New PDF release: Abiding Times 2

By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz

This booklet contains articles chosen commonly 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 USA and covers his function in principles. From calling for the exams 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 feel of humour.

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However, between his more serious takes on economic, political, parliamentary and cultural matters, Tunku ’Abidin reveals a dreamy, romantic streak. I’m especially intrigued by his raconteuring of old Malaya inspired by Isabella Bird’s journals in The Golden Chersonese and his conclusion in ‘Before the current’: But my point is that while our outdoors are obviously abundant with wonders of the natural world, they also connect us with our past in a way that man-made structures, however beautiful, cannot.

So cynical are people that the splashing of red paint on a surau in Seremban barely a week before Merdeka Day was assumed to be an act of religious provocation, when in fact it turned out to be a retaliatory measure by teenagers told off for playing with fireworks. Those who assumed the worst must be feeling rather silly, although relieved. Still, this year definitely has a greater air of despair. We have moved further away, not closer, to appreciating the incredible multiethnic history of our country that I had written about in 2008, and the ‘one songket’ I imagined last year is fast unravelling before our very eyes.

In 1973 he was made Chief Justice of Malaya and soon after, he became the fourth Lord President of the Supreme Court (preceding his future monarch, Sultan Azlan Shah). In 1975 he was made a ‘Tun’ and was awarded a Magsaysay Award (one of 11 Malaysians to have been awarded one), but he also received a bevy of honorary doctorates. When he passed away in 2000, he was laid to rest in the royal mausoleum in Kuala Kangsar. ) to the second Tun Suffian Foundation Fundraising Charity Dinner last weekend, where the above story was brought to life through a remarkable slideshow presentation and personal recollections of those who knew him.

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