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Ethnic and inter-religious relations

This was the sort of day for me that encapsulated a lot of what it means to be Malaysian today. Interfaith dialogue, understanding one another In the afternoon, I dropped by at the St Anne's Catholic Church in Bukit Mertajam, which...
Check out these links provided by Marina Mahathir. Something to think about: I've been looking for a voice of reason somewhere in these awful turbulent times when people seem to spout off whatever they want off the top of their...
A couple of kind thoughts and gestures have brightened up Christmas Eve for us. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jr-2eyRtV4?rel=0&w=470&h=348] Earlier today, my mother's Christmas celebration was almost ruined when she lost her wallet containing some valuables - a couple of cards and...
Come election time, we see politicians focusing on the ethnicity of the voters, whether at the national, state of local levels. This is reinforced by official statistics of the ethnic breakdown of each constituency and analysts' attempts to...
The 'open house' was held at the Masjid Jamek in Tasik Gelugor in northern Province Wellesley in mainland Penang. We need more such initiatives to build bridges in the face of creeping narrow-mindedness and bigotry among certain segments in...
I don't know about you... but yesterday I received a couple of text messages from unknown sources urging me to "be a true Malaysian and join Yayasan 1Malaysia!" My knee-jerk reaction was, you mean I can't be "a true Malaysian"...
Close to a hundred civil society groups have rallied around the 25 moderate Muslims who had called for a public discourse on Islamic laws within the framework of the Constitution. Read the full letter by the 25 moderate Muslims...
Trust the pro-Umno groups to find an ethno-religious twist to the kangkung episode. This video appears to be of the gathering of some 600-700 people outside the Sunway Carnival mall in Seberang Jaya yesterday. http://youtu.be/LOYhwCNEO0Q Another rally of some 300...
Two huge protest gatherings - or attempted gatherings - in the space of 15 days in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Amazing! But what does this tell us? A few things, actually: More and more Malaysians are casting off...
With the reactionary forces now taking over Umno, Mahathir has fired a broadside calling for a strong, powerful government. He said in his latest blog entry that a weak government would be incapable of dealing with racial and religious conflicts: We...

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