About six years ago, I found myself working for a senator in Kuala Lumpur. I would go through parliamentary Bills and highlight my concerns about any proposed laws to him. He had an unhealthy preoccupation with traffic violation issues. Speeding, running the red lights, illegal parking, stopping in the yellow box, Mat Rempits, you name […]

The implementation of the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) is proving to be so controversial that even federal backbenchers are joining the federal opposition in criticizing the system. For the uninitiated, the AES is a privately-financed and operated system of speed traps under the purview of the Road Transport Department (JPJ). It has two functions: catch […]

Sometimes, much against the spirit of egalitarianism, I am tempted to suggest that most policymakers must have at least basic background in economics. The reason is that, some of the policies politicians advocate sometimes are very, very disagreeble in terms of its consequences. Today in The Star, Minister Shaziman Abu Mansor — a minister no less — suggested that […]