Category: "Columns"

The passing of our humble “Tok Guru”

13 February, 2015

By Wan Hamidi Hamid  Last night, surrounded by family, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat breathed his last in the same modest house in Pulau Melaka, Kelantan, where he had lived for the past few decades. The 84-year-old left behind a legacy that was truly unique for a man who fought his political ... Full Article →

Why criminalise abortion?

8 December, 2014

It should be simple as this: a woman’s body belongs to her and no one else has the right to question the choices she makes or dictate how she should live. Even if a woman decides to end her pregnancy, that choice is hers to make. In a recent case, ... Full Article →

‘Malaysian seats’ are the future of DAP and Pakatan

4 June, 2014

By Lam Choong Wah Senior Fellow, REFSA In the 13th general election (GE13), DAP achieved its best ever electoral results by winning 38 parliamentary seats and 95 state assembly seats out of the 51 parliamentary and 103 state seats contested, becoming the second biggest party after Umno in terms of seats ... Full Article →


3 June, 2014

by Chris Lee Chun Kit Disappointed, upset, frustrated…… so many words but yet when the election results came out on the 31 st of May, we knew that we had lost the parliamentary seat of Teluk Intan to the Barisan Nasional. The verdict was out and we had to swallow ... Full Article →

What has gone wrong with our Parliament?

30 May, 2014

By Lee Chee Leong As one of the participants for Penang Institute’s seminar on Malaysia’s bicameralism and parliamentary culture, I was amazed by the wide interest shown among the audience towards the workings within our supreme legislative arm. If previously, such an issue was conveniently brushed aside as a topic of ... Full Article →

Weekly Highlights (21-28 March 2014)

29 March, 2014

Wan Azizah victorious in Kajang               Dr Wan Azizah defeated the BN candidate for the Kajang state seat. While the Pakatan Rakyat candidate garnered a reduced majority compared to Lee Chin Cheh in GE13, she gained a 2% increase in overall votes.   Newspaper ... Full Article →

A day in the life of Ong Kian Ming’s Parliamentary Researcher

19 March, 2014
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By Sharon W.H. Ling (front row, second from left in the picture below), Parliamentary Researcher for Ong Kian Ming It’s never a slow day at work.  It’s 8:30am on a gloomy Monday morning at the Democratic Action Party HQ in Pudu. I open my laptop and, one by one, 6 ... Full Article →

Gender equality is not just about women’s issues

7 March, 2014

2014 International Women’s Day Message By Teo Nie Ching Gender equality is not solely a women’s issues and gender inequality will lead to social inequality. Gender equality matters for Malaysia’s development because the “absent women” represent a skills and brain “drain” from the Malaysian workforce. Currenly, women’s gross enrollment ratio ... Full Article →

The conduct of UMNO leaders

12 February, 2014

by Mohd Ariff Sabri In an earlier article, I have mentioned a bit about the late Tun Dr Ismail. Some people cannot accept the comparison saying there’s no need to drag in Tun Ismail in the issue in question. Or saying Tun Ismail’s time was history. Of course the personal ... Full Article →

What national re-conciliation without Sabah, Sarawak?

12 February, 2014

 by Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan It is not surprising to the Malayan national parties that national means Malaysia without Sabah and Sarawak. What national re-conciliation is meant by Umno/Barisan Nasional – PKR/Pakatan Rakyat without the participation of Sabah and Sarawak?” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, commenting on ... Full Article →
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The evolution of political Islam in Malaysia

27 September, 2015 0 Comments

On Political realignment, Part 2 BY Liew Chin Tong, DAP Political Education Director and Kluang MP   I would divide the evolution of political Islam in Malaysia into three stages: Islamic revival/resurgent which culminated in changes in UMNO and PAS in 1982, the emergence of PAS’ progressive faction in 1998, ... Full Article →

Nurul Nuha: The face behind #KitaLawan

8 April, 2015 0 Comments

There is something about Nurul Nuha Anwar that seems familiar, the first time you meet her. You cannot really put your finger on it, but it is as if you have met her before, or have known her for absolutely ages. Which is unlikely to be so, since Nuha, who ... Full Article →

Penang launches campaign to combat violence against women

19 November, 2014 3 Comments

The Penang State Government has launched a historic three-week state-wide campaign against Violence Against Women (VAW) to raise awareness about preventing violence against women and girls. This is the first state-sponsored event of its kind organised by the Penang State Executive Council for Women, Family and Community Development, and the Penang ... Full Article →

Who’s afraid of the big, bad Sedition Act?

5 May, 2015 0 Comments

By Pauline Wong The recently passed amendments to the Sedition Act and the newly-minted Prevention of Terrorism Act have been divisive, to say the least. Opinions on these two Acts have been completely on opposite ends, with on side saying it is necessary to protect public peace and order, and ... Full Article →