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Ethnic and inter-religious relations

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 saga of Hadi's bill in Parliament descended into a farce this afternoon amidst shouts of "Takut! Takut!" from opposition MPs when Speaker Pandikar Amin refused to allow a debate. But not everyone is upset with the speaker's decision...
A friend of mine provides an eye-witness account and pictures of the pro-NEP demonstration around Komtar, Penang, this afternoon. (The Komtar tower houses the offices of the Penang state government offices and the Chief Minister.) The crowd, which...
Another incident has been reported in Seremban this morning, bringing the total number of church properties targeted to nine. Some people are having trouble keeping track of the number of incidents; so here is my tally: Metro Tabernacle Church (Assembly of...
As we celebrate 50 years of Independence and 44 years of Malaysia, we would do well to consider some of the cleavages in our society that have given rise to simmering tensions every now and then. Our ethnic-based political system...
The Working Group for the Penang Forum is holding a public forum "Penang Forum 2" from 9.00am to 5.00pm at the Caring Society Complex along Jalan Utama on Sunday, 7 March. The Penang Forum is an informal network of some...
Predictably, the PM has extended the Thaipusam public holiday to KL and Putrajaya. (Check out this revealing eye-witness account of the MIC-gathering tonight.) All I can say is that they must be desperate to win back support from Indian...
The government has reversed its short-lived ban on the Herald's Malay language supplement - but the weekly Catholic tabloid will still not be able to use the term "Allah" pending a court decision on the matter. The decision was verbally...
Middle East Catholic bishops meeting at a special synod in Rome over the last fortnight have called for Israel to end the Occupation of Palestinian territories so that a two-state solution can be found. The bishops are the ones who...
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...

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