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Task force to look into citizenship woes

The Home Ministry and the National Registration Department (NRD) have formed a task force to see to citizenship applications from foreigners, said Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. He said the ministry hoped to resolve issues involving applications from foreigners to become Malaysians by the…

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Zahid: Malaysians still ignorant about country’s defence

Many Malaysians still lack knowledge of the country’s ability to defend itself from enemy threats said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He said an online survey carried out through the Defence Ministry’s website on Jan 13, showed that the public lacked exposure…

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‘Not a corporate welfare project’

THE Penang Second Bridge is not a corporate welfare project awarded to UEM but a project to provide better traffic flow in the state, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S.K. Devamany said yesterday. Replying to the adjournment speech by Liew Chin Tong…

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Lim Guan Eng Visits Singapore

Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng will lead a delegation of key official to Singapore for a visit from 15th to 16th June 2009. Lim will be accompanied by YB Liew Chin Tong, MP for Bukit Bendera and Policy Advisor to the Chief Minister,…

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“Official secret” used to reject MP’s query

A question posed by DAP parliamentarian Liew Chin Tong on Defence Ministry expenditure has been rejected because it is an “official secret”. “I understand if certain matters related to defence are kept secret, but I do not consider this an excuse if the question refers…

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Media freedom essential to a functioning democracy

Since Independence – and even when we were under the British rule – the press (or now the media as we are so inclined to call the journalistic mass media) has never been free in Malaysia. Despite the Government’s anti-West propaganda, it seems to inherit…

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A spoke in the Pakatan wheel

The triumph of the conservative faction in the PAS elections will put the brakes on the Pakatan Rakyat’s advance on the political landscape. In the end, the ulama sentiment in PAS was too powerful. PAS members wanted the party to return to its original aims,…

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PAS shows its ambitions

The party today signalled that it is ready to move into the national sphere of power but not everyone in PAS seems ready for the compromises that will be needed to make it happen.

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Future of Malaysia is Pakatan, says Saifuddin

In the first part of the The Malaysian Insider’s interview with PKR’s election director Saifuddin Nasution last week, he talked about the outcome of the Penanti election. As expected, his party won, but he had hoped for PKR to get 7,000 votes, 1,000 more than…

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