Archive | August, 2011

Puasa dari makan nasi, wang dan orang

Puasa dari makan nasi, wang dan orang

UNTUK pertama kalinya saya menyambut Ramadan di Indonesia, negara yang mempunyai rakyat beragama Islam yang teramai di dunia. Lebih kurang 90% dari penduduknya yang seramai 270 juta orang ini beragama Islam. Namun, Indonesia tidak ada undang-undang menghukum orang yang makan dan minum di khalayak ramai semasa bulan puasa. Malah, kegiatan harian diteruskan seperti biasa. Konsert [...]

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The Nut Graph’s Merdeka Awards 2011

The Nut Graph’s Merdeka Awards 2011

2011 is going by in a flash, and yet it has felt long and intense. The political temperature has been kept on the high side, first with the Sarawak elections, then the Bersih 2.0 rally, endless speculation about the next general election, and most recently, inter-religious tensions involving allegations against Christians. Malaysians certainly have had [...]

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Eddin Khoo: Preserving the nation’s soul

Eddin Khoo: Preserving the nation’s soul

IF Malaysia is a nation of converging ancestries and cultures, then Eddin Khoo Bu-Eng should be one of its poster boys. The former Sunday Star journalist, who set up cultural centre Pusaka nearly 10 years ago, is the eldest of three sons born of a Baba Chinese father and a mother of Sri Lankan Tamil [...]

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Nasihat tentang Aidilfitri

Nasihat tentang Aidilfitri

MENJALANKAN ibadat puasa di London sekarang, saya terasa rindu yang amat terhadap keluarga dan kawan-kawan di Malaysia. Alangkah gembiranya saya apabila membaca nasihat terbaru daripada kolumnis pujaan ramai, Kak Nora, tentang “sensitiviti” Aidilfitri. Terubatlah juga rindu di hati. Salam sejahtera Kak Nora, Harap kak berada dalam keadaan yang sihat walafiat. (Er, adakah saya dibenarkan menggunakan [...]

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Taking cheap shots

Taking cheap shots

ANYONE familiar with the UK Riots and the Bersih rally would have been gobsmacked by Malaysian politicians comparing the two in gloating fashion recently. According to no less than our prime minister, the UK Riots apparently justify the Malaysian government’s actions in stopping the Bersih rally. Datuk Seri Najib Razak reportedly said the government wanted [...]

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Green voters hunting for green reps

Green voters hunting for green reps

RUMOURS have been rife since late 2010 that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak might call for the 13th general election by this year before the economy takes a worse turn. As such, not just political parties but civil society has been gearing up for an impending election. Among the civil society groups are a group of [...]

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