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Defining racism

An egalitarian society might never be truly achieved, but we will never be there if we don’t start believing in equality, says Nicholas Chan....

Malaysian education system lacks egalitarian spirit

Most parents of underachieving students feel out of place at parent-teacher gatherings because they are dominated by certain parents whose children are already doing...

The opaque workings of immigration

The immigration process sometimes makes no logical sense altogether - being opaque and closely linked to national security and economic sustainability, observes Angeline Loh....

Malaysia perlukan visi kedua (A second vision is needed for Malaysia)

Kita perlu mematuhi prinsip bahawa negara ini lebih besar dari satu individu atau organisasi, dan hanya minda yang tidak terkongkong boleh membina masyarakat yang...

Comedy of errors at Chogm

When the British PM started hurling the first 'rock', he forgot to anticipate that it could boomerang and return to smash Britain's own 'glass...

Centralised decentralisation: Oxymoron that is Malaysia’s education system

Using a centrally decided system not only burdens the teachers with the bureaucracy but also limits their freedom to design the assessment model, say...

Can non-Muslims sing the Selangor state anthem?

As the word Allah is part of the lyrics in several state anthems, the Prime Minister is obliged to clarify his position on this...

‘Allah’ conundrum: Solution requires spirit of generosity

Umno’s identity politics has blurred reason and put the nation in a regressive trap and the solution requires a innovative shift in perspective, says...

The mobile disabled – An Irish example

Valuable lessons can be learnt from other societies where humanity towards people with disabilities is not a 'one-off' but a way of life. Angeline...

The Allah decision is wrong in constitutional law

The three judgments are poorly reasoned, the law misread and the conclusions reached would baffle any right-thinking student anywhere in the common law, says...

The fallacy of the ‘liberalist threat’ and the assumption of morality

The truly moral are those with an un-severable connection to other human beings, via the ability to empathise with another’s sufferings, writes Douglas Teoh....

The Allah controversy: At the religious fault lines

This ‘Allah’ episode has showcased the paranoia of the ruling elites over the possibility of losing their grip over the majority community, observes Teo...

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