The concept of a pure Malay culture is non-existent because cultures, essentially, are complex, and this is why the notion of ONE Malaysia is a myth, says Adil Johan.
Umno leaders have opportunistically exploited and distorted history for their own benefit, observes Tota.
Half a century after independence, Malaysians remain clueless as to who and what they are, and remain as distant as ever from that once cherished ideal of a Malaysian nation for all Malaysians, observes Farish Noor.
It is up to the people of Malaysia to determine the accuracy of contested versions of history. There is no other way, no basis other than their common and ever renewed consent, observes Clive Kessler.
The choice is there for Muhyiddin to seal his reputation as a politician playing up to narrow and parochial interests or as a principled leader who has the best interests of our schoolchildren and their parents at heart, writes Lim Teck Ghee.
In the aftermath of Bersih 2.0, recent weeks have seen one irregularity after another in the electoral process being exposed.
P Ramakrishnan looks at some of these dubious discrepancies and tactics and concludes that no real change is possible unless the Election Commission is disbanded and replaced and a new government comes to power.
Farish A Noor advises the scholars who claimed that British Malaya was never truly a colonial construct to take a trip to the library.
History taught in schools should be a people’s history that gives adequate recognition to a broad spectrum of social movements and which is people-centred, not elite-focused, says Andrew Aeria.
We should not view history as just another subject for a student to score another ‘A’ but rather as one that forms the soul of the nation, says Christopher Chong.
Wong Chin Huat reviews Francis Loh’s book ‘Old vs New Politics in Malaysia’.