2010 TA Online

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.

Perception versus Reality

A common perception is that “nothing is moving in Penang”. The reality is how to really move when Penang contributed RM26 billion...

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...

Najib preaches the Prophet’s traits

Maybe Najib can be called a shameless strategist, skilled but unrepentantly contemptuous of democracy and the rule of law. How then does...

Perak MB should walk the talk

Last month, a villager from Kampung DBI in Buntong died from a snake-bite. Things would have been different if the Perak Mentri Besar had...

Gerakan & PKR: When idealism gives way to realpolitik

From what we see in PKR and Gerakan today, there is one thing we can learn: never rely totally on politicians to see through...

Rising social inequality in Malaysia

It is always important to ask the key question: who in society is benefiting from economic growth? This question, unfortunately, is not...

Tie a yellow ribbon…

Yeoh Seng Guan reports on the widespread use of political merchandising and the internet during the ongoing Philippines election campaign and wonders if...

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...

Get real, Suhakam!

If children cannot be protected against an exploitative and unjust system, what is the rationale for standing in their way when they participate in...

BN leaders wary of reforms

The current BN leaders are pre-occupied with self-fulfilment and hesitant about pushing for reforms for fear of losing power. Maybe they could learn a...

Offence and defence in a civilised society

Mustafa K Anuar looks at the recent brouhaha over an article in The Star on the caning of three women, which was followed by...

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...

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