When the system denies children justice
THE failure by a mother to get justice for her 13-year-old son, who was allegedly sexually abused repeatedly in a tahfiz school, is a travesty of justice, “Court upholds decision to drop tahfiz sex ...
Solving housing woes
I WORK in the real estate industry and would like to comment on the budget proposals for 2020 and the attendant responses from politicians gleaned from media reports.
Non-Muslim leaders and our confused clerics
A PAS cleric in the recently held Malay Dignity Congress came to a vague conclusion that “Muslims should not surrender power to non-Muslims”. The cleric must have referred to a verse in the Quran:...
Paedophile Huckle 'strangled and stabbed'
Paedophile Richard Huckle died after being strangled and stabbed with a makeshift weapon that may have been fashioned from a toothbrush, sources have told the BBC.
Malaysian tech and job creation — Reza Razali
OCTOBER 16 — There seems to be some unrest on the ground in regards to the Malaysian economy, and the feel-good historic election of 2018 factor is beginning to taper off as we face the reality of t...
Passing message down to the ground takes time
I REFER to the report “E-hailing drivers left baffled” (The Star, Oct 14).On Oct 10, Road Transport Department (JPJ) Enforcement Division director Khairul Anuar Bachok said his department would ta...
Universities should be non-political
G25 expresses its deep disappointment at the four public universities and their vice-chancellors for co-organising the recently held Kongres Maruah Melayu (Malay Dignity Congress) where the speeches l...
Game changer in controlling mosquitoes
WE refer to the report “Melaka’s sterile mosquitoes method proves impotent in fight against dengue” (The Star, Oct 3; online at bit.ly/star_sterile).The World Health Organisation (WHO) has spear...
TAR UC and UTAR have proven their value
WHEN we make a decision that political parties should not control educational institutions, is this a political decision to begin with?Surely there are two sides to an argument?
Future of food production
THANK you to M. Veera Pandiyan for his piece on agriculture in Malaysia “Just too much to swallow” (The Star, Sept 18), and Datuk Wee Beng Ee for sharing his views on the same topic in his letter ...
Let the poor have nice things
OCTOBER 16 — It is funny how Malaysians can get worked up when poor people show any sign of being less than materially destitute.
LTTE arrests: Support or sympathy?
AS the second round of arrests of people suspected of having alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were being made on Saturday, I was sweating it out in Banting.A friend who was...
Community engagement way to kill dengue
THE ongoing outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted viral disease dengue in Malaysia is one of the worst in living memory (“Dengue cases at an all-time high”, The Star, Aug 10; online at bit.ly/star_...
Leave PLUS with Khazanah
THE news about private sector groups proposing to the government to purchase and take over PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) has not stopped despite the clear statement made by Khazanah managing director/CE...
Safe schools for students
AS previously, the Education Ministry received the largest allocation in the 2020 Budget: RM64.1bil (compared with RM60.2bil in 2019).
Future budgets should address family planning
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, on the topic of human capital development in his speech on Budget 2020, said: “The female labour force participation rate continues to stagnate at around 55%, far from...
What the budget’s focus on healthcare says
The thrust of the 2020 Budget, tabled on Friday, is obvious with a great focus on the growth and digitalisation of the economy but with an emphasis on human capital and social welfare as well.
Women@Work is a promising start
THE All Women’s Action Society (Awam) applauds the 2020 federal budget aimed at stimulating the economy, generating growth and improving the quality of life for Malaysians, especially the poor.
For a prosperous, just society
WHEN he presented the Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV) 2030, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Moha-mad highlighted two major challenges facing the nation: corruption and socioeconomic disparities.
Police must not use intimidation tactics
LAWYERS for Liberty views with extreme concern the fact that the police chief in Kangar, Perlis, lodged a police report against Suaram (Suara Rakyat Malaysia) executive director Sevan Doraisamy, calli...
Modern revival of an ancient art
THE Hungry Ghost Festival is one of the celebrations I look forward to every year as a little girl living in a small town in Perak.
A Malay-centric 2020 Budget — Jasmine Cho
OCTOBER 13 — The 2020 national budget has been unveiled and Malaysians across the board are abuzz with their take on the reallocation of funds and slew of new measures introduced by the government.
Keep foreign extremism at bay
THE arrest of two DAP lawmakers – including a state executive councillor – for their suspected links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group is certainly one of the most expl...