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Affirmative action: Service or disservice

It is time to stop the current way of carrying out affirmative action, says Rani Rasiah. Affirmative action must be carried out on condition...

Rahim Noor should crawl back into the woodwork

The former Inspector–General of Police, Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor, emerging as it were from the dead, has expressed some startling views on human rights....

Apocalypse begins

Dealing with the current madness will not be easy or comfortable, predicts Soothsayer. So, evaluate yourselves and gauge the strength of your will power...

On sustainable development for Penang

What type of development do we want for Penang? Is it rampant and unbalanced development or is it sustainable and balanced development, asks Lim...

We have to speak up

Today our unity is threatened. And if concerned voices, responsible leaders and caring Malaysians do not rise up and speak up, we will become...

History – why bother?

We should not view history as just another subject for a student to score another 'A' but rather as one that forms the soul...

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...

PSM 6: For the good of all – the sacrifice of a few

May we please allow those who work for the good of others to continue doing that? Dr Kumar, Chon Kai, Saras, Babu, Letchu...

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 ...

Let’s stop talking politics and get real!

It is a real pity that Najib has turned down Anwar’s challenge to debate their economic policies, says P Ramakrishnan. Najib’s decision has not...

You can’t be serious, Tsu Koon!

Tota wonders how the Home Ministry was awarded full marks with its key performance indicators. Under your KPI rating, you have placed the Ministry...

3 main concerns not addressed in the Budget

Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj reacts to a sugary budget that fails to tackle the serious challenges facing the nation. Every year, once the Budget is...