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.
Behind the Valentine’s Day controversy, a battle is raging for the soul of the nation, observes Casanova. Arrayed on one side are the forces of realpolitik propagating their narrow ideologies of ethnicity and religion. On the other side are young artists, social workers, academicians and people of concern who are resisting such ideologies.
Any sense of truth being anyone’s monopoly leads to a sense of arrogance and destroys the very quality of truth, observes Asghar Ali Engineer.
The tragedy of a large number of Muslim countries is that the common people have no say in governance. The time has come for the supremacy of the people to be recognised, writes Asghar Ali Engineer.