Are our religious leaders and followers ready for interfaith dialogue that has social substance or will they remain in interactions that are limited to religious festivals, symbols, unproductive demonstrations and superficial tolerance, wonders Ronald Benjamin.
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The BN ‘bull’ seems too far gone to see reason and its blind and deaf rage only confirms what the people have realised since 8 March 2008: it has to go, observes Rakyat Jelata.
The future of Malaysia should be determined by progressive political parties that embrace love, compassion, justice and reconciliation rather than communalised religion, writes Ronald Benjamin.
Journalists and columnists have a sacred duty to uphold truth and justice, asserts John Inbaraj.
Henry Loh refuses to be alarmed by the recent actions of race-based groups who are unable or have lost the ability to reason. Instead, he is hopeful that the majority of Malaysians are peace loving and discerning and they will nurture and continue to treasure their ‘voices of reason’.
Minister Nazri must be having nightmares about mineral water bottles since the 28 April rally for clean, free and fair elections 3.0, observes Rakyat Jelata.
Isn’t Mahathir, in his desperation to ensure the BN remains in power forever, indulging in undemocratic actions to deny the opposition the space and opportunity to form an alternative government that would guarantee the demise of the BN, wonders P Ramakrishnan.
Unlike previously, this year’s official celebrations unfolded with government politicians casting a keen eye towards having to recapture lost ground in the imminent general election, writes Yeoh Seng Guan.
When the Kangar Municipal Council tried to terminate the unsatisfactory services of a privatised rubbish collection contractor, it was told that the contractor had a 22-year contract with a federal entity. Francis Loh describes the stinking situation.
In recent days, those still watching television might have noticed that the Merdeka dittie ‘Janji Ditepati‘ has been increasingly scarce. What has happened to this song, wonders our correspondent.