Zainah Anwar

Recent and archived articles by Zainah Anwar

5 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Time to learn from BN’s mistakes

As its honeymoon year draws to a close, the Pakatan Harapan government needs to summon the political will and courage to do more of what is right and what is just and start fulfilling its promise of change and to make life better for all.

Positive change: Tengku Maimun has been appointed as the country’s first woman Chief Justice, and probably a first in the Muslim world too.
7 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

Whither gender equality?

What is needed is political will and political courage from our new leaders to stand on principles and lead the Muslim world into the 21st century.

31 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

A different kind of leadership

MARTIN Luther King Jr said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.”

Not one word out of step: Ardern leaving a gathering to honour victims of the massacre at Hagley Park in Christchurch. — AFP
3 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Equal, with no exceptions

Over the decades, the previous administration did much to recognise equality between non-Muslim men and women. Now it’s time for this Pakatan Harapan government to summon the political will and courage to recognise the equality of and non-discrimination against Muslim women as a fundamental policy.

2 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

Wanted: A new national narrative

Malaysia cannot afford to go on being polarised on the basis of race and religion anymore. The pipeline of hate and mistrust must be plugged.

Forward thinking: When Datuk Onn Jaafar founded Umno over 70 years ago, he relentlessly wrote and cajoled the Malays to work hard, to study hard, to send their daughters to school, to be entrepreneurs, to be brave and confident, to take risks and be their own bosses. — Photo courtesy of National Archives
14 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

A formidable, but doable, challenge

If the Pakatan Harapan government is truly committed to ‘Compassionate Islam’, it must lead in shaping a new discourse, build new champions within its own religious authorities and institutions, and build public support for the necessity and possibility for change.

2 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

It’s time for tough love

As we bask in the first Merdeka and welcome Malaysia Day under this new Malaysia, it is important for us who voted for change remain vigilant that the Pakatan Harapan government delivers on its promises of transformation.

Precious future: As much as we are willing to give Pakatan Harapan the support and time it needs to deliver on its reform agenda, we have learnt from the mistakes made in the past and will not waste our Merdeka 2.0.
8 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Music to the ears

EVERYDAY I wake up in this new Malaysia, thankful for the courage of Malaysians to bring about change. I am beginning to watch local TV news, discovering local hosts and learning more about the newly-elected MPs, and being most impressed by the fluency of DAP Ministers and MPs speaking in the national language.

Commendable: It’s good that the youngest Minister ever, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is open to learning from and working with his predecessor, former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, seen here with their respective deputies Steven Sim and Datuk M. Saravanan.
3 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Change, finally! Blame thyself, Umno?

It may have been a shock win for Pakatan Harapan in the recent election, but the writing has been on the wall for Barisan Nasional for more than a decade.

Inevitable change: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announcing his resignation when Barisan lost GE14 after the people rejected the corrupt practices of some of the Barisan politicians.
4 Mar 2018 | 7:00 AM

Doing right by women

A political will is needed to treat women in a just and fair manner.