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First year of the Asean Community

Asean flavour: Ribbon-cutting at the opening ceremony of the recent Asean Fair in Seoul. The introduction of Asean food stalls, cafes, boutiques, etc can give the Asean experience to the common man.

AT the start of every new year, there usually will be reflection on the last one just gone by, to learn from and build on it, and to resolve to do better.

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Three quick big hits of a president Donald Trump

THEY will be quick, big and such populist hits that befit the man of action Donald Trump says he will be as President. There will be no messing about and he will be going for the jugular.

First, his Muslim-bashing, popular with American rednecks, will drive more Muslims into the arms of the Daesh and other groups who will point to their victimisation and brainwash them into lone wolf or group acts of terror.

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Asean Community in two or three parts

ASEAN is an association of states seeking to become a community of nations. There is no surrender of authority or sovereignty to any Asean supranational body. Asean works by consensus. Every member state in the association has to agree before any agreement can be said to have been concluded.

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Circles and cycles of cooperation


US probe: File photo of guided missile destroyer USS Lassen anchored at Tien Sa port in Vietnam’s central coastal city of Danang.
The US Navy destroyer navigated early on Oct 27 within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea. – AFP

 

IN the theory of functional integration, the premise is that the benefit of cooperation would encourage deeper and wider working together which in the ultimate analysis will establish a community of common interest.

With evident and discernible benefit the propensity towards peaceful co-existence becomes greater than dysfunctional tendencies like conflict and war.

However, in a world of nation-states there are other driving tendencies which can subsume rational benefit. Thus it is a struggle to tame nationalistic pride which political leaders often opportunistically exploit.

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BFM 89.9 Interview : From NST editor to MAS Chairman

Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid's long and distinguished career include being group editor of the New Straits Times, executive chairman of CIMB, founding executive chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission and chairman of Malaysia Airlines. In anticipation of the 6th London School of Economics Asia Forum in April 3rd, of which Tan Sri Dr. Munir is a panelist, we get his thoughts on Malaysia's challenge going forward in this wide-ranging interview.

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BFM 89.9 Interview : Going Beyond the ASEAN Concept

Tan Sri Mohd Munir Majid, joins us on the Breakfast Grille in his capacity as chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia. 

The ASEAN Business advisory council Malaysia, or Asean BAC, was set up with the purpose of providing private sector feedback and guidance to boost ASEAN's aims of economic integration.

Next year is a pivotal year for Malaysia as it becomes the chair for ASEAN, but challenges remain so we ask him to shed some light on what it really means to be a member of the ASEAN economic community and whether soft diplomacy really works.

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AEC needs financial lifeblood

WHILE actualisation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is concentrated on non-tariff barriers and measures (NTBs, NTMs) which frustrate the effort, insufficient attention has been paid to how insufficient progress in financial services integration is weighing it down.

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Post-2015 Asean - empower the people

LEST some nasty autocrat gets alarmed, I am not talking about giving the people arms and weapons to overthrow him. No, I propose the people be empowered to realise their personal and societal potential.

Asean leaders must make good their afterthought which only latterly is trying to involve the people in regional community-building. If it is not just another piece of meaningless rhetoric, there should now be every intention to make it: Our people, Our Community, Our Vision.

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AEC 2015 - The Final Lap

Good start: Mustapa speaking at media conference during the AEM meeting. The minister and Miti officials are to be congratulated for organising such an open and engaging series of meetings on the AEC last week.

THE chair of Asean Economic Ministers (AEM), Datuk Sri Mustapa Mohamed, and his officials at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti), are to be congratulated for organising such an open and engaging series of meetings on the Asean Economic Community (AEC) 2015 last week.

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Asean Economic Ministers Must Deliver

Big meeting: A file picture shows Thai students playing a game to increase knowledge about Asean during the ‘Asean Day 2015’ celebration at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand recently. Asean economic ministers assemble in Kuala Lumpur from this weekend to concentrate on the establishment of the AEC. – EPA

AFTER the gathering of Asean foreign ministers earlier this month, including with their counterparts from farther afield, Asean economic ministers (AEMs) assemble in Kuala Lumpur from this weekend to concentrate on the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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