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Hindraf three, politics and death

Hindraf three, politics and death

FOR the week of 4 to 10 May 2009, the release of the Hindraf three dominated the headlines of Tamil papers. Other stories included Datuk S Subramaniam’s announcement that he would contest the MIC deputy presidency, and the inquest into the death of Tamil TV drama actress K Sujatha. Free at last The release of [...]

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Spotlight on Soi Lek

Spotlight on Soi Lek

FOR the week of 4 to 10 May 2009, the Chinese press highlighted the possibility of Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek switching camps, the chaotic Perak assembly sitting, and the meningitis outbreak in Malacca. Chua The Nut Graph’s report on 30 April that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has been trying to court MCA deputy president [...]

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Perak, the republican harbinger?

Perak, the republican harbinger?

THE Perak crisis, PAS’s upcoming party elections, violent snatch thefts and mat rempit misbehaving occupied the Malay-language press from 4 to 10 May 2009. In his 10 May Bisik-Bisik Mingguan column in Mingguan Malaysia, Awang Selamat said of the 7 May ruckus in the Perak state assembly: “There are frightening signs in the Perak chaos. [...]

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Najib needs to do more

Najib needs to do more

FOR 27 April to 3 May, the Chinese media’s spotlight was on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s new reform policies, the A (H1N1) flu threat, and the Penanti by-election. From the liberalisation of the 27 services sub-sectors and financial sectors to the cabinet’s policy on conversion disputes, Najib’s new policies have become a topic [...]

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Swine flu hogs headlines

Swine flu hogs headlines

IN the week of 27 April to 3 May 2009, the Malay-language press was filled with musings on swine flu, PAS’s internal strife over the possibility of a unity government with arch-rivals Umno, the morality of art, and the growing problem of mat rempit. Following a week of global anxiety, religious commentators placed the blame [...]

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Indira Gandhi’s search goes on

Indira Gandhi’s search goes on

BETWEEN 27 April and 3 May 2009, the Tamil papers continued to devote space to M Indira Gandhi’s quest to get her daughter back from her estranged and Muslim-convert husband. The absence of Tamil-language classes in a local university, and land right issues involving the Catholic Church were also highlighted during the week. Hunt for [...]

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