Is a third force the next step?
Merdeka celebration at dataran Putra Jaya yesterday.(31/08/2019/S.S.KANESAN/The Star)

Is a third force the next step?

[caption id="attachment_7252" align="alignnone" width="300"] Merdeka celebration at dataran Putra Jaya yesterday.(31/08/2019/S.S.KANESAN/The Star)[/caption] By the people, for the people: People need to be prepared to hold their members of government accountable for their actions. — Filepic In Scandinavian countries, the third force comprises citizens’ movements that elect representatives according to shared values and regardless of political [...]

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Moving forward to a progressive Malaysia

From the people, for the people: Maju’s council is made up of just regular folks, says the writer (left) – like all the Malaysians at the NGO’s inaugural forum. I WROTE this in the dead of the morning after our first stop of the Maju (Malaysian Action for Justice and Unity Foundation) roadshow: “The battle [...]

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Malaysian education: Are we up the stream?

Making a stand: Dozens of students and professors stood, turned their backs and held up signs to protest the war in Iraq when former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered the commencement address at Boston College in 2006. - Reuters I THINK it is time we talk about Malaysian education again, considering what has [...]

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The vision of our Rukun Negara

ON September 16,1963, Malaysia was born. Then, as the next decade dawned, the Rukun Negara was conceived – and within it the idea of what this new nation should be was enshrined. When I was in school, we would recite the Rukun Negara preamble every week during assembly before we sang the Negaraku. In it [...]

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‘Maju’ together for true Merdeka

From ground up: Only a few Malayans had to take arms in the nation's struggle for freedom, like these local women who joined the Malayan Home Guard troops during the height of the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s. - National Archive YESTERDAY I read a heart-wrenching piece by one of our towering Malays in academia, [...]

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Can we talk about the economy?

Looking ahead: In 1997, we spent on massive highway infrastructure and got ourselves out of the recession. Today, we need to spend in ways that will fundamentally change the majority of our society from backward and inward-looking to modern and progressive. YES. Let’s not talk about sex, lies or videotapes. I am just not very interested [...]

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