One student’s documentation of how he spent his time at BSG.
Blavatnik School of Government MPP Class of 2015.
You’ve been accepted into the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG). Congratulations! While you’re undoubtedly thrilled, you’re probably also craving for information.
I’ve met with several prospective and incoming MPP students. One question everyone has is: “How time consuming is the MPP?” Continue reading
This article was published in The Malay Mail Online.
Stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Image from PA.
After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe. Wherever she moved, her husband would look her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children at her house. She was being stalked. Worried, she lodged a police report, but she was not given protection. Soon after, while leaving work, Nina was attacked by two men – acquaintances of her ex-husband. They slashed her with a machete, scarring her cheek and cutting-off her thumb.
If Nina received protection after she had been stalked, her gruesome attack may have been prevented. Unfortunately for Nina, and thousands of Malaysians like her, stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Continue reading
This article was published in The Malay Mail Online, Malaysiakini, and the Blavatnik School of Government blog.
Mahathir, opposition parties, and civil society leaders signed the Deklarasi Rakyat. Image from Malaysiakini.
Earlier this week, a group of influential Malaysians signed a “Declaration” calling for Prime Minister Najib Razak to be removed and for institutional reforms.
This is a major escalation in the effort to remove Najib, and an extraordinary development in Malaysian politics. Najib has faced months of exposés, investigations, and rebukes for corruption relating to the 1MDB scandal.
The signing of the Declaration is the first time that Najib’s critics from opposing sides have explicitly united against him. Continue reading
Barack Obama’s star quality shifted the focus of the event towards himself, and away from U.S. policy and its impacts.
U.S. President Barack Obama greeting an enthusiastic crowd after the Youth Town Hall at Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Original image from Getty Images.
After waiting in the blazing afternoon heat for over an hour, I was finally seated in the Dewan Tunku Canselor, the iconic hall of Malaysia’s oldest university, along with several hundred other youths – people under the age of 35 – from Malaysia and other ASEAN countries.
It was a relief to get into the air-conditioned hall in Universiti Malaya, which was looking in tip-top condition. Two large flags, of Malaysia and the United States, hung side by side, covering the far wall. Rows of chairs lined the hall’s four sides. In the center, a square black stage, with a teleprompter on either side of a podium which bore the seal of the President of the United States. Continue reading
Just as for all countries, Malaysia’s human rights record gets reviewed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva every four and a half years, through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.
Malaysia was recently reviewed, for the second time, on 24 October 2013. This is when other countries made recommendations to the Malaysian government on how to improve the human rights situation in Malaysia. And last week, the government noted which of these recommendations it was willing to accept, and which it was not.
Delivering an oral statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the adoption of Malaysia’s UPR report.
Yesterday, 20 March 2014, marked the end of Malaysia’s second review. Malaysia’s UPR report was officially adopted at the Human Rights Council. This was also when the Malaysian government, other governments, and other stakeholders (mostly NGOs) made their last statements and comments.
I had the opportunity to attend the Human Rights Council in Geneva Continue reading
Semalam saya menulis satu pos blog yang menceritakan bagaimana satu gambar saya yang diambil di dewan International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) telah disebarkan di beberapa blog dan forum di Indonesia. Gambar ISTAC itu dikatakan menunjukkan orang Islam di Malaysia yang murtad dan baru sahaja dibaptiskan di gereja.
Sememangnya, saya terperanjat menbaca dakwaan-dakwaan dalam blog-blog dan forum-forum itu.
Tetapi saya hairan juga – dari mana blogger-blogger Indonesia mendapatkan gambar saya itu? Dan kenapa blogger-blogger ini begitu berminat dengan kita di Malaysia?
Jadi, saya meng-google sedikit lagi hari ini. Apa yang saya dapat tahu – nampaknya gambar itu asalnya bukan disebarkan menerusi blog di Indonesia, tetapi menerusi satu blog di Kedah. Inilah screenshot daripada blog berkenaan:
Gambar ISTAC yang dikatakan gambar gereja nampaknya asalnya disebarkan dari blog ini.
Saya menyebut nampaknya gambar itu berasal dari blog berkenaan kerana Continue reading
Kedua-dua gambar ini menunjukkan ISTAC, bukan gereja.
Dua tahun lepas, 29 Febuari 2012, saya bersama-sama rakan sekerja telah menghadiri satu program anjuran agensi kerajaan LPPKN untuk membincangkan Dasar Keluarga Negara. Kebanyakan hadirin terdiri daripada kakitangan kerajaan, tetapi anggota NGO seperti saya turut hadir sekali.
Program itu diadakan bertempatan di International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), di Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur.
Semalam, dua tahun selepas program itu, saya diberitahu oleh seorang rakan sekolah bahawa satu dakwaan telahpun disebarkan melalui beberapa blog dan forum di Indonesia yang mengatakan bahawa ramai orang Islam di Malaysia sudahpun murtad. Dalam pos-pos blog dan forum tersebut, dipaparkan pula gambar saya dan Continue reading