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Monday, September 16, 2019


FMT columnists weigh in on everything from street food to international politics.

How independent are our judges?

The shocking revelation by a judge that he was reprimanded for a dissenting judgment again throws the spotlight on the judiciary and how far it is independent.

Changing the narratives of Malaysian history

Without Sabah and Sarawak, there would be no Malaysia, so perhaps we should rethink East Malaysia's place in history.

Corruption: Are we angry enough to act?

Malaysia draws international attention for illicit financial outflows, but does not seem able to move from just talking about it to actually fighting corruption.

Oil royalty or profit-sharing: which will pay more?

Based on 20% royalty, Sabah should get RM2.6 billion, double the current Budget estimate - but with profit-sharing, the amount could be as much as RM4.5 billion.

What PAS’ ‘Muslims-only’ call shows

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang once acknowledged the advantages of a multi-cultural and multiracial society, but PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan appears to have missed that lesson.

Corruption has no language

Language should not be used as a weapon to discredit a person or create a distraction from the real crux of the matter.

Making a mountain out of a molehill over Mandarin

Statements with racial overtones are still coming from people who do not realise that the country has moved on.

Umno needs to press the reset button

Umno can no longer rely on God or blame Him for its fall.

Sabah should join Sarawak to fight Petronas

It goes without saying that any unfavourable outcome from Petronas’ action will also affect Sabah.

Will oil pipeline scandal affect Sabah?

Sabahans have many questions on the Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline project following yesterday's revelations by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Shafie Apdal’s challenges in Sabah

Malaysians should give Shafie Apdal a chance to do his job and prove his worth.

Will the real Maszlee please stand up?

Education Minister Maszlee Malik should clear the air on claims regarding his ideological leanings and alleged support for Zakir Naik.

Umno punch-drunk on Kool-Aid?

Umno's 'Kool-Aid' concoction has seen it and its former leader, Najib Razak, fall from the heights of power.

The four-letter word that politicians love

As the GE14 campaign enters the final lap, more and more politicians and others are using this four-letter word.

Why I love it when politicians don’t keep promises

This general election could see the most number of promises in an election, ever.

The actor in politicians

All politicians are actors to various degrees, with many putting on their best performances in the run-up to elections.

Election time is not Christmas

Have Malaysians become conditioned to expect handouts and gifts at every political event?

Matunggong won’t be ‘lent’ to Umno, but what now for PBS?

PBS once controlled the Sabah government, but over the years, many senior party leaders have left thanks to the lacklustre performance of its top leadership.

BN manifesto a big let-down for East Malaysians

Najib Razak and BN have promised numerous times that Sabah and Sarawak's rights under MA63 will be restored, but the ambiguous words 'realised by consensus' in their manifesto may leave some doubtful.

Hadi played out before GE14?

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang should have realised much earlier in the political game that if the government really wanted to pass the bill, it would have tabled it through normal channels.

Maid abuse? Many Malaysians simply do not care

Employers act as if they own the maids and the ‘don't care’ attitude is present in the individual right up to the crony who runs the agency and the heads of enforcement in the various government departments.

Don’t deport Uighurs

The Uighur community have long suffered oppression and discrimination, and Thailand’s request to apprehend and return Uighurs who might have entered Malaysia is a timely reminder that we need a just and compassionate refugee policy.

Should we work till we drop?

How will the prime minister deal with the country's ageing population whose EPF savings are insufficient for a decent retirement?

Are Christians a threat to the nation?

Writer says that Christian phraseology does not often translate well in non-church settings and sometimes can give rise to misunderstanding.