Archive for May, 2009

Video: One-on-one with Farish Noor

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The Malaysiakini site with the same video is at: http://www.malaysiakini.tv/#/video/17117/one-on-one-with-farish-noor.html

Nation-Building Cannot Begin from Irrational Premises

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

It has become ever-so-trendy of late to talk about nation-building in the most inclusive and open-ended of terms. After assuming office more than a month ago, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak began speaking at length about the notion of a ‘United Malaysia’ – which was in turn claimed by opposition parties in the [...]

The End of Bush and the Demise of the ‘War on Terror’?

Friday, May 15th, 2009

With the demise of the Bush government and the rise of Barrack Obama as the new President of the United States of America, it would seem as if the events of the decade have been reduced to a thing of the past. Already many commentators have speculated about the eclipse of the ‘War on Terror’ [...]

A million May 13s

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

(Note: This article first appeared in The Nut Graph, where Farish also confessed to having an aeroplane shaped birthday cake. As usual, article looks prettier there. – Yusseri)
AND so once again, we are on the cusp of the fateful day of 13 May. Tomorrow, we will be joined together in a state of national mourning [...]

Back to the People

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

With the High Court deciding that Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was and is, after all, the rightful Chief Minister of Perak we seem to have returned to square one all over again. Obviously it is too soon to tell whether the imbroglio in Perak will now wind down to a stagnant non-issue, or whether the Barisan [...]

Reason and Superstition: When will we move on from the past?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Once again there is talk of all manner of hocus-pocus skulduggery in the corridors of power in Malaysia, and once again Malaysia’s image has been tainted by the bugbear of the past. It was not too long ago that a government agency even contemplated the thought of formally recognising witchcraft as a form of ‘alternative [...]