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MALAYSIA MILIK AKU DAN AKU MILIKNYA

October 7, 2019

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Menjadi kebiasaan kepada saya untuk menghantar ucapan Hari Malaysia kepada semua rakan dalam senarai hebahan dan kumpulan Whatsapp yang saya ada di dalamnya. Seorang rakan ada memberi respon mengatakan bahawa beliau tidak berasa senang hati hari ini untuk mengucapkan kepada sesiapa saja ‘Selamat Hari Malaysia ‘, bukan kerana kurang rasa patriotik beliau, namun kerana beliau […]

Malaysia is mine and I am hers

September 16, 2019

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As is a routine for me, I sent out my usual Malaysia Day greetings to all those on my Whatsapp broadcast list and into groups I belong to. A friend in a group responded by saying that he is not in the mood to wish anyone Happy Malaysia today, not for lack of patriotism, but […]

It’s Not Malaysia Baru Without Institutional Reforms

August 28, 2018

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So, it happened. We have a new Government after 61 years. It came as a shock to many including, I’m sure, the over 6 million Malaysians who voted for Pakatan Harapan and its ally in Sabah, Warisan. The euphoria was palpable and to some, even the air smelt fresher the next day. The term Malaysia […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Malaysians Must Vote This GE14

April 27, 2018

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If we don’t want a bloody revolution. a. We have a parliamentary democracy where we peacefully elect our reps to trash out issues in Parliament and come out with good laws for all citizens. b. If we don’t bother to elect good reps, others may elect corrupt ones. Then when we suffer we shouldn’t complain. […]

Beer Today, Dogs Tomorrow?

September 19, 2017

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At best, I would consider myself a social drinker, a very occasional glass of wine with a meal and at most, a few pints of beer in a year and never to the point of intoxication. Thus, the reason I view with great concern the cancellation by DBKL (KL City Hall) of the Better Beer […]

Be Wary of The Adenan Fever

May 4, 2016

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A political health warning for all Sarawakians!

The Barisan Nasional’s Votebanks

March 16, 2016

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According to Wikipedia, a votebank is a loyal bloc of voters from a single community, who consistently back a certain candidate or political formation in elections. Such behaviour is often the result of an expectation of real or imagined benefits from the political formation, often at the cost of other communities. Votebanks play a pivotal […]

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 […]

Are We Done As A Democracy?

December 25, 2015

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Was the final nail in the coffin of democracy in Malaysia hammered in with the passing of the National Security Council Bill 2015 (NSC) by the Dewan Rakyat on the 3rd of December, 2015? The NSC gives the Prime Minister the power to declare any area in the country a “security area” with a simple […]

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 […]