Archive | June, 2012

<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Rising crime and the general election

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Rising crime and the general election

MALAYSIANS have been speaking up about crime recently and recounting experiences of violent crime such as robberies, kidnapping and attempted rape. The Nut Graph speaks to political scientist Wong Chin Huat on what it will take for Malaysians to feel safe again and whether crime will be an election issue.

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Pilihanraya, pilihan saya

Pilihanraya, pilihan saya

PARTI dan pemimpin politik boleh berubah dan kadangkala tidak konsisten dalam perjuangan. Namun sebagai rakyat, yang harus kita perjuangkan dengan jelas ialah nilai-nilai yang baik seperti keadilan, kebebasan kesetaraan dan kedaulatan hak-hak asasi manusia.[

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Refocusing the PTPTN debate

Refocusing the PTPTN debate

The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans debate will not get far until we move beyond the polarised back-and-forth between maintaining it and abolishing student fees. Hwa Yue-Yi adds looks at broader issues: a wider range of policy solutions to higher education financing and more thorough consideration of national educational aspirations.

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Slow death by aluminum smelters?

While green activists in Peninsular Malaysia are protesting the rare earth refinery that has yet to begin operations in Gebeng, Pahang, villagers living near an aluminium smelting plant in Balingian, Mukah, Sarawak, have been suffering in silence. How is the plant affecting the lives of local communities in Balingian? Should we be alarmed at plans for new plants?

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Religious raids: Can they or can’t they?

Religious raids: Can they or can’t they?

CAN religious authorities like Jawi and Jais raid companies, confiscate books and detain Muslims for publishing and selling a book that is deemed a threat to Muslims in Malaysia? What laws empower religious state authorities to act in the way they have over Irshad Manji’s book? And what laws protect citizens and companies from arbitrary action?

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Consequences of MBPJ ignoring its own rules

Consequences of MBPJ ignoring its own rules

What happens when MBPJ ignores its own rules on development in Petaling Jaya? It’s no use ignoring the problems, says former councillor KW Mak, as eventually everyone will end up having to pay.

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