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Empowering state and local authorities under the New Economic Model?

One of Najib's reform initiatives aims at decentralisation in decision making and devolution of powers. But how will this be possible when, as Francis...

Datuk Hee? Hee! Hee! So “Hee-larious”!

Hee Yit Foong is now 'Datuk Hee'. But Martin Jalleh believes she will forever be haunted for having committed the “hee-nious” crime of betraying...

Open letter to Sharizat

Tota takes to task the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Sharizat Abdul Jalil, for her comments mocking the payment of RM100 to...

Orang Asli protest memo: Demands and relevance

Orang Asli protest over proposed land policy - Photo by Komas Some 2,500 Orang Asli gathered in Putrajaya on 17 March 2010 to...

Do Malaysians have the right to rally?

  The reds marching in Thailand on 27 March 2010 Does the holding of political rallies necessarily lead to chaos and disorder? CY explores this...

Of goodies and buy-elections

We’ve seen it all these years, but that doesn’t mean that it’s kosher just because it has been done all this while, writes Mustafa...

‘Women only’ carriages not the only option

Instead of curtailing women’s choices over where they can or cannot sit ‘for their own safety’, KTMB should consider working out how...

A’s galore – Is this for real?

So many students these days obtain a string of A's in public examinations. And yet, most people who were in school, say 50 years...

Why are the Malays poor? Blame it on Umno!

Who squandered the national wealth on prestige projects while neglecting the poor? Who bailed out crony businessmen by writing off billions of ringgit, asks...

Local Government Act: Ours to make or break

The test of democracy is not how law-abiding we are but how just are the laws we live by. We cannot forget that...

The rakyat need local council elections

Many of us have been helpless and at the mercy of all-powerful appointed councillors and heads who are meant to serve us. Local...

Tak mahu!

As long as key ingredients are missing, the 1Malaysia concept will remain a farcical gimmick, says Tota. Ever since Najib announced the 1Malaysia concept,...

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