Taking on Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria, Mustafa K Anuar points out that it is certain actions by Muslim politicians and bureaucrats – their involvement in corruption, for instance – that are actually smearing the image of Islam.
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With the just concluded political debate between MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, we have crossed the Rubicon. There is no turning back from this kind of debate in the future.
For almost 50 long years, many Chinese Malaysians blindly gave their vote to the MCA. With their support, the Alliance/BN controlled Parliament and undermined democracy, points out Tota ahead of the Great Debate between Chua Soi Lek and Lim Guan Eng.
MCA president Chua Soi Lek should stop ethnicising issues and patronising the rakyat with simplistic arguments, asserts Francis Loh.
Cow projects in Malaysia get funded to the tune of up to RM250m. So why can’t we earmark urgent and adequate funds to ensure that all our rural schools are made safe for our children once and for all, wonders Andrew Aeria.
Many Malaysians are puzzled over why some people aspire to become political leaders, writes John Inbaraj: to serve the people with their God-given qualities? or to stash millions (nowadays, billions) for themselves?
The Malay Agenda propounded by Umno reminds Tota of a children’s story by Chinua Achebe in his book ‘Things Fall Apart’.
Those who cling on to power against the rules of conscience, fair-play and the will of the people are cowards, writes John Inbaraj.
Elected representatives and political leaders must fear having to deal with an independent oversight body scrutinising their assets and liabilities. It’s a sure give-away if they have ‘nothing to fear’, writes Francis Loh.
To say that our judiciary is truly independent is something that does not make sense especially after witnessing the crisis and the complacency of the institution over the years, observes Ronald Benjamin.