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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:29
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Kinship: Teoh Lee Lan, sister of death in custody victim Teoh Beng Hock, observing a minute's silence in memory of her brother's and the dozens of others untimely demise.

By Victor Low


IT is 16th July 2013, roughly 7.30pm, on the middle span Leboh Pasar Besar Bridge. Soon after the Muezzin's call for the breaking of fast rang through an emptied out downtown Kuala Lumpur, a group of Anak Bangsa Malaysia listened in silent reflection to the following tune sung and composed by Saudara M.V. Nathan:


Mengapa aku dipukul dan dicederakan?

Mengapa harus ku mati di dalam tahanan;

Bukankah engkau sama seperti aku;

Mengharapkan simpati dan balas kasihan insan.


Could these be desperate pleas by those countless silent victims of death in custody? Powerless to the unbridled abuse and torture of their gaolers. We will never know. As they say, dead men tell no tales.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:52
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By proper measure PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Sunday, 28 April 2013 13:13

ONE week has passed since Nomination Day. You should know their faces by now. They've been shaking hands with you and your neighbours in the markets, speaking at ceramahs in the humid nights. Their days are long. No doubt that's what happens during any campaigning period.


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One week left to Election Day, a day of national reckoning. Have your candidates shown promise? More than a practised smile, have they displayed a spine? More than a show-and-tell, can they Do? Look beyond the threats and fear-mongering in silly ads. We need statesmen - people who posses unbending Integrity, Accountability, Stewardship, Transparency and Empathy. Put them in Parliament and State Assemblies and the fears will naturally subside.


Here is the latest installment of qualities that matter.

 

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Let's play our part in remaking Malaysia.

 

Vote for substance over style. Vote for states(wo)men, not politicians.


Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 13:56
 
Bone and marrow PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Saturday, 06 April 2013 22:30

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AND about time too. When PM Najib announced the dissolution of the 12th Parliament on Wednesday, he closed the chapter on a fractious five years at the national legislative (not that Parliaments past were civil). In the midst of mud-slinging, new laws were passed hurriedly without due public consultation, among others the DNA Identification Act, Public Assembly Act in place of Section 27 of the Police Act, SOSMA in place of the ISA, and Section 114A introduced in the Evidence Act.


Due to loans and the lack of cows, we saw the first male check in as Minister for Women, Family and Community Development a year ago.


We saw frogs. Plenty of them. They who had not the decency to seek guidance from their constituents before hopping. The rakyat elected them in, and from then on, the rakyat can go to hell; that's just saying it as it is.


All this tells us a lot.


Are we in the business of nation-building or merely electing politicians? You know what they say about politicians; we've had more than our share. Nation-building needs people with a spine and a heart. Statesmen and stateswomen.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 21:59
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