Abiding Times 2 by Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz

By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz

This ebook includes articles chosen normally from the author's column, 'Abiding Times', in theSun, Malaysia, in addition to others. released among July 2010 and August 2011, they have been written within the interval after Tunku 'Abidin's go back from the united states and covers his position in principles. From calling for the tests and balances so an important to the potent functioning of a democratic society to be reinforced, to reminding all individuals in a democratic society in their rights and tasks, the writer writes in a language that's effortless to learn and with a wry experience of humour.

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Perhaps, just like much of the older generation in Malaysia, it is I who now needs to play catch-up. Marina Mahathir Columnist and activist January 2012 FOREWORD BY NURUL IZZAH ANWAR Bespectacled, pleasant, and refined – perhaps with a dash of naïveté in his overall demeanour – Abidin certainly made an impression during our first meet in early 2003. Then again, the lasting memory could also be due to my dependence on him as the moderator of the LSE forum in London; specifically his ability to control the rather unruly group of UMNO youth, who were trying their very best to ruffle my feathers.

Transferred to the legal service in 1949, his rise was so meteoric that by 1956 the Conference of Rulers requested his advice in drawing up the Constitution of the Federation of Malaya (the Sultan of Brunei did the same three years later). At the age of 42 he became Solicitor-General and two years later was elevated to the Bench. Accepting the post of Pro-Chancellor of the University of Malaya in 1964, he also helped draft the constitutions of Universiti Sains Pulau Pinang and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – but he is probably most famous for his Introduction to the Constitution of Malaysia, recently revised.

The original Napoleon was reportedly not very pleasant, and I doubt his wannabes, however little, are either. And yet I understand the urge to be a Napoleon. Anyone who has ever played SimCity or similar games will have felt the sublime satisfaction in seeing one’s civilisation expand and flourish in one’s image: bulldoze a tower there, build a park here, whack a nuclear power plant there. But perhaps not everyone would be happy with it there, and that is precisely why we must prevent anyone from enjoying power without accountability.

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