Challenges and Opportunities Facing Civil Society Organisations in the New Malaysia

December 2, 2018

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The political mega-quake that hit Malaysia on 9 May and which ended the 61-year rule of the dominant National Front (Barisan Nasional, BN) coalition was a scenario many in civil society were unprepared for. In the decades of struggle against the hegemonic BN, where many civil society organisations (CSOs) and the opposition shared the same […]

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Why The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

October 24, 2018

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“Death penalty will be abolished. Full stop.” These were the words of the de facto Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Kong on the 10th of October, 2018, the 16th World Day Against Death Penalty. It was like a bolt out of the blue and to those of us who thought such a day will never […]

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. […]

Pakatan manifesto offers hope for real reform

March 16, 2018

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From what is pledged in the PH manifesto with regard to institutional reform, I believe that the pact offers hope for real reform, which our country so badly needs.

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 […]

What Would It Take To End BN’s Rule Over Malaysia?

January 14, 2017

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If Malaysia is likened to a cancer-stricken person, 1MDB would be a Stage 4 cancer, where its impact has spread to all other organs of government, undermining the soundness of the political and economic system of the country. Without immediate and drastic intervention, the prognosis is poor, at best we are unlikely to achieve developed or high income country status by 2020 or at worst, on the slippery road to being a failed state.

The Two By-Elections : It’s Do or Die Time

May 25, 2016

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On June 18, 2016, the voters of P.93 Sungai Besar in Selangor and P.67 Kuala Kangsar in Perak will have a chance to elect new Members of Parliament. This was brought about by the tragic death of both the constituencies’ MPs in a helicopter crash in Sarawak while they were on the campaign trail for […]

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Sarawak For Sarawakians, Really?

May 4, 2016

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Apart from the banners of contesting candidates and parties in the 11th Sarawak state election, I also came across some banners from the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) pro-sovereignty movement. Rather than a cohesive and organized movement, S4S is perhaps more a popular sentiment among many Sarawakians. It is the feeling that Sarawak has been short-changed […]

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Would You Kiss The Hand of The One Who Robbed You?

May 4, 2016

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Yesterday I received two separate tip-off. One from a villager I met in the N.02 Tasik Biru constituency and another anonymously. Various people we have met told us that the usual mode of operation of BN is give out cash a few days before polling day or even on the eve of it. This would […]