Essays

A cry for help on the brink of suicide

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06
Jul
2012

By Rita Sim | rita.sim@cense.my 05 Julai 2012 LOOKING at matters of life and death through race-tinted lenses can be a double-edged sword. An ethnic perspective is sometimes necessary to analyse the sociological reasons behind a certain trend. At other times, however, this only perpetuates stereotypes without providing any insight. Recent news about rising suicide rates.

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Singapore watching our political happenings

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28
Jun
2012

By Rita Sim | rita.sim@cense.my 28 June 2012 NEW LANDSCAPE: Its citizens beginning to ask for more freedom WHEN Bersih 3.0 supporters took to the streets on April 28, the number of Singaporeans paying attention was not insignificant. Among the most common threads of discussion was: "Will Singaporeans ever have the same freedom?" Meanwhile, Singapore's authorities.

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Chinese Malaysians want strong voice

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21
Jun
2012

By Rita Sim | rita.sim@cense.my 21 June 2012 PERENNIAL ISSUE: There are numerous leaders but no one leader championing the diverse community THE bogeyman is back. Yes, it is the issue that keeps popping up to haunt Malaysia every so often -- will there ever be a non-Malay or non-Muslim prime minister? Plenty has been said.

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More at stake than just parliamentary seats

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15
Jun
2012

By Rita Sim | rita.sim@cense.my 07 June 2012 EMOTIONAL POLLS: Debates heat up in coffee shops and street corners A coffee shop scene in Batu Pahat. In such venues, the focus is on the next general election. RECENTLY, four friends at a coffee shop argued over who to vote for in the coming elections in a heated exchange.

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Politics, civil society should not mix

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15
Jun
2012

By Rita Sim | rita.sim@cense.my 14 June 2012 DIVERSITY OF ISSUES: There has to be a clear separation between both realms if we want to uphold democracy ANYONE who argues that Malaysia is not a democratic country need only look at our civil society to be persuaded otherwise. Civil society is the cornerstone of democracy, as it.

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Wooing women voters

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31
May
2012

By Rita Sim | rita.sim@cense.my 24 May 2012 BRINGING CHANGE: It is time politicians listened to women and acknowledged that they were an important half Political parties roll out the red carpet for women voters. WOMEN hold up half the sky, declared Chairman Mao in his famous saying about the role played by women in the Chinese.

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Merap and the confessions of a dubious voter

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31
May
2012

By Rita Sim | rita.sim@cense.my 31 May 2012 KLANG VALLEY IMMIGRANTS: Pre-2002, your voting address could be different from that of your identity card IF you live in the Klang Valley, have a chat with your friends or neighbours about where they will be voting. Chances are, many will still choose to vote in their.

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Beautiful does not always mean usable

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21
May
2012

By Gerry McGovern May 21, 2012 It's good to make your website or application as beautiful as possible, but not at the expense of usefulness. "Did you ever come across a product that looked beautiful but was awful to use? Or stumbled over something that was not nice to look at but did exactly what you wanted?".

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Radicals in the ranks of the middle ground

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11
May
2012

By Fui K Soong | fui.soong@cense.my 10 May 2012 IN A DILEMMA: What the nation needs is reconciliation Media members in Penang writing messages to elected representatives at the state legislative assembly. Some wrote praise while others wrote criticism against politicians, including Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. I WAS quickly reminded by a friend that the word "dilemma".

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