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Stay calm, stick with the crowd, avoid trouble-makers

Saya yang dibankit shares with us his fearful and disappointing experience at the anti-ISA vigil in Penang on 1 August and gives us some...

Let the thril-Ling show begin!

Ling Liong Sik's recent arrest has inspired Martin Jalleh to pen this ster-ling ode to the weird goings-on in Bolehland. Bolehland’s economy is bucklingFDIs are...

Are the police sabotaging the BN?

Ordinary Malaysians are not naive: they see the difference between the police treatment of the pro-ISA group and the anti-ISA activists and they understand...

Elections: BN no longer has the upper hand!

This will be a new scenario for BN, notes P Ramakrishnan. It will not have the upper hand in determining its fortune or...

When Parliament killed our democracy

When D R Seenivasagam spoke out against the passing of the Internal Security Act as an instrument of intimidation 50 years ago, few realised...

People first? Practise what you preach!

Should not the the Prime Minister change his government policies to meet the needs of the rakyat instead of forcing the rakyat to...

Restructuring federal-state relations: Critical issue in next polls

Power must be devolved, decision-making must be decentralised, and development funds must be shared all the way down, asserts Francis Loh.  An important issue...

Attracting talents back through the Talent Corporation

Tok Kin Woon is pessimistic about the latest initiative to draw talent back to the country. The reasons for the human resource flight are...

Why snuffing out the voice of the Opposition isn’t cool

The denial of publishing permits for Suara Keadilan and Harakah robs ordinary Malaysians of their democratic right to information from a broad spectrum of...

Our Home Minister and the police force

Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein has spoken out against criticising of the police force. But one cannot turn a blind eye to the reputation...

Birth certificates and fathers’ details

There would seem to be a difference between what the law states about children born out of wedlock and what is carried out...

BN: Hollow and hypocritical

When it became increasingly apparent that tilting arch at the Penang Botanic Garden would topple before long, the Barisan government suddenly became people-friendly. P...

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