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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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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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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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Shaping Government Policies From The Opposition Bench

Liew Chin Tong Executive Director, REFSA MP for Kluang In the contest of ideas, the opposition has a major role to play by setting the agenda for the government to “steal”. But we must not stop there. We must push … Continue reading



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The Importance Of Public Debate On Defence Policies

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 no … Continue reading



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A tale of two tragedies: From MH370 to MH17

Lam Choong Wah Senior Fellow, REFSA In the midst of grieving for the victims of the MH 370 and MH 17 flight tragedies, pertinent questions remain unanswered of the Malaysian government’s handling of both cases. Closer scrutiny shows why the … Continue reading



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When the Penal Code was amended two years ago to introduce the new offence of “acts detrimental to parliamentary democracy”, REFSA was skeptical, and we remain so. But, yesterday’s tragedy of an UMNO mob’s intrusion into the Penang State Assembly … Continue reading



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Do we still need the death penalty?

by Lam Choong Wah Senior Fellow, REFSA   For most people, 14th November was a normal Thursdays in 2013. But for a 25 year old young man awaiting the verdict in Singapore’s High Court that day, it meant the difference … Continue reading



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Of submarines, SAR and the MH 370 incident

Since the day MAS’s MH370 airplane went missing, REFSA has prayed for the safety of the aircrew and passengers, and hoped that everything will be alright. While we await for results from the Search and Rescue teams, it is timely … Continue reading



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What has gone wrong with our Parliament?

Lee Chee Leong As one of the participants for Penang Institute’s seminar on Malaysia’s bicameralism and parliamentary culture, I was amazed by the wide interest shown among the audience towards the workings within our supreme legislative arm. If previously, such … Continue reading



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