Strengthen the independence of the judiciary

The Malaysian Bar welcomes the news that the cabinet has approved the proposal by the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia, Yang Amat Arif Arifin Zakaria, to have a separate head for each branch of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLS Commission).
  George Varughese

Probe needed on circulation of ‘fake’ RM100 notes in Kuching

I would like to urge the Police Department and Bank Negara to carry out a thorough investigation regarding the circulation of ‘fake’ RM100 notes in a coffee shop in Kuching recently.
  Kelvin Yii

Do we need a happiness minister?

The Fifth World Happiness Report 2017 was released on March 20 by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) .
  Ramon Navaratnam

Why not have CCTV at all counters that deal with the public?

I was green with envy when I read the latest idea emanating out of Terengganu which is to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in cinemas and beam it live to the lobby to cut out undesirable activities, as reported here.
  R Krishnan

World Water Day 2017 focuses on wastewater

World Water Day is celebrated every March 22. It is to mark the importance of water to human civilisation and the nature. This year’s World Water Day focuses on wastewater. Water after it is used for our daily activity, we discharge it as wastewater. Unfortunately, increase in human population and economic activities have increased pollution loading to our water resources and increase water scarcity problem globally.
  Piarapakaran S

Petronas and Aramco at a Rapid pace - what say you...

Congratulations to both Petronas and Aramco for having struck a good deal at a fast pace. It has to be because both are Fortune 500 companies. Even news reports said it is positive for Petronas and the project itself.
  Saleh Mohammed

Baram villagers learn about community-based conservation efforts

Three delegations from the Baram Conservation Initiative returned from their study tours on Sunday with aspirations for community-based conservation for the Baram region.
  Peter Kallang

Finding common ground based on our collective humanity

Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this date in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people who were peacefully protesting against oppressive apartheid laws in South Africa. This is just one of the horrors of 20th-century racism that has been left to us in the 21st-century to overcome.
  Mohamed Azmin Ali

‘PAS doing a disservice to Sarawak’

PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad’s statement against my urging to stop the import of West Malaysia Islamic teachers into Sarawak shows PAS’ total lack of understanding and respect for the rights of Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia.
  Chong Chieng Jen

Great patriots emerge during crises

The Malayan Emergency was a guerrilla war fought between British Commonwealth armed forces and the military arm of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) from 1948 until 1960.
  YS Chan

Time to rein in superstitions and deviant practices

After watching Raja Bomoh’s latest video on ‘North Korea’, I have kept the bewilderment as well as amusement to myself. The reason is simple; I was not brave enough to express my views on it, given the potential sensitivity involved.
  TK Chua

Royal Address at Parliament sessions - what say you...

In his maiden Royal Address at Parliament (fifth session) on March 6, 2017, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Agong) raised a few issues inter alia, the cost of living, economy and the ringgit’s depreciation.
  Saleh Mohammed

C4 urges more transparent asset declaration law

A string of corruption scandals that are under probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in recent months indicate a serious and alarming status quo involving public officials’ abuse of power and misconduct.
  Cynthia Gabriel

BN still stuck in ‘divide and rule’ politics

During the launch of a dental programme at the National Mosque, Balik Pulau MP Dr Hilmi Yahaya claimed that the DAP-led Penang government “only aided the rich in the state and, as such, had caused an increase in the urban poverty rate”.
  Syerleena Abdul Rashid

One month and counting after Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction

One month and still counting after Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction, it appears that our much-touted and acclaimed Malaysian law enforcement agencies are not all what they were made out to be. From what our inspector-general of police (IGP) says, (reading between the lines as a normal educated thinking Malaysian) we are nowhere nearer the truth than when we first begun - which says an awful lot for the ability and effectiveness of our police.
  Fellow Malaysian Pastor

Stop mitigating rape, urges JAG

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) expresses our concern at the statement made by Syariah lawyer Faiz Fadzil in a recent article, suggesting that it is in the best interest for an underage girl to marry if she has committed illicit sex and has gotten pregnant as a result, so long as both parties agree to the marriage.
  Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG)

PAS has shown itself as not fit for Sarawak politics, again, says DAP

PAS has again shown itself to be a political party NOT fit for Sarawak politics.
  Chong Chieng Jen

DAP: Does EC chair think current voter registration system is efficient?

The latest statement from Election Commission (EC) chairperson Mohd Hashim Abdullah on why Malaysia is not ready for automatic voter registration is yet another lame justification at hindering those of eligible age from becoming registered voters.
  Lim Yi Wei

‘Charge undeserving BR1M applicants with trying to defraud the nation’

I was utterly disgusted to read that 60,000 Bantuan BR1M applications rejected for exceeding salary limit as reported here and here.
  R Krishnan

North Korea is not a ‘normal country’

I am no foreign affairs expert, but am old enough to have read about China during Mao Zedong’s era, the former Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin, East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Iran just post-Islamic revolution, Cuba under Fidel Castro and North Korea under various Kims. It is never easy to deal with them, and it is best that we treat the current problems with North Korea carefully and seriously.
  TK Chua

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