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Of sin, Siti and small-minded men without sagacity

The different faiths in this country are often faced with many similar challenges which could be more easily overcome if we were to synergise...

End of Mubarak or end of American Century?

We greet the revolution in Egypt against the backdrop of rising oil and gas prices, possibly leading to another recession, and the scramble for...

Affirmative action: Service or disservice

It is time to stop the current way of carrying out affirmative action, says Rani Rasiah. Affirmative action must be carried out on condition...

Thanks, but no thanks, Mr PM

Well Wisher was surprised to receive a Chinese New Year sms greeting from “Najib Razak dan keluarga” but reckons that most people place more...

Are we serious about enforcement?

When there is an attempt to enforce a rule, the most common reaction is to politicise it and mostly along ethnic lines. Is this...

Tossing multiculturalism

Tossing the colourful yee sang may be viewed as not simply an ostentatious ritual act of aspirational bonding but also a reminder that the...

Casting a wider Net

Given the government's record of restricting media freedom over the years, Mustafa K Anuar is not surprised that few Malaysians are finding any comfort...

Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia: A quick comparison

What are the similarities and differences among Egypt, Tunisia and Malaysia. Philip Khoo takes a quick look at some of the socio-economic data, focusing...

Loyalty to King and country – or to BN?

Johor State Education Director Markom Giran despicably attempted to force teachers to play a partisan political role in the Tenang by-election. He was trying...

Penang’s FOI Bill “disgusting”

Selangor’s Freedom of Information Bill, being the country’s first, was understandably impaired. But what excuse has Penang to come up with the same paltry...

GM mosquitoes: It just doesn’t add up!

Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj wants to know whether the Health Ministry plans to buy GM mosquitoes directly from Oxitec or whether there is a crony...

Domestic workers – humans not commodities

The application of labour laws and acceptance of workers' rights for domestic workers would clarify the employment relationship between domestic workers and employers, says...

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