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Perhaps, in these troubled times, it is time for us to recall the Tunku’s legacy. After 52 years of nationhood, let us demand greater accountability, integrity and compassion, says V Chakaravarthy.  

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One of the big problems in the two north Borneo states is the exploitative development that has caused havoc especially in the interior of the region. Prema Devaraj looks at how this exploitation has extended to the sexual exploitation of marginalised indigenous girls and women. A more holistic and sustainable development model is needed to put an end to it.

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As Najib marks a hundred days in office as Prime Minister, the country is faced with political problems at a time of increasing economic difficulties, leaving the lower-income group most vulnerable. John Inbaraj writes an open plea to the PM, urging him to ensure that the poor can walk with dignity.

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As Obama seeks to define the new image of the new America that hopes to play the role of honest broker and equal partner in world politics, one wonders if the age of global hegemony is coming to an end or being checked at least. One thing however is certain: in its present state, an America in economic crisis and suffering a credibility deficit can no longer swagger around the world with a big stick, observes Farish A Noor.

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Presiden Aliran P Ramakrishnan, dalam satu mesej hari ini yang disasarkan kepada parti politik dan ahli politiknya, berkata mereka ‘boleh main politik dengan apa carapun’; namun dia memberi amaran kepada mereka agar mereka tidak memikirkan bahawa politik lapok ras, personaliti atau cita-cita rakus boleh membantu mereka menangani tsunami ekonomi yang akan melanda mereka.

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Tiang Wei reports on the launch of a cartoon people’s history book of Malaya, “Where Monsoons Meet”. History has never been so accessible and readable – and to think that the book was written by two engineers and an architect!

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‘Where Monsoons meet: A people’s history of Malaya’ provides a different perspective because it foregrounds the role of economic exploitation in the shaping of our society, say Aliran member Amir Muhammad.

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At a time when all of Asia is on the brink of a global recession sparked by the rising costs of oil and gas and the collapse of the US dollar, the issues that count ought to be structural-economic ones. But what has transpired over the past two weeks has shown that despite the flashy suits and corporate videos broadcasting the bold and brazen image of Malaysia Inc, the country’s politics remains trapped in the swamp of the banal and ridiculous, laments Farish Noor.

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The elections of March 2008 offered the faint promise that after decades of sectarian race-based politics, Malaysia’s political culture may have finally evolved beyond personality cults and hero-worship, say Farish Noor. But latest development carry a negative note to it in the sense that it has returned Malaysian society back to the older mode of personalised politics where the cult of leadership and political heroes is paramount.

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badawiThe honoured title of “Bapa Malaysia” was conferred by a grateful nation on our beloved and revered founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman. Will Abdullah become known as “Bapa Corridor”, wonders Tota.

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The goal must be
the adoption of a low-consumption, low-growth, high-equity development
model that results in an improvement in people’s welfare, a better
quality of life for all, and greater democratic control of production, says Walden Bello. Unfortunately, the elites of the North and the South will not likely agree to such
a comprehensive response. The farthest they are likely to go is for
techno-fixes and a market-based cap-and-trade system. 


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