Greg Lopez

Greg Lopez


Greg Lopez is a lecturer at Murdoch University Executive Education Centre. He is interested in the links between individual agency, governance, economic growth and political stability. He explores these issues through this column.

Recent Opinion

  • 3 months ago

    A look at various kinds of corruption: Part 2

  • 3 months ago

    A look at various kinds of corruption: Part 1

  • 9 months ago

    Thinking of Malaysia as an Islamic state ― Part 6

  • 10 months ago

    Thinking of Malaysia as an Islamic state ― Part 5

More from Greg Lopez

  • 10 months ago

    Thinking of Malaysia as an Islamic state ― Part 4

    JUNE 8 ― Parts 1 and 2 identified two important preferences of the majority of Malaysian Muslims ― they saw themselves as Muslims first (and then Malaysians), and they want...

  • 10 months ago

    Thinking of Malaysia as an Islamic state — Part 3

    JUNE 1 — Part 1 and Part 2 identified two important preferences of the majority of Malaysian Muslims.  First, a significant majority of Malaysian...

  • 10 months ago

    Thinking of Malaysia as an Islamic state ― Part 2

    MAY 23 ― The first part of this article reported that 52 per cent of Malaysians want national laws to strictly follow the teachings of the Quran and 17 per cent of Malaysians...

  • 11 months ago

    Thinking of Malaysia as an Islamic state ― Part 1

    MAY 16 ― The idea that Malaysia is an Islamic state was always present since independence. In recent years it has become more pronounced.   While there is a debate on...

  • 1 year ago

    Democracy and the role of government — An overview

    MARCH 1 — In two earlier articles, it was stated that in a democratic system (which Malaysia claims to be), free and fair elections is the only way of electing a...

  • 1 year ago

    Bersih: Towards a better system in Malaysia? Part 2

    FEBRUARY 13 — That Malaysia needs a root and branch reform is not disputed. The question is how to do it in a democratic, equitable and peaceful manner.   Ever since...

  • 1 year ago

    Bersih: Towards a better system in Malaysia? Part 1

    JANUARY 20 — “In its broadest conception, a ‘system’ may be described as a complex of interacting components together with the relationships among them that permit...

  • 1 year ago

    'Merdeka, reformasi, transformasi… apa lagi?'

    MAY 31 ― Malaysia’s 2013 general election (GE2013) and the 1MDB saga raises fundamental questions on the nature of “we, the rakyat” and accountability of...

  • 2 years ago

    Violence and social order

    NOVEMBER 30 — Alwyn Lau’s article had raised important points on the efficacy of "rational dialogue." Rational dialogue is not genuine dialogue. Genuine dialogue...

  • 2 years ago

    Genuine dialogue, the logical option

    NOVEMBER 6 ― In my last article, I outlined the conditions for genuine dialogue. Genuine dialogue can only begin when there is power neutrality and safety especially for the...

  • 2 years ago

    Conditions for genuine dialogue

    OCTOBER 27 ― “Talk” is usually cheap and meaningless without the deeds to undergird it. Do you remember the “talks” centred on these...

  • 2 years ago

    The futility of collective values

    OCTOBER 19 — The first article put forward the idea that all Malaysians should be collectively responsible for the success and shortcomings of Malaysia. The second article...

  • 2 years ago

    Collective values

    SEPTEMBER 14 — What are the shared values that underpin Malaysia?  The first article put forward the idea that all Malaysians should be collectively responsible for...

  • 2 years ago

    Where were you when this song was #1?

    AUG 24 — It was 1991.  I was 19. I was having a wonderful time at the legendary Setapak High (a high school in Kuala Lumpur) as an Upper Six student when (Tun) Dr...