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“We were not an ordinary country”

“We were not an ordinary country”

HAD history not intervened, Emeritus Prof Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim might have been a footballer. Of his youth, Khoo said he would have been content getting a simple job as long as he could have gone on playing soccer competitively even though there was no money in the sport back in the 1950s. […]

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Reimagining Malaysia

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Reimagining Malaysia

UNTIL recently, Malaysia had been celebrating independence with parades and banners proclaiming the number of years that have passed since 1957. This inaccuracy has been brought to light over the past few years as more people begin to understand the significance of 16 Sept 1963, when Malaysia was formed. People and politicians alike have now […]

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Speaking up for Arts-Ed

Speaking up for Arts-Ed

THE idea that all us are out to “hina Melayu” is so last decade. By blaming Arts-Ed for bringing out “isu perkauman”, the Gabungan Bela Hak Insan has stooped really low in order to spread its own political ideologies. According to the Gabungan, they were “merely pointing out errors” in the My Balik Pulau newsletter […]

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In defence of diversity

In defence of diversity

WHAT comes to mind when Malaysia‘s political leaders declare that Malaysia’s strength lies in its diversity? Do we believe the claim that is being made? And if yes, do we believe that they too, believe in these pronouncements they make and that they will do anything to defend Malaysia’s diversity? There is ample evidence that […]

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Remembering the Perak crisis

Remembering the Perak crisis

IT’S been almost two years since Barisan Nasional (BN) wrested the Perak government from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) but does anyone still care to remember? And how would we choose to remember it? If, as the saying goes, “History is written by the victors”, then the history of the Perak takeover would probably go like this: […]

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Of buildings, songket and talent

Of buildings, songket and talent

IN this interview with BFM89.9, Veritas Design Group principal Lillian Tay and Yayasan Tuanku Nur Zahirah chairperson Suryani Senja Alias talk about what needs to be done to nurture and keep creative talent in Malaysia. On building designs and architecture, Tay says that “buildings have to serve a purpose and give it life beyond a […]

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