In a region stricken by violent conflicts and dictatorships, corruption remains endemic in the Arab states while assaults on freedom of expression, press freedoms and civil society continue to escalate. In this environment, it is no surprise that 19 of 21 Arab states score below 50 in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, which captures levels of corruption in the public sector.


While the majority of Arab countries show no significant change in this year’s index, on the ground, a number of countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia are taking small yet positive steps towards fighting corruption and increasing transparency and integrity.

While not reflected in its CPI score, Lebanon, for example made small strides in 2017 with the passage of the Access to Information Law. The country also joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources. In addition, la…

Apakah motif sebenar dan halatuju para perosak undi?

Baru-baru ini timbul pula suatu kempen yang menggalakkan rakyat jelata agar merosakkan undi mereka di dalam pilihanraya umum yang akan datang dengan tidak mengundi mana-mana pihak, yakni merosakkan kertas-kertas undi mereka.

Kempen undi rosak tersebut dipimpin oleh Maryam Lee, seorang ahli jawatankuasa Gabungan Kiri Malaysia (Left Coalition Malaysia) yang turut disertai oleh beberapa orang ahli gabungan tersebut yang bertujuan untuk menyampaikan mesej kepada rakyat jelata bertapa tidak tentu arahnya halatuju politik di dalam negara kita pada hari ini.

Negara kita sudah pun lama “dibinasakan” oleh Barisan Nasional dan para pemimpinnya pada hari ini. Dan kita juga telah menyedari bahawa gabungan parti-parti pembangkang Pakatan Harapan juga telahpun mengumumkan barisan kepimpinannya yang bakal membawa gabungan parti-parti pembangkang itu menghadapi BN pada pilihanraya umum yang akan datang.

Sewaktu kepimpinan PH diketengahkan di kalangan umum, ramai yang terkejut, gembira dan malah ada jug…

Has Felda really regained the Jalan Semarak land?

Last week, there has been a big publicity on the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda)’s success in "regaining the land" in Jalan Semarak which has been suspiciously transferred to a company in a 2015 deal.

We would like to seek a clearer clarification from the Felda chairman Shahrir Abdul Samad, is the land in Jalan Semarak really back in Felda’s hand? What is the evidence of transactions which will prove that Felda has indeed regained the ownership of the land? Can he show the public that the developer/owner of the land Synergy Promenade Sdn Bhd (SPSB) had transacted all the transfer proceedings back to Felda with the various paperwork done?

The announcement made by Felda recently that they had regained the land is indeed a surprise, as such transaction speed has never happened before in history. What has Felda got to offer in order to regain the land from SPSB?

SPSB could not have just return the land to Felda empty handed since the developer has already started th…

Kembalikan tanggungjawab pembangunan dan pengurusan rumah-rumah kos rendah kepada kerajaan-kerajaan negeri

Oleh WH Cheng
Baru-baru ini banyak pihak yang asyik menluahkan mengenai pelbagai masalah perancangan, pembangunan dan pengurusan rumah-rumah kos rendah untuk rakyat jelata yang kurang mampu yang kini semakin tidak dapat dicapai oleh golongan tersebut, walaupun usaha untuk menampung permintaan telahpun giat dilaksanakan di merata tempat di seluruh negara.

Pelbagai masalah dan persoalan yang timbul, malah adakala Umno juga cuba menghubung kaitkan masalah tersebut dengan penindasan terhadap masyarakat Melayu, khususnya di negeri-negeri Selangor dan Pulau Pinang.

Jika diteliti dengan lebih mendalam, masalah sebenarnya yang sering timbul di dalam perancangan, pembangunan dan pengurusan rumah-rumah kos rendah bukannya sengaja disasarkan terhadap masyarakat Melayu seperti yang sering didakwa oleh Umno tetapi ianya lebih kepada terlalu banyak pihak yang dipertanggungjawabkan di dalam peranan ini, yang mengakibatkan peranan yang bertindih, malah ada yang bertentangan antara satu sama lain dan…

These jobs will go away by 2030

By 2030, up to 800 million employees could be displaced by automation and will need to find new jobs, according to a new report.

The study released on Friday by McKinsey Global Institute said that within the next 15 years, nearly 15 percent of the global workforce may need to switch jobs, with 75 million to 375 million workers changing occupation categories.

Millions of workers will have different jobs in the not-so-distant future, but their employment depends on how quickly they can adapt to advances in technology.

This shift in labour demand could be larger than anything that we’ve seen in the United States and Europe since the early 1900s when young workers left farms to go work in big cities, McKinsey outlines in its 160-pages of research.

By 2030, up to 9 per cent of labour demand will be in new types of occupations and analysts predict that there will be enough new job creation to offset automation.

However, it all depends on whether workers have the necessary skills to transition i…

Bantah TPPA wants new cost-benefit analysis on resurrected agreement

While economists are largely positive on the resurrection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Bantah TPPA believes that a renewed cost-benefit analysis is warranted to determine the impact of the amended deal on Malaysia.

According to Bantah TPPA deputy chairman Azlan Awang, the previous report has become irrelevant after the US pullout.

“We should do a new cost-benefit analysis because previously we were told that we will achieve economic gain by having access to the US market, but now (with the US pullout) there is no more benefit there – only cost,” he told SunBiz today.

“The people also need to know what are the benefits that they will get as the US is no longer in the pact,” he said.

The TPP covered 40% of the world economy before US President Donald Trump abandoned the 12-nation deal in January, following through on a promise made during his presidential campaign. It is now left with 11 member cou…

Who decides what is moderate?

By Hafidz Baharom
LET'S have a sepia flashback of growing up in the 1980s, as an example. Girls of all races could wear pinafores. They could skip the headscarf when wearing a baju kurung. Boys could go about in short pants without any issue either.

Sharing a canteen for food was not an issue, nor was drinking from the same water bottle for that matter.

Flashback to the 1960s, and you would see Malay women in skirts and blouses, and tight fitting kebayas. Drinking alcohol led to eye rolling, but nothing more. Dance parties were all the rage, along with sitting around listening to bossa nova.

Let's come back to the present day. Suddenly, you can see a six-year-old girl in a burkini swimming in a pool. A four-year-old is already donning a headscarf while the mother wears a full-faced veil to protect her modesty.

Kids go to prayers at the suraus no longer wearing a baju Melayu or a simple t-shirt with a kain pelikat, but full jubahs wafting with the scent of oud.

Wearing a leotar…