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Danger of thoughtless ‘free’ speech

TWO recent examples of the concept of “freedom of speech” prompted this week’s column.

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This Hari Raya, I ask forgiveness from all Malaysians for Islam and our nation

In today’s article, my wife and I - two Muslims born in Malaysia - would like to ask for forgiveness from all our Malaysian brethren, whether we know them or not, whether our paths have crossed or not.

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Whither a Malaysia for all?

The columnist bemoans what seems to be a striking return to divisive identity politics by a major component of the unity government.

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Six values to advance a community

The government can only do so much to uplift the bumiputra community. The rest is up to us, says the columnist, offering a path towards self-reliance.

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Improve with immersive language experiences

The columnist offers ideas on how to improve and increase the use of Bahasa Malaysia in vernacular and private schools.

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Appreciating the ‘flower’ of democracy

THERE’S a Malay saying that goes like this: “Seperti kera mendapat bunga”. Literally, it translates as “like a monkey getting a flower”.

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Knowledge is not always a ‘truth’

THERE seems to be a lot of interest in the public domain about Malaysian academia after a social media-loving French professor questioned the scholarship of a paper submitted to a journal by an academician from a Malaysian public university.

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Five values this nation needs

FOR this nation of ours to progress, what do we need?

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Driving the story of a ‘Malaysia for All’

AS this new year shuffles in – and as with every new year that comes around – I feel a bit of despair and a mountain of hope, all at the same time.

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Healing words, not disrespectful barbs

AS 2023 draws to a close, many of us are no doubt reflecting on what happened this year in our lives, perhaps seeing some resolution, maybe even making plans for 2024.

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How to grade the Prime Minister

RECENTLY, at a forum organised by a news portal, one of the panel­lists, a veteran editor from that portal, gave Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a grade of D- in evaluating his first year as PM. Before that, former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin gave Anwar a B-.

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A letter from a Mufti

AS empathetic people everywhere – including in Malaysia – reel from the devastating impact of the Israel-Hamas war, a letter from the Mufti of Singapore shines a light on the path to the truest form of spiritual understanding. Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir wrote to the republic’s Chief Rabbi, Mordechai Abergel, on Oct 13, following the outbreak of hostilities on Oct 7.

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