the fact is a mayor or rather local authority is the level of government most proximate to the people. It has to deal … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis Malaysian Parliamentary Reform: Democracy, Not Autocracy

Despite inheriting the best traditions of the Westminster Parliamentary system, Malaysia’s Parliament is commonly seen as nothing more than a rubber stamp, unable to check and balance the ever-expanding executive power held by the government of the day. Many lawmakers … Continue reading

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Foreword By Lim Kit Siang for Are We Protected: Malaysian Defence Uncovered

Over the past few decades, some books about Malaysian defence were written and published from time to time. But most of them were written for academicians rather than the general public. Strategic and security studies are important, yet good governance, … Continue reading

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Guns Versus Butter

“Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.”  Hermann Göring, German military leader, 1936.   You might have heard of the term Guns and Butter[1]. The Guns versus Butter model is used to refer to the relationship between … Continue reading

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Invitation to Attend Public Forum And Book Launch: “Does Malaysia Need A Security Sector Reform Agenda?”

In conjunction with the launch of REFSA’s second book in its Tempurung Series – Are We Protected: Malaysian Defence Uncovered, a public forum entitled “Does Malaysia Need A Security Sector Reform Agenda?” will be held on 29th July 2015 (Wednesday), … Continue reading

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC DEBATE ON DEFENCE POLICIES

By Lam CHoong Wah Senior Fellow, REFSA Traditionally, defence is not a popular topic for neither parliamentarians nor the public. The reasons are multifaceted and complex. The fact that Malaysia is not a military orientated state and the country faces … Continue reading

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