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Najib, what happens after 5 May? How do Malaysians survive?

P Ramakrishnan asks Najib what will happen to the poor until the next BR1M they receive. How do the poor carry on with their...

Where is the real cream of the crop?

We have so many students with a string of As but, at the international level, they do not seem to fare as well, observes...

Youth voters sparking New Politics in Malaysia

New Politics is the rage now among young first-time voters, who articulate their opposition for entrenched, race-based state policies via social media, says Adil...

The Allah decision is wrong in constitutional law

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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...

GE13: Hope is both terrible and wonderful

Malaysians came together after GE2008. We can only grow stronger as one after GE2013, says Sheila Santharamohana. Hope is at once wonderful and terrible. Since...

Allah controversy: Why Mill and Orwell matter

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Christopher Chong reflects on the Allah judgment and its implications for the political health of the nation. The Court of Appeal decision to uphold...

The problem with ‘1Malaysia’: A musical-historical perspective

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The concept of a pure Malay culture is non-existent because cultures, essentially, are complex, and this is why the notion of ONE Malaysia is...

Being the best universities means knowing what the best students need

If students have to wait for a day just to be able to go on to his/her second series of reading, how is the...

Economic empowerment should be based on citizenship – not ethnicity

Harping on ethnic rights to be economically successful only reinforces the chasm among ethnic groups, besides widening the income gap between the rich and...

Principles, not personalities and parties

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Chandra Muzaffar responds to Choo Sing Chye and explains why he has been critical of Pakatan parties, among others. I am pleased that in...

The mobile disabled – An Irish example

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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...

Obituary: Ismail Hashim (1940–2013), master photographer

Ismail's death will doubtless leave a vacuum in the world of Malaysian art and photography that will linger on for decades to come, writes...

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