2013 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.

Parasailing death: Major overhaul of water sports needed

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What we see now is the decline of beach tourism in Penang due to the inaction of policy makers in curbing accidents and understanding...

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...

Open letter to Zahid

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To survive in Umno, one must believe in Malay hegemony and be steeped in racial thinking. Zahid's words and actions fulfil all the criteria...

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...

Domestic work is hard – so why are we so mean to domestic workers?

We need to re-examine the way we treat our employees and ask ourselves whether our words or actions affirm their dignity, writes Cheah Wui...

Open letter to Hishammuddin

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Tota takes Hishammuddin Hussein to task for his dismal performance as Cabinet Minister. The police killed five Indian men whom they alleged were “04”...

A weekly day off for foreign domestic workers

More than exercising the right to a weekly day off is the right to enjoy the space outside the employers’ homes and to act...

Politicising Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Self-actualisation is a basic right

While it is easy to say that we must speak for the silenced, it is harder to digest that everyone has the basic right...

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...

Top talent are typically rebels; deal with it

Great artists, laureates and thinkers, are consistently the antithesis of rules, which is what makes them special and gifted, observes Nicholas Chan. As if...

Bumiputera agenda, Malay agenda … BUT what we need – an agenda for all...

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What sort of message to a nation endowed richly with racial and religious difference, is the PM and his government sending to all Malaysians,...

Lurking shadows of fascism

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Angeline Loh reviews a book about Nazi atrocities that warns us to be vigilant about the dangers of neofascism. A book by Bela...

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