What is fuelling the protests and rallies and candlelight vigils and prayer gatherings?If we look at the Hindraf protest, it would be easy to conclude that the main issue is ethnic and religious discrimination, which has left many Indian...
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...
Remember the name - Fahmi Reza, the worthy winner of the Freedom Film Festival 2007. Last night I headed for the opening day's screenings at the Actors' Studio in Penang, mainly to see Fahmi's "Sepuluh tahun sebelum Merdeka" -...
Just watching the 50th Merdeka celebrations on TV and I can't help but notice how top BN politicians are dominating the proceedings.The 8tv talk show hosts are singing the praises of the PM.Samy and Ong Ka Ting are...
It's not often that religious leaders come together to take a common stand on an issue of national significance.Over the years, Aliran organised a couple of seminars - one on corruption and the other on the human being -...
When Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak declared that Malaysia is an "Islamic state", he created quite a stir and quickly polarised public opinion between advocates of an Islamic state and those who believe Malaysia is a secular nation.Much 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...

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