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Dissecting the Political Business Matrix of Municipal Waste Management in Malaysia

While many assume that waste management is a dirty and unwanted business, the Malaysian Federal government has taken a drastic move to restructure the country’s waste management framework and has introduced privatisation into this sector… Continue reading

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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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A Royal Commission was set up on 4 February 2004 to scrutinize the weaknesses and efficiency of Royal Malaysia Police’s operation and management. In the report, the commission suggested 125 recommendations to enhance the operation and management of Police. However, the Royal Commission failed in … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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