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Tax reliefs: Hidden subsidies that favour the rich

Tax reliefs are a very regressive form of government subsidies to the taxpayers. The richer the taxpayer, the more subsidies she receives from the...

Enough! Let’s put a stop to gutter politics

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We must not give the time of day to gutter politics by totally ignoring such news all together. It is high time that we...

Of sin, Siti and small-minded men without sagacity

The different faiths in this country are often faced with many similar challenges which could be more easily overcome if we were to synergise...

Was it a big fat lie, Mr PM?

Was Anwar's bid to takeover Putrajaya on 16 September 2008 a "big fat lie" as Najib has claimed? P Ramakrishnan reminds us about a...

Muhyiddin, what happened to the tens of billions? (Part 2)

All it would have take is RM634m a year to eliminate poverty in the country by a direct handout to poor households, says our...

Valentine’s Day: Ideological battle for nation’s heart

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Behind the Valentine's Day controversy, a battle is raging for the soul of the nation, observes Casanova. Arrayed on one side are the forces...

Corruption, cost of living, and the need for good governance

John Inbaraj urges the Prime Minister of acronyms to forget all about GTP, ETP etc. Instead, he proposes WOC (Wipe Out Corruption) and ELC...

BN following the dinosaurs

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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...

Loyalty to King and country – or to BN?

Johor State Education Director Markom Giran despicably attempted to force teachers to play a partisan political role in the Tenang by-election. He was trying...

Sarawakians, seize the moment!

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In a clarion call, Martin Jalleh urges Sarawakians to save their state. By their self-determination, Sarawakians should show BN leaders and their political representatives...

Obsession with race

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Scrapping the race category in some forms is not going to help in any way. What has to change is the mindset of...

Strange things happen in Bolehland

Bolehland is a country of strange coincidences, observes Tota, as he looks at Malaysian politicians' recent visits to the Vatican, India, the US, Kazakhstan,...

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