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US Democracy Under Assault: Lessons for Malaysia by Thomas Fann

January 10, 2021

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What happened at the US Capitol on 6th January 2021 shook the world not by the magnitude of its violence but by the symbolism it represents. The United States of America has long been regarded as the bastion of modern democracy and a role model for all nascent democracies and the aspiration of people worldwide […]

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 […]

The Borneo Fixed Deposit

January 16, 2016

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At the last General Election, Barisan Nasional (BN) won only 40 percent of the popular votes for Peninsula and 85 of the 165 Federal seats it contested. The Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak secured BN a victory with a haul of 48 of the 57 seats up for grabs (including the Federal Territory of […]

Can We Overcome Money Politics?

January 14, 2016

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In my article last week, I looked at the sources of political financing in Malaysia and how the Government of Najib Razak is able to access huge and almost limitless amount of money to win elections. Is it any wonder that Tun Dr Mahathir alledge that Najib told him that cash is king. So, how […]

How To Buy An Election

January 12, 2016

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We have heard of the refrain, “Money makes the world go round” and this would be true of winning elections as well. It would be naive to believe that it should cost nothing to win political office and indeed to form a government. But how much money is needed before it becomes excessive, unfair, immoral […]

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 […]

To Resist is To Win

April 28, 2015

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Today is the 3rd of anniversary of Bersih 3.0 and the the Election Commission is still as dirty as ever. They still went ahead and conducted one of the most dirty General Election ever in 2013 but don’t take my word for it. The Election Integrity Project in a a global survey rated Malaysia near […]

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), […]

“The betrayal of Bukit Chandan” by Mariam Mokhtar

April 14, 2015

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The ‘Perak 13' sacrificed their freedom to fight for true democracy and reforms. We can continue the fight from outside prison. The ‘Perak 13' made a stand, which is more than the majority of the rakyat have done. The ‘Perak 13' are now paying the price for fighting a corrupt, dictatorial regime.