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Thinking Allowed Online is an avenue for writers including non-Aliran members to express themselves on current issues. The views expressed need not necessarily reflect Aliran’s official position.

How I started writing many years ago

Benedict Lopez recounts his journey from working as speechwriter in a government agency to contributor for Aliran. Back in the middle of 1994, when...

Lithuania braved agonising past to move forward with resolve

No country should ever look back at its past and wallow in self-pity and make it an impediment to progress, writes Benedict Lopez. Annexed...

Act decisively against those who plundered the nation

If the laws are inadequate to prosecute them effectively, convene Parliament, construct and create sound laws specifically for their crimes, writes Dominic Damian. Those...

Free tuition portal raises deep questions about shortcomings of schools

By making students resort to tuition, we have indirectly absolved schools and teachers of their major responsibility, writes JD Lovrenciear. The prime-minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim,...

Tax the wealthy, not the middle class and the poor

Malaysians should feel more confident that their higher taxes will be spent wisely and not frittered away through diversion to corrupt and wasteful channels,...

Rally around and compel Federal Court to make a ruling: It is their obligation!

Providing a ruling would render appropriate guidance onextensions of judicial service beyond the constitutional age of retirement of our judges, writes P Ramakrishnan. We...

Dear Tun, great UN speech, but…

In an open letter to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Jeyakumar Devaraj calls on the government to recognise the category of refugees and allow...

Applause for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates

Awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad is a big step in the world’s recognition of the need to...

Judiciary betrays justice – injustice wins the day!

Instead of enhancing public confidence in the judiciary, the stand taken by the Federal Court over the extended terms of top judges has undermined...

Judges too must be subject to public scrutiny

We cannot afford a weak, subservient judiciary that is unable to temper the powers of the executive or any other institution or authority, says...

Anwar’s Port Dickson gambit

Anwar's PD move has put him and the coalition or hope government in something of a vulnerable corner, observes JD Lovrenciear. The upcoming by-election...

Stuck in KL traffic jams – but I didn’t need a car in...

Benedict Lopez explains why he didn't need a car to get around in the Swedish capital. Traffic jams in Kuala Lumpur will continue to...
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