By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This ebook includes articles chosen frequently from the author's column, Abiding instances, in theSun, Malaysia, in addition to people with Tengku Zatashah Idris, Syed Haizam Jamalullail, Sharyn Shufiyan and Quek Sue Yian. released among March 2008 and August 2010, they have been written within the interval after Tunku Zain's go back from the U.S. and as much as the Proclamation of the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar. From calling for the exams and balances so an important to the potent functioning of a democratic society to be bolstered, to reminding all individuals in a democratic society in their rights and obligations, the author writes in language that's effortless to learn and with a wry experience of humour.
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