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No more NST for Aliran!

P Ramakrishnan explains why Aliran has terminated its subscription to the New Straits Times. As of today, Aliran has stopped subscribing to the New...

Wanted: Politicians who are competent social analysts

Is it not the unequal distribution of power in society that has created a wide gap between the rich and the poor, which in...

A (vulgar, extreme) response to Ronald Benjamin

What if Malaysia’s prolonged victimisation of the poor by the rich is due to our misplaced anxieties with niceties, with sounding reasonable, with reaching...

What lies ahead for Malaysia’s journalism?

Utusan Malaysia will have to decide whether it wants to remain a sensationalist paper that mocks journalism standards or a respected daily that reports...

Malaysia The Unready

The Umno-dominated BN government's mantra is that Malaysia is not ready for so many things that are basic in all truly democratic and progressive...

Wanted: Not just bersih elections but also parliamentary reforms

Democratic reforms should not be confined to the electoral process but should also encompass larger institutions and structures - and that is why...

A Seduction Act in the offing?

Najib's replacement for the Sedition Act may be perceived by many Malaysians as an uncreative attempt at seducing them into voting for the BN...

Nurturing democracy – a parent’s responsibility

Parents actually have a duty to children to teach them about democracy and the exercise of democracy, says Angeline Loh. The right to vote...

Like father like son … only worse: Tun Razak, Najib and hunger strikes

While Tun Razak at least had the gumption to meet up in with representatives of ISA detainees on a hunger strike in 1967 to...

Wong Chun Wai – following political masters religiously?

Wong Chun Wai's statement that the faithful must not be afraid to challenge their religious leaders if they are wrong prompts John Inbaraj to...

Why the extreme political partisanship?

The solution to extreme political partisanship may be found in creating a political culture in which the ideas and moral virtues of governance can...

Isa’s membership in Felda illegal: Why then is he Felda chairman?

This whole episode is related to Umno’s survival in the next general election, observes P Ramakrishnan. They have to take control of KPF by...

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