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The government’s flip-flop over the use of Malay and English for teaching Science and Mathematics is irresponsible, says Rani Rasiah. What is clear is that these are political decisions to please certain groups and to gain popularity.

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Like many autonomy movements, the insurgency in Southern Thailand is fuelled by a combination of nostalgia for the past, anger over the present and the deep-rooted desire for recognition and respect. But how do you show respect to a villager when you stare at his face through the scope of a machine gun on top of an armoured car? And that, in a nutshell, is the problem, says Farish Noor in this despatch from Southern Thailand.

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Takkan Melayu Hilang di Dunia
(Never Shall the Malays Cease to Be): Hang Tuah’s legendary call to
arms rings a note of defiance laced with anxiety and speaks volumes
about the perennial angst of a people whose place and standing in the
world was never a thing to be taken for granted. But Farish Noor notes that thethe Malays will never cease to be, as
long as we understand that the Malays are in fact a community of
communities, and that one can be both Malay and the Other, as long as
we all remain – first and foremost – Malaysians to whom this
country belongs.

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For
a country that is not exactly known for its reading habit, we seem to
be grabbing a lot of books lately, observes Farish Noor. Or to put it more accurately, we
seem to be confiscating and detaining an awful lot of books

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kumarMany of the economic problems facing Indian Malaysians are also experienced by workers of all races in Malaysia – even the Malays. So the struggle for socio-economic justice must be reoriented to make it more multi-racial, says Aliran member Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, who is tipped to contest against Samy Vellu in the coming general election.

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umno leadersRustam Sani wonders if ‘Malay cowardice’ is really a problem as some once-powerful Umno leaders suggest. Former leaders like Mahathir must begin to accept the fact that they themselves have been a part of the
shepherds of the Malay herd and are responsible for – indeed have benefited from – the creation of Malay cowardice through their efforts in enforcing the ethos of homogeneity in the community. 

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Mustafa Kamal Anuar reminds us of the importance of embracing humanity and building justice. He points out that human misdeeds have poured scorn on the Grand Design that has created diverse ethnicities, communities, cultures and nations.

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