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Sabah and Sarawak, the Battleground of GE14

March 14, 2016

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It is clear from the results of the last general election in 2013 that Barisan Nasional (BN) continues to rule the country because of Sabah and Sarawak. The ruling coalition won 48 of the 57 Federal seats contested in the two states (including the Federal Territory of Labuan), securing 56% of votes cast, with the […]

Realignment, Opportunism and Desperation

March 7, 2016

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The unimaginable has happened. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, sat down with many of his political adversaries on March 4, 2016 to sign a Citizen’s Declaration to demand the removal of Datuk Seri Najib Razak and to usher in institutional reforms. The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and the revelation […]

Looking to Tunisia’s Civil Society Organisations

October 24, 2015

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One of the most inspiring story to come last week was the announcement that the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015. Unknown and unheard of outside of Tunisia, it was a surprise choice but a most worthy winner. Tunisia was the country that sparked the Arab Spring in 2011 […]

Racial And Social Polarisation Through Schools (Extended Version)

September 28, 2015

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I still remember vividly a story told to me by a state assemblyperson of an encounter she had when she was campaigning during the last General Election. She was doing a walkabout and came up to a Muslim religious school’s gate and a young student of around 7 years of age gave her a knowing […]

Why Is The Government So Afraid Of Bersih?

August 26, 2015

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As we count the days to Bersih 4, the 4th installment of mega rallies organised by the Coalition for Free & Fair Elections (or more commonly called Bersih 2.0 or just Bersih), we are seeing the same stance and gameplan by the authorities. Ridicule it as lacking support, label it as an opposition tool, accuse […]

Think Malaysians, think!

July 24, 2015

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Think Malaysians, think! Why would the data Justo stole be worth millions and various parties, including PetroSaudi, were willing to pay him if they were not detrimental to some VVIP? Think!  If the data were tampered with, just show the evidence, refute and sue The Edge, SR and WSJ. That would have totally discredited these […]

大马人究竟做错了什么?

May 10, 2015

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大马人究竟做错了什么?  范平东 前净选盟主席那督安美嘉最近在《东盟人民论坛》上问了一个很重要的问题,那就是——大马人究竟做错了什么? 我么究竟犯了何等滔天大罪而受到当今国阵政府如此的对待。而我本人也常常对这一问题常思不解。 一般的大马人还算得上是爱国,不论是缴税, 或是搞社会公益,大家都额外的认真。我国社会也可算是基本上和平共处。一等良民可能还算不上,但起码也算得上是一般良民。反观当今的政府,施政不利不说,贪污腐败,兴文字狱,十八般暴政,样样精通。

What Have We Done To Deserve This?

April 23, 2015

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Datuk Ambiga posed this question at the ASEAN People’s Forum on human rights – “What have we done to deserve this stifle of various freedoms by Putrajaya?”  What a great question for us to ask ourselves and ask of this Barisan Nasional government. We love our country, pay our taxes faithfully (albeit, grudgingly at times), […]

A Dangerous Brew – Racism and Economy

February 9, 2015

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When it became clear from the results of the last 13th General Election that the Chinese votes have largely gone to the Opposition and the 1Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak declaring it to be a “Chinese Tsunami”, a lid has been lifted and a signal has been given – it’s the fault of the Chinese. […]