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.

Telekom, your services are hopeless!

What happens when telephone and internet services are disrupted for 10 days in your neighbourhood? P Ramakrishnan recounts his frustration in trying to get...

The Great Malaysian Depression

Unhappy about the past, Malaysians seem gravely worried about the uncertainties of tomorrow. Perhaps that is why this birthday celebration of the nation feels...

“To be young and naïve”

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Being naive means that we're not jaded and disillusioned, that we still have the guts to say "We want to make a difference!" writes...

Questioning curiosity-driven research

Rsearchers and students have to be trained with morality in mind when considering the implications of their research, says Douglas Teoh. In his article...

Merdeka midnight

Sheila Santharamohana was in a reflective and somewhat despondent mood this Merdeka; so she wrote a poem. Merdeka midnight Look up there. (See me pointing?) Follow...

Crime prevention should be a national priority

Unless a holistic approach to remove the conditions that are conducive to crime is adopted, we will only get temporary relief from the ongoing...

Has our fire been put out?

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The people appear to be cowering in fear after the GE13 charade; will we abandon the quest for a better Malaysia, wonders Rakyat Jelata....

Imprudence must be blacklisted

If we think it is too heavy-handed to blacklist PTPTN loan defaulters, we must think of another way to admonish imprudent and excessive spending,...

Endless slogans, mindless chants

Ordinary Malaysians too are yearning for real possibilities: they want their federal government to be more democratic, transparent and accountable, observes Mustafa K Anuar....

Special Branch must return to fight crime too

The SB should not be used for chasing ghosts and shadows in the form of politicians and activists. Those are not real threats; people...

TPP: Corporate rule over sovereignty and public interest

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Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, governments can be compelled by offshore tribunals to pay huge amounts in damages to powerful multinational corporations, warns Charles...

What feeds the thirst for revenge?

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Gandhi was far ahead of his time when he realised that people are more powerful when they don’t think of retaliating against threats, writes...

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