As the nuts of the dacing are tightened, the arms will remain level even with grossly unequal weights on either side. Thus an illusion of justice and fairness is created, observes Ravinder Singh.
If Malaysians are determined to get out of our communal rut, we have to learn to respect one another, individually and as communities of various ethnicities and faiths, observes Angeline Loh.
To help build peace and unity, we have to come together to talk honestly without antagonism, to forgive and heal the rifts that have frequently driven us apart in animosity and enmity, says Jasmine Tea.
Today Najib is trying hard to relive the past by imploring the rakyat to co-exist as one. But will 1Malaysia ever thrive when irreversible damages have been done? Fathol Zaman Bukhari takes a nostalgic look back at the country in the 1950s and 60s, when he was growing up.
What does Anwar Ibrahim think of the controversy surrounding Article 121(1A) and the judiciary? In a cover story interview with the reformasi icon, we get him to speak frankly about the state of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, especially in the light of the Moorthy Maniam case and the aborted Article 11 Coalition road-show last year. He talks about his own efforts at encouraging intra-Muslim dialogue and then takes a critical look at the state of the judiciary today, including former Lord President Tun Salleh’s attempt to clear his name.
Johan Abdullah wonders whether we are now on a new threshold in ethnic relations as he senses a rise in the number of worrying incidents. He goes on to review how the character of ethnic relations may have changed over the years and provides a new context for understanding ethnic relations.
We need to listen to be aware of our prejudice and stretch the borders of the self, says Wong Soak Koon in response to the controversy surrounding the university guide-books.
Our cover story focuses on the slide in ethnic relations in Malaysia. Johan Abdullah senses a rise in the number of worrying incidents that have affected ethnic relations. He goes on to review how the character of ethnic relations may have changed over the years and provides a new context for understanding ethnic relations.
To better manage ethnic relations, we need to be aware of our own prejudices and to stretch the borders of the self. Reflecting on the controversial university ethnic relations course guidebooks, Wong Soak Koon argues that the course should instead stimulate critical thinking while examining the legacies of history.
After a heated debate in Parliament over the textbook or guidebook for the Ethnic Relations course at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s Cabinet decided to withdraw the book. It was a slap in the face of Higher Education Minister Mustapa Mohamed for inexplicably defending what Lim Kit Siang characterised as “the indefensible”. Many Malaysians are no doubt relieved over the Cabinet’s decision.