By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This publication includes articles chosen as a rule 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 united states and covers his position in principles. From calling for the tests and balances so an important to the powerful functioning of a democratic society to be reinforced, to reminding all contributors in a democratic society in their rights and duties, the writer writes in a language that's effortless to learn and with a wry experience of humour.
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