Pyeongchang Global Peace Forum (PGPF)

Sponsored by Arirang and Pyeongchang Peace Forum Steering Committee, the PGPF is held to foster further what the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics have established - the regeneration of the seed of peace in Korean peninsula and the world peace. I had the opportunity to speak on two sessions. First on Sustainable Development Goal … Continue reading Pyeongchang Global Peace Forum (PGPF)

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Making Democracy Work in Malaysia: How are civil society organizations faring under the new Malaysian government?

Here’s my first piece for 2019 where I analyse the performance of the civil society organizations under the new Malaysian government. It is published as one of the lead articles in the February issue of The Diplomat Magazine.

International Conference on the Localization of the SDGs and the Co-Construction of the Means of Implementation, February 23-24, 2019 in Yonsei University

I will be speaking on, "Localization of the SDGs: The Role of Domestic Norm Entrepreneurs and the Challenges Ahead", co-author with Tan Lii Inn. Co-hosted by the Institution for Poverty Alleviation and International Development at Yonsei University, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), this conference … Continue reading International Conference on the Localization of the SDGs and the Co-Construction of the Means of Implementation, February 23-24, 2019 in Yonsei University

Boards of Advisors of Supportive Organization for Citizens of Afghanistan (SOCA)

I recently joined the Board of Advisors of Supportive Organization for Citizens of Afghanistan (SOCA), with a portfolio on experts summits and research. SOCA is a non-profit organization based in Kabul, which was founded in 2015, and is licensed by the government of Afghanistan. Managed by a group of young Afghans, SOCA is committed to … Continue reading Boards of Advisors of Supportive Organization for Citizens of Afghanistan (SOCA)

Remaking Malaysia: Malaysia’s love-hate relationship with Singapore

I recently gave some thoughts on Malaysia's relationship with Singapore in an article written by Mohsin Abdullah in The Edge on 28 December 2018. During Mahathir’s first administration, he was always vocal in Malaysia-Singapore relations, and looking at that record, it is not unusual that he uses such an approach. For me, territorial disputes are … Continue reading Remaking Malaysia: Malaysia’s love-hate relationship with Singapore

Looking to 2019: political will key to reform for Malaysia

Final column for 2018 is published today in Malaysia Sin Chew Daily, “Looking to 2019: political will key to reform for Malaysia”. As I conclude, Malaysians are united in spirit when they are not politicised by certain parties with political interests. What is needed from the new government is really about political will as what … Continue reading Looking to 2019: political will key to reform for Malaysia