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Langkawi’s artificial islands: A future without nature?

Known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi –– an archipelago of islands nestled comfortably at the point where the Straits of Malacca and the great Andaman Sea meet –– has long been a popular holiday destination for Malaysians and international tourists looking to leave the bustle of dusty city life for Malaysian hospitality, sandy beaches and turquoise waters. But Langkawi’s popularity comes at a price.

Marine biologist DHIVYA NAIR makes a case for why heavy development and land reclamation could take more from the island than it claims it will give.

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Making Sense of Budget 2021’s Ethnic Fault Lines

The issue of ethnically-targeted allocations rears its ugly head around this time every year when the federal budget is tabled. Yet, public perception may not reflect the full reality. Could better understanding of the disparity mean a better push for alternative allocations and an end to this cycle of anger?

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Different Class: The Marginalisation of Indians in Malaysia

The indentured labour system, which replaced slavery in British colonies, kept millions of Indians in servitude, misery, poverty and disease. Today, its legacy is not just a global Indian diaspora but, for Indians in Malaysia, ongoing misfortunes. Mangai Balasegaram investigates.

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infodemic Special Edition
The Covid infodemic: To err is human, to share is criminal?

In this fear-heightened landscape of Covid-19, our better-safe-than-sorry approach to sharing information could land us in hot soup with authorities.

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A boy playing a football during haze strikes Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur 15 Jun 2013. PIX Firdaus Latif Special Edition
Chronicles of the Elusive Malaysian Haze Act

How a scrapped law could set us back in our battle against the haze.

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btl-sabah-politics Special Edition
The Sabah Political Crisis: What it means for Pakatan, Perikatan – and Malaysia

The events of July 2020 plunged Sabah into a political crisis. Here’s how this imbroglio affects all of us.

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