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latest AM coverIn our cover story, Anil Netto looks at life after the Kuala Terengganu by-election for the BN. The ruling coalition knows what it needs to do to survive; it has to push through major reforms to wipe our corruption and abuse of power to win back lost support. But is it capable of such reforms?

Someone who should know is Zaid Ibrahim. We have failed miserably in dealing with complex issues of society by resorting to a political culture of promoting fear and division amongst the people, he says.

Even attending outdoor vigils could land you in trouble. Rakyat@work examines what prompts  ordinary Malaysians to light candles in the darkness.

Malaysians have indeed awakened. Indian Malaysians, for instance, voted in droves for the opposition in the last general election. It is time to tackle the root causes of their discontentment, says P Sivakumar.

Lim Hong Hai, meanwhile, reviews a new book on the watershed general election: ‘March 8: Eclipsing May 13’, a thought-provoking collection of essays by Ooi Kee Beng, Johan Saravanamuttu and Lee Hock Guan.

While political issues grab our attention, Kam U Tee says the economic turmoil offers an opportunity to develop a multi-pronged energy strategy, which would include renewable energy.

Further away, the spotlight falls on Gaza. The world needs to respond to the carnage there, says R N Bhupalan. We cannot sit on the fence when people are being murdered before our very eyes, asserts Farish Noor; we have to do something. On a more mundane level, Stoplookgo reflects on the afraid-to-lose-face, not-afraid-to-die Malaysian motorists and their reckless driving.

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