Where is the PAC heading?

A major concern is whether the PAC is aware of its direction, purpose and priorities, and if it is really effective in checking on...

Blind loyalty, ‘cari makan’ syndrome rationalises unacceptable actions

The leader in such instances survives because his loyalists owe him a duid pro quo, observes K Haridas. So the culture of loyalty being...

Aggrandisement and defeatism in politics and education

A defeatist attitude in thinking that there are no solutions, or that the solution is as simple as changing a light bulb, will not...

Suaram: Grassroots groups win human rights award

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) congratulates Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK) and Gabungan Selamatkan Petani dan Penternak Perak, the joint winners of the Suaram...

The hypocrisy behind the moral economy

Only when people start to do what they preach will the world appreciate morality a little bit better and be less cynical, says Nicholas...

‘Malaysian first’ rules…

There should not be a 'Malaysian first' or 'Malaysian last'. Wherever our starting point is, we should always arrive at the same finishing point,...

Why does Bersih need more Malays?

The question of Malay participation in Bersih should be seen as more than just an effort to fulfil ethnic quotas, observes Nicholas Chan. "Why aren't...

Micros and macros in ethnic relations

Kindness at the micro level needs to be coupled with strategic thinking and change at the macro levels, for that is where the life-and-death...

UN passes resolution on the protection of human rights defenders

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint FIDH-OMCT programme) commends the passing of a United Nations General Assembly resolution on...

Don’t kill meritocracy

When the prime minister says he values loyalty above intelligence, that might be yet another death knell on meritocracy in Malaysia, says Nicholas Chan. Truth...

National Security Council Bill gives excessive powers to PM, endangers civil liberties

There appears to be no precedent for the draconian provisions of this bill in our legislative history, says N Surendran. The National Security Council...

Illusion of honesty

When there are hidden hands and powers that be who want to cover the truth, then we need independent authorities to ensure credibility in...

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