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Mengimpikan masyarakat ilmiah dari universiti hebat di Malaysia
Pada Sabtu lalu, penulis menghadiri satu seminar awam percuma anjuran Islamic Rennaissance Front (IRF) dalam Siri Pemikiran Reformis Ke-17, kali ini mengenai pemikiran Rashid Ridha di Hotel Concorde.
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Cognisance of offence in case of alleged child sexual abuse wrong in law — Hafiz Hassan
OCTOBER 22— The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is understandably concerned about the integrity of our justice system and its ability to protect the survivors of child sexual abuse.
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India has breached a key Asean norm and triggering a firestorm to engulf it
INDIA'S Prime Minister Narendra Modi ought to be congratulated for handsomely winning the May 2018 re-election campaign – but the plaudits, for now, stop there.
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No cahoots with MTUC foes, please
I refer to the letter carried by FMT written by Leonard Hiew on Oct 20, 2019.
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There’s no doubt about it, Mavcom must stay! — Mohideen Abdul Kader
OCTOBER 22 — Once more there has been talk of abolishing the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom); but the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) feels that for the sake of upholding airline pas...
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Penang’s Bayan Lepas LRT: Glorious legacy or white elephant project? — Khoo Salma Nasution
OCTOBER 22 — The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report for the RM10 billion Bayan Lepas LRT was released on 19 August 2019.
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The actual reason many parents disagree with streamless schools (it is not what you think) — Hajar Shamsudin
OCTOBER 22 — I’m writing in to give feedback on the responses from parents on streamless schools.
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Government projects during by-elections
THERE are concerns about the practice of announcing projects for a constituency when a by-election is imminent for the said constituency or during a by-election.
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Whither Malaysia now?
THE Kongres Maruah Melayu, or Malay Dignity Congress, held in a stadium near Kuala Lumpur on Oct 6 raised a furore among Malaysians.
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Strata titles: Different rates still apply
AS the owner of a parcel in a mixed development, I salute the courageous parcel owner of Rajawali Development who took a joint management body and relevant parties to task and won the Court of Appeal ...
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The AG must protect children from sexual abuse
THE Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is extremely concerned and disappointed by Attorney General (AG) Tommy Thomas’ decision to dismiss a case of alleged child sexual abuse involving a tahfiz school...
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Time to reset govt’s relationship with MTUC
A disagreement between Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran and some Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) leaders has resulted in a move to oust MTUC altogether.
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When a news business is worth saving
TWO years ago, several bumiputra companies, including public listed ones and government-linked companies, received a letter from then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s office.
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OECD tax reform proposal could be better
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) secretariat published its proposed “unified approach” to reform international tax rules to address tax challenges posed by digital...
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The lost dignity of universities and academia
THE support of the discredited National Council of Professors (MPN) in withholding the degree of a Universiti Malaya (UM) student after his demonstration against the racist speeches of his vice-chance...
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DAP bermasalah besar apabila nampak komik Hew tidak bermasalah
Belum pulih daripada ribut taufan isu Harimau Pembebasan Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yang menyebabkan beberapa ahli dan Adunnya ditahan di bawah Sosma, DAP terpaksa menghadapi satu lagi ribut taufan ekoran eda...
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Just another comical day in Malaysia Baru
What is it with us Malaysians?
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Do comic book supporters want DAP to be kicked out?
I have been a DAP supporter since 2008.
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Global economy slows, recession risk hangs in the balance: Kemp
LONDON (Oct 21): Economic growth around the world has slowed to a crawl but (so far) there are few signs of the second-round effects on jobs, income and spending that would turn a significant slowdown...
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‘Monsters’ on the road
THE 312 State Road is an important route connecting the eastern, central and northwestern parts of China.
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Please don’t make us stand around
I AM a frequent traveller who passes through Senai International Airport in Johor often.Recently, I observed that the benches near Gates 3, 4 and 5 have been removed.Passengers have to stand near the ...
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Working towards a safe zone
AS Turkey’s ongoing border operation involving Syria is being widely covered in the international media, it would be useful to put things in perspective here.Turkey’s humanitarian foreign policy a...
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UM must act now to prevent further tensions developing
UNIVERSITI Malaya Academic Staff Union (PKAUM) takes note of the unfortunate circumstance in which an engineering graduate, Wong Yan Ke, had to resort to drastic action to highlight the fact that he f...
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Removing streaming is a good deal for kids today
WHEN Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said that he wished to end the streaming policy in secondary schools, there were some brickbats over the idea.Personally, I think this is one policy that has b...
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Looking beyond just the numbers
FOLLOWING the recent Budget 2020 speech, we have seen a revival in the debate on extending maternity leave and introducing paternity leave.The Malaysian Employers Federation claimed that an additional...
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Get serious about border smuggling
I APPLAUD the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), particularly Chief Commissioner Latheefa Koya, for exposing the graft-related activities at the Padang Besar-Thailand border point.
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#UMProtest: Why the convo 'stunt' may have been wrong but really isn't
OCTOBER 21 ― There is an on-going debate over Wong Yan Ke’s solo protest at the recent University of Malaya convocation, and whether or not what he did was right and appropriate.
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The perfect place to protest — Tarak Singh
OCTOBER 21 — There are some serious questions racing in my mind after the hullabaloo of last week.
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MTUC still needed in this country
I don’t think there is any need to replace the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) despite the problems it has been having with the human resources ministry on the recent amendments to labour law...
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U-turn on medical exam will affect road safety
Road traffic accidents in Malaysia are on an increasing trend – they rose from 533,575 cases in 2017 to 548,598 in 2018.
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Time to replace the MTUC?
I refer to “Ministry dares MTUC, MEF over labour law amendments” published yesterday in FMT.
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Good will overcome evil — Puthan Perumal
OCTOBER 20 — This Deepavali would be the first without my parents.
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Bumpy rubber for pleasure rides
Dear Dr. G, I read with disappointment the article last week on the condom conundrum: To use or not to use, depicting using condom to being “like taking a shower with a raincoat on” or “eating...
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Travels on Pelni's Nggapulu
THE Nggapulu (named after a glacier-covered peak in Papua’s Jayawijaya range) is a German-built ship and part of the fleet of Indonesia’s national ferry company, Pelni.
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The great crisis, the great opportunity
IT'S always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?
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Cleanse hearts and souls of racism
WHEN I was abroad recently, one local song kept ringing in my ears constantly.
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Malaysian education: Are we up the stream?
I THINK it is time we talk about Malaysian education again, considering what has been in the news of late.
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So where are our Nobel Laureates?
OCTOBER 20 — “The Merchant of Death is Dead” —  that was the headline of the obituary published for Swedish businessman Alfred Nobel in 1888.
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Crouching tigers, hidden political agenda
DID the police arrest Malaysians linked to the Tamil Tigers?
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Policy must be implemented properly
ABOLISHING the arts and science streams in schools may be the way forward but the implementation of this policy needs to be done well.
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It’s a holi-holiday
THE year is not even over yet, and we still have a good two months to go, but a list detailing national public holidays and how Malaysians can go for vacations on long weekends with just nine days of ...
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Why the ministerial silence on UM graduation fracas?
Education Minister Maszlee Malik is staying unusually quiet about the Universiti Malaya (UM) row, which has seen allegations of racism made against its vice-chancellor Abdul Rahim Hashim.
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A Malaysian dilemma: The more things change...
SO MUCH has happened in the past couple of weeks that there is only one certainty in Malaysian politics – nothing is certain.
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Good or bad Budget: Which side of the fence are you on?
IN the wake of Budget 2020's tabling in Parliament last Friday (Oct 11), the reaction from Sarawak politicians has predictably followed party lines.
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But what about STEM?
WE refer to the article “Streamless schools next year” (The Star, Oct 16; online at bit.ly/star_streaming.) In theory, making SPM subjects more modular so that students can choose subjects that ...
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Streaming should continue
I WOULD think the public, especially stakeholders in education in the country, were shocked by the news that Form Four students, starting next year, can choose what subjects they want to study.
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University Senate cannot revoke degree of protesting student
WITH utmost respect, the statement by the president of the National Professors Council (MPN) Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose that Universiti Malaya (UM) has the right to revoke or withhold the degree of...
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Live up to minister’s vision for universities
GABUNGAN Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) is appalled that the administration of Universiti Malaya (UM) has chosen to lodge a police report against the action of one of its graduates who flashed a placard dem...
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Permanent solution for unequal citizenship needed
THE Malaysian Campaign for Equal Citizenship led by the Foreign Spouses Support Group (FSSG) notes that the Home Minister has stated that his ministry is working to improve the standard operating proc...
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Committee for a healthy democracy
THE Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) welcomes the announcement made by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Datuk Liew Vui Keong, that the Parliamentary Special ...
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Where is the right to freedom of expression and speech?
IF you still haven’t heard, a Universiti Malaya student decided to take a stand against an action taken by the university’s vice-chancellor.
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There’s no dignity in the likes of Zainal Kling
MP Ramkarpal Singh is doing an admirable job of establishing his reputation as the Lion of Bukit Gelugor.
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Is Hafiz Hassan’s critique of Hakam’s statement correct? — Hakam
OCTOBER 18 — The Statement by Hafiz Hassan refers questioning the statement made by the National Human Rights Society (Hakam).
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A DreamWorks movie, a map and a huge regional row
Malaysian censors have ordered a scene to be cut from DreamWorks film Abominable before it is screened there - because of a brief glimpse of a map.
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Hakam’s statement on University Senate's right is misconceived in law — Hafiz Hassan
OCTOBER 18 — I refer to National Human Rights Society’s (Hakam) article titled “University Senate cannot revoke degree of protesting student“.
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The issue of no streaming in schools — PAGE Malaysia
OCTOBER 18 ― In theory, while there is merit behind the idea of no streaming, making SPM subjects more modular that students would be able to choose the subjects that they are interested and/or have...
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The UM protest: Hypocrisy in the right to freedom of expression and speech ― Hafidz Baharom
OCTOBER 18 ― If you still haven’t heard, a Universiti Malaya student decided to take a stand against what he perceives is the racist antics of his Vice Chancellor.
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UM VC vs student: Whose side are you on? — Jagdeep Singh Mejer
OCTOBER 18 — The recent controversy regarding a student from University Malaya has drawn huge attention to the nation, drawing discussions and protests from the public.
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How China loses friends and alienates people
The Chinese folk saying “lift a rock only to drop it on one’s own feet,” or its English equivalent, “to shoot oneself in the foot”, perfectly describes the self-defeating inclinations of dic...
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UM student protester deserves our respect
Something symbolically powerful took place earlier this week when a lone student dared to use a solemn occasion to protest the increasingly rampant racism and bigotry in our institutions of higher lea...
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New pick-up system at KLIA2 is unfair
I REFER to “New rule on airport pick-up unfair, say e-hailing drivers” (The Star, Oct 17; online at bit.ly/star_airport).
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Be a proud Malaysian and a critical thinker
IT seems to be embedded in our Malaysian psyche – whether at school with our teachers, at work with our bosses or as a citizen with our leaders – that the viewpoints of our superiors (regardless w...
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There is no place for Sosma in a democratic country
WE, the undersigned civil society organisations, are gravely concerned with the continued use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) in spite of Pakatan Harapan’s election mani...
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Higher wages are better for everyone
WHILE employers question the minimum wage rate increase to RM1,200, workers say an extra RM100 is not enough.
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Ensure Malaysians have access to affordable housing
HOUSES in Malaysia are simply unaffordable to many Malaysians.There is a serious mismatch between income and house prices.
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Reimagining the system
NATIONAL literary icon Keris Mas, in one of his seminal works Rimba Harapan (1986) told us: “What drives the progress of humanity is their understanding towards the constantly changing environment t...
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University Senate cannot revoke degree of protesting student — HAKAM
OCTOBER 18 — With utmost respect, the statement by the president of National Professors Council (MPN) Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose that Universiti Malaya (UM) has the right to revoke or withhold th...
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Withholding degree is a deprivation of a fundamental liberty under the Federal Constitution — Puthan Perumal
OCTOBER 18 — It is an undisputed fact that education is the keystone to an opportunity to employment which would then, with all things being equal, provide for a reasonable livelihood for a person.
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Differences that bind us together
CYPRUS was not on my list of countries to visit, but a beautiful destination wedding enabled the enjoyment of its rehabilitative waters, sublime pink sunsets, unfailingly fresh seafood and surprisingl...
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Triumph over adversity
JAPANESE people use the word “ganbaru” a lot.
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Dark horse candidate for PM8?
EVERYTHING about the succession plan for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) to move up appears to be in place, yet so little about it seems to be for sure.Even Anwar himself seemed a little uncertain, goi...
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Amend Article 14 to provide permanent solution for unequal citizenship — Malaysian Campaign for Equal Citizenship
OCTOBER 17 — The Malaysian Campaign for Equal Citizenship led by Foreign Spouses Support Group (FSSG) notes that the Home Minister has stated that the Ministry is working to improve the Standard Op...
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