Browsing All posts tagged under »Malaysia«

With People Like Chen Man Hin Advising the DAP, Should We Be Worried?

January 11, 2010

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In the debate over the use of “Allah” by Christians in Malaysia, I was interested to learn what the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) feels about this issue. And so I read the opinion piece crafted by DAP’s Life Adviser Dr Chen Man Hin, only to be disappointed – but somewhat unsurprised – by the […]

One Word, Two Meanings

January 10, 2010

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In light of the recent spate of attacks on churches in Malaysia, let’s get one thing straight. It is never, ever acceptable to commit violence against any religious house of worship. In peace or in war, respect must always be accorded to the sanctity of churches, synagogues, temples, shrines and mosques to those who worship […]

The Malaysian Motto – Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu

December 12, 2009

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My previous diatribe on France (written with love, of course) where I segued into discussing the French national motto and its relevance on contemporary French society got me thinking about the Malaysian equivalent (I would’ve also pondered on the Australian motto but as far as I know Australia hasn’t got one). Truth be told I’ve […]

How Do You Spell Race?

May 31, 2009

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In the run-up to the European Parliament elections on June 4, there has been concern over the potential rise of far-right parties which have been gaining foothold in European countries. In cash-strapped UK, the whites-only, anti-immigration British National Party has been channelling public anger over Labour’s mismanagement of the country’s economy towards its hope of […]

Patutkah Kanak-Kanak Dibeduk?

February 11, 2007

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Continuing with our special focus on Sweden, a liberal Scandinavian nation with a strong social democratic background, we explore the contentious issue of corporal punishment of children. Apart from having an Ombudsman for Children, Sweden leads the world in child advocacy by being the first country to ban corporal punishment of children, in 1979. Although […]

Swedish Simplicity Vs Malaysian Extravagance Part 1: Interior Design

February 7, 2007

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Two of Europe’s biggest design powerhouses are Italy and Sweden, and although both are renowned for quality workmanship and an obsession to detail, the two are extremely divergent in terms of philosophy and attitude. Italian establishments, the likes of Fendi, Armani and the showy Versace, lavish the eyes with grandeur and avant-garde creations, while Swedish […]