Exprssing legislative concerns

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*first published in The Star iPad on 31 May 2012.

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Recently, I gave a talk to a community association on behalf of the MyConstitution campaign. There were about 30 to 40 audience members, with the majority of them being above the age of 40. After the talk, some came up to me and told me that they were happy that young people like me are involved in efforts to educate people about the Federal Constitution. Feedback such as these are quite common, I thanked them for their support and encouragement.

I spoke to a middle-aged lady as I prepared to leave. She expressed her support for the campaign, describing it as ‘timely’. She then commended me on my command of English. In her own words, she said that I spoke ‘very good English’. I was flattered of course, but secretly thought that what she said was pure balderdash. She then said that usually, ‘they’ do not speak good English.

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Flag-gate and Perjuangan Mahasiswa

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Surely you must have heard the latest and hottest news in town: of Adam Adli, an UPSI student and coordinator of Legasi Mahasiswa Progresif (LMP), coming under fire for his actions in a student march which culminated at PWTC on 17 December 2011.

Both of us were not at the scene of the march, so what we know will be based on the news report as well as eyewitness accounts of those who were at the protest.

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A Humble Submission – Merdeka on the eve of Malaysia Day (22 September 2011)

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Even before the historic speech by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the eve of Malaysia Day, there were rumours swirling around that this was a speech that should not be missed. More

Cermin Sanubari – Negara dalam keadaan darurat (1 Ogos 2011)

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Tahukah anda pada ketika ini, negara kita berada dalam keadaan darurat? Jangan terperanjat, ini diakui sendiri oleh Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri di Parlimen.

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A Humble Submission – The State in Emergency (28 July 2011)

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Have you ever gone out of your house at night to find something to eat at your local nasi kandar restaurant? Or perhaps, watch a late night movie that ends at 2 or 3 am in the morning. If you are so inclined, you might also spend your night in a pub, drinking away until the wee hours of the morning. I am sure you would have personally done either of these things. We can go out at night because it is relatively safe to do so. We are enjoying peace, we are not at war.

Indeed, this is the image we project to the world, that we are a peaceful, moderate country with a Muslim majority, an Asian cornucopia that truly reflects the continent.

What if I told you that in law, Malaysia is currently under a state of emergency?

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BERSIH 2.0: The Most Evil Coalition

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The headlines this week and the last were dominated by the Coalition For Clean & Fair Elections or better known as ‘BERSIH 2.0′. Unless you have been living under a rock in Timbuktu, you should know by now that come 9 July 2011 there will be a rally organised by BERSIH to demand for electoral reforms.

You would have thought – ah, electoral reforms! A harmless enough cause, no? But if the authorities are to be believed, BERSIH’s motives are far more sinister. In fact, it would seem that BERSIH is not just sinister but is an organisation as evil as the Ku Klux Klan, Death Eaters and The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from X-Men.

Now at this point in time, we have yet to see an iota of evidence of BERSIH’s evil intentions, which probably includes taking over the world. But our ever vigilant authorities will not sit idly by and let them have a free reign to take over the world. In order to protect our beloved country, they have begun a crackdown on all things yellow.

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