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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Joe Samad

Joe Samad
Joe Samad shares his worldview on issues concerning the man on the street.

Post-Piai, time to face public displeasure

The lack of clear direction in education policies may have hurt the government in the Tanjung Piai by-election.

Oil royalties and West Malaysia’s old school politicians

The 20% oil royalty promised by the PH government has slipped away into the night and will soon be forgotten until the next general election.

Dignity, respect and the ‘social contract’

If there is any social contract, and this is a big 'if', it is related to the history of the Malay peninsula and has no part in the history of Malaysia.

Stage 4 cancer in our public universities

How can we employ graduates who can only offer an imaginary social contract as their curriculum vitae to secure employment?

Equal partners but no money?

It's easy for the opposition to promise the sky, but it can be difficult to deliver once you are the government.

The complicated landscape of Sabah’s illegals

Issuing a temporary Sabah pass to qualified foreigners is a bold move but many fear for the future of the state.

Correcting the U-turn government

The public, the Cabinet and the whole country seem confused over policies that have been suddenly thrust upon us.

Mufti Asri’s rant

Like Newton's third law, when you start the idea that Malaysia belongs to the Malays, you will get an equal and opposite reaction.

The hijacking of Malaysia

Zakir Naik has now placed himself in a commanding position to influence the country’s politics through his brand of fiery Islam and its time to deal with him.

Where would we be without Sabah and Sarawak?

There is a big disconnect between East and West Malaysia.

Dr M, the man plugging the dike

Like the little Dutch boy who plugged the dike, the prime minister is trying to save Malaysia once more, to stop the many holes left by the previous administration.

Are Sabah natives ready for a Dayak nation?

There is no evidence that Kadazandusuns are in favour of being clumped under Dayaks.

Taking a leaf from the Avengers in our education system

It took the Avengers eight years to kill Thanos, but it's been 20 since the matriculation quota system was introduced.

Cutting through the Malay noise

Malays are in control of the country and their own destiny, but are now pitted against each other. Malays should use their political dominance wisely and not be used by unscrupulous politicians.

Malay leaders, post-truth and alternative facts

Like Donald Trump, Malay leaders with ulterior motives have peddled post-truth and alternative facts to further 'ketuanan Melayu'.

For goats sake!

What idiocy: the Malaysian narrative this week has been about an Indian doctor, two goats and a ‘pondan’.

Nazri’s logic on swearing by the Quran

With spent politicians, playing the race card is a matter of survival.

Seeking recognition through dubious means

Malaysia has created a culture where honorifics and degrees are the ticket to respect and standing in society.

The cross-eyed people in our midst

Only in Malaysia can a person's faith be tested by symbols, pictures and what is read in a book.

When Tommy takes his slick moves to court

While we are quick to criticise Attorney-General Tommy Thomas for his dancing to Chubby Checker’s “Let's Twist Again” at a private event, we are slow to compliment him for what he is doing to fight injustice.

Malaysians should learn how to be happy

If what we read in the news and talk about with our friends is anything to go by, many Malaysians are suckers for bad news.

Will a Nobel Prize winner ever come from Malaysia?

Perhaps, if we can open our eyes to see beyond the divisive communal issues of the day and devote our energy to science and literature.

Apa lagi Melayu mau?

The Malays have had everything since independence – handouts, Bumiputera policies, priority in education and full control of the country – but it was all squandered by corrupt leaders.

LGBTs: Not ogres, a disease, or contagious

The LGBT issue should be discussed openly, not driven underground.