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Who wants another 13 May?

Who wants another 13 May?

I DIDN’T live through the racial clashes of 13 May 1969. I was born a year after. And yet, throughout my childhood and into my adulthood, just mentioning “13 May” evoked whispered warnings and an unnameable fear. What is it about 13 May that gives rise to fear and suspicion that fellow Malaysians might re-enact […]

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Are the police shooting to kill?

Are the police shooting to kill?

Norizan Salleh (file pic) POLICE-shooting victim Norizan Salleh never imagined she would ever be shot at. She describes how she felt lying on a highway near Gombak on 30 Oct 2009 after being shot five times by the police while on her way home: “I kept asking myself, ‘Betul ke, saya kena tembak? Is this […]

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“Allah” issue: Who started it?

“Allah” issue: Who started it?

LEST we forget, the source of the Allah controversy that resulted in churches, and a Catholic school, being torched and threatened did not begin on the streets. It did not begin with narrow-minded and ignorant Muslim pressure groups threatening to spill blood to assert their sole right to use “Allah”. Lest we forget, it began […]

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“Everything’s gonna be alright”

THE “Allah” controversy and subsequent arson attacks on churches are making local and international headlines, casting a dark pall on Malaysia. In the face of this discord, a group of young people banded together in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 9 Jan 2010, to spread a message of hope. They held placards that read “Everything’s gonna […]

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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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More violence at NS camp

More violence at NS camp

Fuziah Salleh (PKR-Kuantan), showing a photo of injuries sustained by an NS trainee KUALA LUMPUR, 1 July 2009: Violence at National Service camps are preventable, a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Member of Parliament (MP) said today, even as she revealed two separate incidents of sexual assault and violence at the Chini camp. MP for Kuantan […]

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