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What's our definition of 'terrorist ideologies'?
ADUN SPEAKS | Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador's latest comment that "no one will be spared from police action if found spreading terrorist ideologies", is something that no Malaysian wil...
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New government, but same old police force
ADUN SPEAKS | A 7km chase of four people by the police from Batu Caves to Batu Arang in the early hours of last Saturday ended in a shootout, in which three suspected robbers were killed.
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Umno-PAS charter: Symbiotic or parasitic cooperation?
ADUN SPEAKS | I am not sure how serious both Umno and PAS are in going for a future political cooperation through the signing of a political charter of a memorandum of understanding.
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Race to the bottom: Politics of the Umno-PAS charter
ADUN SPEAKS | There could have been some form of limited electoral cooperation between Umno and PAS before the last general election.
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Higher retirement age not the only way to protect worker welfare
ADUN SPEAKS | Apart from the retirement age, there are other ways to enhance the wellbeing of workers.
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Be a transparent, accountable and clean government
ADUN SPEAKS | As Pakatan Harapan celebrates the second National Day since it took over Putrajaya, it faces continuous backlash from the conservatives as well as the bureaucracy that is largely uncoope...
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Who lives if Malaysia dies?
ADUN SPEAKS | In leading up to the celebration of our 62nd independence day which is just days away, no doubt there will be much coffee shop talk about the state of our country’s race relations as c...
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Poverty of analysis or analysis of poverty?
ADUN SPEAKS | According to the UN representative Philip Alston, Malaysia despite its impressive growth, has seriously underestimated the extent of poverty.
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S’gor considers mandatory asset declaration for assemblymen
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government is considering the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) call for state assembly representatives (Adun) to declare their assets Mentri Besar Amirudin Shar...
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Selangor to consider MACC’s call for state reps to declare assets, says MB
SHAH ALAM, Aug 19 — The Selangor government is considering the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) call for state assembly representatives (ADUN) to declare their assets.
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'Those who say khat is outdated don't know meaning of knowledge'
ADUN SPEAKS | Lately, much has been debated on regarding Jawi khat (calligraphy) in Malaysia.
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Zakir Naik has to go before it’s too late
ADUN SPEAKS | Zakir Naik, a man banned from entering many countries and wanted in India for money-laundering and inciting terrorism is hero-worshipped in Malaysia.
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Naik should stop his diabolical game of hatred against non-Muslims in M'sia
ADUN SPEAKS | Zakir Naik in his speech in Kota Baru recently cannot even make a simple or rudimentary comparison between Hindus in Malaysia and Muslims in India.
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Shafie grateful to Upko
Shafie (middle), with Tangau (second right), Dompok (second left) and other Upko leaders cutting the anniversary cake.
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Is khat worth it, after all?
ADUN SPEAKS | Despite opposition, the government has refused to backtrack on the introduction of khat or Jawi calligraphy in primary schools, both national and vernacular.
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Mandatory khat policy brings out worst imagined fears of non-Malays
ADUN SPEAKS | De facto Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa is right in saying that learning khat or Jawi calligraphy will connect the past with the present.
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Issue not khat or fears of non-Malays, it's everything viewed racially, religiously
ADUN SPEAKS | This morning over breakfast in the South Indian city of Salem, my conversation with DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang invariably gravitated to the controversial topic of the proposed introductio...
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Indian poor needs direct assistance from the government
ADUN SPEAKS | Why are funds allocated for the Indian community, especially the Bottom 40 group, being channelled via their leaders?
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Time to realise 'anti-Penang' NGOs are taking the public for a ride
ADUN SPEAKS | I would like to respond to a Facebook post dated July 28 on the Sia Boey Rejuvenation project, in which NGO Penang Forum criticised the so-called ‘hiding’ of dirty water.
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Fratricidal warfare threatens our multiracial vision
ADUN SPEAKS | The recent sex video scandal has well brought out the simmering factional disputes in the PKR into the open.
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Who's playing the 'Game of Thrones'?
ADUN SPEAKS | I refer to Bersatu supreme council member Rais Hussin's piece "For good governance, not a never-ending 'Game of Thrones'" published in Malaysiakini on July 19.
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Malaysia still trapped in a quagmire of custodial deaths
ADUN SPEAKS | It doesn’t matter whether the young Nigerian who died in immigration custody was a bonafide student or not, or even whether he had entered into the country illegally.
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Arab world practices asset declaration - are they communists too?
ADUN SPEAKS | PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said Asset declaration a communist, socialist idea dreamt up by DAP.
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Not too late for Harapan to deliver its election promises
ADUN SPEAKS | Are the promises made in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto false, unrealistic or crafted in anticipation of defeat in the last general election?
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Training centres? Draw the line when it comes to human rights
ADUN SPEAKS | It is regrettable that the de facto Islamic affairs minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa would describe the concentration camps in the Xinjiang province in China as training centres for the Uighu...
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M'sia on right trajectory to achieve renewable energy targets
ADUN SPEAKS | In reference to the statement made by prominent economist  Jomo Kwame Sundaram today, there is actually no issues of political will by the Pakatan Harapan government in setting the righ...
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PAS chiefs should take stand on call to axe vernacular schools
ADUN SPEAKS | The 1950s and early 1960s were two critical periods in the development of this country's education system.
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Go back and face the law in India if you are clean, Zakir Naik
ADUN SPEAKS | "The trial won't be fair for me!" "The charges are politically motivated!" "It's an attempt to silence me!" Najib Abdul Razak and Rosmah Mansor would have said these things if they had m...
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Game of Thrones in Latheefa’s appointment?
ADUN SPEAKS | In relative terms, the appointment of Latheefa Koya as the new MACC chief commissioner to replace Mohd Shukri Abdull, who resigned ahead of the expiry of his term of office, is a develop...
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Why Anwar Ibrahim is the de facto prime minister
ADUN SPEAKS | In this article, I will explain why Anwar Ibrahim is, by any acceptable standard, already the prime minister of Malaysia.
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Knowing another language opens up billions of opportunities
ADUN SPEAKS | Speaking to Universiti Sains Malaysia students during a question-and-answer session, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said that the quota system for the matriculation programme is necess...
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'Kleptocracy debate' only serves Najib's personal agenda
ADUN SPEAKS | Public debates on various issues at the national level are something to be encouraged.
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A storm is raging and dividing Harapan supporters
ADUN SPEAKS | A storm is raging and dividing our supporters in Pakatan Harapan.
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Condemn the terrorist attacks planned in Adib’s name
ADUN SPEAKS | Four men linked to an Islamic State “wolf pack” cell were arrested this week, thanks to the vigilance of the Royal Malaysian Police force.
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Semoga tiada lagi PRK hingga penggal berakhir
Kemenangan besar calon DAP di Parlimen Sandakan mengakhiri siri pilihan raya kecil (PRK) yang berlaku sepanjang setahun Pakatan Harapan (PH) menjadi kerajaan persekutuan dan 7 negeri.
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Not too late for Shafee to apologise over estate insult
ADUN SPEAKS | Muhammad Shafee Abdullah must apologise for insulting estate workers and their descendants.
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Selangor Sultan's suspension of Najib's titles should be lauded
ADUN SPEAKS | Ex-Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has successfully re-branded himself with the slogan “Malu Apa Bossku”. He has even just been identified as such by a witness in his ongoing SRC tr...
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Putrjaya must engage with Penang on Kulim International Airport
ADUN SPEAKS | Even if the federal government has agreed to the expansion of the Penang International Airport (PIA), that really does not justify why there is a need for a new Kulim International Airpo...
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Everybody a loser with the extra 15,000 matriculation places
ADUN SPEAKS | Last week, it was announced that the government had increased the number of matriculation places from 25,000 to 40,000 a year.
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Harapan being bullied by extreme forces
ADUN SPEAKS | I don’t understand why Pakatan Harapan has to make a series of retreats to appease certain segments of racial and religious forces in the last 11 months or so.
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Proposal for ECRL station in Nilai just a suggestion, says Transport Minister
PUTRAJAYA (April 24): Transport Minister Anthony Loke (pictured) today explained that his proposal for a East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) station in Nilai “was just a suggestion”, reported The Malay Ma...
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Loke: Bid for ECRL station in Nilai mere suggestion
PUTRAJAYA, April 24 — Transport Minister Anthony Loke today clarified that his proposal to have a station of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) in Nilai was just a suggestion.
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Give the Indian community the matriculation placements due
LETTER | The current turmoil among the Indian community of not being offered the agreed and declared 2,200 placements to matriculate locally is indeed very disturbing.
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What ails the matriculation system?
ADUN SPEAKS | There are multiple pre-university programmes for university entrance in Malaysia.
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Have we gone wrong on the matriculation intake?
ADUN SPEAKS | Why are so many students with excellent SPM results rejected from gaining admission into our matriculation programmes?
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The Anwar factor in the by-election losses
ADUN SPEAKS | With the disastrous results in the last three consecutive by-elections, there is talk abuzz that some kind of leadership change within Pakatan Harapan might be in the offing.
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Kadir Jasin withholds applause for Johor new MB until people’s aspirations met
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Datuk A. Kadir Jasin today said he had no congratulatory words for Johor’s new mentri besar, Dr Sahruddin Jamal, but a reminder of the Johor Palace’s support for Umno an...
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After Rantau, which way forward until GE15?
The victory of Mohamad Hasan (Tok Mat) and Umno-BN at the Rantau by-election tonight was expected and had been forecast by many political observers.
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Rantau wake-up call: Harapan must learn some painful lessons
ADUN SPEAKS | After the last general election in May 2018, seven by-elections have been held.
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MA63 amendments a big step by Harapan – opponents have vested interests
ADUN SPEAKS | It saddens me to see negative comments against Pakatan Harapan, terming the Harapan government as the one who betrays Sarawak, lacks sincerity or even deceives the people of Sarawak.
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STS transfer hub still within Johor's jurisdiction
ADUN SPEAKS | Recently I saw a news report that quoted KA Petra Sdn Bhd chairperson Shahrul Amirul saying the STS (ship-to-ship) transfer hub project is located and operating outside of Johor territor...
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Enforced disappearances: Time for Harapan to take action
ADUN SPEAKS | All eyes are on the mysterious disappearance of four individuals, since the CCTV footage of the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh on Feb 13, 2017 went viral.
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Flying car - myth or reality?
ADUN SPEAKS | I have been asked by my peers - is it true that the small-scale prototype of the flying car exhibited at LIMA 2019 was real and not just a made-up fantasy?
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Najib once said ‘tax evasion an act of treason’
ADUN SPEAKS | On Nov 25, 2013, at the opening of National Economic Empowerment (PENA) Conference, Najib Abdul Razak publicly proclaimed that “tax evasion was tantamount to an act of treason that bet...
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Good teachers key to improving education standards
ADUN SPEAKS | A maths and physics teacher from a remote village in Kenya won the prestigious Global Teacher Prize this year.
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Extremism will see nation-building efforts aborted
ADUN SPEAKS | When regime change happened as a result of the 14th general election, we the people were thrown into a state of climactic euphoria celebrating our nation's renewal and our love for each ...
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Opposition can chair PAC after all previous scandals are cleared
ADUN SPEAKS | The demand for Ronald Kiandee to resign as the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) continued this week with the mass resignation of the BN and PAS members from the PAC on ...
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Justice delayed is justice denied
ADUN SPEAKS | Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir’s announcement this week that the government will look into setting up a Special High Court and a Special Appeals Court for corruption has been broadly ...
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Farmers in Cameron: Victims or polluters?
ADUN SPEAKS | It is not clear whether the vegetable farmers, numbering 61, are being evicted from their land for being supporters of the Pakatan Harapan government or because their farming activities ...
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Human rights and death sentence can co-exist — Ko Chung Sen
MARCH 18 — First, I will like to clarify I had published all my statements regarding the abolition of mandatory death sentence in my personal capacity as an elected Adun.
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Human rights and death sentence can co-exist
ADUN SPEAKS | First, I would like to clarify I had published statements regarding the abolition of the mandatory death sentence in my personal capacity as an elected assemblyperson.
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Lowering the voting age: What’s next for M'sian youths?
ADUN SPEAKS | In this sitting, the Parliament is due to debate a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
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Majoritarian impulses must be curbed in Rantau by-election
ADUN SPEAKS | PKR should not play to the political orchestrations of Umno-PAS in fielding a Malay candidate in the coming Rantau by-election in Negeri Sembilan.
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Go positive, Pakatan
MARCH 6 — Do you struggle for motivation?
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Umno-Pas alliance could be ‘deadly’
ADUN SPEAKS | From the Pakatan Harapan perspective, the recent two by-elections one in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih are nothing extraordinary.
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BN leaders overjoyed at unexpected Semenyih victory
KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 2 — Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders have responded jubilantly to their victory in the Semenyih by-election, as Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders gracefully conceded defeat.
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Good move by federal, S'wak gov'ts in addressing dilapidated schools
ADUN SPEAKS | It is a step in the right direction for both federal and tate governments to put aside their political differences to address the issue of dilapidated schools in Sarawak.
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It is unfair to compare Harapan with BN
ADUN SPEAKS | Is it fair to critically examine the performance of the Pakatan Harapan coalition after only nine months in power?
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Don't shove death penalty abolition down our throats
ADUN SPEAKS | Malaysia was hailed as the model of democracy for the whole world after the bloodless transition of the government on 9th of May 2018.
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Wanita PKR proposes woman PKR candidate for Rantau by-election
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Wanita PKR has proposed the names of three women for consideration as the PKR candidate for the upcoming Rantau state by-election, said PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.
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The collapse of PAS’ religious moral order
ADUN SPEAKS | Nobody expected that PAS, which once boasted of providing an alternative political system based on the principles of Islam, would go down the drain under the weight of corruption, cover-...
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100,000 apply to become Bersatu members in Sabah
KOTA KINABALU (Feb 15): There are some 100,000 applications for membership of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) from 25 Parliamentary constituencies in Sabah, said Beluran Member of Parliament ...
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Admission of ex-Umno MPs doesn't augur well for Harapan
ADUN SPEAKS | PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said that the entry of seven former Umno MPs into Bersatu should be of no concern to others because they have repented.
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'Frogs hopping into Bersatu': Betrayal
ADUN SPEAKS | A while back I wrote about how, prior to the 14th general election, Dr Mahathir Mohamad told a group of activists and NGOs that he would not accept Umno frogs.
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Former Sabah Umno members contesting on party’s ticket to receive summonses: Annuar
KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Umno members, who contested on the Barisan Nasional ticket in the recent 14th General Election (GE14) and quit the party, will receive summonses from Umno, according to par...
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Annuar: Umno to take legal action against Sabah defectors
KOTA KINABALU, Feb 8 — Former Sabah Umno members contesting on Barisan Nasional tickets in the recent 14th general election (GE14) and quitting the party will receive summonses from Umno, said party...
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Terminating water supply an act of extreme cruelty
ADUN SPEAKS | About 10 years ago, Sada (Syarikat Air Darul Aman) unilaterally terminated the water supply to about 50 former estate workers in Sungei Getah Estate (Bedong), Sungei Petani, Kedah, on th...
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Harapan can win Semenyih, but must get its act together
ADUN SPEAKS | There is wishful thinking on the part of both Umno and PAS that they can repeat the Cameron Highlands victory in the coming by-election in Semenyih early next month.
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There's a need for an alternative political model for rural areas
ADUN SPEAKS | The recent Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election won by the BN does nothing to suggest the popularity or the unpopularity of the former, or the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
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Time to have ‘difficult conversations’ about our divided nation
ADUN SPEAKS | Last Sunday, I was surprised to learn that a statement I wrote chastising Umno MP Reezal Merican for politicising the lights of a building resembling a cross in Penang had generated so m...
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Extend smoking ban to other public spaces, ensure strict enforcement
ADUN SPEAKS | The smoking ban in restaurants that started on Jan 1 is a good move to curb an unhealthy lifestyle.
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PM, Pakatan leaders mourn death of Semenyih ‘comrade’
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 — Condolence messages to the family of the late Bakhtiar Mohd Nor rolled in on social media following news the Semenyih assemblyman died earlier this morning from a suspected he...
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Where are you heading, MIC?
ADUN SPEAKS | If the MIC can just give up its two parliamentary seats to Umno, first in the Port Dickson by-election last year and in the coming by-election on Jan 26, then it is suffice to conclude ...
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Formation of Hindu Board could resolve temple-related matters
ADUN SPEAKS | Could we have avoided the Seafield Hindu temple incident that took place in late November 2018?
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