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Education system should be free of political influence

Unfortunately, the education system is now under heavy political influence and keeps on changing to the detriment of the system, observes Abdul Rashid Hanafi....

Emulate South Korea … ah, but what about the educational system and democratisation?

If we are serious about emulating Korea’s drive for success, we have to look at what's behind that “legendary high discipline and work culture”,...

The chain of accountability in foreign policy

In a demoocracy, not only must domestic policies be subjected to the scrutiny of the people but also forays that involve actors and agents...

Hudud and the Muslims’ dilemma

Many are caught in a tug-of-war of cognitive dissonance between their faith and how they really want to live, writes Abdul Rashid Hanafi..Hudud,...

Sabah Royal Commission of Inquiry report: Will the government act?

Is the Election Commission going to launch a state-wide clean-up of the state’s electoral lists after the release of the inquiry report on Sabah...

Extremism and democracy, and never the twain shall meet

How can we promote tolerance, let alone unity, when certain people subscribe to doctrines that ask them to hate, says Abdul Rashid Hanafi.Extremism...

Ethno-religious Wonderland where everything is nonsense

Everyone has the right to critise, but they do NOT have the right to be intolerant, promote hate and call for violence, writes Abdul...

Liberalism – a convenient whipping boy

Despite its illustrious history, liberalism is used hereto prevent serious thinking and debates on the real social and political problems of our time, writes...

Migrants scapegoated for Cameron Highlands flooding, landslide

What have the migrants (regardless of legal status) got to do with a disaster resulting from thoughtless, environmentally unfriendly development, asks Angeline Loh.Almost...

Malaysia and her Empathy Deficit Disorder

Recent negative sentiments expressed after the Cameron Highlands tragedy reflect the widespread convenient demonisation of migrant workers, writes Sheila Santharamohana.The queue snaked around...

Thank you, Perkasa; thank you, Isma; you’re doing a fantastic job!

You have successfully driven more voters away from Umno and BN into the arms of Pakatan, says P Ramakrishnan.Yes, Perkasa and Isma, you...

Penang street food: Rich aromatic blend of cultures

Trying to prevent the assimilation of other cultures is our loss, as we would fail to appreciate the uniqueness of each culture and the...

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