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Dirty business as usual despite climate crisis

During the week when the whole world was marching for change to address the climate emergency, was there outrage among Malaysians over the shocking “business as usual” article by Mangai Balasegaram, “We’re polluting the air to generate power we don’t

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Commit to urgent climate action now!

We, the inhabitants of Planet Earth, are already having to deal with unprecedented and alarming events from flooding to forest fires, in what is clearly a Global Climate Emergency. In the face of this challenging scenario, millions of concerned citizens

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Vital issues in criminalising hate speech

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for Religious Affairs Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa intends to enact laws that deal directly with hate speech following recent controversies relating to race and religious sensitivities and the widespread dissemination of

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Deconstructing Dr M’s racist rage against Dong Zong

The Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called Dong Zong (the National Chinese School Committees’ Association) racist because of its opposition to the inclusion of khat in the primary school Bahasa Malaysia curriculum. According to Mahathir, “if the education

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Dr M created the so-called ‘deep state’

You have to laugh at the way one Pakatan Harapan leader after another is now trying to justify their broken election promises by pointing to this new-found mysterious “deep state”. First it was Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah who

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We need focus, not flip-flops on language policy

It is truly amazing that we are still flip flopping over the language medium to teach maths and science in 2019. We hear that the Education ministry now wants to revert to using the English-medium to teach these subjects. It

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The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

When we were kids and first learnt to type on the old typewriter, we had to practice endlessly using this sentence: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. It is an English-language pangram —a sentence that contains all

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Malaysia’s financial scandals: Rewriting history is not an option

George Orwell once said: “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Those who are in power today can try to rewrite the past but they would not succeed, not

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Death in custody: Incapacity for outrage in ‘New Malaysia’

What does it take to make every elected representative and police officer feel outrage whenever there is a case of a death in custody? Under the bad old Barisan Nasional 9BN) regime, deaths in police and enforcement agencies’ custody were

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Civil service decline: Evidence and perception

The response to the World Bank report that the performance of Malaysia’s civil service has been declining since 2014 is remarkable. World Bank lead public sector specialist Rajni Bajpai said that the report decided to compare Malaysia with OECD countries

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