Browsing All posts tagged under »Nation-building«

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 Days After The Vote of No-Confidence

October 24, 2015

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Prime Minister Najib’s disablement of investigations into the 1MDB scandal and the silencing of critics has all but reinforced public perception that the allegations of corruption made by the Wall Street Journal, Sarawak Report, Tun Mahathir and the opposition are true. The impact on the country is far-reaching, destroying the confidence of both local and […]

10 Reasons Why Racism Is Not Cool (Part 2)

October 18, 2015

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Last week I offered 5 reasons why racism is not cool, that it’s irrational, unscientific, prideful, unjust and emotional. It should be regarded as a very negative trait in any society and yet some racists are worshipped as heroes. This week, we want to look at another 5 reasons why we should avoid racism like […]

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 […]

Racism: Are You Part of The Problem?

September 25, 2015

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“I will never forget these moments. Throughout the rally, I heard them calling me keling (a derogatory term for Indian), bangsat, bodoh and a pendatang. They stood tall as they said this. Their friends laughed and then jeered as well.”  These are the words of a reporter who was covering the recently held Himpunan Rakyat […]

Are The Chinese Less Malaysian?

September 19, 2015

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After the first Bersih rally that ended peacefully, with a record estimated number of participants of 500,000 over the 34 hours period, the UMNO-owned newspaper of Mingguan Malaysia and Utusan Malaysia, as expected, went on to rubbish Bersih 4. The focus of these newspapers, this time, was on the racial profile of the majority of […]

The Bersih 4 That Never Was

September 14, 2015

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At the stroke of midnight on the 30th of August, 2015, when the countdown to Merdeka Day had ended, the Negaraku was sung and shouts of ‘Merdeka’ rang throughout the areas around the Dataran Merdeka, the crowd dispersed quietly without much fanfare, thus ending the largest and longest protest ever in our nation’s history peacefully. […]