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Bersih rally, English riots: A crucial difference

Bersih was a demonstration of hope while the English riots were the converse - a demonstration of hopelessness, notes our special correspondent. Yes, the...

The greatest lie

Tota takes a light-hearted look at some of the 'hot' episodes in recent months. The greatest lie During the Sarawak elections, Najib said that the...

Eligibility for Permanent Residency in Malaysia

A parliamentary committee should be immediately set up to conduct an impartial inquiry into the awards of PR and citizenship. On what basis are some...

A puzzle in the census: Are there half a million new citizens?

The Aliran Research Team compares actual 2010 census data with official estimated figures and discovers a couple of surprising differences. There have been numerous...

Why Malaysians are angry: A response to Wong Chun Wai

In a recent comment piece in The Star, the paper's Group Chief editor, Wong Choon Wai asked, “Can we stop being angry people and...

Goodwill of the police?

After almost a month in detention with no logical reasoning, the Malaysian public is now supposed to believe that not only the do police...

Dirty reports about Bersih walk

The mainstream press' disregard of the Bersih phenomenon reflected its abandoning of journalistic ethics and its eroding commitment to truth and social responsibility, says...

Of Raja Nazrin, real stories and regal rhetoric

During the Perak crisis, key democratic institutions were manipulated by the powers-that-be to contain and crush legitimate dissent. Martin Jalleh wonders if Raja Nazrin...

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...

Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad

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With all that is happening around us, we may well ask, what is happening to this country of ours? Could Euripedes have been right...

Jaundiced Justice!

To postpone the hearing of the habeas corpus applications by the PSM six who have been detained without trial under the Emergency Ordinance 1969...

Seeds of Bersih in Patto’s last speech

The last speech by the late opposition stalwart P Patto in 1995 contained the seeds of the call for electoral reform, which has since...

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