Why I use ‘Allah’ – a layman’s perspective

By Pastor Eu Hong Seng In the current ongoing debate, some are of the opinion that Christians should just give in and forego the use of the word “Allah” so that the threats and attacks on churches will stop and Malaysia can continue to enjoy her peace and move on unhindered to developed nation status. … Continue reading

Wish we saw stuff like this on Malaysian TV

BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents travelled to Malaysia to explore the divide among races and spoke to the new generation of Malaysians pushing for more equality after decades of a system of racial preferences. This extract features reporter Mukul Devichand speaking to Sue, a Malay Muslim. Religion is important to her and this has influenced … Continue reading

Will the real Hasan Ali please stand up.. and leave

By Sharifuddin A. Latiff PAS FOR ALL is the rallying cry I started to hear during the Bukit Gantang by-election in March ’09 which Nizar won handsomely despite the loss of Perak to BN under dubious circumstances. The slogan captured the hearts and minds of practically every decent Malaysian irrespective of their religious or agnostic … Continue reading

Ridhuan Tee, how the Grinch stole Raya

There was a time when a certain bird of a different feather cajoled the Malay masses with a similar prose in upholding the concept of Ketuanan Melayu for the better part of four decades beginning with ‘The Malay Dilemma’.

Does Ridhuan Tee have similar ambitions with his recent writings?

A letter from an East Malaysian

This letter has been circulating on the Internet lately. It is a heartfelt opinion from our fellow citizen across the South China Sea. It certainly gives us something to think about this Malaysia Day. —————————— Your Malaysia Isn’t My Malaysia by Erna Mahyuni I hate Merdeka day. There, I said it. I hate that people … Continue reading

Utusan goes for Star’s neck

By Reina Utusan Malaysia and The Star are old friends. The two papers have ganged up against the newspapers in the NSTP stable since the stone ages – swapping stories and photos, making sure NSTP newspapers do not scoop them, etc. But it looks like this rosy relationship is about to change when Utusan published … Continue reading

A Malay Singaporean’s reply to Zainuddin’s article

Every day now, when we step out of our flats, we see our Chinese, Indian and perhaps Eurasian neighbours. We share the same lifts, corridors, void decks, community parks and common spaces. We go to the same schools and workplaces. Our parliamentary representatives are multiracial. Malay Singaporeans are as much a part of the everyday realities of Chinese, Indian and Eurasian Singaporeans as they are of ours. This cannot be said of Malay and non-Malay Malaysians. In short, Malay Malaysians and Malay Singaporeans live in different political and social realities.

It is in us, waiting to be awakened…

A teenage Chinese witness to a racially motivated assault is being driven to the police station. A quiet reminder of the dangers of inter-communal suspicion and conflict. Watch the making of The Son here. (15Malaysia is a short film project. It consists of 15 short films made by 15 Malaysian filmmakers. These films not only … Continue reading

Who needs a social contract?

(This article was originally published in the Sun on September 4, 2009.) Who needs a social contract? Kee Thuan Chye LAST week, I heard on BFM Radio an interview with a Malaysian about the meaning of Merdeka. When he was asked about the so-called “social contract” that was supposedly made by our founding fathers, and … Continue reading

We take the bitter with the sweet

A thought-provoking study by the late great Yasmin Ahmad about the state of relationships within a family and among the races in Malaysia. A quiet tale that reminds us that, despite the multifaceted contradiction of Malaysia, life goes on – even if not all of it is sweet. Watch the making of Chocolate here. (15Malaysia … Continue reading