2015 TA Online

Thinking Allowed Online is an avenue for writers including non-Aliran members to express themselves on current issues. The views expressed need not necessarily reflect Aliran’s official position.

A message for education planners, policymakers and implementers

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There is consensus among many academicians and educated and enlightened people that our education system has become rotten, writes Tota. In the Pisa international...

Malaysian voices from the teh tarik stall and kopitiam

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Tota eavesdrops on the conversations in the coffee-shops in town and shares with us some juicy tales. With many independent institutions destroyed and becoming...

‘Soft Talk’ on TV3: Sham interview with Najib

By any standards the interview was a sham, observes Tota. Many realised what actually had happened. Najib has come under relentless and ruthless criticism...

Wan Azizah, Malaysia’s Lady

Wan Azizah has no need to prove herself a leader because she is already one, moulded and trained through trial and tribulation, writes Angeline...

Permatang Pauh by-election: BN manifesto

Tota recalls his friend's critical comments about the BN manifesto for the Permatang Pauh by-election. I ran into my Malay friend, well-educated, knowledgeable and...

Najib’s goose is being cooked – and other happenings

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Can Najib survive the political maelstrom he finds himself in? Tota takes a tongue-in-cheek look at recent developments in the country. The frequency with...

Grassroots of political parties must hold leaders accountable

The current issues related to poor governance in Malaysia today has its roots in a top-down authoritarian feudal culture, observes Ronald Benjamin. The spat...

Religion, state, politics and society

The greatest threat to society and religion is not that a certain religious precept is being brought forward, but if it is being imposed...

Malaysian press freedom

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The government has much more challenging and important work to do than try to muzzle a few journalists just doing their jobs, says John...
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Wishing for ‘a normal democracy’

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What we want are free and fair elections, debates over important issues, independent media – and a change of government from time to time,...
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Common features of power that reinforce polarisation

Malaysia is in need of good governance rather than regressive ideologies that do not serve the common good of the nation, writes Ronald Benjamin....

Playing cruel April Fools jokes on the Rakyat

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Malaysians have never experienced an April Fools Day like this before, observes Rakyat Jelata. GST We were truly made fools of this April Fools Day,...

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