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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 […]

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 […]