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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...

When BN leaders fail to lead, “think alternative”

When political leaders fail us after 53 years of governance, Christopher Barnabas says it's time we start to "think alternative" and vote for...

Lighting candles

The simple act of actively lighting candles is perhaps dangerous if it illuminates the darkness of ignorance, oppression and injustice, says Yeoh Seng Guan.   This...

The speech that wasn’t delivered

P Ramakrishnan was supposed to deliver this address at an anti-ISA vigil in Penang on 1 August 2010, but before he could speak, four...

Stay calm, stick with the crowd, avoid trouble-makers

Saya yang dibankit shares with us his fearful and disappointing experience at the anti-ISA vigil in Penang on 1 August and gives us some...

Are the police sabotaging the BN?

Ordinary Malaysians are not naive: they see the difference between the police treatment of the pro-ISA group and the anti-ISA activists and they understand...

Elections: BN no longer has the upper hand!

This will be a new scenario for BN, notes P Ramakrishnan. It will not have the upper hand in determining its fortune or...

When Parliament killed our democracy

When D R Seenivasagam spoke out against the passing of the Internal Security Act as an instrument of intimidation 50 years ago, few realised...

People first? Practise what you preach!

Should not the the Prime Minister change his government policies to meet the needs of the rakyat instead of forcing the rakyat to...

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...

Attracting talents back through the Talent Corporation

Tok Kin Woon is pessimistic about the latest initiative to draw talent back to the country. The reasons for the human resource flight are...

Why snuffing out the voice of the Opposition isn’t cool

The denial of publishing permits for Suara Keadilan and Harakah robs ordinary Malaysians of their democratic right to information from a broad spectrum of...

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