Syahredzan Johan

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3 Mar 2017 | 7:00 AM

Time to enact the Freedom of Information Act

ON Jan 17 of this year, the United States Central Intelligence Agency released about 12 million pages of declassified documents from its archive.

20 Feb 2017 | 9:40 AM

Lessons from the Jakarta elections

The Jakarta gubernatorial elections, with its two-round system, may be more costly than the conventional first-past-the-post voting system, but it ensures that wining candidates are elected by the majority of voters.

Jakarta's governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (left), better known as "Ahok", with his wife Veronica (right) and son Nicholas show off their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes in Jakarta on February 15, 2017. - AFP
6 Feb 2017 | 8:23 AM

Why oppose the US travel ban?

It is important to oppose Donald Trump's travel ban because it concerns the United States - a beacon of liberal democracy.

27 Jan 2017 | 7:00 AM

Cease the rhetoric on citizenship

For the vast majority of Malaysians irrespective of race or religion, citizenship is guaranteed and protected by the Federal Constitution, and should not be questioned.

9 Jan 2017 | 2:08 PM

Legal issues in 2017

2016 has come and gone. Many things have happened in the last year. Like previous years, legal and human rights issues arose and were discussed and debated. What about 2017?

26 Dec 2016 | 10:47 AM

Delimitation of election constituencies

Over the past few months, you likely would have read or heard news on the delimitation (also known as redelineation) exercise being undertaken by the Elections Commission (EC).

16 Dec 2016 | 7:00 AM

Landmark ruling on Sedition Act

The Court of Appeal’s judgment is a step towards bringing this piece of legislation closer in line with the Constitution.

11 Nov 2016 | 7:00 AM

The right to peaceful assembly

Unlike the Police Act before this, the Peaceful Assembly Act allows assemblies without prior notification.

31 Oct 2016 | 10:17 AM

Characteristics of the Rule of Law

We often come across the phrase ‘the rule of law’ these days. But what does the ‘rule of law’ actually mean?

17 Oct 2016 | 10:25 AM

Freedom of speech in a democracy

A democratic society must have diversity in thought and opinion.