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The difference between discrimination and dress codes

“I have always thought that if women’s hair posed so many problems, God would certainly have made us bald.” –Marjane Satrapi, “Persepolis” Muslim-only launderettes and banning frontline staff from wearing headscarves are not the same thing. It is not hypocritical to object to the former and have no opinion of the latter or even not […]

November 16, 2017 2:40 pm - Susan Loo

‘Poverty, not race’: Understanding the causes of gangsterism

Secondary school days are confusing. From day one, you are subjected to a social hierarchy of “The Cool” and “The Lame”. You need to find your place: Wear your trousers low in seluar londeh to earn the title of “swag”, wax your hair in the style of Robert Pattinson or Rain, carry your bag only on one shoulder, […]

2:40 pm - Susan Loo

Why pinch when I can punch?

On Oct 17 last year, cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, was barred from boarding a flight to attend a forum at the National University of Singapore. No reason was given for the ban. The following December, Zunar filed a judicial review to challenge the travel restriction issued against him by the Immigration […]

2:40 pm - Susan Loo

‘Zakir Naik needs to defend Islam in India’

I think Zakir Naik needs to defend Islam in India, more than tell us Malaysians what Islam should look like in a multicultural country. He needs to answer the charges presented to him. Just when Malaysians are about to realise the need to have more transcultural, inter-faith dialogue, and to understand each religion and each […]

April 20, 2017 2:46 pm - Susan Loo

What does developing Malays and Islam mean?

“The framers of our Constitution firmly believed that a republican government could not endure without intelligence and education generally diffused among the people. The Father of his Country, in his Farewell Address, uses this language: Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure […]

2:45 pm - Susan Loo

Fearsome prospects for 1MDB’s former energy assets

A QUESTION OF BUSINESS | The signing of the power purchase agreement (PPA) last week between national power utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Edra Energy Sdn Bhd, formerly owned by Malaysia’s infamous 1MDB and now owned by China company CGN Group, puts Edra under public scrutiny yet again. This is a good time to note […]

2:45 pm - Susan Loo

Yet another alleged column

Many readers have complained about what they see as the over-use of the word ‘alleged’ in the alleged columns that allegedly appear in Malaysiakini under my alleged name. And I sympathise with these critics in the sense that constant over-use of ‘alleged’ or indeed any other word can be very tedious. But in my own […]

March 20, 2017 2:41 pm - Susan Loo

Affirmative action in M’sia – the road to nowhere

“But as time goes by, despite the original good intention, the affirmative action policy turned into an ugly beast. What was supposed to be a temporary assistance programme evolved into a sense of entitlement, and then morphed into a monster called Malay rights that cannot be debated, let alone be removed.” – Wan Saiful Wan […]

2:39 pm - Susan Loo

To ‘heal, unite and hope’ in journalism

Donald Trump’s rocky relationship with the US media, which he calls “the enemy of the American people”, reminds me of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad’s stance on press freedom. Addressing the 1985 World Press Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Mahathir asked: “Is freedom of the press often no more than the right of one man, the […]

2:39 pm - Susan Loo

Mahathir’s ‘truth’ and his bizarre logic

“I’m a realist, I do what I can do, if I can’t do, I don’t.” – De facto opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad What if I said that Malays have a lazy, rent-seeking culture, relying on political and social influence to gain wealth and unable to retain power despite all their special privileges? Would this […]

December 27, 2016 3:28 pm - Susan Loo

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