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Historicity of normative Islamic law and its contingencies

In the year 2009, is a Malaysian woman going to be caned for drinking alcohol or is she going to see the true meaning...

Dealing with the siege mentality among Muslims

Today as we face the reality of political religion (be it Islam, Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism) a nuanced, intelligent understanding of religion and religiosity...

Aiyoh, same old shameful politics-lah!

The BN's is attempting to expand its influence over the Internet - but it still resorts to the same old politics of control and...

Kg Buah Pala: Oasis amidst concrete jungle

In many ways, Kg Buah Pala reminds us of the life-style we once had - but have now all but lost in our...

The year of living ‘precariously’ for Malay(sian)s

To claim that the ‘Malays’ are easily duped by others says a lot about them being ruled by Umno, which claims to be the...

Allegations of sexual abuse of Penan women, children: Shameful silence

A national taskforce set up last year to probe these allegations produced a report in December 2008 - but its findings have ...

The problem with our government..

The Sarawak government politician unconscionably blames God or the victims of environmental crises for whatever predicament they are afflicted with.The problem with our government...

Abolish ISA rally: A necessary action

Despite the BN’s best efforts, the demonstration actually caught the nation’s attention: many could see there are still thousands of Malaysians who want the...

Man in the mirror

LM discusses the conflict between personal values and corporate values and the struggle to be true to one's self in the corporate world and...

Domestic workers and domestic work

While the current exploitation of the domestic worker stems from a system which exploits people for profits (i.e. capitalism), gender discrimination and the isolation...

So who has ‘misunderstood’ the ISA?

It is now being claimed by some that the Internal Security Act has been ‘misunderstood’ by a significant section of the Malaysian public. But...

Politics, power and the violence of history

A Muslim woman (Kartika Sari Dewi) has been sentenced to whipping by the Shariah court for the offence of drinking alcohol in public. The...

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