Citizen Tong

Liew Chin Tong
A newsletter that sparks policy dialogues for a better Malaysia
Created 09 Sep 2021
  • PAS: A decline in struggle
    08 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Source: Malay Mail After the 2015 split between the conservatives and the progressives which left to form Parti Amanah Negara, PAS is ideologically uniformed though not without internal friction. The ...
  • Budget 2022: The devil is in the details
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 3
    Image source: Bloomberg / The Edge Markets When Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz presented Budget 2022 last Friday (29 October), it was my first time in 16 years not being inside the Parliament pre...
  • Melaka and Sarawak Polls: What can we expect?
    25 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Harold Wilson famously said, “a week is a long time in politics”. I would add that it is especially so when an election is looming. It now seems that we may expect not just one, but possibly two state...
  • Melaka state election: Low stake yet highly consequential
    18 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Dewan Undangan Negeri Melaka. Source: Bernama. All indications seem to point towards a state election in Melaka although there are talks of having an emergency imposed to delay it. The coalition that ...
  • The great political vacuum
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 5 2
    Protesting for UNDI18, Mar 2021. Credits: Rifqi Faisal. There is a myth circulating among the high circles of Kuala Lumpur and beyond, that no matter what, UMNO will win handsomely in the next general...
  • No more palaces for our Prime Ministers (Part 2)
    05 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    The Residency that was Tunku’s home and private office from 1956 to 1970. Source: The Star For me, it is quite disturbing for a young nation like Malaysia is turning reasonably well-functioning Prime ...
  • No more palaces for our Prime Ministers (Part I)
    04 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Seri Perdana Complex. Source: The Edge Prop While PMs are important leaders, they are just politicians who come and go, and some at a very short notice such as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his short-l...
  • How Long Can Ismail Sabri Survive as PM? (Part 2)
    28 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Part 2 – The tough challenges for Ismail Perhaps Ismail may qualify as the first post-presidential premier who accepts that the powers of the prime minister is limited and thus he has to work in a mor...
  • How Long Can Ismail Sabri Survive as PM? (Part 1)
    27 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Part I – The rise of Ismail Sabri How long can our “accidental” Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob survive? From Tun Razak Hussein who became prime minister in 1970, all previous PMs had se...
  • Citizens Unite
    15 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 0 2
    Sandakan, September 2020. “(Kit Siang) is guided and driven by a deep sense of conviction that Malaysia could be a normal democracy with her citizens united as one and not divided by race and religion...
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