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.

Broken windows: Crime and the cops

This country may be a house of cards, presided over by the blinkered and venal; but broken windows or not, we are the glue...

Preventive detention will bring back shadow criminal justice system

We cannot allow detention without trial to return, asserts Josef Benedict.Over the last month there have been persistent calls by the authorities, including...

Shocker in court: Evidence with ‘blanco’

Observers in court were stunned when an employer in a labour dispute with a migrant worker produced evidence with liquid paper marks on it....

When questioning becomes a crime

Prema Devaraj puts her thoughts in prose.When questioning becomes a crime What will our future be? Will we be truly conscious? What will we really...

Reconciling religion and politics in Malaysia

Arguing from a philosophical sense, Douglas Teoh says what needs to be acknowledged by both sides is the very process of democracy itself.In...

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...

‘Civilisational studies’ makes sense when values are practised

In a climate where race and religion have been exploited for political purposes, people are naturally suspicious of any attempt to subtly impose beliefs...

Coups and junta rule must be condemned

The Egyptian army is wholly responsible for causing the crisis in Egypt, and any junta rule, whether by puppets or directly, is doomed to...

Eroded moral values – children not to blame

For how long are those in power going to keep on bluffing themselves that there is no discipline problem in our schools and trying...

Shape up or ship out, ‘7-11 MCA’ told

Amidst the calls for the MCA to regroup and reform, Stephen Tan Ban Cheng argues that the MCA should just close shop.The 1948-founded...

‘Jangan pinda undang-undang sesuka hati’!

Mahathir's advice that laws should not be easily amended sounds a bit rich coming from someone who did not hesitate to amend laws when...

Why do we spend money like this?

In this current time of financial duress, we should reprioritise our spending habits, and most of all rethink the entrenched “spend-to-impress” culture, writes Nicholas...

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