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Friday, October 18, 2019

Mariam Mokhtar

Mariam Mokhtar
Mariam Mokhtar is a fierce critic of the socio-political problems of Malaysia, who wishes to rid the country of extremism, intolerance and double-standards.

Transferring a sadistic teacher sends the wrong message

Teachers accused of abusing their students must be made to face the law, not moved to other schools.

Out-of-touch MPs are the real political saboteurs

The inaction over the pollution in Sungai Petani, Kedah, shows that a serious communication problem exists between MPs and their ministers in Putrajaya.

Will the MP care to meet his anti-sampah constituents?

Residents protesting against pollution have twice been rebuffed, while the executive councillor has not responded.

Shariah courts need urgent reforms to protect women

Maria Chin Abdullah has raised awareness of the workings of the shariah courts which, divorced Muslim women will tell you, need to be improved.

Merdeka is about work in progress

Instead of just one day of celebration, we should build on our unity and the contributions of each race every day.

When 1 lift accident is 1 too many

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad must come clean on the lift accident at the Kampung Kerinchi PPR flats.

One too many gaffes by Perak MB

Is Mahathir still impressed with the performance of the Perak MB?

Orang Asli need help now, not conversion

Logging activities are destroying the Orang Asli ancestral lands, contaminating their water supply and depriving them of their source of food.

Sex, sleaze and scandals in Malaysia

The only purpose of gutter politics is to make people question the character of the victim and consider his suitability for the role he plays in public life.

What the ‘Bantah Tambak’ protest is really about

It's not a demand for compensation or a stand against development, but a call to protect the rights of fishermen and to safeguard the environment.

Don’t wait for more Orang Asli deaths before respecting their rights

For decades, the Orang Asli have been marginalised, their rights ignored by successive state governments.

Putting profit before people in Perak

Did the state government ignore the rights of the Orang Asli in order to reap the benefits of logging?

Sand mining, a by-product of Penang reclamation project?

Sand mining, should it occur, will take a huge toll on both the people and the environment.

When help and compassion, not condemnation, is needed

Our duty is to provide professional help to those in need of it, coupled with emotional support from family and friends.

Does Perak really need another university?

It is difficult to keep up with the number of universities in Malaysia as they keep mushrooming.

Penang JPJ, just the start?

If the top have no integrity, why should we expect the staff who are lower in the pecking order to act with honesty and perform their work with diligence?

How much a maid is worth in Malaysia

Ambika MA Shan's acquittal might give prospective employers free rein to abuse their maids because they know they will not be punished.

From Permata to Genius, but what’s the difference?

The Permata programme for early childhood development has been rebranded as 'Genius', but whether the programme itself will undergo any change remains to be seen.

Just 1 reason why we need the IPCMC

Malaysians are familiar with deaths in custody as well as the police's stock phrases to explain them.

It takes 2 to tango to the tune of corruption

Both giver and receiver should be held accountable for bribes.

The MP who came in from the cold

Mastura Mohd Yazid has the right to air her views on human rights, sexuality and what not, but she should also show concern over issues closer to her backyard.

Don’t give up on reforms now, we’re only halfway there

Nurul Izzah Anwar may be disheartened by developments post-GE14, but she shouldn't give up just because of one man.

Will Umno realise there’s no place for violence?

More Umno-Baru leaders must denounce their thuggish supporters.

Don’t wait for disaster to strike before caring for the environment

Education is essential, but our attitude towards the environment must also change.