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So Najib wants to help the US$19tn US economy with Malaysian funds?

Before Najib starts to show off by trying to help the US economy, which is 62 times the size of ours, he should first...

Stop the genocidal killings in Myanmar – but look in our backyard too

While we condemn the Myanmar government over the treatment of the Rohingya, let us also look at what is happening in our own backyard,...

Affordable quality healthcare: Benchmark of a developed society

The government could use GST revenue to fund a Malaysian version of the UK National Health Service, suggests Benedict Lopez. As we move towards...
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After 60 years, time to overcome divisions in Malaysian society

We have a national leadership that is using divisive issues to cling on to political power, but after 60 years, it is time to...

Merdeka checkpoint: Service, corruption, reward, volunteerism

Let's not lose our focus and let's do our part by always giving the best service – whether private, public or voluntary - living...

Marriage is a bond – not a social contract

The root cause of the protracted legal battle on unilateral conversion of children to Islam stems from a myopic and legalised understanding of marriage,...

Reclaiming George Town’s five-foot ways as a public space

Apart from stepping up awareness-raising and enforcement, the authorities need the people’s support to once again open up five-foot ways for pedestrians to use,...

Down memory five-foot way in George Town

Back in those days, people collectively understood five-foot ways as a shared space between the public and the private, writes Penny Wong. “Look at...

Aliran backs movement to abolish death penalty

People must be given an opportunity to a second chance - to reform, realise, change, says K Haridas. Aliran supports the cause for the...
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Swoop on alleged militants: Are Malaysian borders that porous?

How on earth were these alleged militants able to get into Malaysia and linger about until a special operation was needed to flush them...

1MDB scandal: A leadership deficit

The leadership deficit is about this: not wanting to speak up when you know that a great wrong is being done, writes K Haridas....
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1MDB scandal: Acting for the greater good?

Acting for the greater good would have mandated that those involved in 1MDB need to unveil the smokescreen put up by those who have...