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I am in a rush but I cannot let this hour past without posting anything. Happy Fourth of July.

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air Gave proof through the night that […]

Panda Kong: Roar! IF THE guest list determined a meeting’s value, the Strategic Economic Dialogue between China and America on May 22nd would be a roaring success. Almost half the Chinese cabinet is trooping to Washington, DC, for the second of the twice-yearly discussions, conceived by Hank Paulson, America’s treasury secretary, between the world’s largest […]

[1203] Of ASEAN-EU FTA

After a stalled and disappointing Malaysia-US FTA negotiation, a better deal is coming our way. Today in Brunei, ASEAN and EU representatives met and agreed to start talking about a regional-wide FTA: BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 4 (Bernama) — The European Union (EU) today agreed to enter into free trade area (FTA) talks with the […]

Well, bad news: On the day after it began receiving applications for H-1B work visas, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service reported yesterday it had already received more than double the number of applications it is permitted by law to grant for 2008. The same limit took two months to reach last year. While H-1B […]

In Malay, there is a saying that roughly goes “hendak seribu daya, tidak hendak seribu dalih“. It means where there is a will, there is a way. The proverb aptly describes the just recently agreed upon free trade deal between South Korea and the United States of America. The deal is agreed upon despite the […]

With one more day to catch the window granted to the US Trade Promotion Authority by the US Congress to fast track trade negotiations, it becomes increasingly clear that both the Malaysian and the US negotiators are going to miss it. As stated earlier, with the Democrats in control of the Congress, it would be […]

The government of the United States of America has put up a bounty of USD5 million on a Malaysian: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States added Zulkifli bin Hir, a Malaysian suspected of bomb attacks in the Philippines, to its most-wanted list on Tuesday and offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his […]

It is March and the deadline to forge a free trade agreement between Malaysia and the United States is looming closer. Here, I want to share a solution that could lay a middle ground between the supporters and the opponents of the FTA as far as drug prices are concerned. Firstly, it is good to […]

Opponents to the possible Malaysia-US FTA come from various backgrounds and some they have expressed legitimate concerns against the FTA. When I met Ronnie Liu of DAP several months ago, he expressed transparency as a reason to object the FTA. I could accept transparency as as reason but yet, I am convinced that transparency is […]

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