Why does the Minister hide behind innuendos and make insinuating comments to rouse the passions of the Malays, wonders P Ramakrishnan.
Much heated debate – including the memorable exchanges between Nazri and Mahathir – surrounded the Biro Tata Negara controversy. If Umno is not racist, why does it maintain an indoctrination agency like the BTN, wonders Stephen Tan Ban Cheng, in our cover story.
While all this was going on, Najib and his team continued to promote the 1Malaysia theme. CY peers into the past to deconstruct the 1Malaysia myth – is there space for honest debate and more open democracy, he wonders.
It is ironic that Ahmad Ismail’s racist remarks came just as the fasting month of Ramadhan was beginning. This, being a holy month where patience and forebearance are lauded above all, made the timing of his press conference and abusive remarks all the more pointed and bitter, observes Aliran member Farish A Noor.