Join forces to protect foreign domestic workers

AMMAN, Jordan, 26 August 2008: Migrants rights representatives from 15 countries today called for greater cooperation between the Jordanian authorities, international agencies and civil...

Permatang Pauh: An appeal to voters

We were born as an independent sovereign nation, a secular democratic state on 31 August 1957.  In a week’s time we celebrate our 51st...

Thin skin and relative sensitivities

To unilaterally demand that a perfectly sensible, responsible and objective public forum be stopped on account of the perceived injury to one community –...

No, this ‘babi’ will not ‘balik Cina’

Apparently during the commotion caused when some of the so-called 'defenders of the faith' had entered the room where the Bar Council forum...

The Last Temptation of Arjuna: Why nation-states need to embrace complexity

The challenge that remains before the modern nation-state today is to admit to its own mythological origins and its fictional identity, says Farish A...

Ordeal of a foreign spouse

This is not Ripley's Believe it or Not, but it is faster to get an employment pass for a domestic helper than for a...

Some questions for the wise men of Pas

Farish A Noor poses a series of questions for Pas leaders to chew on during their talks with Umno. The first question: what, in...

When the cyclone hit Myanmar

Workers and refugees from Myanmar who are now in Malaysia have been agonising over the fate of their loved ones in the aftermath of...

Justice must not lose out to technicalities

The Shah Alam High Court's decision disallowing Karpal Singh’s application...

Pas: Caught between Old and New

Umno's courting of Pas (and vice-versa) reminds us that racial considerations come before all else in Malaysia still, and that despite the attempts to...

That boring yet necessary thing called Governance

Since the elections of March 2008, hardly a day has gone by in Malaysia without some ruckus or scandal erupting in the corridors of...

Another trial for Malaysia

Perhaps the only thing that can save Anwar, Badawi and Malaysia in the long run is an investigation and trial that is absolutely objective,...