2011 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.

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....

What a multi-cultural, multi-religious society means to me

Why make so much effort to cultivate an appreciation of our plural society when its rich diversity is already in our “blood”, wonders No...

For shame! Civility, decency and the substance of politics

Chistopher Chong reminds elected reps that they are public servants whose job it is to ensure the welfare of all Malaysians by focusing on...

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...

Home Ministry under siege, mentally

John Inbaraj remains exasperated by the Home Ministry's failure to deal with the problem of foreigners entering the country illegally. In an earlier article...

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...

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,...

Tremulous two-decade journey to Permanent Residency

A Foreign Spouse of a Malaysian Citizen shares the saga of her long journey to become a permanent resident. Last week, I got called...

Pitiful plight

The early Indian Malaysian working class’ plight - severe financial difficulties, intense suffering in silence, sad tear-filled eyes – was deliberately ignored by heartless...

The ‘best democracy’? Not by a long shot

We need to reform the judicial system to make it independent and to strengthen religious pluralism before we can lay claim to being the...

Something is rotten about migrant workers’ entry rules

There seems to be a complete lack of will on the part of the government to resolve the issue of undocumented migrants, writes John...

Raya reflections of a migrant in Malaysia

Isn’t it time that we all celebrate our diversity knowing that our own lives are enriched and enhanced by our cross-cultural contributions, asks Bina...

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