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Ban on 4D shops: Kedah Government must not forcefully impose Islamic religious values on non-Muslim communities

It appears that the Kedah state government has not learnt from its debacle in race relations earlier this year, when it chose to cancel Thaipusam as a public holiday in the state. The Kedah state government’s most recent move to ban 4D lottery shops has again sparked controversy, as it encroaches into the ways of …

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Uphold Moderation to Prevent Whisky Debate from Degenerating into Racial and Religious Bigotry

There seems to be much ado over a non-issue. Is it about a Malaysian company producing alcoholic beverages? No, besides Timah, there are many other alcohol brands produced in Malaysia. Is it because the whisky is called Timah, which is Malay for tin? Is it because the product carries the image of Captain Speedy, a …

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Government can exercise special powers to register minors as citizens to ensure gender equality and prevent discrimination against legally married Malaysian mothers

Let’s get straight to the point. Children of Malaysians, regardless if the parent is the father or mother, should be accorded the rights to citizenship. This was affirmed by the High Court in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian women have equal rights under the Federal Constitution to confer citizenship automatically on their children born overseas to …

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No reason to be hostile towards contract doctors’ demand for transparency

As our contract doctors hit the peak of their frustrations over a lack of career advancement opportunities, to the point of threatening to strike on July 26, the act of launching police investigations on their spokespersons and supporters has exacerbated tensions. A dentist, whom identified himself as Dr Han, is investigated by police over his …

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No room for racial discrimination; Focus instead on resolving grouses of contract doctors

A recent proposal for Bumiputera contract doctors be prioritised in the appointment of permanent medical officers has only served to rock the ship further at the peak of the nation’s public health storm. The suggestion by the Public Health Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Islamic Doctors Association was brought to light by Health Minister …

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Private healthcare involvement can help us achieve herd immunity quicker

When the COVID-19 vaccine arrived on Malaysian shores about two weeks ago, it brought hope and excitement to the rakyat. We have been battling the pandemic for a year now, and most of us are eager to get vaccinated. Many of us are championing the vaccine, encouraging our friends and relatives to register for the …

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Kedah Government must reinstate Thaipusam as a Public Holiday

Festive celebrations are traditionally marked as public holidays in the country, be it Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Hari Gawai, Deepavali or Christmas. These celebrations, and other important dates such as the official birthdays of His Royal Highnesses, is a commemorated day that falls on a particular calendar date. It bears no relation with …

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Allow Parliaments & state legislative assemblies to convene during Emergency

Despite the severe escalation of a public health crisis, and its corresponding damage to the economy, the promulgation of a state of Emergency nationwide has none the less caught the Nation by surprise. With the state of Emergency in place, any concerns on political instability and the collapse of the Government during the pandemic is …

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