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Wanted: Not just bersih elections but also parliamentary reforms

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Democratic reforms should not be confined to the electoral process but should also encompass larger institutions and structures - and that is why...

A Seduction Act in the offing?

Najib's replacement for the Sedition Act may be perceived by many Malaysians as an uncreative attempt at seducing them into voting for the BN...

Nurturing democracy – a parent’s responsibility

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Parents actually have a duty to children to teach them about democracy and the exercise of democracy, says Angeline Loh. The right to vote...

Like father like son … only worse: Tun Razak, Najib and hunger strikes

While Tun Razak at least had the gumption to meet up in with representatives of ISA detainees on a hunger strike in 1967 to...

Wong Chun Wai – following political masters religiously?

Wong Chun Wai's statement that the faithful must not be afraid to challenge their religious leaders if they are wrong prompts John Inbaraj to...

Why the extreme political partisanship?

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The solution to extreme political partisanship may be found in creating a political culture in which the ideas and moral virtues of governance can...

Isa’s membership in Felda illegal: Why then is he Felda chairman?

This whole episode is related to Umno’s survival in the next general election, observes P Ramakrishnan. They have to take control of KPF by...

Dataran Merdeka – who owns it?

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The powers-that-be must get it into their thick heads that the whole country, every inch of it, belongs to the people, asserts Tota. Over...

Rule of law and civilised governments

Tota compares the contrasting reactions to calls for atrocities to be investigated in a couple of western democracies and in Malaysia. In the Batang...

Bersih 3.0, a people’s carnival

The huge Bersih 3.0 crowd testified to the fact that many people no longer trust the BN government, let alone the Election Commission, to...

600 Singaporeans gather for ISA crackdown anniversary

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Hundreds of Singaporeans have marked the 25th anniversary of an ISA crackdown in the island republic, notes Anil Netto. Some 600 people turned up...

Thursday at Ambiga’s

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Zaharom Nain describes the scene at Ambiga's house when a bunch of 'petty traders' and racist youths turned up with their unwelcome messages. Well,...

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