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Mon, 23 Sep 2019, 11:07 AM
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Daunting future facing the country
COMMENT | This is the 21st Century.
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Greater transparency needed in govt’s efforts to liberate M'sia from graft
COMMENT | Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president Dr Muhammad Mohan applauds the government for making a commitment to make Malaysia free of graft.
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Commit to urgent climate action now!
COMMENT | We, the inhabitants of Planet Earth, are already having to deal with unprecedented and alarming events from flooding to forest fires, in what is clearly a Global Climate Emergency.
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Pakatan Harapan comes to the rescue of Sabah and Sarawak
COMMENT | I might not agree with PKR President Anwar Ibrahim and the future prime minister on all matters, but I do agree that only the Pakatan Harapan leadership is capable of resolving the long-stan...
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What if China coughs?
COMMENT | China is different.
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RM1 lawsuit against Indonesia for the annual haze
COMMENT | South East Asia is sadly experiencing its predictable annual haze crisis, yet again.
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PAS-Umno union dictates early transition of power
COMMENT | The boisterous crowd that packed the entire Putra World Trade Center building to the brim to witness the formalisation of political co-operation between PAS and Umno has certainly created im...
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Umno-PAS alliance - who's to blame?
COMMENT | The just solemnised alliance of Umno-PAS is bad news for Malaysians who have worked for anti-racist solutions to our nation’s challenges since colonial times.
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MTUC opposes senseless boycott of non-Muslim products
COMMENT | The MTUC has asked workers not to support the call by certain groups to boycott non-Muslim products as it is based on racial and religious sentiments, which is unhealthy for the nation.
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How the US-China trade war has fractured Asia’s supply chains
COMMENT | The US-China trade war is more than a year old now, with no end in sight.
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Pension scheme: Is Harapan gov't losing the plot?
COMMENT | The recent statements emanating from top civil servants, namely Public Services Department director-general Borhan Dolah and Chief Secretary to the Government Ismail Bakar, indicate that the...
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Is a single-stream school system the solution to national unity?
COMMENT | Lately, the call to close down vernacular schools as the way to foster national unity has gained traction again.
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Setting up of the new political 'Alliance'
COMMENT | This weekend will witness the formalisation of a new political alliance (The Alliance) between the two largest Malay parties, Umno and PAS.
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No pensions for civil servants, but multiple pensions for politicians?
COMMENT | The government is contemplating a new scheme whereby appointments in the public service will no longer be made under the permanent and pension schemes, but will be replaced with a contractua...
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TAR UC students show loyalty by joining Wataniah
COMMENT | This fortnight marks the celebrations of the independence and the formation of our motherland, Malaysia.
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Lies and truth
COMMENT | Asyraf Wajdi (above), youth leader of Umno has issued a statement saying that we, the DAP leaders, are racists and extremists by quoting several statements alleged made by PH leaders.
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Recommendations for a truly effective IPCMC Bill 2019
COMMENT | The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was first recommended by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police (RCI) i...
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Is the gov’t hiding millions of Malaysia’s poor?
COMMENT | Officially there is almost no poverty left in Malaysia.
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We do not condemn the religious beliefs of our friends
COMMENT | The recent caution of Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak set me thinking.
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An idea whose time has come – Raising Malaysia’s poverty line
COMMENT | Remember 1977? Maybe not, because most of the current Malaysian population had not been born yet.
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The public school system: Moving forward together
COMMENT | In the Malaysiakini special report 'Whither Integration?
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Reflections on Merdeka Day
COMMENT | What do we have to celebrate about?
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Harapan strategists act as an early warning signal
COMMENT | The word 2020, or "Wawasan 2020", was coined by the likes of the late Nordin Sopiee and Allahyarham Rustam Sani.
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It takes a cleaner 6 years to earn a CEO's daily wage
COMMENT | In recent weeks, we have been occupied with the question of whether the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston’s claim is correct or false.
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Getting rid of kleptocracy alone will not save our economy
COMMENT | At a gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 4.9 percent, Malaysia is 0.3 percent shy of the regional average GDP growth in Asean.
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Dr M and the rise of Harapan
COMMENT | Reading and learning about our nation’s history has led my curiosity to read about the political leader that shaped the nation.
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Free Breakfast Programme: targeting, social status and social stigma
COMMENT | As technology progresses with information becoming richer and more accessible, it becomes easier and easier to do targeted policy.
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Why Zakir Naik's style of preaching is disrespectful
COMMENT | The Dr Zakir Naik controversy has brought the issue of accepting and respecting religious diversity to the fore.
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Lapse in wisdom when it comes to Zakir Naik
COMMENT | Wisdom is needed in governing a nation, but sadly there seems a lapse where Dr Zakir Naik is concerned.
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Reflecting on Syed Saddiq's work behind Undi18
COMMENT | It’s official. With 47 votes in the Dewan Negara and 211 votes in the Dewan Rakyat, our Federal Constitution will be amended to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
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Why Orang Asli reforms are so urgent
COMMENT | At present, not a week goes by without reports of new hardship faced by Indigenous peoples in Peninsular Malaysia.
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The contributions of Islam and Confucianism to ethics in the 21st century
COMMENT | This is the full text of the speech delivered by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah (photo, above) at the 2nd Malaysia-China Youth Civilizational Dialogue on Islam and Confucianism in c...
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Utusan and Bernama - media workers' rights under attack
COMMENT | This month, as people gear up for the Merdeka Day celebrations, employees and families of two major media companies will not have much to cheer about.
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In-car touchscreens may undermine safety
COMMENT by NATHANIEL BULLARD NEW YORK: Two years ago, 10 sailors died when the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a chemical tanker off Singapore.
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River of Life - a vanity project that fails to measure up
COMMENT | C4 Center expresses concern over the state of the River of Life (ROL) project which was allocated a whopping RM4.4 billion for the redevelopment of 10km of the Klang River in central Kuala L...
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'Before taking your life, they will take everything else away'
COMMENT | I was sentenced to death on May 2, 2017.
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How similar will the IPCMC be to Northern Ireland’s ombudsman?
COMMENT | Previously, I discussed the Hong Kong Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). In Hong Kong, the police conduct their own investigations of complaints about them.
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Eight red flags in the IPCMC Bill
COMMENT | The government recently tabled a bill to establish an Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to promote integrity, transparency and accountability within the police f...
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Moving forward from the khat debate
COMMENT | A friend and fellow activist asked for my views regarding the khat issue.
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Celebrating 200 years of Chinese education
COMMENT | It is a sad irony that while the Prime Minister is casting aspersions on Chinese educationists and even threatening arrests, we are celebrating 200 years of the contributions of Chinese educ...
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Cabinet must discuss Zakir Naik’s meddling in local politics
COMMENT | I listened to Zakir Naik's recent speech in Kelantan and cringed.
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Non-Muslims should spend less time worrying over khat
COMMENT | It seems to me that the non-Muslims by which I mean Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, are barking up the wrong tree.
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Cutting the cost of the PTMP down to RM10 billion
COMMENT | A fully-integrated public transport system based on the modification of the Halcrow Plan can be implemented at less than RM10 billion in place of the overblown RM46 billion Penang Transport ...
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Is Perak denying the land rights of the Orang Asli?
COMMENT | Answers to frequently asked questions on the Perak Orang Asli 'ancestral land' issue.
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New thinking needed to bring down the cost of food
COMMENT | Many years ago, I attended a luncheon with Pua Khein-Seng, one of the founders of the USB drive.
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Is LRT the best public transportation option for Penang?
COMMENT | A fully-integrated public transport system based on the modification of the Halcrow Plan can be implemented at less than RM10 billion in place of the overblown RM46 billion Penang Transpor...
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Improve BM in vernacular schools first
COMMENT | Malaysia’s rich heritage of cultures and linguistic diversity must enrich our identity as Malaysians.
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Postpone teaching khat until all concerns addressed
COMMENT | The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) has followed the debate on the khat calligraphy issue.
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A better, cheaper alternative to the RM46 billion PTMP
COMMENT | The Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) at RM46 billion and counting is an overblown project that does not solve the state's transport woes, is financially ruinous, and environmentally destr...
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GE15 in 2023: How a democracy must defeat a klepto-theocracy
COMMENT | With 7.9 million voters automatically added to the electoral roll in Malaysia by the next general election, widely expected to be in 2023, those who are 18 years of age will have nearly 50 p...
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Political will needed to resolve undocumented workers issue
COMMENT | Undocumented migrant workers make up more than two-thirds of the migrant workforce in Malaysia, and their numbers seem to be growing steadily.
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Beyond US-China tensions: What else can the rest of us do?
COMMENT | It is my honour to speak to the Asia-Europe Conference 2019 and I am especially delighted to return to Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya.
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Amri's disappearance: Again I say, it’s a Bogus Task Force
COMMENT | Yesterday someone asked me why I’m so enraged by the seven-person “special task force” appointed by Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to investigate the disappearance of activist Amri Che...
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MAS should take cue from Proton and turn around
COMMENT by HO WAH FOON Early last week, I was pleasantly surprised by the reports by several analysts revealing that Proton has turned around after nearly a decade in the doldrums.
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PKR senator's remarks plunge a knife into the Reformasi agenda
COMMENT | In response to senator Mohd Imran Abd Hamid's absurd proposal to enact a sexual harassment law to protect men from being seduced, I would like to counter-propose mental health counselling fo...
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Dr M and Kuan Yew: Strangely similar, yet decidedly dissimilar
COMMENT | Abrasive. Power-hungry. Dogmatic.
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On my birthday, from death row in Singapore
COMMENT | On July 31, 1987, the day I was born, a young parent aged 23 received me in her arms, filled with love and hope for the future.
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But who was it that created the 'deep state'?
COMMENT | You have to laugh at the way one Pakatan Harapan leader after another is now trying to justify their broken election promises by pointing to this newfound mysterious 'deep state'.
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Barisan Nasional has no appeal to youth
COMMENT | There was a stage, when the average tenure of the cabinet members in BN, just before the retirement of Dr Mahathir Mohamed in October 2003, was close to 18 years.
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Teach our students to manage cultural differences wisely
COMMENT | Over the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to teach a course on cross-cultural management with a professor from a university in Mexico.
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Cultural confidence and mutual trust
COMMENT | I congratulate the SJKC Chung Hua Klang School Board for the completion of the impressive multipurpose school hall and building.
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A pack of wolves for Malaysia?
COMMENT | Umno and PAS have worked together when the latter joined Barisan Nasional in the 1970s.
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Will Anwar roll back Mahathir's bumiputera policies?
COMMENT | PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s statement that he will accelerate the transition from race-based affirmative action economic plans to one that is needs-based when he becomes prime minister w...
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Reshaping the Muslim world order
COMMENT | An alliance of Muslim nations may not have been raised by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad in any specific form, yet it carries the potential to reshape the world order.
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Turkey and Malaysia - time for a strategic reset
COMMENT | Turkey may seem to be drifting.
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The dangers of Brexit, Iran and Boris Johnson to M’sia
COMMENT | No one can keep up with the speed by which the world changes.
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Kojadi board: Why we suspended Ng as chair
COMMENT | The board of directors of Koperasi Jayadiri Sdn Bhd (Kojadi) held a board meeting on July 17, 2019 to hear and consider both verbal and written explanations given by Ng Peng Hay in regard to...
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Still flip-flopping over the teaching of maths and science
COMMENT | It is truly amazing that we are still flip-flopping over the language medium to teach mathematics and science in 2019.
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Reinventing the nation with high tech, high wages
COMMENT | A knowledge technology-driven economy creates high wage jobs.
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PSM crosses 20-year hurdle
COMMENT | It was May 1, 1998.
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Events leading to my suspension as Kojadi chair
COMMENT | By way of a letter dated July 18, 2019, the board of directors of Koperasi Jayadiri Sdn Bhd (Kojadi) had suspended me as a board member under Article 39(2)(b) of the by-laws of Kojadi.
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Listen to Dr M and cut out the internal bickering
COMMENT | Divided we stand, united we fall.
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IPCMC must prioritise deaths in custody
COMMENT | While it is good to see a bill for the establishment of the long-awaited Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) on the parliamentary agenda, it seems to miss the wood...
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For good governance, not a never-ending 'Game of Thrones'
COMMENT | The whole goal of being in politics is to be in power.
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Taib is the ultimate test of MACC's credibility
COMMENT | The Pakatan Harapan government’s anti-corruption credibility leverages on its pursuance of other big corrupt public officials, besides Najib former premier Abdul Razak, especially since th...
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Alternatives to keeping children in detention
COMMENT | Suhakam repeats its call to the government to stop the detention of children, regardless of their status or documentation, as it contravenes the Convention on the Rights of the Child to whic...
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'Augmented Efficiency' needed for electric vehicles
COMMENT | As Malaysia contemplates a “New National Car”, the automotive market is facing the challenge of entering totally new urban travel experiences.
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Infantilisation of democracy all begins with a youth fetish
COMMENT | Lowering the age of voting to 18 should be commended.
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Stifling the Amman Message with a bomb threat
COMMENT | In a civilised society, no one will resort to violence, or the threat of violence, to stifle voices that one does not want to hear.
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Making a product of the past: Heritage, tourism and gentrification
COMMENT | We Malaysians take massive pride in our heritage and culture.
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The right to procreate is a basic human right
COMMENT | Is forced contraception on Orang Asli true?
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The IPCMC, rule of law and freedom from fear
COMMENT | The death of Teoh Beng Hock in 2009 shocked the nation.
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Jokowi's second term: The challenge of legitimacy
COMMENT | On June 26, the daily Republika reported the Constitutional Court's decision rejecting Prabowo Subianto's charge of fraud in the presidential election held in April.
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Mr Perfect, Lim Kit Siang
COMMENT | My association with Lim Kit Siang began more than half-a-century ago, in 1968, to be precise.
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Twilight of the Batek
COMMENT | A forest remembers no beginning, follows no morals, worships no God.
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Terrorism: The current challenges
COMMENT | A few months ago, the former the inspector-general of police, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, stated that Tawau and Sandakan have been identified as new transit points for Islamic State (IS) terrorists ...
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Why a book on missing pastor? To pressure the gov't to seek the truth
COMMENT | I believe the question on everyone’s mind is why the book Where is Pastor Raymond Koh? was written.
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Drop the obsolete delimitation proposal for Sabah
COMMENT | The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) calls on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to drop the obsolete 2017 delimitation proposal for Sabah.
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Hands off the press, urges ex-Media Prima boss
COMMENT | News about a company acquiring a stake in Malaysia’s largest integrated media company is against that spirit of “Malaysia Baharu”. Political parties post-GE 14 should stay clear from m...
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'Aye' to the decriminalisation of drug users
COMMENT | I would like to congratulate the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs for having eventually come to a common view on decriminalising drug users.
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The last straw? Not by a long shot
COMMENT | The purported plastic straw ban has been in effect in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan since Jan 1, and in Selangor since July 1.
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On what basis was the PSR's EIA approved?
COMMENT | The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are most dismayed to learn that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) ...
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Further recommendations for amendments to the PAA
COMMENT | The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) welcomes the government’s decision to amend the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) given that certain provisions in the law appear to limit ...
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Criticism of anti-palm oil play not meant to stifle free speech
COMMENT | In light of an international primary school putting up a play critical of the palm oil industry, I would like to clarify that my criticism was not an attempt to stifle freedom of expressio...
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Attorney-general should handle enforced disappearance cases
COMMENT | Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet) is disappointed with the course being taken by the Malaysian government in appointing yet another task force to investigate the enforced...
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Harapan has lost its way to the promised land
COMMENT | Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy’s article critical of the lack of reforms has elicited a retort by Deputy Minister Ong Kian Ming, who seems mighty pleased with what the Pakatan ...
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Empowering the senates of our universities
COMMENT | On May 26, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) made history as the first public university in the country to appoint students to its senate.
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Only elected local councils can prevent environment scandals
COMMENT | The Malaysian people have become totally fed up with the performance of their local authorities all these years.
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M’sia should turn Rohingya justice rhetoric into action
COMMENT | Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah last week issued an unambiguous call for the perpetrators of the 2017 campaign of widespread and systematic violence by Myanmar security forces against Ro...
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Teoh Beng Hock saga - a festering sore that refuses to heal
COMMENT | The Teoh Beng Hock saga is like a festering sore that refuses to heal.
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