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Clare Rewcastle-Brown: What About Sarawak?

“No-one’s unaware of the huge upsurge of Sarawak voices, saying, ‘Hey - what about us? Is this revolution going to reach our shores and change our concerns?” - Clare Rewcastle-Brown of The Sarawak Report spoke on The Breakfast Grille.  Sarawakians made their dissatisfaction known in GE14 - losing Sarawak Barisan Nasional nine extra seats. But despite the extension of their 44-year reign, the sudden shift was duly noted by a former member of the coalition as...
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Fake News and Operation Coldstore

Amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the rising threat of fake news, Singapore too, has decided to look into the possibility of implementing an Anti-Fake News law. A Select Committee was formed in January to examine the problem of deliberate online falsehoods by considering the views of 79 individuals and organisations - three of whom included Google, Facebook and Twitter. But what began as a simple hearing on Singapore’s proposed fake-news law, had transformed into a six-hour ‘...
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The Battle For Malaysia's Elections

The Election Commission is breathing a sigh of relief. In spite of the aggressive objections made by opposition MPs, their contentious redelineation report had flown through parliament with relative ease. 129 members of parliament voted in support of the motion, while 80 opposed it - a balance that reflects the political split in Parliament. But in the rush to pass the bill, those observing the proceedings in Parliament were left wondering whether the democratic process was upheld. “We ha...
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The iPad Syndrome: Are Our Children's Hands Weakening?

Computers and touch screen mobile devices are essential parts of modern life. From when we wake to the moment we sleep, too much of our time is spent plugging our faces into the screens of our mobile devices. But as the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and mobile-based, we’re only going to spend more time staring at our phones and computers. For most doctors, that’s a problem - spending too much time on our devices and computers creates potential mental and physical hea...
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The Selective Outrage Against Malaysian Women

The ruckus at last weekend's Women’s March was a result of a long-standing discrimination against women. But the recent uptick in prejudicial and patriarchal acts might have been prompted by the outrage from Neelofa’s hijab launch at Zouk. These past few weeks saw Malaysian women become easy targets of harassment and abuse. Conservatives have been voicing out their displeasure for everything that concerned women’s rights, their appearance and their status in society. And, as l...
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Changing How We See Vocational Education

Back in school, my dream was to coach-build cars. The premise was simple: I would restore any old car by adding the reliability and functionality of modern cars while keeping the old car’s identity and simplicity. The selling point? It’ll be cheaper than taking out 5-year loan on a new car that depreciates the moment you drive out of the showroom.  To achieve that dream, I needed to go to a vocational school to learn every craft in the book - from rebuilding an engine, to tanni...
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