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Why did they free Anwar?

While the prosecution went all out to obtain a conviction using highly questionable methods, the powers-that-be could not ignore the sentiment on the ground,...

The Election Commission and absent voters

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The time has come for the EC to fulfil the task of helping Malaysians to exercise their right as voters rather than excluding some...

T’is the season for jumping ship!

Malaysians must not be taken in by this sandiwara. We must remain focused on the larger objective i.e. to turn the BN into an...

Revamp MACC to give it real independence

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The MACC must be given real independence so that it can prosecute offenders without getting the nod from the Attorney General, writes Ronald Benjamin....

Longer campaign period, fairer access to media needed

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The current eight-day campaign period for general elections is too short and the playing field is far from level when opposition parties are denied...

Can Umno re-invent itself?

Many problems continue to trouble Umno and despite Najib's best efforts, the party seemingly lacks the infusion of new blood, new ideas and strategies...

Install caretaker government during polls period

To ensure that the ruling party does not exploit government resources and machinery to win elections, the concept of a neutral caretaker government has...

Register voters automatically; reduce voting age

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It defies all logic that in this era of efficient, electronic government, the Election Commission cannot link its computer system with that of the...

Sedikit-sedikit lama-lama jadi bukit

If we are against corruption, then we should be against dishonesty in all its forms, big or small, says Frank. I don't want to...

It’s people’s right to disagree

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The minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, doesn’t seem to understand basic things concerning democracy. His notion of democracy...

Transparent policies required in national schools

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Has the education system been reviewed? If it has been, there seem to be few progressive policies implemented, complain Very Angry Parents. It...

Do we need a law for peaceful assembly?

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The Bill aimed at allowing peaceful assembly – a right guaranteed by the Constitution – ends up restricting further whatever public space that is...

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