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A lesson from Sibu

The Sibu 'buy'-election result shows that money doesn’t buy everything in life. And, political arrogance has its price too, writes Mustafa K Anuar.   The...

Does Malaysia deserve to sit on the Human Rights Council?

When Malaysia's human rights shortcomings are so blatant and apparent, how can the country in all honesty seek membership on the United Nations Human...

The BN pattern will be repeated

P Ramakrishnan gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what kind of tactics the BN will use in the last couple of days of...

Back-side story

A couple of Penang state assembly members seem inclined to focus on matters behind them rather than the issues in front of them, observes...

Whither the Sibu Chinese voters?

It is difficult to predict how Sibu residents are going to vote. But after a slew of small talks targeted at Christians and females,...

All is not lost, Gordon Brown: Look East beyond India, think ‘kataks’

If only British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had looked east, he wouldn't be in this pickle. Instead, he could have picked up a few...

Local gov’t polls can be held, say legal experts advising Penang gov’t

It is legally possible to hold local government elections, a team of legal experts advising the Penang state government has found, writes Prof Francis...

Living remnants of an intangible heritage

While the homes of labouring class may have been replaced by elevated highways, luxurious condominiums and monumental buildings, modest temples remain as the...

Will local govt elections result in electocracy or democracy?

Before local government can be revived, there should be some kind of campaign finance reform and a regulatory framework on campaigning, says our...

‘The DAP night’ in Sibu: An observation

In their campaign speeches in Sibu, Pakatan's “national leaders” mentioned too little about issues that had an immediate and obvious effect on the local...

TV2 Bakun docu-series terminated: What they didn’t want you to know

A nine-part TV2 Mandarin documentary series which was to be aired from 26 April to 7 May was forced off the air on 28...

‘Feet kissing’ during the Hulu Selangor campaign

Now that the election is over, the dust from the many visits of VIPs never seen before will settle and business will ...

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