A roundup of what is making the news in Malaysia

This is the second in the series of ‘A Round up of what is making the news in Malaysia’. I explained the reasoning behind it in my first post. Malaysian politics continues to excite and…

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Malaysia celebrates 61 years of independence

Malaysia celebrates Merdeka Day today. Translated into English, it means ‘Independence Day’. Pomp and pageantry mark the day every year as it did today in Malaysia. The anniversaries are milestones of the growing number of years since…

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I am fully behind England in the World Cup and there are no ‘buts’

  Ethnic minorities have very little to thank Norman Tebbit for. Actually, come to think of it, there is nothing to thank Norman Tebbit for if you are an anti-Thatcherite but that’s another matter. Tebbit’s…

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Indian Nationalism which disregards rape culture shakes my Liberal self

I was watching the Newsnight interview with Arundhati Roy regarding her views on how nationalism has been a potent force in encouraging the Indian rape culture. The brand of nationalism that is practised in India…

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A culture clash with my mixed race daughter over a dog

This is an incident that happened ten days ago and I am still scouring the streets for a dog which has caused no end of misery in my household. My daughter, Maelo, was followed by…

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Malaysia, a small nation, shows the world how democracy is done

Nationalism, a thirst for democracy and an inspiring sense of unity were the guiding concepts that saw Malaysia, a small nation-state, come together as ferocious Asian Tigers to break the shackles of a political party that dominated…

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Kudos to the Lib Dems for tackling the issue of race head-on

It was obvious to me as a long standing member that there was something wrong with race representation within the party. Quite often it was a painful experience. Whether the reason was outright racism or…

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Let’s talk about Asian Feminism

When I was growing up in Asia feminism was seen as a far away concept associated with White women in the Western world who burned their bras. The secondary role of women in Asian society…

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Why I will be talking to Liberals about race in 2018

I am no longer going to be silent about racism. I am no longer going to pretend that racism is a thing of the past. Racism never went away. Ask any person of colour. Racism…

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Mums, you are your child’s foremost story teller not ‘Sleeping Beauty’

A mother has called for the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale to be banned from schools for fear that a kissing scene featured could encourage ‘inappropriate behaviour’.  Sarah Hall from Newcastle is concerned about the message…

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An Asian woman in Benidorm NOT Israel

While Priti Patel was ‘holidaying’ in Israel in August, I was on holiday in Benidorm. While Priti Patel, the former International Development Secretary, was unwittingly orchestrating her own downfall by furtively meeting Israeli ministers and…

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Twitter’s confusion over what ‘#Asians’ means

The use of hashtags on Twitter may be a great social media innovation for getting a specific message across in the way the #metoo hashtag has drawn attention to rampant global sexual harassment of women. The…

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