MOVING BEYOND RACE IN MALAYSIAN ELECTORAL POLITICS

MOVING BEYOND RACE IN MALAYSIAN ELECTORAL POLITICSPublished date: Dec 12, 2012By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times T he coming general election in Malaysia will be a watershed no matter who wins. It will demonstrate how ethnicity and economics interact today, four decades after they threatened to tear the country apart. That much was clear when Malaysian politician Shahrizat Abdul Jalil warned recently ...

VIOLENCE KNOWS NO POLITICAL BOUNDARIES

VIOLENCE KNOWS NO POLITICAL BOUNDARIESPublished date: Feb 18, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times S ingaporeans, aghast at the recent slaying of schoolchildren by a gunman in the United States and the gang-rape of a young woman in India, might well ask whether there is any link between the atrocities and the fact that those countries are democracies. The short answer ...

TAKING A GLOBAL VIEW OF POPULATION ISSUE

TAKING A GLOBAL VIEW OF POPULATION ISSUEThe controversy over plans for a more crowded Singapore ignores global demographic trends and risks undermining the country's growthPublished date: Feb 18, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times T HE thought of Singapore being inhabited by even a hypothetical 6.9 million people by 2030 has focused minds with a vengeance that is normally reserved for Toto ...

STILL TRYING TO WIN THE PEACE FOR IRAQ

STILL TRYING TO WIN THE PEACE FOR IRAQTomorrow will mark the 10th anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq. One writer looks at the long-lasting effects of regime change in Iraq while the other highlights lessons to learn from the Iraq War.Published date: Mar 19, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times T EN years ago, this newspaper dispatched me to ...

INDONESIA’S NARROW ROAD OF DYNASTIC POLITICS

INDONESIA'S NARROW ROAD OF DYNASTIC POLITICSPolitical dynasties will likely be behind whoever becomes Indonesia's next president, despite the two-phase electoral process set up to rein in oligarchy power.Published date: Apr 12, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times O LIGARCHS in Indonesia today have such a stranglehold over the political process that the outcome of next year's presidential race will largely be ...

NEW MULTIRACIAL COMPACT VITAL

NEW MULTIRACIAL COMPACT VITALPublished date : May 12, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Sunday Times M alaysia's bruising 13th General Election is a game changer. It has shifted the country's multiracial trajectory, weakening the political compact that has guided it since 1971. That arrangement, contested in the 2008 elections, was rebuffed in last Sunday's polls, with possibly far-reaching consequences. Following the race ...

INDONESIA’S MINDSET ON HAZE CASTS PALL ON TIES

INDONESIA'S MINDSET ON HAZE CASTS PALL ON TIESPublished Date : June 22, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times I NDONESIA is behaving less than responsibly over the haze. Wondering why this is so sent me back 16 years ago, when I was based in Jakarta as a correspondent for this newspaper. The 1997 haze was one of my big stories. But covering ...

THE POLITICS OF INTEGRITY, NOT OF EMPTY PROMISES

THE POLITICS OF INTEGRITY, NOT OF EMPTY PROMISESPrime Minister Lee's National Day Rally speech last Sunday marked a high point in his political careerPublished Date : August 22, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Business Times I T WOULD not be an exaggeration to say that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally (NDR) speech last Sunday marked a high point in ...

CALM SHUTDOWN SHOWS AMERICA’S CIVIC CHARACTER

CALM SHUTDOWN SHOWS AMERICA'S CIVIC CHARACTERPublished Date : October 19, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times T HE prospect of a United States debt default has been described in apocalyptic tones. This is understandable given its catastrophic effects on the global economy. However, it would be wrong to write off America. For all its faults, American politics, based on ...

THE TRUE COLOURS OF AUSTRALIAN DIPLOMACY

THE TRUE COLOURS OF AUSTRALIAN DIPLOMACY Published Date : Nov 23, 2013By Derwin Pereira For The Straits Times A USTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott's imperious dismissal of Indonesian complaints over spying betrays profound ignorance of the new realities of Asia, of which Indonesia is an integral part, to say nothing of diplomatic protocol. Certainly, countries spy on one another: Even friendly ...