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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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In our hands: We need to vote for the candidate who will advocate that we Malaysians are Malaysians first and work at policies that will help our less fortunate fellow citizens, says the writer. I HAVE been pondering more and more on this upcoming by-election at Tanjung Piai, Johor, ever since the untimely passing of […]

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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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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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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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JUST when I had written the article on bringing together progressives to unite Malaysia for a better tomorrow, as if on cue, the dark side of the force apparently decided that it was a good time to tear our Malaysian family apart. So, I thought to myself, I really need to wade into these issues […]

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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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IN my last article, I took us along memory lane through the 60s and 70s when our education was world class. As I said, we prepared our bumiputra students at foundational levels in secondary residential and semi-residential schools to be able to competently compete on merit with others, at primarily international universities overseas. After the […]

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IF there is one other thing that I am passionate about, it is education. Education is the bedrock of progress in society. So today, I want to walk all of us down the memory lane of Malaysian education. For my generation, Malays that grew up in the late 60s and 70s, the emphasis on education […]

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