Can we challenge ourselves to come together across differences to craft the national identity and nationhood that we want, wonders Azza Basarudin.
Umno has been trying to save its body – but what has happened to its soul, wonders Maznah Mohamad as she reflects on the exit of Shahrizat Jalil.
Taking on Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria, Mustafa K Anuar points out that it is certain actions by Muslim politicians and bureaucrats – their involvement in corruption, for instance – that are actually smearing the image of Islam.
There is a deep underlying paranoia in the ruling coalition, which has been unable to adapt to a new political landscape that has seen Malaysians of all ethnic groups joining hands to demand accountability, observes Ronald Benjamin.
Historical facts should be projected in the right perspective without any bias, say P Sivakumar.
In her 27 years as an academic in USM, Aliran’s Maznah Mohamad studied Malays in general and Umno in particular. She argues that today, Umno is more like a job than a party at the end of the day.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is concerned that even Malays are getting disillusioned with the state of the nation and leaving the country, reports the Malaysian Insider.
Ch’ng Teng Liang looks at the motive of those who demonstrated against the Penang state governent on 5 February, ostensibly in defence of Malay illegal hawkers.
The majority of Malays are accommodating, tolerant, and peace-loving; they do not* subscribe to the intolerance propagated by unruly elements in our midst wrecking our unity, observes P Ramakrishnan.
The Malays “in the old days” and today are far more intelligent and independent minded than some of our politicians give them credit for. Having insulted their intelligence today, try not to insult their past and history too, for heaven’s sake, says Farish Noor.