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GE14: A people’s election

In the hilly land to the north of Johannesburg, on the wall opposite the Bench, in the Constitutional Court of South Africa, nestled in the Old Prison Fort where Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi were once imprisoned, the bricks were red, dirty and unpainted. Each time the Bench convene, and as the judges face the… Continue reading GE14: A people’s election

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A strange week in Parliament

When elections near, strange things happen. But how strange was last week? We had a ghost come to Parliament… but I am getting ahead of myself. Let me begin with Monday, March 26. The week opened with three DAP lawmakers, Ngeh Koo Ham (Beruas), Nga Kor Ming (Taiping), and V Sivakumar (Batu Gajah), being suspended… Continue reading A strange week in Parliament

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A Ghost in Parliament

A ghost came to Parliament today, His voice haunted the Lower House, The honourable members heard him say, “Recall thy vows, recall thy vows.” The Speaker said he cannot see, The ghost whose voice we hear, A minister taunted haughtily, “The voice is all too familiar!” ‘Twas a voice which reverberated, In many a noble… Continue reading A Ghost in Parliament

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Let Malays be more Malay, says DAP lawmaker

Originally published in The Malaysian Insight. By Looi Sue-Chern. MALAYSIA cannot do away with identity politics, which is shaped by one's religion, ethnic, culture, language, social class, gender and other aspects of their identity, said DAP lawmaker Steven Sim. The Bukit Mertajam MP said it was the wrong question to ask people whether they identified… Continue reading Let Malays be more Malay, says DAP lawmaker

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Hang Tuah melawan kleptokrat: Sebuah interpretasi dialektikal

Apabila saya berbicara tentang Hang Tuah, ada tiga perkara yang orang selalu diperkatakan: Pertama, adakah Hang Tuah itu benar-benar wujud?  Kedua, dan tidak lari dari kerangka pemikiran berasaskan kaum dalam masyarakat kita, adakah Hang Tuah itu Melayu ataupun Cina? Ketiga, perihal Hang Tuah membunuh Hang Jebat. Apabila saya terbitkan artikel Hang Tuah yang pertama tidak… Continue reading Hang Tuah melawan kleptokrat: Sebuah interpretasi dialektikal

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Reflections on Bukit Mertajam, and political lessons for Malaysia

(Originally published in Penang Monthly) The story of the valiant Sisyphus is one of my favourites in Greek mythology. He cheated gods and death, and thus angered Zeus himself. Because of this, Sisyphus was punished by Zeus to roll a boulder up a hill only to have it roll down again, and he has to… Continue reading Reflections on Bukit Mertajam, and political lessons for Malaysia

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Exposé: A risky but necessary act in face of a corrupt hegemonic regime

This week, Rafizi Ramli, the PKR Member of Parliament for Pandan was criticised and then had to apologise for wrongfully alleging that a federal government private contractor was related to Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan. Rafizi was threatened with a lawsuit by the Minister himself and was even ridiculed, mostly by online political detractors. Rafizi, of… Continue reading Exposé: A risky but necessary act in face of a corrupt hegemonic regime

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Najib’s Durian Economics

Back in July this year, Ali my colleague, when he found out that durians today cost more than RM100 a kilogram exclaimed, “Dulu durian selonggok baru 10 ringgit hingga 15 ringgit. Apa sudah jadi?” (Durians used to cost RM10 - RM15 a pile. What had happened?) Little did he realise that two months after his… Continue reading Najib’s Durian Economics

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Imagine Malaysia

It’s 54 years since we got together as Malaysia. That is already more than half of a century, a long time indeed. Our forefathers came together desiring “in the true spirit of brotherhood and love of freedom” amidst all sorts of threats from everywhere. Their imagination was stronger than even threats of war. Indeed, the… Continue reading Imagine Malaysia

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A Merdeka movie review: “Citizens” Or The audacity of our Malaysian Hope

Rare is a politician who reviews movies, just as rare as one who acts in movies. Pete Teo and Liew Seng Tat, the highly talented Malaysian filmmakers, have created yet another amazing short film recently, in conjunction with our 60th Merdeka celebrations. The stars are no less than Transport Minister and president of MCA Liow Tiong Lai himself… Continue reading A Merdeka movie review: “Citizens” Or The audacity of our Malaysian Hope