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Come September 2010

Come September, Prime Minister Najib Razak will mark the second anniversary of his 1Malaysia social engineering campaign. But will that mark the dawning...

Frogs – are they just parasites?

In recent months, the media have gone to town with reports of party-hoppers and disgruntled Pakatan reps. Our correspondent says the people should actually...

Moribund forces demonising, destabilising Pakatan

All progressive forces that want a change - and this probably constitutes a majority of Malaysians of all ethnic communities - must unite against...

Nazri and his logic

The controversy over the use of “Allah” by non-Muslims appears to be an attempt by the Muslim right-wing to 'privatise' the word – something...

Civil society must build bridges across the Muslim-non-Muslim divide

Now, more than ever before, progressive and critical voices must be heard within our respective religions, urges Francis Loh. It is most telling that the...

Political conspiracy? Politically democracy!

Looking at the recent controversies in Malaysia, Soon Chuan Yean wonders whether he...

Suhakam appointments: Window-dressing again?

The process of appointments to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has been amended, but Yogeswaran Subramaniam is left wondering if the change...

Political agenda disguised

Ch'ng Teng Liang looks at the motive of those who demonstrated against the Penang state governent on 5 February, ostensibly in defence of Malay...

Ushering the new school term ala 1Malaysia style

Our correspondent was shocked when her daughter revealed that her school had two timetables for her and her classmates - one for the Muslims...

Sex, politics and football

Unlike the case of former England football captain John Terry, the stakes in the Anwar Ibrahim trial are much higher and involve more than...

Anwar trial will not derail struggle for justice, democracy

Whatever happens to Anwar, Malaysians will continue to demand greater democracy, accountability and socio-economic justice to ensure that the momentum towards change is not...