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We don't take such money PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 00:20

Goh Keat Peng: Addressing the audience at the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Roadshow in Penang.

By Goh Keat Peng

First published in

Regardless of the results of the Sibu parliamentary by-elections, the reported “special grants” of RM1.75 million to four Methodist churches on the eve of polling day is very troubling to me as a Christian who attends a Methodist church and I am sure to many other Christians.

It is always troubling when a sitting government, regardless of which party, has to resort to dishing out “special grants” to various sections of the constituency involved in an election for the sole purpose of increasing their votability.

Such last-minute attempts to be seen as being sympathetic to the concerns and needs of specific sectors of voters is dishonest, insincere and hypocritical.

A sitting government which is genuinely sincere would have had a system in place to gauge issues and needs of the respective voters and to have an orderly, transparent, fair and effective way of allocating adequate budget and plans to resolve problems on the ground.

It is difficult to see how large sums of public money could suddenly become available or that the people’s needs could suddenly catch the eyes of the powers that be only when election campaigns are on.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 00:51
CSO Platform for Reform- Jangan Sengaja Mudaratkan ..... PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:10

The CSO Platform for Reform Statement endorsed by 76 civil society organisations, NGO coalitions & social movements is below:-






25 Oktober 2020

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:37
WOW! Only 108 left? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 23:26

By Jayanath Appudurai


ACCORDING to the Government Transformation Programme [GTP] Annual Report released on 27 March 2011, there are only “108 extreme poor households” left. The GTP within a span of 12 months transformed the lives of 44,535 extreme poor households. {See Chart}


To say the least, this is a stupendous achievement! An intractable problem that the nation has been grappling with for more than 40 years has ostensibly been solved in 1 year!

Should not the Government be lauded for this?


Guess, it all depends on how ‘extreme poor’ is defined?


The GTP’s definition is as shown below:

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 23:48
Lawmaker fails to register child as 'anak Malaysia' PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:11

WE typically refrain from 'stealing' articles, but this piece by Malaysiakini is a must read - a lawmaker who's willing to walk the talk yet gets thwarted in the effort. Howzat, Mr Prime Minister?

By Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

First published in Malaysiakini (subscription required)


Picture / The Star file picture

IN a bid to reject racial politics, a state assemblyperson attempted to register her daughter's race as 'Anak Malaysia' but was told by national registration officers that the current system does not allow this.

The six-day-old baby girl, Shay Adora Ram, who almost became the nation's first official 'anak Malaysia', is the first child of Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh and Ramachandran Muniandy.

The parents went to the National Registration Department headquarters in Putrajaya today to register Shay for her birth certificate.

"We were given a form to fill up. So we put 'anak Malaysia' in the column for 'race', but we were told by the officer that her race must be defined according to the parents' race, which is Chinese or Indian," Yeoh (right) told Malaysiakini when contacted today.

"We replied that my daughter is not Chinese or Indian."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:32
History not just glory of the past PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:44

historyBy Dr Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja

First published in Sun2Surf

THE announcement by the government to make history a must-pass subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) from 2013 seems to have received indifferent responses from many quarters. Although the majority agreed history is important for nation building some have warned that one has to be cautious before implementing the policy.

As a historian I would like to state my view on the matter. It is a known fact that the subject of history in school doesn’t attract the interest of students and this view would be shared by teachers too.

The common grouses are that the subject is boring, syllabus is too wide, politically aligned, favours a particular race, the focus is on one main religious civilisation, memorising of dates and personalities, hero worshipping certain events in history and moral lessons for every historical event. History then is memorised for the sake of passing exams.

The emphasis of Form Five syllabus which draw moral lessons from historical events is indeed true in the exam questions. The exam papers are filled with questions relating to the morals of a particular historical occurrence.

History lessons in Malaysian schools seem to be meant for nation-building and fail to appreciate the subject as it is.

History is not everything about the greatness of the past but also the dark side of a nation. History can no longer be limited to the story of great wars or narrative of political events. It must give due attention not only to few outstanding men whose names are known in Malaysian history but also to the anonymous masses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:06

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