According to Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Cabinet minister and CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit, the Government is in the midst of a major exercise to rebrand the country and promote a more vibrant image abroad.
BARELY a month after the deadly shooting in Colorado which killed 12 people, six more lives were lost to another maniac with a gun, this time at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
There has been a lot of discussions in the press lately about the sorry lack of courtesy and manners in Malaysia.
Itís election season again in the United States. Although election posters and campaign signs have yet to occupy the lawns and street corners of America, the battle for money, a mainstay of the electoral process, is well underway.
The culture wars are no longer about gay rights but about shaping a new global value system.
Asean has always been comfortable with a strong US presence, but it might be getting more than it bargained for this time around.
EVERY time you open a newspaper or turn on the television these days, you invariably come across reports of demonstrations and sometimes violent protests somewhere.
The continuing standoff between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal is a reminder that Asean needs to get its act together sooner rather than later.
The thing about change is that once it takes hold, there is no stopping it. Myanmar is a good case in point.
Nuclear weapons have become a necessity for Teheran, prompting Western and Arab powers to join forces with Israel in a bid to stop the Islamic republic at all costs.
Malaysia appears to be too preoccupied by domestic challenges to give foreign policy the kind of serious attention it deserves ó on autopilot, running on yesterdayís achievements and drawing inspiration from an outdated playbook.