Browsing All posts tagged under »Nation-building«

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. […]

The Triumph of Volunteerism at Bersih 4

September 3, 2015

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If bets were taken on the eve of Bersih 4 that it would end the way it did, the momentous success that it is, you would probably be given very long odds that it would be a peaceful rally with the biggest ever crowd in Malaysian history. You’d be a very rich man by now. […]

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 […]

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. […]

When Dishonourable Men Rule

September 2, 2014

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When the CEO of MRT Corp, Azhar Abdul Hamid resigned over a worksite accident which took the lives of 3 workers, he was hailed as a role model.  He did so almost immediately by his own volition citing that he is taking personal responsibility for the accident. In the midst of the scheming, twisting and […]

Redeeming Our Merdeka

August 30, 2014

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“At this solemn moment therefore I call upon you all to dedicate yourselves to the service of the new Malaya, to work and strive with hand and brain to create a new nation, inspired by the ideals of justice and liberty – a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world.” This was part […]

Learning from Jefferson

July 23, 2013

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Recently a friend sent me a link which he thought might interest me and he was right, it did. It was a link to an article entitled “The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson.” The link is supplied at the end of this article. Thomas Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers and the third President […]

When Peace and Stability is a Threat

February 13, 2013

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Former IGP Musa Hassan’s remark that he is confident that the losing parties will use their supporters to create chaos to topple the government just like what happened in the Middle East and have an Arab Spring here is not just scurrilous and mischievous but is downright fear-mongering. He is not alone, in recent days, […]