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Longer campaign period, fairer access to media needed

The current eight-day campaign period for general elections is too short and the playing field is far from level when opposition parties are denied...

Can Umno re-invent itself?

Many problems continue to trouble Umno and despite Najib's best efforts, the party seemingly lacks the infusion of new blood, new ideas and strategies...

Install caretaker government during polls period

To ensure that the ruling party does not exploit government resources and machinery to win elections, the concept of a neutral caretaker government has...

Register voters automatically; reduce voting age

It defies all logic that in this era of efficient, electronic government, the Election Commission cannot link its computer system with that of the...

Sedikit-sedikit lama-lama jadi bukit

If we are against corruption, then we should be against dishonesty in all its forms, big or small, says Frank. I don't want to...

It’s people’s right to disagree

The minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, doesn’t seem to understand basic things concerning democracy. His notion of democracy...

Transparent policies required in national schools

Has the education system been reviewed? If it has been, there seem to be few progressive policies implemented, complain Very Angry Parents. It...

Do we need a law for peaceful assembly?

The Bill aimed at allowing peaceful assembly – a right guaranteed by the Constitution – ends up restricting further whatever public space that is...

BN following the dinosaurs

If the BN is judged obsolete and irrelevant to present-day Malaysia, it will not be the fault of the Opposition or the rakyat, but...

Euro crisis has seeds in neoliberal ideology

A selfish brand of capitalism rooted in the ideology of neoliberalism is causing misery to millions of human beings around the world, writes Ronald...

Ministry of Education – or Miseducation?

The education system needs to be revamped and a good starting point would be to remove the purview of education from politicians, writes Angry...

Why workers are in no mood for Bosses’ Day

As the MTUC holds a nation-wide picket over amendments to the Employment Act that will further weaken the position of workers, Ronald Benjamin ...