I engaged in polite conversation, as one often does in such situations, with the person seated next to me during a recent regional conference in KL.
“So which parliamentary committee are you in?” asked my newfound counterpart, who I had discovered was the head of a statefunded research institute in Vietnam. He was curious about my role as a Malaysian MP.
“That’s a good question,” I began. “We don’t actually have any active parliamentary select committees, other than the Public Accounts Committee.” Noticing a look of bewilderment on his face, I ventured further explanation.
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