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A Conversation with Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz
A Conversation with Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz

Perdana Leadership Foundation had the chance to converse with Malaysia’s longest-serving Minister of International Trade and Industry, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, as part of our Oral History programme. Once dubbed “Rapid Fire Rafidah” for her quick verbal responses, Tan Sri was incredibly patient with us as we got her to recall the past.

A Conversation with Tan Sri Dato’ Utama Nor Mohamed Yakcop
A Conversation with Tan Sri Dato’ Utama Nor Mohamed Yakcop

In March 2015, as part of our Oral History initiative, the Perdana Leadership Foundation had a conversation with Tan Sri Dato’ Utama Nor Mohamed Yakcop, the former Minister of Finance II for Malaysia and Special Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister who is now the Deputy Chairman of Khazanah Nasional and Chairman of Khazanah Research Institute. During the conversation, Tan Sri touched on his career in banking and in government, and highlighted in particular the 1997–98 crisis during which he worked very closely to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, to construct and apply a very unique solution to the crisis. The interviewer for the conversation was Professor Dr. Mohd Shahwahid Hj Othman, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Malaysia: Road to Nationhood
Malaysia: Road to Nationhood

We've updated our Merdeka Infographics on the chronology of events leading to our nation's Independence Day and to the formation of Malaysia. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN

Today would be the 114th birthday of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra. Better known as the Father of Independence, Tunku was born on this date, 114 years ago in Alor Setar, the seventh prince of the Sultan of Kedah. He qualified as a lawyer, served in the Malayan Civil Service, then led the movement for independence through UMNO of which he was President from 1951 to 1970. He passed away on 6th December, 1990. May his soul rest in peace. Al-Fatihah. Below is a tribute written by his son, Tunku Dato' Seri Ahmad Nerang, many years ago, as contained within the book, "Tunku: Still the Greatest Malaysian".

Service & Governance Quality of Malaysian Local Authorities
Service & Governance Quality of Malaysian Local Authorities

What is the relationship between service quality and trust at local government level? If your local council delivers high quality service to you, would it increase your trust in the local authorities? Well, the Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow Resident Fellow at Perdana Leadership Foundation, Professor Dr. Hazman Shah Abdullah, sought to answer those questions and conducted extensive surveys of two local city councils: Kota Bharu and Johor Bahru. His findings are encapsulated in our latest publication, “Service and Governance Quality of Malaysian Local Authorities: A Survey of Two City Councils”. The book examines the issue of local authority governance from the perspectives of Producer-Customer and Government-Citizen, and includes issues of participation, rule of law, transparency, accountability, integrity and trust.

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