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  • The Prangin Canal revitalisation that could have been — Khoo Salma Nasution

    3 weeks ago

    The Prangin Canal revitalisation that could have been — Khoo Salma Nasution

    JULY 30 — As vice-president of the Penang Heritage Trust and committee member of Penang Forum, I would like to respond to recent allegations made about Penang Forum over the Sia...

  • Lynas Malaysia open letter — Mashal Ahmad

    3 weeks ago

    Lynas Malaysia open letter — Mashal Ahmad

    JULY 28 — Salam Sejahtera, I am the Managing Director of Lynas Malaysia and I’m writing to you on behalf of our employees and contractors and their families. In recent weeks...

  • Ill-planned ‘inclusive education’ endangers our children — Jerrica Fatima Anna

    4 weeks ago

    Ill-planned ‘inclusive education’ endangers our children — Jerrica Fatima Anna

    JULY 27 — I notice the phrase “inclusive education” has become very fashionable these days. From parents to politicians and a fair few of us in the field of early childhood...

  • Island needs development for Penang to move forward — Joshua Woo

    4 weeks ago

    Island needs development for Penang to move forward — Joshua Woo

    JULY 25 — Penang South Reclamation (PSR) is necessary to move the state forward. Historically, the backbone of Penang’s economy is the manufacturing sector, in particular the...

  • Stealthing is sexual assault. Period. — Tan Zu Hao

    4 weeks ago

    Stealthing is sexual assault. Period. — Tan Zu Hao

    JULY 25 — Few days ago several news site reported that a Malaysian woman filed a police complaint against a foreign man for removing his condom mid-sex. Netizens’ callous...

  • A sister's plea for Pannir Selvam — Sangkari Pranthaman

    1 month ago

    A sister's plea for Pannir Selvam — Sangkari Pranthaman

    JULY 24 — My name is Sangkari Pranthaman, elder sister to Pannir Selvam who is currently on death row in Changi Prison for transporting sex medications which later...

  • Why are NGOs starving Penang from growth? — Daniel Ng Hin Yip

    3 months ago

    Why are NGOs starving Penang from growth? — Daniel Ng Hin Yip

    MAY 22 — Before GE14, I was part of a team tasked to build a Smart State Master Plan (Smart City) for Selangor. Eleven months of pro-bono work followed by 24 months of providing...

  • Need for culture of speaking up in Malaysia — Ariff Khalid

    1 month ago

    Need for culture of speaking up in Malaysia — Ariff Khalid

    JULY 23 — I recently attended a public lecture at UKM Bangi given by Zuraida Kamaruddin, the Minister of Housing and Local Government. The lecture was about nation building and...

  • Re-examining Malaysia’s water policy — Asher Lim

    1 month ago

    Re-examining Malaysia’s water policy — Asher Lim

    JULY 23 — The two unscheduled water cuts in Selangor in the span of four days highlight a water problem Malaysia has had for the longest time. Water cuts should not be a thing...

  • Friday’s IPCMC Bill offers a short-changed, face-lifted EAIC — Rama Ramanathan

    1 month ago

    Friday’s IPCMC Bill offers a short-changed, face-lifted EAIC — Rama Ramanathan

    JULY 22 — Over the weekend I read the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Bill which was tabled in Parliament on Friday. The Bill has the acronym IPCMC, thus allowing it...

  • Malaysia should take heed of Fitch’s economic warning! ― Ramon Navaratnam

    1 month ago

    Malaysia should take heed of Fitch’s economic warning! ― Ramon Navaratnam

    JULY 22 ― The reputed international Fitch Rating Agency, has given us a warning on the outlook for the Malaysian economy, which we should not ignore or neglect. In preparing for...

  • IGP is wrong, Sosma must be repealed ― Charles Hector

    1 month ago

    IGP is wrong, Sosma must be repealed ― Charles Hector

    JULY 22 ― MADPET is appalled by the fact that Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador is trying to lobby that the draconian Security Offences (Special Measures)...

  • When the Twain must meet: Economics are politics in Malaysia ― Rais Hussin

    1 month ago

    When the Twain must meet: Economics are politics in Malaysia ― Rais Hussin

    JULY 19 ― Economics can be divided into micro and macro economics. If need be, into econometrics. Indeed, if need be, into the history of economic thought. And, if this is not...

  • Why has custody become a potential death sentence? — Jasmine Cho

    1 month ago

    Why has custody become a potential death sentence? — Jasmine Cho

    JULY 17 — We all look towardsthe authorities and lawful agencies to protect our rights, to treat us with respect and to keep us safe, as this is their role. But in Malaysia...

  • Technology is a leap of faith for Malaysian businesses — Vincent Choy

    1 month ago

    Technology is a leap of faith for Malaysian businesses — Vincent Choy

    JULY 17 — In 1961, President John F Kennedy announced that the US would send a man to the moon. At the time, a majority of Americans did not support it, considering the enormous...

  • Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 lauded — IDEAS

    1 month ago

    Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 lauded — IDEAS

    JULY 16 — The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) applauds the unanimous passing of the constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 years old...

  • Sorry Anwar, we are not interested in gutter politics — Khoo Sian Chong

    1 month ago

    Sorry Anwar, we are not interested in gutter politics — Khoo Sian Chong

    JULY 16 — I read with dismay Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s contention that Malaysians are keen to know the authenticity of the gay sex video and the mastermind behind it in the...

  • Wong Tack, less an environmentalist, more a propagandist ― Arveent Kathirtchelvan

    1 month ago

    Wong Tack, less an environmentalist, more a propagandist ― Arveent Kathirtchelvan

    JULY 16 ― After all the dust has settled, after MESTECC officials cleared Lynas, after KATS officials gave the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) of any groundwater...

  • Uphold right to life and liberty, end deaths in custody now — Malaysian Bar

    1 month ago

    Uphold right to life and liberty, end deaths in custody now — Malaysian Bar

    JULY 16 — The Malaysian Bar is appalled and deeply disturbed by the death of Nigerian national and doctorate student Thomas Orhions Ewansiha (“Thomas”), aged 33, on 9 July...

  • Lynas Malaysia achieves one year lost time injury free ― Lynas Malaysia

    1 month ago

    Lynas Malaysia achieves one year lost time injury free ― Lynas Malaysia

    JULY 16 ― Lynas Malaysia is proud to announce it has achieved 2.6 million hours (one year) “lost time injury free” as of July 2019. This is the result of the company’s...

  • Cambridge Institute of Islamic Finance’s inaugural lecture on sustainability purposeful leadership and sustainability — Abdul Wahid Omar

    1 month ago

    Cambridge Institute of Islamic Finance’s inaugural lecture on sustainability purposeful leadership and sustainability — Abdul Wahid Omar

    JULY 15 — Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1. Let me begin by thanking the Cambridge Institute of Islamic Finance for giving me the honour to deliver...

  • Malaysian politicians’ favourite pastime: Blaming political conspiracies for scandals — Tee Kim Hoe

    1 month ago

    Malaysian politicians’ favourite pastime: Blaming political conspiracies for scandals — Tee Kim Hoe

    JULY 14 — Forget about visiting clogged drains in their constituencies with the media in tow. Or marathon kenduri rounds over weekends with voters. Even drafting speeches for...

  • Review SOP of immigration department — Charles Santiago

    1 month ago

    Review SOP of immigration department — Charles Santiago

    JULY 14 — When writing an article about our immigration officers and detention centres last year, the South China Morning Post called it “Malaysia’s secret hell.” This...

  • Hakam condemns detention of Thomas Orhions Ewansiha and his subsequent death ― Hakam

    1 month ago

    Hakam condemns detention of Thomas Orhions Ewansiha and his subsequent death ― Hakam

    JULY 13 ― Hakam strongly condemns the Immigration Department’s decision to detain PhD student and legal migrant Thomas Orhions Ewansiha for a maximum 14 days under the...

  • NEP is not sustainable ― Philip Wong

    1 month ago

    NEP is not sustainable ― Philip Wong

    JULY 13 ― PKR President Anwar Ibrahim’s recent statement that the NEP (New Economic Policy) is not sustainable is both truthful and factual ― it is unsustainable as it fails...

  • A response to the constitutional responsibility of the Attorney General ― Shukri Shahizam

    1 month ago

    A response to the constitutional responsibility of the Attorney General ― Shukri Shahizam

    JULY 13 ― The Attorney General has recently justified the prosecution of Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Hussin under the Sedition Act. Despite the protestations of civil society against the...

  • About contraceptives, consent and underserved communities — John Teo

    1 month ago

    About contraceptives, consent and underserved communities — John Teo

    JULY 12 — I am very sad to read about the recent newspaper reports about the claims of forced contraceptives on the Orang Asli communities by a memoradum submitted to the...

  • Need for voter education as Malaysia moves forward — Amerul Muner Mohammad

    1 month ago

    Need for voter education as Malaysia moves forward — Amerul Muner Mohammad

    JULY 12 — After 60 years of independence, the government is now introducing a proposal to amend Article 119(4) of the Federal Constitution to reduce the voting age to 18 instead...

  • Three reasons why Rahim Uda should quit for Task Force’s credibility — Media statement by Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances, CAGED

    1 month ago

    Three reasons why Rahim Uda should quit for Task Force’s credibility — Media statement by Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances, CAGED

    JULY 12 — The Home Minister appointed Datuk Rahim Uda, an ex-judge of the High Court of Malaysia, as chair of the “task force” to “probe Suhakam’s conclusion” that...

  • Spin and Spin Doctors ― Wong Soak Koon

    1 month ago

    Spin and Spin Doctors ― Wong Soak Koon

    JULY 12 ― The phrase “spin doctor” first appeared in print in October 1984 in an editorial in the New York Times on the aftermath of the televised debate between then...

  • Even fighters like Sangeet have given up on our judicial system — Tarak Singh

    1 month ago

    Even fighters like Sangeet have given up on our judicial system — Tarak Singh

    JULY 12 — Our judicial system, with all the complex cases, complaints, and accusations, sometimes makes me want to just throw my hands up in despair, and it seems I am not the...

  • The illusion of addiction — Matthew Jerome van Huizen

    1 month ago

    The illusion of addiction — Matthew Jerome van Huizen

    JULY 12 — I wish respond to the comments made by our Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad on June 27, 2019, and his insinuation that Malaysia should be moving towards a...

  • Let Wan Ji be the last unjust victim of the Sedition Act ― Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

    1 month ago

    Let Wan Ji be the last unjust victim of the Sedition Act ― Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

    JULY 12 ― In our multi-faceted plural society of diverse ethnic groups and religious composition, the task of maintaining harmony and peaceful co-existence demands constant...