WHEN racist remarks are made against non-Muslim non-Malay Malaysians, Umno leaders call for calm and for these citizens not to be “clouded by emotions”. But when non-Malay Malaysians raise legitimate demands for fair and equitable treatment, they are told that Malay Malaysians are “sensitive”, prone to “uneasiness and anger”, and should not be provoked. Is Umno saying that non-Malay citizens’ feelings are less important, and that Malay citizens are less capable of restraint?
Are our students free?By Ding Jo-Ann
ACCORDING to our government, university students are freer than they have been because the UUCA has been amended and there are speaker’s corners on campus. But is there real freedom?
Umno = Perkasa?By Tarani Palani
IS it a coincidence that the rhetoric used by both Umno and Perkasa, in support of Malay Malaysian privileges and the right to use “Allah”, is so similar? Or perhaps there is no such thing as a coincidence?
Revamping education: Is the government up to it?By Deborah Loh
THE idea of abolishing the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) exams shouldn’t have taken us by surprise when Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced it in June 2010. Those who follow developments in the Education Ministry might recall that plans to have school-based assessments instead of centralised exams […]
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: What does Malay unity mean?By Ding Jo-Ann
“MALAY unity” and “Malay special rights” are grabbing headlines again. On 5 July 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reminded Malay Malaysians that they faced losing political power if they remained divided. On 28 July, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak warned the DAP not to highlight the issue of bumiputera and Malay […]
Still unclear about “Allah”By Ding Jo-Ann
THE home minister expresses “regret” over the “Allah” ban. But any attempt to rationally address the issue of protecting the legitimate rights of all Malaysians is quickly shut down by the Umno-led government.
Who caused Selangor’s water woes?By Ding Jo-Ann
Who really caused Selangor to be in a deadlock with private water concessionaires over restructuring the water industry and ensuring that water tariffs would not be frequently raised?
JPA scholarships: What will it be?By Ding Jo-Ann
The status of Public Service Department scholarships has changed three times within a month, from one minister saying there were insufficient funds, to another saying it would not be a problem to source for additional funding. So what’s the real deal with JPA scholarships?
Fifa, reserve place for Malaysia!By Ta' Melayu Hilang Di-Dunia
I’M upset that the Malaysian football team is not playing in the Fifa World Cup in South Africa. In fact, Malaysia has never made it to the Fifa World Cup. Ever. Doesn’t the rest of the world realise that they cannot expect the Malaysian team to compete on an even playing field? Don’t they realise that they need to […]
No replies for 11 June 2010By Deborah Loh and Koh Lay Chin
THE following Members of Parliament (MPs) have not replied to the six questions under MP Watch: Eye on Parliament as of Friday, 11 June 2010, the end of a two-week deadline. Their responses will be updated if and when they reply.