Is Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, pursuing the military strategy of Roman dictator Fabius Maximus, who was known as Fabius the Delayer?
Tun Dr Ismail has been dead for 40 years but his legacy of inclusion and moderation, and honest and honourable leadership, is unforgettable and can yet inspire new generations of Malaysians from both sides of the political divide.
Women are a focal point in Malaysian politics today, with some recent discussion of their ability as voters to decide election outcomes. But this has not translated into their increased representation at a political level.
Until and unless this supreme ideology of Malay/Muslim supremacy is removed, Malaysian politicians will be constrained in making the necessary institutional reforms to move Malaysia towards long term sustainable growth.