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One Malaysia, two halves

One Malaysia, two halves

(Festive image by ba1969 / sxc.hu) THE build-up to Malaysia’s 46th birthday began this year, for me, with an argument between two acquaintances. A West Malaysian acquaintance said the prevailing notion that Malaysia is 52 years old, versus its actual birth in 1963, is a matter of interpretation. An East Malaysian acquaintance angrily pointed out […]

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Addicted to violence

Addicted to violence

(Syringe image by Yosia Urip; pills by Richard Dunstan / sxc.hu) WE have celebrated Merdeka Day and will usher in Malaysia Day, the real national day, just a week from now. But why are we celebrating the birth of our nation? Indeed, why celebrate the birth of any nation? This is not another article lamenting […]

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Scaled down Merdeka do this year

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 May 2009: This year’s Merdeka Day celebrations, especially the Merdeka parade on the morning of 31 Aug, will be scaled down because it falls during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The celebrations to commemorate the nation’s independence would continue but it would be toned down, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister […]

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