Archive | September, 2012

Can local govt elections protect public interest and the environment?

Can local govt elections protect public interest and the environment?

IF we could bring back local government elections, councillors could at least be held accountable for giving the nod to projects without the communities’ knowledge and approval.

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Crowded cities: What happened to the open-space policy?

Crowded cities: What happened to the open-space policy?

The open space policy is meant to prevent overdevelopment and to provide for social-infrastructural facilities. It is a good mechanism to ensure the nation’s social needs are prioritised, but it is not being implemented.

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Being Malaysia, truly Malaysia

Being Malaysia, truly Malaysia

It’s been 49 years since Malaysia became a nation, when Tunku Abdul Rahman said that 10 million people of many races now join hands in freedom and unity. But even back then, the vision of what was to become Malaysia was contested. What remains of the vision of Malaysia today? And how do we celebrate Malaysia Day as Malaysians?

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Merdeka and the rise of citizens

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Merdeka and the rise of citizens

MALAYSIANS are no longer content to watch the official government-organised Merdeka parade on their televisions. Instead, they have been taking to the streets to celebrate Merdeka in their own way. What’s behind these different celebrations and do they make Malaysians unpatriotic?

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Isu rampas mayat:<br />Apakah penyelesaiannya?

Isu rampas mayat:
Apakah penyelesaiannya?

KES rampas mayat oleh jabatan agama telahpun mencapai tahap yang baru. Sekarang, ada pula kes di mana jabatan agama Islam telah merampas abu mayat seorang wanita yang didakwa telah memeluk Islam. Dalam kes-kes seperti ini, siapakah yang lebih berhak terhadap mayat orang yang telah meninggal? Dan apakah Islam itu tidak membenarkan si mati dikebumikan oleh ahli-ahli keluarga bukan Islam?

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