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The Star Says

Let cool heads prevail on temple issue

ONLY six months ago, Malaysia notched a unique position in the realm of democracy in the eyes of the world. The country experienced a dramatic general election and a peaceful change in government, sans bloodshed or threats of racial strife.

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One step forward, two steps back

THE government has spoken. Malaysia will not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), keeping us on the list of 14 countries that, in the language of the United Nations, did not express their consent to the treaty.

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It’s not easy to change public perception

PROTECTING the palm oil industry does not get any easier, does it?

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It must be much more than students and politics

AS Malaysian statutes go, the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) is easily among the most frequently discussed because it pulls and pushes the levers of a powerful and influential system. Unfortunately, with that comes the temptation to wield the Act as a political tool.

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Winning over rating agencies just as crucial

EARLY next week, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng will be paying a visit to the rating agencies to state Malaysia’s rationale for the decisions taken in Budget 2019.

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No more greasing palms or your hands will be cuffed

WE are in the midst of a bumper crop of probes and court cases revolving around corruption. And often, companies are linked to the allegations and charges. The typical connection is that these companies are said to be the sources of corrupt gratification.

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Do the right things properly to succeed

TWO recent reports encapsulated a thorny issue that has underlined a perennial problem for Malaysia. The State of Households 2018 showed the big problem of income disparity where residents in the richer states have a lion’s share of income in the country.

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Don’t kick around sporting dreams

THE website of the National Sports Council has a page plastered with photos from an event on April 26 this year – the launch of the second phase of the Mokhtar Dahari National Football Academy in Gambang, Pahang. The heading on the page declares the academy as “the future face of national football”.

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Ruling looms over free speech

WE love talking about shortcomings in how the country is run. But what kind of national conversations about the government can we have if we are under ominous clouds of potential civil lawsuits?

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Methanol poisoning not a hiccup

CONSIDERING how quickly and how often outrage, including the manufactured variety, surges through society, Malaysians’ response to the dozens of methanol poisoning cases this week has been muted.

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Let us grasp our shared history and destiny on this Malaysia Day

THERE are many wise and insightful quotes about patriotism and national pride. They can strike a chord so sweetly that you find yourself nodding even before you have decided that you agree.

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Understanding comparative and absolute advantage

WE can joke all we want about economists, their theories and forecasts, and the inexactitude they sometimes deal with, but economics definitely offers some profound truths.

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