The majority of academics haven’t exactly been the vanguard of the people or agents for social change, observes Rom Nain.
From the top politician to the inconsequential, their actions indicate not only that the general election is (finally!) drawing near, but also that for the first time perhaps their fate is pretty much uncertain, observes Zaharom Nain.
Perhaps the simplest idea we can think of to resolve Malaysia’s problems would be to dispose of those who created these problems in the first place, writes Zaharom Nain.
There’s a dreaded disease going around at the moment that evidently afflicts people who think they can lead us, writes Zaharom Nain.
Zaharom Nain describes the scene at Ambiga’s house when a bunch of ‘petty traders’ and racist youths turned up with their unwelcome messages.
Zaharom Nain notes that as long as the rigid feudal politically and racially-tainted civil structure remains, there is little hope of stemming the rot in higher education.
With all that is happening around us, we may well ask, what is happening to this country of ours? Could Euripedes have been right all those centuries ago, wonders Zaharom Nain.
Of late there has been talk of setting up a media council. Zaharom Nain asserts that a council with teeth is needed to hold the media accountable to the rakyat.. The repressive legal environment and increasing concentration of media ownership have to be tackled as well.
We should not let the powers-that-be divert us from the ongoing struggle and demands for reform and accountability in all areas of Malaysian politics and governance, argues Zaharom Nain.
Zaharom Nain explores the world of blogging in Malaysia. Bloggers are providing a real alternative to the mainstream media and countering the distortions and unravelling the propaganda. No wonder the authorities are sitting up and taking notice.