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Karen Chand opines if the Malaysian education system reflect the type of society that we want.

Melaka a testing ground for Umno-Bersatu fight, say analysts

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Prof. James Chin was cited expressing surprise over how the budgetary no confidence vote was conducted.

Not naming CM-designate could cost PH, say analysts

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Prof Wong Chin Huat said with PM Muhyiddin putting politics before the pandemic, it may just make him an easier target at the next general election.

Malaysia suspended its democracy to combat the virus, now it’s even worse

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Prof. James Chin believes most Malaysians would give Muhyiddin the benefit of the doubt over the state of emergency but said COVID-19 had “served this backdoor government very well”.

Possible Warisan-PBS tie-up has tongues wagging in Sabah

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Prof Wong Chin Huat believes Warisan’s preference to partner with PBS has nothing to do with PBS being a local party and UMNO not being local.

PM’s youth advisory group won’t quell discontent, says analyst

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Prof Wong Chin Huat said even the proposed prime minister-level youth advisory group, will do little to quell unhappiness over the government’s performance.