The High Court recently held that Jawi’s actions in raiding Borders and seizing copies of an Irshad Manji book were illegal. The bookstore’s day in court reminds us how it falls on citizens to know the law and their rights to prevent state authorities from abusing power.
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Lahad Datu — How might Malaysians vote in the GE?By Ding Jo-Ann
THE Sulu militants who invaded Sabah on 9 February 2013 now appear to be on the run after being attacked by Malaysian armed forces. But why did it take three weeks for the Malaysian government to take decisive action to deal with the invasion? And what impact will this episode and the government’s response have on the coming general election?
Covering the elections fairlyBy Ding Jo-Ann
It’s rare to see Malaysia’s traditional press give the federal opposition, Pakatan Rakyat, a fair hearing. Ding Jo-Ann imagines what it would be like if our media produced fair and honest coverage of the political parties and their candidates during the next general election.
Some light in Malaysia’s human rights tunnelHolding Court by Ding Jo-Ann
At no other time does Malaysian civil society need to push harder than ever for greater recognition of human rights in our country. For despite piecemeal reforms and an impotent Asean Human Rights Declaration signed recently, these grudging steps are indications that Malaysia is moving, albeit slowly, towards a more open democracy.
Who’s destabilising the government?Holding Court by Ding Jo-Ann
Suaram apparently poses a grave threat to Malaysia. Why else has the government set six agencies on it? What has Suaram done that is so dangerous to the government? And who, in fact, is truly destabilising the nation through its actions?
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Merdeka and the rise of citizensBy Ding Jo-Ann
MALAYSIANS are no longer content to watch the official government-organised Merdeka parade on their televisions. Instead, they have been taking to the streets to celebrate Merdeka in their own way. What’s behind these different celebrations and do they make Malaysians unpatriotic?
What are the Islamic authorities up to?Holding Court by Ding Jo-Ann
CAN Islamic authorities raid churches and bookstores even though they are non-Muslim entities and summon non-Muslims for questioning? Does the syariah court have jurisdiction the moment Islam or a Muslim is involved? Ding Jo-Ann examines the constitutional issues.
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Why allow overseas Malaysians to vote?By Ding Jo-Ann
FOR the first time, all eligible Malaysians abroad may be able to vote by post. This will be welcome news to the approximately one million Malaysians working and living overseas. But should these Malaysians be entitled to vote? And will this affect the outcome of the next general election?
Najib’s legal reforms legacyHolding Court By Ding Jo-Ann
Malaysia will be more open and democratic with “revolutionary” new laws that will herald a “new era”, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Really? Has Najib made good on his promises? We take a look at the prime minister’s legacy of legal reforms since Malaysia Day 2011.
Squaring Najib’s statements on “pendatang” and the Malay agendaBy Ding Jo-Ann
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently told Chinese Malaysians they are “citizens with full rights” and that those who call them pendatang are “lunatics”. But how do Chinese Malaysians having “full rights” accord with the “Malay agenda” that Najib also claims to champion? To what threat is Najib referring when he warns Malay Malaysians that they may become squatters in their own land? And what has Najib said previously about organisations such as Perkasa that have openly chastised Chinese Malaysians for being ungrateful to the Umno-led government?