Archive | March, 2011

Mina Cheah-Foong: “Definitely not Chinese”

Mina Cheah-Foong: “Definitely not Chinese”

“I’M waiting for someone to call me a pendatang!” says Datin Mina Cheah-Foong. “I never thought to question my right to be here or my role as a Malaysian in the context of where my family came from.” Indeed, why would she need to? Nation building runs in the family. Cheah-Foong may not be planting [...]

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Objecting to development projects

Objecting to development projects

OBJECTION hearings are part and parcel of the development process. If a new building or development is planned, it is only natural to expect that those living in the vicinity should have their views heard. But some would argue that this right is only limited to those within a very close proximity to the project. [...]

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Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia arriving for the launch. On hand to greet him were Dr Thomas Knirsch from the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, The Nut Graph’s Deborah Loh and Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee.

Understanding the Dewan Rakyat: The book launch and public forum (Updated 29 March)

(Updated 9:30pm, 29 March 2011) IN January 2010, The Nut Graph embarked on an ambitious project: to ask all 222 Members of Parliament (MPs) their views on various issues of national interest. MPs were asked, among others, their opinions on the Internal Security Act, whether Malaysia should be an Islamic or secular state, and what [...]

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1Malaysia greetings: Spam or privacy violation?

1Malaysia greetings: Spam or privacy violation?

IT’S not every day that one gets a personal greeting from the prime minister via e-mail or SMS. But when Datuk Seri Najib Razak did just that to over five million Malaysians for Chinese New Year in February 2011, he got flak from the DAP in Parliament for imprudent use of taxpayers’ dollars. Another DAP [...]

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Taking on the MRT

Taking on the MRT

Touted as the new “backbone” of public transport in Klang Valley, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has been the talk of the town since its first line of its overall scheme was revealed on 13 Feb 2011. An estimated 51km long, the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line will have 35 proposed stations. Total construction cost will only [...]

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Umno’s tangle over “Allah”

Umno’s tangle over “Allah”

YET again, in the tussle over “Allah” and Malay-language Bibles, the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government shows how unclear it is about what it means to respect the religious rights of non-Muslims.

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