Sharifah Munirah Alatas

Sharifah Munirah Alatas
Dr Sharifah Munirah Alatas is an academic specialising in geopolitics with a special interest in socio-political issues of developing nations.

The ‘itchy fingers’ pandemic

The information overload has revealed thousands of ignoramuses, and a surge of racist and bigoted sentiments

Please, no more games

Our political history to date has been consistent in ignoring pleas to our politicians to conduct themselves morally.

Islamophobia and its disturbing parallel in Malaysia

Supremacist ideologies transcend national borders, and there is a disturbing parallel in Malaysia’s current socio-political narratives.

What ails our universities

Malaysians can be globally competitive and widely respected if we decide to be consistent in the fundamentals.

Read, study, understand, then comment

Abdul Hadi Awang's attack on G25 highlights a thinking that topics of Islam and Malays should only be addressed by 'good' Muslims and Malays.

Acceptance, not tolerance

It is not good to be bigoted, but it is not good enough to be tolerant.

After leaked phone calls, an ignorance on foreign relations

Should the UAE leadership react irrationally and cease all relations, it is not the doing of Latheefa Koya.

KL Summit, a story of cynicism and success

There is no excuse to be ignorant of how Saudi Arabia manipulates the foreign and domestic policies of other Muslim nations, including Malaysia.

Banish public relations slogans from education reform

Our universities should be focused on more courses and research in the social sciences, which address the details of interracial intolerance in our society.

The misunderstood concepts of progressive and liberal Islam

A liberal and progressive Muslim is seen as a threat to the status quo.

Shackled by the rhetoric of ‘Rahmatan Lil Alamin’

Malaysia under PH seems to have a lot in common with the rest of the intellectually backward Muslim world.

Freedom of speech: one for Jews, another for Muslims

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.

Beauty and the brains: the Alatas family love story

A daughter's tribute to one of Malaysia's best known intellectuals – and the largely-forgotten woman by his side.

What India’s space mission can teach us

Despite the transfusion of 'new blood' on May 9, we continue in a half-hearted, superficial vision of development.

Malaysia is a nation of extremes

Extremism can either rear its ugly head or contribute to progressive collective behaviour.

Scholars or charlatans?

The lack of academic freedom is a secondary reason for a dead academic culture.

Decadence in academe

There is a trend to separate human development from economic growth and nation building.

Our academic regression is at a critical stage

When it comes to education, we have failed to adopt and adapt because we are ignorant of what to adopt and adapt.

Understanding extremism among Malaysian Muslims

There is a conflict resulting from the suppression of rationality among the Malay-Muslims.

Rome Statute, between Hirohito and the Agong

Not one of our constitutional clauses on rulers provides for the declaration of war to be in the hands of the Agong.

Cautious steps to overhaul the media

RTM should not become synonymous with PH. Civil society should push for equal coverage in mainstream government-owned media.

Democratic resistance in our education system

One year after GE14, our academics have yet to crawl out of the woodwork and expose themselves as agents of change.

The sorry state of Malaysian academics

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.

A castrated academe perpetuates fads

The recent emotionalism surrounding the Rome Statute showed the failure of Malaysian universities and educators.