Federalism arrested

By Zairil Khir Johari

May 2015 FEATURE
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The Malaysian legacy of continual centralization of power inherently carries risks of ever increasing arrogance, corruption and inefficiency on the part of the arms of the federal government. Five years before 2020, the country is mired by this legacy.On September 16, 1963 a covenant was forged between the peoples of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, resulting in the creation of a new sovereign nation called the Malaysian Federation.With a new name and new country came new promises of collective security,...

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Zairil Khir Johari

is the Penang state executive councillor for public works, utilities and flood mitigation, and the state assemblyman for Tanjong Bunga.