Month March 2010

Malaysia’s chance for some serious soul-searching

Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times By Barry Wain. Palgrave Macmillan; 368 pages; Review by Liew Chin Tong Liew Chin Tong is Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera, and author of Speaking for the Reformasi Generation. Sixty odd years after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad…

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Missed opportunity

A de facto two-party system emerged from the polling boxes on March 8 two years ago. The one-party state, however, refused to make way. Thus, Malaysia missed the opportunity to evolve into a real, normal democracy. Malaysians defied threats and overcame fear to vote for…

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Reply to The Nut Graph

March 3 I was surprised to see The Nut Graph’s posting “No replies for 1 March 2010” which has shown my name as one of the MPs who have not replied to the six questions under MP Watch: Eye on Parliament as of Monday, 1…

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36,000 Malaysians jobless?

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan said on Sunday in Rompin that some 36,000 Malaysians, or 3.6 percent of the working age population, were unemployed between October 2008 and December last year. On first glance I assumed the Deputy Minister had been misquoted, but…

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Sleight of hand in PKR resignations?

It has become a norm to blame Barisan Nasional whenever there is a resignation from the opposition party. After all, when the first three “independents” — Hee Yit Foong, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Osman Jailu — left their parties this time last year, BN profited…

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