updates from the ASEAN inter-parliamentary assembly
Long day with a bit of time off after dinner to catch up with my old high school buddy, Pravut Kanchanawat. After the opening ceremony, ASEAN country statements and observer countries comments, YB Syed Ibrahim and I were asked to represent Malaysia on a meeting with the ASEAN Secretary General office.
At the meeting, I suggested two proposals; (a) the setting up of an ASEAN sub committee for every ASEAN Parliament; and (b) Parliamentary motions to be tabled for debate after every important ASEAN decision made by the respective Executives. My proposal was supported by MPs from Lao, Myanmar, Brunei and Thailand. The ASEAN chair noted my proposals but would like to keep the proposals on an informal/voluntary basis rather than in a resolution format.
After that meeting, we boarded a bus to a formal dinner hosted by Chuan Leekpai at The Sheraton. Then we went back to our hotel, where our MBK tailor brought our suits and shirts for our 1st fitting. Exactly 24 hours after we placed our orders yesterday!
After the fitting, Pravut and his business partner, Mr. Tee belanja Bob, Pritam and I to a late supper of Thai food near our hotel.
Pravut and I have known each since we were 13, that is 37 years ago! It is always great to see him and yarn about the good old boarding school days in UWC. We laughed at how fat in the middle, we have become. We also discussed politics, climate change and inequality, lamenting on how greedy the world has become since our idealistic youth in the 1980s.