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October 2010

October 2010

We inadvertently used the acronym “Atif” instead of “Atip” for the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. We apologise for the typo.

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Is the ISA the answer to human trafficking?

Is the ISA the answer to human trafficking?

Corrected on 25 Oct 2010, 5.35pm THREE years ago, amid much fanfare to prove Malaysia’s credentials to the international community, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government enacted the Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act 2007 (Atip). The law gives enforcement officers the power to arrest anyone they reasonably suspect of committing human trafficking offences, even without a warrant. [...]

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Freezing the toll hike – who pays?

Freezing the toll hike – who pays?

THE prime minister announced during Budget 2011 that the toll rates for four PLUS highways would not be raised over the next five years. It has since been revealed that the federal government may have to pay PLUS up to RM5bil in compensation as a result. Does the government’s action really benefit taxpayers? What could it be doing instead to resolve the issue in the public’s interest?

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Teresa Kok: “Divided by skin colour and religion”

Teresa Kok: “Divided by skin colour and religion”

“WAIT till we get to Putrajaya,” Teresa Kok laughs. The three-term Member of Parliament for Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur says even though the Pakatan Rakyat swept into power in 2008 to form the Selangor government, it still faces discrimination. “We are still treated like the opposition,” Kok, who is also state assemblyperson for Bandar Kinrara [...]

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Family members throwing earth onto a casket before they leave the burial site, as featured in ‘A Given Path’. (Pic by Nafise Motlaq)

Harmonious spiritual practices in Malaysia

THERE is much beauty and commonality in the diverse religious traditions that Malaysians devote themselves to. Iranian photojournalist Nafise Motlaq captures this in her book A Given Path: Harmonious Spiritual Practices in Malaysia. Nafise, who has been living in Malaysia since 2005 and is currently a PhD student at a local university, offers more than [...]

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In the shade

IF birds could speak, what would they say about the way we live that has resulted in increasing temperatures not just for humans but also for other Earthlings?

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