Media Statements

RoS must not only be apolitical, but be seen as apolitical

It is alarming to hear allegations that the Registrar of Societies (RoS) is being used as a tool by the Home Minister to suppress political opponents. The RoS needs to practise good governance and demonstrate that it upholds the rule of law. Whether or not the allegations hold water, it is of utmost importance for …

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SEA Games: Selection of athletes must be based on merit

We want our best athletes to represent the Jalur Gemilang. There are no two ways about it. We want our best to challenge the world’s best, or in the case of the SEA Games, the region’s best, for top honours. News that Fatin Ilyana Mat Nayan, who is among the four fastest women sprinters in …

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Malaysia needs a more rational and objective criteria in declaring special public holidays

Congratulations to the Kuala Lumpur City FC for winning the Malaysia Cup. It was a well-deserved victory, and naturally all its fans, whether KL residents or elsewhere, are excited to see their team lift the trophy after a wait of 32 years. No doubt, it is a joyous occasion. But is it necessary to declare …

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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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