Governance and the maturity of Malaysian politics

Boost understanding: Our education system and the media should play their part in educating the people about the proper roles and responsibilities of our elected officials. POLITICS is the art of the possible, they say. I believe two structural things need to happen in Malaysian politics for it to mature and drive progress in Malaysia: [...]

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Malaysia is for Malaysians

THIS is supposed to be the season of giving and love. What we have instead, if some quarters are to have their way, is a season of hate. They wanted this to happen. They made it happen and now they are screaming for revenge and for a scapegoat. This has always been the modus operandi of [...]

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That keg waiting to be lit

OUR unity in diversity is one of the gems that make me love so much this nation we call Malaysia. It is something so dear and precious, and a source of joy that we must all treasure. For someone who advocates for unity among all Malaysians, the pluralism of our diversity, as well as minority [...]

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Are you a liberal?

LET’S play a short game of 50 questions for a change: Do you eat beef? If you do, can you accept another person’s right to insist that they should not eat beef? If, they believe that eating of beef is immoral, cruel and sacrilegious, can you accept that they have a right to hold such [...]

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What to do with religious education

I have spoken extensively about the overwhelming religious nature of the Malaysian public schools and public education system, including the lopsided hours between religion compared to science. Recent revelations show that the Education Ministry needs to urgently and seriously revamp the curriculum and content of the Islamic Education subject being taught to our students. I [...]

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The real Malay dilemma

Old politics: If the leadership keeps to the racialist, feudalist and religious-centric tactics and policies of the past, thinking this is what they need to do to keep the votes, it will just be the repeat of past mistakes of the Umno era. A HIGH-level panel has been announced to review the administration of Islamic [...]

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The fundamental need in Malaysian education reform

Siti Lights Sunday, 5 Aug 2018   by siti kasim THE Science and Technology Human Capital Report and Science Outlook 2015 by Akademi Science Malaysia show that we may soon have a serious shortage in science-related fields. It seems more students are opting out of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields at secondary and [...]

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Religion cannot be the legal basis

Siti Lights Sunday, 8 Jul 2018   by siti kasim Cruel practice: Imagine the lost childhood and potential life opportunities snatched from that child with child marriage to grow as full human beings. LET me get to the point. I don’t care what your religion says - wrong is wrong. A widow should not have [...]

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