Sharifah Munirah Alatas
There are some who seem to suggest that Muslims have no moral right in their indignation of white supremacist terrorism because their own backyard is strewn with garbage.
The government should not be afraid to 'rock the boat' if it believes it is the morally sincere thing to do.
PH will not have the staying power if they do not pay attention to economic and education reforms that would otherwise benefit the grassroots.
It seems that apologies in the political arena have little to do with strengthening national cohesion and more to do with massaging egos.
Most of us are unwilling to change our beliefs, and the less we know about an issue, the more extreme our opinions seem to be.
Debates about the new world order should include India, the Muslim world, and regional powers such as Asean.
Branding leaders and countries as anti-Semitic is as good as exploitation, tutelage, forced conformation and domination.
What we need in post-election Malaysia is to focus on how Malaysians acquire knowledge.
India and Malaysia may look up to each other as influential and democratically matured Asian powers, but in reality, both nurse mutually inflicted wounds.
Like the rest of the Muslim world, Malaysia has a steep uphill trek in order to overcome backwardness.
Malaysian society should see Dr Mahathir’s comments and Alatas’ book as an appeal to blast the Malays out of their insecure realm so they can compete on equal footing without the 'malas' baggage.
The people must be taught that feudalism is not acceptable just because it is part of Malaysian tradition.
It is time for Malaysia to articulate its own narrative to describe the reality of geopolitics, and to call a spade, a spade.
The time is ripe for our society to direct the education narrative to include teacher training.
Malaysia talks a lot about following the Finnish and Japanese education models, but there are still no concrete measures or results to be seen.
People like Hasan Arifin and his supporters cannot distinguish between modernisation, Westernisation and imperialism.
It is not the system as much as the mind and the thinking which have failed our universities.
It is definitely time for an Ombudsman Malaysia but fears remain that history could repeat itself.
There is a difference between the victory over corruption and cronyism and a true opening up of democratic ideals.
The era of BN cronyism, corruption and nepotism may be over, but after more than two decades of such culture and mindset, it is proving difficult to eradicate.