What the Chinese want is, in fact, what the educated urban Malaysian voter, regardless of ethnicity, wants: respect, and an acknowledgement of their right to an inclusive, peaceful existence, says Dr Ong Hean Teik.
In this poem, Cecil Rajendra takes to task a certain race-based party for labelling others as racists. It should take a long hard look at itself in the mirror.
Whatever great things arise in the end, justice will not be served because the fixation with race has a way of intervening that corrupts everything including goals and institutions, says K Haridas.
The more race continues to drive our policies and choices, the more radical and polarised the situation is going to be. It is time for change, asserts K Haridas.
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.
What seems to unfortunately escape the bigots of the world is that we are all part of humanity, a recurring message that the protagonist in My Name is Khan tries to impart, observes Mustafa K Anuar.
A paradigm based on ethnicity cannot give birth to an inclusive mindset. For patriots this is the time to risk going for change, writes K Haridas.
We need to render ourselves immune to the crass and vulgar attempts to turn our national heroes, myths and legends into parochial tales to frighten the masses and to compel blind loyalty, writes Farish Noor.
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 sad that after five decades of nationhood, our politics and policies are still heavily based on ethnic identity. Lim How Pim speaks to Andrew Aeria.