Unless remedial measures are taken soon, young Malaysians who have the world at their feet will move to greener pastures, warns Tommy Thomas.
Francis Loh envisages an emerging struggle between the New Politics, which crosses ethno-religious boundaries, and the Old Politics of racism, cronyism, and widening socio-economic disparities.
In a climate where race and religion have been exploited for political purposes, people are naturally suspicious of any attempt to subtly impose beliefs on them, observes Ronald Benjamin.
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.
Umno-BN continues to manipulate ethno-religious issues to delay the emergence of a New Politics that is associated with justice, equality and freedom, and the push towards a more democratic two-party system, writes Francis Loh.
Holding a simplistic view that faith should be kept out of politics is equivalent to saying there is no need for ethics in nation building, says Ronald Benjamin.
If all religions teach that love for others is paramount to seeking true happiness and enlightenment, what are we doing mistrusting one another, wonders Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi.
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.
Aliran views with deep concern the mischievous and dastardly deed of throwing pig heads at mosques, the latest incident being at Masjid Al-Hidayah in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
Four media watchdog groups recently condemned Utusan Malaysia’s irresponsible reporting over an alleged call from Christian pastors to change Malaysia’s “official religion” to Christianity.