Responding to queries: School, tuition and purgatory

NOV 23 – I’m happy that education is as ever a central issue for readers based on the feedback through comments received.

The column did not intend to redefine education. A general government attempt at educating the masses will always yield a far greater benefit than when there is none.

The focus was on getting people to consider the realities of public education and its relationship with the tuition industry, and wish for a reaction from stakeholders. Continue reading “Responding to queries: School, tuition and purgatory”

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Little help for Gaza from Umno

The Gaza bombing by Israel is cruel and indiscriminate. The belligerence of the Hamas and its brigade of rocket launchers are facts too. With the exception of a small select group, everyone takes sides.

Yet the loss of life on the Palestinian side is phenomenally disproportionate compared to the Jewish state.

I’m not going to examine why Malaysia sides the Palestinian cause, but I am curious on how we set out to aid the situation – Umno politicians in particular. Are they helping or just trying to look like they are? Continue reading “Little help for Gaza from Umno”

Yoga is someone’s maya

I’ve written enough about why the yoga fatwas is wrong, and that I have a right to make that admonishment – the privilege of being part of a nation-state.

I want to delve into why a traditional organisation like the fatwa council wants to put wedges into our singular community and to place limitations on civil liberties – which are quite substantial. Man is only limited by his obligation to the state.

Let me clarify. Continue reading “Yoga is someone’s maya”

Rumour Nation

During nomination day in March, in quaint Bandar Tun Razak – where Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim was contesting against Tan Chai Ho – the gathering crowds were screaming at each other various epithets and insults about foreign ladies, anal inclinations, woeful submarines, mixed spouses and stuff you can’t get out of a trashy novel.

Are they true, were they ever true, will they be true?

Does it matter in Malaysia – that is probably the better question. Continue reading “Rumour Nation”

Guilty until proven innocent

…the new Malaysian mantra.

Apparently the police need to take you in, handcuff you, place you in a jail cell with inhumane conditions, ask you to sleep on a cement slab, disrupt your sleep, mock you and hope for some type of confession – if they think you might be a threat.

The concept of threat has been stretched to a point the word encapsulates even things like going out on a Sunday morning to pick your newspaper. Continue reading “Guilty until proven innocent”