Unless remedial measures are taken soon, young Malaysians who have the world at their feet will move to greener pastures, warns Tommy Thomas.
Francis Loh envisages an emerging struggle between the New Politics, which crosses ethno-religious boundaries, and the Old Politics of racism, cronyism, and widening socio-economic disparities.
Harping on ethnic rights to be economically successful only reinforces the chasm among ethnic groups, besides widening the income gap between the rich and the poor, writes Ronald Benjamin.
An Anonymous Malay expresses ambivalent feelings about special rights. Anonymous Cina responds that it is not the Malay but the system that is to blame. Another Anonymous Melayu adds that not all Malays reap the system’s rewards anyway.
A just peace must be based on an ideal understanding that national laws and policies are meant for all citizens regardless of racial differences without prejudice to the socio-economic position of the poor, says Linda Lumayag.
Umno-BN continues to manipulate ethno-religious issues to delay the emergence of a New Politics that is associated with justice, equality and freedom, and the push towards a more democratic two-party system, writes Francis Loh.
Perpaduan nasional adalah sebuah proses, dimana nilai-nilai yang utuh dan cita-cita yang universal dijadikan asas identiti Malaysia yang kita semua boleh banggakan, ujar Nor Arlene Tan.
Only when the racist monster within us is destroyed will we be free to live in peace, justice and happiness in a truly united nation, writes Malaysian Legacy.
If various facets of Malaysian life are continuously being coloured by ethnic considerations, then we will invariably witness uneasy incidents like what happened at a fast food outlet recently, writes Mustafa K Anuar.
Behind the Valentine’s Day controversy, a battle is raging for the soul of the nation, observes Casanova. Arrayed on one side are the forces of realpolitik propagating their narrow ideologies of ethnicity and religion. On the other side are young artists, social workers, academicians and people of concern who are resisting such ideologies.