By Suchen Christine Lim

Malaya. A land of remarkable richness. for hundreds of years, the peninsula has attracted fortune hunters, money-grabbing pirates and migrants looking a greater existence. between these whose lives are rooted within the Malayan soil are 3 households - the Wongs, sons of the chinese language earth; the Wees, matters of the English gods; the Mahmuds, scions of the Malayan soil - each one with assorted desires for the little bit of earth they survive. Their destinies meet and this conflict of hopes unavoidably ends up in tragedy.

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An analysis of constitutional documents and official guidance was also undertaken. 1 show that the level of board transparency varies considerably. Some partnerships are relatively transparent, enabling public access to reports, agendas, and so on, while others are not. However only one in four partnerships held meetings that could be attended by citizens and the press. Indeed, there was considerable surprise on the part of partnership managers when we asked them about this particular criterion, indicating a well-established norm that meetings are held in private.

In other cases, for example the Investment Partnership, the partnership is governed through an agreement between the parties and essentially depends on their continued willingness to maintain the institution. These different structural arrangements impact on a partnership's competence to be self-governing, independently of the network in which it is located. The democratic implications have yet to be clearly established. For example, a partnership constituted as a company will have clearly defined rules and procedures that require transparency and accountability for certain matters.

There is also provision for a young persons' representative. The board members are all senior managers, and there is an independent chair appointed through open competition. This is a recommendation in the official guidance, and is intended to minimise the impact of local political factors on the organisation's ability to deliver national policy. The strength of Connexion's national democratic anchorage is shown by the extensive vertical accountability to national government (ultimately to the Education Minister and Parliament) for delivery of targets, and need to comply with standards set out by a national inspection agency that reports to the Minister.

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