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Malaysia’s political parties take new hues

Party strategies are leading Umno and Pas in unexpected directions, observes Maznah Mohamad. Umno’s radical turn is being matched by Pas’ attempts at moderation....

Farewell, dear Fan Yew Teng

Martin Jalleh pays tribute to the courageous and outspoken advocate for justice, Fan Yew Teng, who succumbed to cancer yesterday. You were truly a...

Penang’s Speakers’ Square: A step forward

The favourable public reaction to Penang's Speakers' Square is to be expected as it contrasts with the constant moves by the federal government...

Orang Asli protest memo: Demands and relevance

Orang Asli protest over proposed land policy - Photo by Komas Some 2,500 Orang Asli gathered in Putrajaya on 17 March 2010 to...

India’s soft diplomacy in Asean: Re-building a bridge that was never broken?

The Indian PM’s visit to Malaysia was hardly a case of a foreign premier visiting a foreign land; it was more akin to a...

Please pack up and go, PKR

Instead of translating into reality the promise of a “revolution in the (country’s) political culture”, PKR has “rewarded” the rakyat with never-ending...

Why I oppose legalising football gambling

Toh Kin Woon explains why he finds it difficult to accept that the government is considering giving its official seal of approval to...

Back-side story

A couple of Penang state assembly members seem inclined to focus on matters behind them rather than the issues in front of them, observes...

Restructuring federal-state relations: Critical issue in next polls

Power must be devolved, decision-making must be decentralised, and development funds must be shared all the way down, asserts Francis Loh.  An important issue...

The laughter crescendos!

Does the current ruling party fear being laughed out of government at the next general election? That would make us the pioneers of a...

Frogs – are they just parasites?

In recent months, the media have gone to town with reports of party-hoppers and disgruntled Pakatan reps. Our correspondent says the people should actually...

Proposed Orang Asli land policy: Planned poverty?

Ketuanan Rakyat observes that the government's proposed Orang Asli land policy is a recipe for planned poverty.  Re this piece below (by Yogeswaran),...