Sharifah Munirah Alatas
Those kicking up a fuss about Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaking at Columbia University are no more than intimidating groups with a false sense of morality.
A daughter's tribute to one of Malaysia's best known intellectuals – and the largely-forgotten woman by his side.
Despite the transfusion of 'new blood' on May 9, we continue in a half-hearted, superficial vision of development.
Extremism can either rear its ugly head or contribute to progressive collective behaviour.
The lack of academic freedom is a secondary reason for a dead academic culture.
There is a trend to separate human development from economic growth and nation building.
When it comes to education, we have failed to adopt and adapt because we are ignorant of what to adopt and adapt.
There is a conflict resulting from the suppression of rationality among the Malay-Muslims.
Not one of our constitutional clauses on rulers provides for the declaration of war to be in the hands of the Agong.
RTM should not become synonymous with PH. Civil society should push for equal coverage in mainstream government-owned media.
One year after GE14, our academics have yet to crawl out of the woodwork and expose themselves as agents of change.
A true public intellectual will remain consistently relevant in the goal to develop a critical society, and there is no room for selfish, egotistical agendas.
The recent emotionalism surrounding the Rome Statute showed the failure of Malaysian universities and educators.
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.
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