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THE Dewan Rakyat speaker, it was reported, said that he had received a notification letter from the Prime Minister stating that the agenda of the Parliamentary sitting on May 18 has been amended to focus only on the royal address. The reason for limiting the agenda is said to be the Covid-19 pandemic.
When we talk about freedom of speech, we also need to consider the quality of the communication and the opportunities available to do so.
To visit or not to visit a friend or acquaintance in hospital is a very tricky decision to make.
The strategy of instilling fear in our childhood was so effective that it is carried on into life, including in the political realm, where politicians have become adept at creating a bogeyman to make the citizens and voters do their bidding.
IN the past two decades in our country, we have increasingly heard the words “accountability and transparency of the government”. What is it really and how is it possible for ordinary citizens to hold the government accountable for their actions? Should the government even be accountable to the citizens or should they just be left alone to do their work?