Let’s have a happy first anniversary

By Marina Mahathir AS the cliche goes, time has whizzed by. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were queuing up by the thousands at polling stations, and then getting together with friends to wait for the results? And waited and waited? Meanwhile, our phones buzzed with unofficial results. Yet on TV we were made to twiddle our thumbs until the early hours of the morning.… Read the article

Open letter to Council of Churches Malaysia – Too Xing Ji

I write to you in good faith as a fellow citizen of Malaysia to humbly ask that the Council of Churches reconsiders its decision to object to the Devouror Concert on April 21, 2019. The reason is simple: Cancelling the concert on the basis that it offends the sensitivities of Christians sets a very dangerous precedent for Malaysia.… Read the article

The controversy surrounding Israel Folau

Let’s just say that I wouldn’t have done the same. I don’t necessarily disagree with the message, but it has too narrow a focus. After all, the bible says “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. And so to say “Warning: Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators – Hell awaits you.… Read the article

Quietly doing what needs to be done

EDUCATION Minister Dr Maszlee Malik has come under criticism over and over again. As a teacher, I have seen his numerous efforts to improve our education system, how he reacts almost immediately when needed, and how he has humbly recognised teachers as the heroes of the future. He helms one of the largest ministries, under which there are about 10,000 schools, half a million teachers, and 500,000 students, excluding those at tertiary level.… Read the article

PH’s greatest achievement

The full headline said “PH’s greatest achievement, one year on.” Of course I was intrigued. It was an opinion piece by A Kathirasen, the executive editor of FMT. He wrote of meeting two neighbours who felt PH had lost credibility because it had failed to keep many of its major election promises.… Read the article

PH still the better choice, warts and all

By Wan Haron Wan Hassan A number of political developments and events have unfolded over the past few weeks, casting a pall over Malaysia Baru. They are causing great stress, strain and concern to the people. 1. The Rome Statute Malaysia will not be ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) – a month after acceding to the treaty.… Read the article

Nearly a third of Pakatan Govt’s economic promises achieved, says Ideas

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan Government, which swept into power in May last year, has fulfilled nearly a third of its economic promises but more needs to be done, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) says. In its first edition of Projek Pantau, a report card on PH’s performance in fulfilling promises in its Buku Harapan manifesto, issued on Tuesday it highlighted: The government moved quickly to implement its signature promises, including abolition of GST; The government has allocated significant resources to supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and encouraging technological adoption; The government has significantly improved the transparency of the budget and the government’s overall financial position; and The government has laid out an ambitious plan to tackle corruption which includes important reforms of the public procurement system.… Read the article

Coup d’etat possible if govt is not careful on Malay issues, says Khalid Samad

KUALA LUMPUR: It is important for the government to tread carefully on Malay issues, because a potential coup d’etat could take place, given that the Malays are the majority in the country, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad. “Nothing is impossible. Especially since 70% of the population are Malays and they are sufficiently influenced to believe that the position of the Malays is in danger.… Read the article

NST sits down with Dr M for exclusive interview

By Lokman Mansor/ Sofea Chok Suat Ling/ Fauziah Ismail/ David Christy NST sits down with Dr M for exclusive interview – Part 1 THE long walk through the halls of the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya that Wednesday morning was filled with anticipation. We were there to interview Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whose second term as prime minister of Malaysia had earned him a place in the record books as the world’s oldest state leader.… Read the article