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  • Law Reform Commission — overlooked but hopefully not forgotten — Hafiz Hassan

    3 weeks ago

    Law Reform Commission — overlooked but hopefully not forgotten — Hafiz Hassan

    OCTOBER 1 — There is an immediate need for law reform. So said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, for the...

  • Asia-Pacific is the world’s most rapidly ageing region, but are we ready? — UNFPA

    3 weeks ago

    Asia-Pacific is the world’s most rapidly ageing region, but are we ready? — UNFPA

    SEPTEMBER 30 — Imagine it is the year 2050. In Asia-Pacific, one in four people will be over the age of 60; three times the number of older persons in 2010. With close to 1.3...

  • Emulate thy neighbour ― Hafiz Hassan

    3 weeks ago

    Emulate thy neighbour ― Hafiz Hassan

    SEPTEMBER 30 ― “Knowledge of the Constitution, especially its delicate ethnic provisions, is very weak amongst our political leaders, civil servants and captains of...

  • On the AUKUS trilateral security partnership — Justin Lee, Brian D. McFeeters and Charles Hay

    3 weeks ago

    On the AUKUS trilateral security partnership — Justin Lee, Brian D. McFeeters and Charles Hay

    SEPTEMBER 29 — Malaysia lies at the heart of South-east Asia, the heart of Asean and the heart of the IndoPacific. Malaysia is a key partner for Australia, the United Kingdom...

  • Catching Covid-19 despite being vaccinated — so why vaccinate? — Chong Pei Pei and Ng Woei Kean

    3 weeks ago

    Catching Covid-19 despite being vaccinated — so why vaccinate? — Chong Pei Pei and Ng Woei Kean

    SEPTEMBER 29 — We have recently been seeing news of countries with high vaccination rates struggling with rising Covid-19 cases despite the majority of their population having...

  • Since the Federal Constitution discriminates between a father and a mother, can the court alter that discrimination? — Hafiz Hassan

    4 weeks ago

    Since the Federal Constitution discriminates between a father and a mother, can the court alter that discrimination? — Hafiz Hassan

    SEPTEMBER 27 — In his much-publicised decision, High Court judge Akhtar Tahir ruled that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers are entitled to citizenship by operation of...

  • WHO must let all stakeholders have a say on tobacco control — Jo Furnival

    4 weeks ago

    WHO must let all stakeholders have a say on tobacco control — Jo Furnival

    SEPT 26 — The World Health Organisation (WHO) is meeting for its ninth Congress of the Parties (COP9) from November 8-13, and a Meeting of the Parties (MOP2) to the Illicit...

  • Amend the Constitution to secure citizenship for foreign-born children ― Hafiz Hassan

    1 month ago

    Amend the Constitution to secure citizenship for foreign-born children ― Hafiz Hassan

    SEPTEMBER 24 ― The Constitution of the Republic of Singapore provides for four types of citizenship, one which is citizenship by descent. It is citizenship by operation of law...

  • G25's take on the manhunt for Nur Sajat ― G25

    1 month ago

    G25's take on the manhunt for Nur Sajat ― G25

    SEPTEMBER 23 ― G25 notes with concern the hysterical attitude of the Malaysian government towards Nur Sajat for being a transgender and dressing as a woman to openly display her...

  • Citizenship for children of Malaysian mothers married to foreigners ― MK Sen

    1 month ago

    Citizenship for children of Malaysian mothers married to foreigners ― MK Sen

    SEPTEMBER 21 ― I am compelled to write this plea on behalf of my daughter and all Malaysian mothers married to foreigners on citizenship for their children. As a father and...

  • Merge and reform private universities post-Covid-19 — Geoffrey Williams

    1 month ago

    Merge and reform private universities post-Covid-19 — Geoffrey Williams

    SEPT 20 — Private higher education institutions (PHEIs) have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic with lockdowns affecting current students as well as enrolment of new...

  • Addressing discrimination through greater parental involvement in Malaysia schools — Denison Jayasooria

    1 month ago

    Addressing discrimination through greater parental involvement in Malaysia schools — Denison Jayasooria

    SEPTEMBER 19 — A recent survey by Sekolah Semua released in September 2021 on discrimination in the Malaysian education system found 87 per cent of ethnic Indian respondents...

  • Towards new integrated CAC for a more seamless public health response — Dr. Chow Sze Loon

    1 month ago

    Towards new integrated CAC for a more seamless public health response — Dr. Chow Sze Loon

    SEPTEMBER 18 — As the nation grapples with resurgence in Covid-19 infections, the much-anticipated national Covid immunisation programme (PICK) slowly picked up its pace since...

  • A legal view of the MOU between the government of Malaysia and Pakatan Harapan — Philip TN Koh

    1 month ago

    A legal view of the MOU between the government of Malaysia and Pakatan Harapan — Philip TN Koh

    SEPTEMBER 17 — On the September 13, 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the federal government and Pakatan Harapan. The parties and signatories The...

  • Allow the High Court ruling on children born overseas to take its next legal course — Hafiz Hassan

    1 month ago

    Allow the High Court ruling on children born overseas to take its next legal course — Hafiz Hassan

    SEPTEMBER 17 — In Saminathan a/l Ganesan v Public Prosecutor [2020], High Court Judge Mohd Najlan held that Section 13 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act...

  • In defence of the Defence White Paper — Liew Chin Tong

    1 month ago

    In defence of the Defence White Paper — Liew Chin Tong

    SEPTEMBER 16 — Today we celebrate not only the 58th Malaysia Day but also the 88th Malaysian Armed Forces’ Day. As a loyal Malaysian citizen and former Deputy Defence...

  • What does it mean to be Malaysian? ― Na'im Brundage

    1 month ago

    What does it mean to be Malaysian? ― Na'im Brundage

    SEPTEMBER 16 ― Living in a multicultural country like Malaysia comes with many great benefits. Among them are that we are constantly exposed to different cultural heritage,...

  • The right to call Malaysia my home ― Cellini Basri

    1 month ago

    The right to call Malaysia my home ― Cellini Basri

    SEPTEMBER 16 ― Just last month on August 30, the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness marked its 60th anniversary ― a Convention that Malaysia has yet to...

  • Fly our flag, Malaysian child — Gurdial Singh Nijar

    1 month ago

    Fly our flag, Malaysian child — Gurdial Singh Nijar

    SEPTEMBER 15 — “Jahit sudah, kelindan putus.” So goes a Malay saying which, when translated, states that “the sewing is done, then the thread snaps.”  Is that...

  • A Deputy Speaker could have been elected — Hafiz Hassan

    1 month ago

    A Deputy Speaker could have been elected — Hafiz Hassan

    SEPTEMBER 15 — Article 57(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution mandates that the Dewan Rakyat shall from time to time elect two Deputy Speakers from among members of the Dewan. So,...

  • Keep calm and get vaccinated — Rais Hussin and Margarita Peredaryenko

    1 month ago

    Keep calm and get vaccinated — Rais Hussin and Margarita Peredaryenko

    SEPTEMBER 14 — Recently there has been somewhat exacerbated focus by the public on the vaccination status of daily Covid-19 cases according to the categories of severity....

  • The Recall Election Bill should be called The Party Conformity Bill — Na’im Brundage

    1 month ago

    The Recall Election Bill should be called The Party Conformity Bill — Na’im Brundage

    SEPTEMBER 14 — The Recall Election Bill that will be debated in parliament has recently been expounded to be an improved version of the Anti-Hopping Law according to Azalina...

  • Impartiality and integrity are hallmarks of a good Speaker and you may find this in ordinary persons — Hafiz Hassan

    1 month ago

    Impartiality and integrity are hallmarks of a good Speaker and you may find this in ordinary persons — Hafiz Hassan

    SEPT 12 — You may not believe it. Ordinary persons can make good parliamentary Speakers and Deputy Speakers. So, read on. The office of the parliamentary Speaker is ancient and...

  • Open letter to the prime minister — Six plaintiffs in the case filed with Family Frontiers and affected Malaysian mothers

    1 month ago

    Open letter to the prime minister — Six plaintiffs in the case filed with Family Frontiers and affected Malaysian mothers

    SEPT 12 — Dear Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob, September 9, 2021 marks a momentous day for our country when the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that women...

  • Responding to criticisms of the NEP ― Na'im Brundage

    1 month ago

    Responding to criticisms of the NEP ― Na'im Brundage

    SEPTEMBER 11 ― The New Economic Policy or commonly known as NEP that was coined in the aftermath of the 1969 racial riot to eradicate poverty and eliminate the identification of...

  • It should be IS8 ― Hafiz Hassan

    1 month ago

    It should be IS8 ― Hafiz Hassan

    SEPTEMBER 11 ― It’s not CR7, but IS7 ― Ismail Sabri’s 7 vows of reform. Dubbed the Parliamentary and Government Administration Transformation Offer, Prime Minister Datuk...

  • Motion of confidence in Parliament unnecessary? Not so ― Philip Koh

    1 month ago

    Motion of confidence in Parliament unnecessary? Not so ― Philip Koh

    SEPTEMBER 11 ― On September 7, 2021 Rosli Dahlan, my learned friend from the Bar, sought to disabuse us that a motion of confidence in Parliament to confirm the appointment of...

  • Malaysia My 2nd Home (MM2H) programme: A plea to Malaysians — William (BJ) Huffman

    1 month ago

    Malaysia My 2nd Home (MM2H) programme: A plea to Malaysians — William (BJ) Huffman

    SEPTEMBER 10 — In 2015 my wife and I began to consider our retirement plans. We knew that we wanted to move to SE Asia as we wanted to take advantage of our age and travel...

  • There are constitutional and legislative restrictions on religious freedom in Malaysia ― Hafiz Hassan

    1 month ago

    There are constitutional and legislative restrictions on religious freedom in Malaysia ― Hafiz Hassan

    SEPTEMBER 10 ― DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has a point that there should be a public clarification of a deputy minister’s claim that laws were being drafted to control non-Muslim...

  • Recognising Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and protecting Malaysian women and girls — UNFPA

    1 month ago

    Recognising Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and protecting Malaysian women and girls — UNFPA

    SEPTEMBER 9 — Malaysia’s efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic continue, as the country’s Movement Control Orders (MCO) lockdowns ease for fully vaccinated individuals...

  • Mothers are not inferior to fathers — Abraham Au

    1 month ago

    Mothers are not inferior to fathers — Abraham Au

    SEPTEMBER 9 — Some, without batting an eyelid, would say that my statement above is so irrefragable and is as sure as eggs is eggs. In fact, some may even argue that my...

  • Should Joe Biden's declining poll numbers worry Democrats? ― William G. Borges

    1 month ago

    Should Joe Biden's declining poll numbers worry Democrats? ― William G. Borges

    SEPTEMBER 9 ― Opinion surveys over the past two weeks show that President Joe Biden’s popularity has dropped. An NBC poll saw his approval level fall from 53 per cent in April...

  • Consider forming a new National Pandemic Preparedness Committee or Malaysia’s own CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) — Vinod Balasubramaniam

    1 month ago

    Consider forming a new National Pandemic Preparedness Committee or Malaysia’s own CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) — Vinod Balasubramaniam

    SEPTEMBER 8 — Malaysia has been living with Covid-19 for close to two years now, and with nearly 70 per cent of its adult population fully vaccinated, the country’s...