Monday, February 19, 2007


Profile of Dr. Azly Rahman


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I was born in the city of Singapore, grew up in a Malay village in Johor Bahru, I was a pioneer of Maktab Rendah Sains MARA/MARA Junior Science College (MRSM) Kuantan, a Malaysian school system modeled after amongst others, The Bronx School for the Gifted in Science (in New York City); a early experiment in American education in Malaysia. I had the experience of teaching in the MRSM school system and heading the English Department as well as a Gifted and Talented program. I co-wrote two English Language textbooks for the Malaysian Ministry of Education and was involved in teacher training projects in the area of Teaching Thinking Skills. I have been an invited contributor to several book chapters that analyze specifically the Malaysian General Election of 2008 and Malaysian socio-political change in general.

Before pursuing my studies, I taught the courses Foreign Policy, Introduction to Thinking, and Ethics. I coordinated the Universiti Utara Malaysia's (UUM) Thinking Skills Program, was appointed as the Coordinator of UUM's Technology Learning Unit, and subsequently served as its director. I helped establish the Center for Innovations in Education. For my contribution to the university, I was awarded the university's Service Excellence Award in 1997. I also served as member of UUM's Senate. I started a multidisciplinary journal called PRAXIS, of the School of Languages and Scientific Thinking. I helped coordinate publication of articles in the fields of education, language, and literature.

I was a consultant of Creativity and Mind Development to several state governments and corporations. He lectured widely on creativity, critical thinking, and education in Malaysia and was also a weekly radio guest in Radio Alor Setar's series on "Pemikiran" (On Teaching Thinking)

Before leaving for my doctoral studies, I completed seven research projects in the fields of Human Development and Creativity, Political Science, Management, Brain Science, and Linguistic-Corpus Studies. Though accepted in 1997 into the Ph. D program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, I chose to pursue my doctorate in International Education Development at Columbia University New York by virtue of Teachers College's world-renowned status as a comprehensive and the number-one ranked graduate school of education then, as well as to take advantage of the multiculturalism of New York City's educational setting.


Besides holding a Columbia University doctorate in International Education Development (Columbia University, 2004) and producing a dissertation on the development of hypermodern Malaysia as a "cybernetic" nation, I completed my fourth Masters in International Education specializing in Peace Studies/Education (Columbia University, 2005). I hold the degrees Bachelors in Education (Ohio University, 1985), Masters in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction (Ohio University, 1987), Masters of Arts in International Affairs specializing in Politics of Southeast Asia (Ohio University, 1987), and Masters of Arts in Communication and Education (Columbia University, 2000) specializing in the broad cultural, philosophical, and political aspects of new communications technologies. I also hold certificates in multicultural education, teaching social studies, and teaching and learning with technology. I am currently pursuing my fifth Masters degree in Fine Arts withe a specialization in Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry)


During my early university days, I served as president of the Malaysian Student Association in Ohio University and was also elected President of The Southeast Asian Student Association of Ohio University. For my work in international understanding, I was initiated into the membership of the International Understanding Honor Society of the Ohio University chapter. I have been committed to promoting international understanding and multiculturalism in my teachings and writings for the last twenty years.

I am a member of the Kappa Delta Phi International Honor Society in Education (Columbia University chapter), a professional and international honor society dedicated to recognizing and honoring academic excellence in the teaching profession. I was also chosen as a Teachers College Columbia University's Ross Fellow for Educational Technology and worked as a research fellow with New York's Channel Thirteen-WNET on an award-winning Disney Online educational web project called "Concept to Classroom".  I co-wrote the proposal for the online teacher professional development project.

I served as a pioneering member on the editorial board for Teachers College's (Columbia University) online peer-reviewed journal Current Issues in Comparative Education, and have published a book review of American critical theorist Peter McLaren's Radical Multiculturalism in the journal Educational Researcher. The review was then translated into German by a Columbia University professor of education and published in University of Wuppertal, Germany.

I have also been involved with the American public school for ten years, holding a New Jersey state license to teach American History/World History/Social Studies and a license as an Administrator/Supervisor/
Leader in an educational setting. I have held adjunct professorship positions in state and private universities in New York and New Jersey. I have mentored first-year teachers and have also taught the course "Philosophies of Education" to new teachers in the Bronx under the New Teacher Residency Program, established by The New York City Board of Education. I also hold a New Jersey Department of Education's Supervisor/Principalship Certificate.

Courses Taught

I have taught in six different departments; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Among the more than 40 courses I have taught in Malaysia and the United States are as follow:


-English Language
-Report Writing
-Public Speaking
-Creative Writing
-Introduction to Thinking Skills
-Comicbook Basics
-From Comicbook to Video
-Design of Future City
-Writing Matters: Fiction
-The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence


-United States History I
-United States History II
-History of Jazz
-World History
-World Cultures
-History of the Middle East: Part I
-Voices of Peace in the Middle East
-Foundations of Western Civilization
-The West in the Modern World
-Women's Studies


-Introduction to Religion
-Religions of the World
-Islamic Scriptures
-Philosophical Explorations
-Inquiring Minds
-Introduction to Thinking Skills
- Life of the Mind (Themes in Philosophy)
- Social and Moral Philosophy


-Introduction to Political Science
-Foreign Policy
-The Global Challenge
-International Studies
-Geography and World Issues
-International Problems & Conflict Resolution
-Colonialism, Imperialism, and Dependency 

 -Forces and Issues in the Middle East 
-Global Issues


-Philosophies of Education
-Cross cultural studies in Urban International Education
-Comparative Education
-Effective Teaching, Effective Schools
-Clinical Teaching I
-Clinical Teaching II
-Computer Literacy and Education
-Internet Applications in Business and Education
-The Teacher as Researcher and Educational Leader
-Teaching Strategies for the Diverse Classroom
- Masters Seminar
- Final Project: Applied Research in Education
-The Global Challenge

- Global Issues
- Cross-Cultural Perspectives 

- The American Experience
- Perspectives on the Individual
- The American Experience
- Cross cultural Studies in Urban International Education 
- Challenges of Urban Education
- Educational Assessment


I was involved in projects such as a web-based local history project funded by The Teaching American History Grant (United States Department of Education), and is contributing as a faculty member to restructure a university core program in Cross-Cultural Perspectives. For the Teaching American History project, I produced two curriculum-based websites in honor of Englewood resident and jazz great Dizzy Gillespie and in honor of two great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. I am currently involved in a video-based project exploring the history of migration of Englewood New Jersey's Fourth Ward. For FDU's Committee in Restructuring Cross-Cultural Perspectives, I was instrumental in offering new perspectives on culture in the redesign of the university-wide course.

I was also involved in the setting up of Fairleigh Dickinson University's (New Jersey' biggest private university) Middle Eastern Studies Initiative, which now offers courses, as a minor program in the study of Middle East, to students of all majors. I have developed two new courses for The School of English, Philosophy and Humanities entitled "Voices of Peace in the Middle East" and "The War Films".

I currently write weekly on Malaysian political, educational, cultural and social changes in ILLUMINATIONS, a column in a progressive Malaysian online newspaper with wide national and international readership. I run an online salon/global intellectual discussion forum on culture, politics, education, and philosophy called "A Republic of Virtue" in a popular news and opinion portal, Malaysia-Today. I used the social networking site facebook for class discussions on philosophy, cultural studies, politics, and education.

I have published more than 400 scholarly articles and opinions on education, politics, history, and cultural studies in various online forums, amongst them Malaysiakini, Malaysia-Today, OpinionAsia, and in my column on the website of the Center for Policy Initiatives. In addition I have more than 50 unpublished manuscripts in the fields of education, philosophy, humanities, cybernetics, and international relations to be compiled in a series of writings. I am currently preparing several manuscripts based on my doctoral dissertation submitted to Columbia University; a dissertation that addressed issues in international relations, cultural studies, and political theory. My views on multiculturalism in Malaysia (where I was a faculty for six years) have been sought by the international media and agencies such as The International Herald Tribune, Al Jazeera, and Reuters.

I was invited to participate in the Oxford Roundtable on Diversity in Society at Oxford University; a gathering of global scholars discussing the theme of racial and religious tolerance and socio-economic justice, held in May 2007. In August of 2007 I was selected to presented a paper on economic and cultural analysis of American global dominance in Asia, in a gathering of Asian scholars. In 2009 I was also involved, as a writer and editor, in a writing project on ethnic studies with a group of Malaysian and international scholars. The volume of more than 20 articles entitled Multiethnic Malaysia was published and distributed internationally. I was recently appointed as a Fellow and Director of Malaysia's newest think tank, Center for Policy Initiatives that promotes multiculturalism and social justice; a research institution I co-founded. I was also recently invited to become a member of a Special Panel of Experts for Malaysian Parliamentary Research. All these work I am doing are through online collaborations primarily.

I am also a member of New Jersey Educational Association and (American) National Education Association. I have been invited to speak to Malaysian students in Washington DC, Boston (Harvard), and in London, England. My teaching experience spans both in Malaysia and in the United States and in a wide range of teaching context; from elementary to graduate education. For the last five years I have been involved in conceptualizing, planning, delivering, and evaluating a new model of alternative education framed within the context of urban education in a project/model-building exercise called The Englewood Academy for Growth in Literacy and Entrepreneurship (E.A.G.L.E. Program) under the supervision of the Englewood Public Schools, in the city of Englewood, New Jersey. This project-based school wide-enrichment framed -- program is beginning to be recognized in the county as a successful program that helps meet the needs of grades 9-12 learners who ought to benefit well in an alternative educational setting.

I am currently assisting Rutgers University (New Jersey's top-ranking research public university) in developing courses in the fields of Education, Globalization, and Cultural Studies culminating in an innovative Masters Program in International Education Development in the area of Urban Education.  I have been appointed a Visiting Associate Professor in The Faculty of Economics and Policy Science, University College Sedaya International in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I am developing a Masters program in Knowledge Sciences and delivering six public lectures on topics such as Epistemology, Science, Political Economy and Public Policy, Race and Ethnicity, Religion and Politics, and Malaysia's New Economic Model. I have also initiated international academic collaborative programs between a university in the United States and in Malaysia; a project proposing collaborations in degree programming, faculty-student exchange, and international learning experiences

In all these, my passion lies in teaching, writing, and research and to develop learners into intelligent, socially conscious, and world-wise learners.



1. Rahman, A. (2007). “Neither Oxbridge nor Half-Bridge will the issue be,” in Mahathir vs. Abdullah: covert wars and challenged legacies. (2007) Tan. Nathaniel. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kinibooks
2. Rahman, A (2007). “Slaying an immortal tiger: Malaysia’s new Economic Policy. “ in OpinionAsia. (2007) Singh, Pritham Ed. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asia Studies
3. Rahman, A. (2008). “Brave new Malaysian identity emerging,” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
4. Rahman, A. (2008). “Election debates – just do it” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
5. Rahman, A. (2008). “Mandate of heaven this nation awaits” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
6. Rahman, A. (2008). “Of badangs and blogoticians” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
8. Rahman, A. (2008). “The Malaysian Revolution of 2008!” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
9. Rahman, A. (2009). “New Bumiputraism: Pedagogy of hope and liberation.” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
10. Rahman, A. (2009). “Thumbs down for Biro Tata Negara?” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
11. Rahman, A. (2009). “Multiethnic Volume:” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
12. Rahman, A. (2009). “On Education, Culture, and National Integration,” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
13. Rahman, A. (2009). “Multiethnic Malaysia: Future Prospects, ” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
14. Rahman, A. (2008). “Let a hundred flowers bloom” in March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up. Kee Thuan Chye., ed. (2008) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Marshall Cavendish
15. Rahman, A. (1997) Application of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence to the Teaching of Thinking in a Malaysian University. Proceedings in 7th International Conference on Thinking. Singapore City: Singapore.
16. Rahman, A. (1998, Jun-July). Dare we embrace McLaren's Critical Pedagogy?: Critical review of Peter McLaren's Revolutionary multiculturalism: Pedagogies of dissent for the New Millennium. The Educational Researcher. (German translation of the review published in a referred sociological journal from The University of Wuppertal (Spring, 1998).
17. Rahman, A. (2004) Thesis on Cyberjaya: Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State. E-document edition. ProQuest Information and Learning.
18. Rahman, A. (2008). “Speech at Harvard University.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
19. Rahman, A. (2008). “When tomorrow comes.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
21. Rahman, A. (2008). “Malaysia’s educational reform: Can the yellow states lead the way?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
22. Rahman, A. (2008). “With whom will the army stroll?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
23. Rahman, A. (2008). “Smart schools vs, sick schools.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
24. Rahman, A. (2008). “Our ‘rempitised’ education system.” In CPI: Writings. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
25. Rahman, A. (2008). “Memories of the colony.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
26. Rahman, A. (2008). “ASLI’s gift to academicians.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
27. Rahman, A. (2008). “All Malaysians have special rights.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
28. Rahman, A. (2008). “From Srivijaya to Cyberjaya: Thoughts on the cultural impact of computer-mediated technology.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
29. Rahman, A. (2008). “Rising oil prices creating Rockefellers?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
30. Rahman, A. (2008). “Slaying an immortal tiger: Malaysia’s New Economic Policy.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
31. Rahman, A. (2008). “The yellow wave and its durian effect.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
32. Rahman, A. (2008). “MSC—The corridor of imperialism?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
33. Rahman, A. (2008). “Develop minds, Scrap boot camps.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
34. Rahman, A. (2008). “De-militarizing the Malaysian National Service.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
(10 years as columnist)

  • Bored I am to death
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 13, 2015 10:00AM
  • of these fights between political leaders
  • Letters -
  • On paying respect to 'respect'
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 30, 2015 1:52PM
  • Poverty is not a licence to lose one's dignity.
  • Columns -
  • A mirror of one another
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 24, 2015 7:32PM
  • there is so much hatred in this world today
  • Letters -
  • Detoxing myself, with disgust
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 4, 2015 12:35PM
  • For those about to rock, we salute you.
  • Columns -
  • Nigeria a model hudud-state?
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 21, 2015 2:00PM
  • What actually is this hudud debate about?
  • Columns -
  • 1Malaysia - now vomiting
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 13, 2015 12:15PM
  • Stopping our country from going to the dogs.
  • Columns -
  • Let them eat MUET
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 17, 2014 12:37PM
  • Stop making excuses for bad English.
  • Columns -
  • A lady and a Peugeot
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 17, 2014 8:10AM
  • A truly Malaysian road rage story.
  • Columns -
  • After the Obama euphoria
  • Azly Rahman | May 2, 2014 1:31PM
  • We only hear of, ‘Can I have a selfie with you?’
  • Columns -
  • A good soul you are, Karpal
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 17, 2014 12:53PM
  • speak no ill
    of one who hath just passed on
  • Letters -
  • Chaos, karma and MH370
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 20, 2014 1:44PM
  • It is time to make peace with ourselves.
  • Columns -
  • Enron-ising Malaysia
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 22, 2014 8:46PM
  • Man is trapped in a system he has created.
  • Columns -
  • Bad spirit of Merdeka?
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 21, 2013 9:05PM
  • How could the few trample on the many?
  • Columns -
  • Questions for Umno delegates
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 11, 2013 2:52PM
  • Why are the speeches out of focus?
  • Columns -
  • Hikayat Mereng Mahabesar
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 5, 2013 11:21AM
  • The Epic of Mega-idiocy.
  • Columns -
  • Making Mara's MRSM smarter
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 21, 2013 12:35PM
  • Bringing ‘elitism’ to the masses.
  • Columns -
  • Missing you... moving on
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 7, 2013 11:10AM
  • I shall return, as MacArthur said.
  • Columns -
  • Megatrends of madness II
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 25, 2013 12:21PM
  • Is the Prada-wearing devil in total control?
  • Columns -
  • Megatrends of madness I
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 8, 2013 11:47AM
  • More drama will unfold.
  • Columns -
  • Malay politics and Ramleeology
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 2, 2013 1:51PM
  • History of the Malay mentality being displayed.
  • Columns -
  • Our Malaysia of the 70s
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 25, 2013 4:44PM
  • Multiculturalism without today’s idiocy.
  • Columns -
  • How 'Brahma' became 'Allah'
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 11, 2013 1:05PM
  • Looking at the evolution of knowledge.
  • Columns -
  • 49,000 youngest drop-outs?
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 4, 2013 12:22PM
  • Children have the right to be intelligent.
  • Columns -
  • Just teach them in English!
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 13, 2012 3:08PM
  • We must get out of the glass shell.
  • Columns -
  • Umno's karmic cycle
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 6, 2012 11:50AM
  • Near-death experience of a political party.
  • Columns -
  • Beyond the 'Dong Zong issue'
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 28, 2012 12:18PM
  • Discrimination only penalises students.
  • Columns -
  • No apology for kleptocracy
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 8, 2012 9:58AM
  • The apologiser is missing the point.
  • Columns -
  • Leave teachers alone!
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 19, 2011 12:15PM
  • Free up teachers, to free up students in turn.
  • Columns -
  • Occupy Dataran, too?
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 14, 2011 1:42PM
  • Who, really, is this message for?
  • Columns -
  • M'sia - a scientific bolehland?
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 22, 2011 12:06PM
  • We seem to be progressing in a very uneven way.
  • Columns -
  • A collapsing grand narrative
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 15, 2011 11:42AM
  • We need a nation of philosophers, not plunderers.
  • Columns -
  • MRSM schools a successful failure?
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 10, 2011 12:51PM
  • Imbibing race-based beliefs won't help in a multicultural world.
  • Columns -
  • Reconceptualising federalism
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 27, 2010 2:26PM
  • The march of history cannot be stopped.
  • Columns -
  • The GPS of GE-13
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 11, 2010 7:10PM
  • State your position; there is little left to lose
  • Columns -
  • Evolving From Gertak to Gelak
  • Azly Rahman | May 31, 2010 2:12PM
  • We should go for laughter rather than threats.
  • Columns -
  • Gambling Malaysia away
  • Azly Rahman | May 24, 2010 12:57PM
  • There is no good reason to legalise sports betting.
  • Columns -
  • The short, happy life of Aminulrasyid
  • Azly Rahman | May 3, 2010 4:23PM
  • A short and happy life of a child turning fifteen. May his soul be blessed. Let us all pray for him and for our nation.
  • Columns -
  • Educational absurdity in Hulu Selangor
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 26, 2010 4:18PM
  • How dare we use education, the only means for social and economic progress for all races to bribe voters.
  • Columns -
  • From Perkasa to pekasam
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 5, 2010 3:42PM
  • Is pushing the doctrine of ketuanan Melayu embarrassing progressive Malays?
  • Columns -
  • 'Malay' - a construction of an illusion?
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 8, 2010 3:42PM
  • The question of what a Malay is and what it is not has become a most contentious issue in the discussions of nation-building circa post-Mahathir era.
  • Columns -
  • The Malay-Perkasa dilemma
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 1, 2010 1:09PM
  • We are charting our future ruins based on the politics of desperados inspired by a decadent ideology no longer in synchrony with the real issues of the day.
  • Columns -
  • The weakness of Perkasa
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 22, 2010 4:34PM
  • Is its creation necessary in an age of multiculturalism?
  • Columns -
  • Mandela-isation of Anwar?
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 8, 2010 12:52PM
  • Anwar's trial is deifying, not degrading him.
  • Columns -
  • Learning from Howard Zinn's historicizing
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 1, 2010 12:00PM
  • He focused on history's spotlight on the ugly side of white America's rise; here historians have been kind to their paymasters.
  • Columns -
  • Praying for peace is not enough!
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 12, 2010 3:12PM
  • The Buddhist solution to a Christian-Muslim dilemma...
  • Columns -
  • Take not the road to Zimbabwe
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 22, 2009 10:37AM
  • Major shifts in the political-economic and socio-cultural climate are inevitable when the condition is ripe.
  • Columns -
  • BTN and the price of indoctrination
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 15, 2009 2:19PM
  • It’s a project to instil fear into the Malays – fear of their own shadow and fear of other races.
  • Columns -
  • On poverty, charity and semangat padi
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 1, 2009 10:37AM
  • The Malays of the 'rice belt' states have traditionally been believers of 'the spirit of the padi' or 'semangat padi' - an element of animism residualised from the ancient Hindu-Buddhist tradition.
  • Columns -
  • What Permata Pintar can learn from Projek Baka
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 2, 2009 2:01PM
  • It is exciting to learn that Malaysia is seeing another gifted and talented program being established. Projek Permata Pintar is yet another effort to cultivate good thinking skills amongst a selected group of students.
  • Columns -
  • A new bangsa Melayu
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 5, 2009 1:18PM
  • With all the bad rap Malays are getting, a radical rebranding is in order.
  • Columns -
  • The cultural logic of Najibo-nomics
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 28, 2009 3:41PM
  • There are many variables that need to be taken into consideration when one thinks of a good case study.Let us be more sophisticated when naming names.
  • Columns -
  • Dream of a sincere Merdeka
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 31, 2009 5:27PM
  • Malaysia is approaching its 52nd birthday.
  • Columns -
  • Rethinking the Malay problem
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 18, 2009 11:59AM
  • "…the scholar is not he who gives the right answers, but he who asks the right questions…" Claude Levi-Strauss, French structural anthropologist.
  • Columns -
  • Dances with Dayaks
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 24, 2008 12:16PM
  • A new era is dawning –
  • Columns -
  • Obama for Putrajaya
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 20, 2008 5:10PM
  • Columns -
  • When tomorrow comes
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 15, 2008 11:20AM
  • Columns -
  • How to dialogue God
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 11, 2008 2:11PM
  • Columns -
  • Our great victory
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 4, 2008 12:57PM
  • The long march for change
  • Columns -
  • Mind schooling race
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 28, 2008 12:02PM
  • The states in government and opposition as blocks
  • Columns -
  • With whom will the army stroll?
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 14, 2008 2:52PM
  • Emergency rules are for nations in desperation. For dictators facing an imminent and violent political death.
  • Columns -
  • Reading Syed Husin Ali, remembering Gramsci
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 23, 2008 12:42PM
  • In The Malays, their problems and future, Syed Husin developed the thesis that arguably explains the predicament of the contemporary Malays.
  • Columns -
  • How to radicalise our universities
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 16, 2008 2:18PM
  • The real university is a place where ideas and the challenging of ideas old and new become commonplace.
  • Columns -
  • Smart schools vs sick schools
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 9, 2008 12:21PM
  • Many schools do not have water and electricity supply and students smart.
  • Columns -
  • All Malaysians have special rights
  • Azly Rahman | May 26, 2008 12:11PM
  • Let us no argue any more over this or those rights. Let us instead treat each other right.
  • Columns -
  • Idiotic pride displayed for all to see
  • Azly Rahman | May 19, 2008 1:29PM
  • Johor Malays should work towards education for religious and racial understanding, 
  • Columns -
  • Sedition Act or Sedation Act?
  • Azly Rahman | May 12, 2008 12:07PM
  • The law should not bar us from facing history and engaging in difficult, even painful dialogue, as the country advances.
  • Columns -
  • Maid for murder
  • Azly Rahman | May 5, 2008 3:01PM
  • ‘Are background checks conducted to ensure the foreign maids we bring in have no criminal records or mental history?'
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  • After the apology over the keris
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 28, 2008 1:39PM
  • After the Umno Youth head’s apology, the party should re-design its logo to replace the keris with a symbol of peace.
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  • Mother Earth, Father Hell
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 21, 2008 1:10PM
  • A great deal of damage has been done as a consequence of 50-year rule of a coalition government that does not understand the relationship between nature, technology and capitalism.
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  • Reflections on a sinking Bahtera Merdeka
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 14, 2008 12:45PM
  • I want to especially see systematic programmes of mass indoctrination go down together with the sinking ship.
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  • Revolution of the mind
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 10, 2008 1:14PM
  • This is the birth of a new culture 
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  • Election debates: Just do it!
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 3, 2008 2:48PM
  • We are having an elections at the time when America is having hers too.
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  • Of 'badangs' and 'blogoticians'
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 25, 2008 2:20PM
  • The real winner in Malaysia's general elections is again, technology of the body - the Internet and cyberspace
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  • Mantra of the 'super corridor'
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 11, 2008 1:38PM
  • Inscribed onto the consciousness of the people
  • Columns -
  • A Malay view of 'Ketuanan Melayu'
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 4, 2008 2:51PM
  • new Let’s deconstruct all forms of race-based political arrangement
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  • Evolving from 'bullshit to truth'
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 28, 2008 3:24PM
  • new How much understanding of the election process do Malaysian voters have?
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  • Reflect, re-analyse, reconstruct, revolt!
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 21, 2008 3:05PM
  • You are answerable to the Creator, not to creations. Reclaim your righteous mind. Reflect, re-analyse, re-organise, and revolt against the injustices that afflict fellow human beings.
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  • Students, question authority
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 7, 2008 12:18PM
  • Question authority, break new frontiers of thinking, but listen to the voice of the inner self in order to serve humanity.
  • Columns -
  • Muslim students, challenge yourselves!
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 31, 2007 5:46PM
  • I remember on one occasion when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was visiting the campus as education minister, we had to announce our name and our identity card number in public if we wanted to ask questions.
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  • Remove our 'national security' straightjacket
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 17, 2007 12:19PM
  • new Why have we come to a point in which the ISA is used to silence the voices asking the government to look into the plight of the oppressed?
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  • Addressing the eternal question
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 10, 2007 11:01AM
  • new How can our eyes, our minds, and our souls be opened to the plight of those who have laboured for the power and glory of the few?
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  • My years of living in rock
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 3, 2007 1:55PM
  • I sought solace in rock music. I "chilled" with it. I had so much fun chilling - away from the "chilling" national issues of the day.
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  • Plea for Indian M'sians
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 26, 2007 11:16AM
  • Let us help restructure the lives of the poor before they restructure the lives of the rich.
  • Columns -
  • Behind the colour of change
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 21, 2007 11:21AM
  • The root of the showdown between the 'yellow wave' movement and the red-faced power structure is economic in nature.
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  • The yellow wave and its durian effect
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 12, 2007 11:25AM
  • It's only the beginning of a peaceful revolt against the might of the machine. Indeed the next wave will be met with even more machines from the regime.
  • Columns -
  • Come down to Earth
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 22, 2007 1:03PM
  • Malaysians should look at the reality of empty spaces and the spaces in knowledge and power that we have created over the last 50 years.
  • Columns -
  • Battle on, for change!
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 8, 2007 1:59PM
  • Fate or natural justice will take its course, but it could do with a helping hand from us all.
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  • Let's do the 'lawyer walk'
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 2, 2007 12:17PM
  • Walking is always a good thing for our health. And the 'lawyer walk' was even better for the health of the nation.
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  • Sharing the collective guilt
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 24, 2007 1:03PM
  • We the voters are responsible for installing 'guided democracy' and allowing an illusionary sense of 'order and harmony' to prevail.
  • Columns -
  • The Ramadhan of our Ramallah
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 17, 2007 12:19PM
  • 'You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over the other, except by piety and good action.'
  • Columns -
  • Create radical social futurists
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 11, 2007 3:28PM
  • If we wish to remove all Acts that are anathema to a healthy thinking culture, we must rethink how we think.
  • Columns -
  • Critical Theory for our varsities
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 3, 2007 3:07PM
  • How do we reconstruct the consciousness of our higher education institution, so that its body politics can create a holistic sense of beingness?
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  • Non-bumis no more?
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 27, 2007 1:06PM
  • Bright and hard-working Malaysians regardless of racial origin who now call themselves Malaysians must be given all the opportunities.
  • Columns -
  • In search of a new Malay mind
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 21, 2007 11:49AM
  • The Malays need to find a mental model of how they should think and be able to ride the wave of globalisation.
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  • A royal speech for our restless youth
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 13, 2007 3:28PM
  • The German philosopher Frederich Nietzsche once said: "Educate! but first let us educate the educators."
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  • A mind is a terrible thing to waste
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 6, 2007 12:08PM
  • We are only interested in producing a generation of students skilled in memorising facts and to regurgitate them when the need arises.
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  • I want to serve...
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 30, 2007 12:23PM
  • I received a letter from the lawyers of UUM demanding me to apologise for my writings on UUM and forcing me to stop writing on the issue of my dismissal.
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  • The Internet unplugged
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 16, 2007 2:54PM
  • Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Take seven more deep deep breaths. Stabilise your breathing. Go deeper into the word of your supra-consciousness until your reach a space. A space of bits and bytes.
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  • Malay myth as colonising strategy
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 9, 2007 11:07AM
  • Mental colonisation sustains the Master-Slave narrative as long as space and time permit and resources are available for exploitation.
  • Columns -
  • Should I leave the party?
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 2, 2007 1:15PM
  • An open letter to 'a respectable leader of a Malaysian political party'.
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  • Animal Farm our Parliament has become?
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 25, 2007 12:48PM
  • We wrongly call brutish politicians 'Yang Berhormat'. They should be called 'Yang Tidak Patut di Hormati'.
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  • UM - not a McRendang university
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 21, 2007 3:00PM
  • UM - the 'Columbia University of Malaysian academia' is yet to recapture its glory that was once build by many a profound scholar.
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  • MSC - the corridor of imperialism
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 11, 2007 3:16PM
  • Malaysia, with the MSC project, has become 'inter-textualised'. Who benefits from all these?
  • Columns -
  • Lina Joy and our sorrow
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 4, 2007 12:45PM
  • Approach each religion from a philosophical standpoint in order to draw out the best from what it has to offer.
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  • Dancing with desire
  • Azly Rahman | May 28, 2007 1:43PM
  • At every elections come, the promise of a prosperous kingdom comes. Pay raise comes even to the ones undeserving, so that they will continue to pledge allegiance.
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  • Don't ban it if you don't get it
  • Azly Rahman | May 21, 2007 11:31AM
  • What is wrong with this country? Aren't we more mentally advanced than the many a war-torn nation that summarily execute journalists and truth-tellers?
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  • Was May 13 naturally orchestrated?
  • Azly Rahman | May 17, 2007 12:24PM
  • Perhaps it was. That would be the answer to the event that has become embalmed as a semiotic of racial conflict. Perhaps it wasn't planned.
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  • How low must higher education go?
  • Azly Rahman | May 7, 2007 1:21PM
  • Students facing expulsion for wanting to learn about the political process? For organizing talks on making political choices?
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  • Ijok and the eclipse of reason
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 30, 2007 11:39AM
  • In terms of political consciousness, we are already in a coma. We are a vegetable. The closing of the Malaysian mind is complete.
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  • Are we in Hutu-land?
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 23, 2007 2:10PM
  • From slogans to songs to scenes of chaos, we see the increasingly dangerous trend of campaigning.
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  • The Machiavellis in Malaysian politics
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 16, 2007 5:45PM
  • The will to be corrupt will only intensify if we do not perform a frontal lobotomy of its source. The source is the locus of control the center of power.
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  • Memories of the colony
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 9, 2007 11:51AM
  • The process of turning the colonised into colonisers is a complex yet discernible one.
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  • An invitation to The Oxford Roundtable
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 2, 2007 11:44AM
  • One can argue that all forms of slavery have been made possible by the 'evolution of institutions' that evolve out of 'inscriptions'.
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  • Who owns Harvard of the East?
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 27, 2007 11:42AM
  • Why are we struggling to control beautiful young minds when we can give them a good education for lifelong learning and critical consciousness instead.
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  • An ode to bloggers
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 19, 2007 12:41PM
  • The writer pens a poem to honour Malaysian bloggers in their onward march towards creating a spectre that will haunt the state-owned print media.
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  • Stop glorifying Mat Rempits!
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 12, 2007 1:08PM
  • Why are we allowing Umno Putera to glorify Mat Rempits and reward them with something they do not deserve?
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  • Corruption in veins of body politic
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 5, 2007 12:05PM
  • Malaysians do not know where to begin in dealing with this issue. They are busy making ends meet while the powerful are satisfying their greed.
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  • Lets de-segregate our schools
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 26, 2007 12:14PM
  • We must dismantle educational institutions that perpetuate the hegemony of one race over others.
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  • The RM23 billion question
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 12, 2007 2:01PM
  • Before we embark upon the education reform effort, we must choose our perspectives wisely.
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  • Malay matrix awaits its messiah
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 5, 2007 11:40AM
  • It is the rampant and unethical use of the sate ideological apparatuses that is maintaining the structure of Malay hegemony.
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  • Ethnic Studies - will it be colour-blind?
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 29, 2007 11:43AM
  • The challenge is this: Do we have colour-blind professors/educators who will profess colour-blind ideology?
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  • Death of Malaysian media?
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 22, 2007 1:06PM
  • The Internet speaks to us and lets us speak - unlike newspapers, radio and television, for whom the end may be near.
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  • Time for new bumiputera-ism
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 15, 2007 12:28PM
  • Let's redefine what 'bumiputera' means - after 50 years of Merdeka, aren't we all bumiputera now?
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  • Leave our teachers alone!
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 9, 2007 2:38PM
  • The time has come to look beyond the 'McDonaldnised' idea of state-legitimated schooling for economic development and social advancement.
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  • Developing to doom
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 28, 2006 1:12PM
  • Has the Johor government been responsible in implementing environmentally-sustainable development projects? We know the answer now, don't we?
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  • Is the keris a symbol of violence?
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 18, 2006 2:03PM
  • Must we have faith in such a symbol as the keris? Or is it all about economic dominance from time immemorial?
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  • Dreaming of a republic of virtue
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 11, 2006 1:23PM
  • How do we even begin creating it if we do not yet have the tools of analysing what a corrupt society is?
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  • Don't imprison apostates
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 4, 2006 1:22PM
  • Let us come back to our senses and teach others the beauty of Islam. But first, let us abolish the ISA.
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  • Demons and demolitions
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 27, 2006 12:25PM
  • A human being. A squatter area. A Taoist temple. A hope for religious dialogue. These are demolished within the last 100 days.
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  • Nationalism and tribalism
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 21, 2006 11:32AM
  • What is 'nationalism' and does 'Malay nationalism' actually exist in this century?
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  • Vote for virtues, not vultures
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 13, 2006 1:12PM
  • Democracy is for sale - at a guaranteed high price. How will Malaysians react in the next general election?
  • Columns -
  • Aslis gift to academicians
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 6, 2006 11:47AM
  • How do we reflect on the findings of the Asli report to find out why we are where we are?
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  • Our rempitised education system
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 30, 2006 3:59PM
  • Children left behind will be those who become Mat and Minah Rempit, translating social anger into destructive activities.
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  • Road to academic serfdom?
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 16, 2006 11:12AM
  • What remains damaging is not the Asli report but how we let politicians speak for the academic community.
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  • Beware the linguistic terrorists
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 9, 2006 11:57AM
  • Misguided writers have fallen victim to poor understanding of Islam, in turn transplanting invented concepts that spread like wildfire.
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  • Our Thaksinised economy
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 2, 2006 12:25PM
  • We need a global picture of the development of class-based society by bringing together all disciplines and design a better way of explaining poverty and distributive injustices.
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  • The Islamic bomb
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 25, 2006 12:12PM
  • Should Muslim nations have their bombs too, even if largely Muslims in their own countries are impoverished and cannot afford for their government to embark upon projects to buy sophisticated weapons or to build the bomb?
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  • Is the pope parroting the US president?
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 18, 2006 12:40PM
  • How could this leader of billions of peaceful followers be wise enough to send a message of renewed hatred?
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  • 1511, 7/11 and 9/11
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 11, 2006 3:24PM
  • We continue to live in an Orwellian work that still does not make sense. In a matrix of complexities run by generalissimos in their labyrinths.
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  • Ideology, idiocy and independence
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 4, 2006 6:00PM
  • Independence is an illusion in a Malaysia that is a haven for race-hate power elites and an exploitative economic system.
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  • Gen M and a university's dilemma
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 28, 2006 3:20PM
  • Malaysian academicians must regain their dignity in a world manipulated by ideological forces hostile to the growth of radical democracy.
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  • Of spraying and political symbolism
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 16, 2006 2:31PM
  • Our politics is becoming more complex and the manner we play with political symbolism is getting more sophisticated.
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  • A sermon for my fellow Americans
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 7, 2006 7:17PM
  • Come together my friends, for only we can save the world from America.
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  • Question all historical facts
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 31, 2006 3:14PM
  • Historians must have a heart for radical humanism in order to guide the nation in examining itself.
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  • Numbers game not for religion
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 18, 2006 11:00AM
  • What prompts one to 'leave' religion? Why are the numbers of 'apostates' growing? Statistics don't provide the answers.
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  • Unemployed graduates - whose fault is it?
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 10, 2006 4:14PM
  • The greatest threat for any government is that of a critical mass of angry, bright young people without jobs.
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  • Not half bridge nor Oxbridge will our issue be
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 3, 2006 6:29PM
  • Power-hungry Ivy League and Oxbridge educated leaders may be rich in money to buy votes but they may be poor in ethics to buy respect.
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  • Multi-cultural view from ivory tower
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 26, 2006 1:31PM
  • Let the rakyat insist on the diverse composition of university leadership, to provide a world model in racial harmony.
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  • Neo-feudalism of the cybernetic Malays
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 20, 2006 4:16PM
  • Hegemony of the race is not a new phenomena, stretching from the time of the Malacca Sultanate right down to the British colonisation. It continues today.
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  • Brand new Malay dilemma
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 12, 2006 1:59PM
  • Malaysians are charting our future ruins based on the politics of desperados inspired by a decadent ideology no longer in synchrony with the real issue of the day.
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  • Stop fighting, help the Indians
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 6, 2006 12:01PM
  • Instead or arguing and burning newspapers, Indian Malaysian leaders should read the Bhagavad Gita. This would benefit the community.
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  • Mickey-Mousing Malaysia
  • Azly Rahman | May 29, 2006 6:16PM
  • The proposal for a Disneyland in Johor is an insult to all Johoreans. Yet another Western conglomerate is given a free hand to rape the consciousness of our youth of today, tomorrow, and possibly forever.
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  • Is the IFC our own WMD?
  • Azly Rahman | May 22, 2006 5:45PM
  • Instead of setting up commissions to dialogue faith, we will gain more if we begin with conversations with our inner self.
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  • But what is teaching?
  • Azly Rahman | May 15, 2006 4:33PM
  • What is the culture of our classrooms like these days? When do we truly educate if we still spend time upholding the virtues of a police state?
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  • Old and modern 'ganja'
  • Azly Rahman | May 8, 2006 3:48PM
  • Culture is not static. If it serves the ideology of decadence, it needs to be first deconstructed and next, reconstructed.
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  • Missing links in the Zahid Report?
  • Azly Rahman | May 1, 2006 1:59PM
  • Education, the most contested terrain but least funded sector, will continue to be the most effective means toward social progress.
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  • 19 codes for Code 19 cult
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 24, 2006 2:19PM
  • Only a kaleidoscopic view of this issue will help younger Muslims understand some of the major fundamental flaws of the work of the Anti-Hadis cult.
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  • Anti-hadis cult roams cyberspace?
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 17, 2006 12:49PM
  • These Anti-Hadis groups think that it is imperative for the majority of Muslims to think outside of the box.
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  • Who does Mak Yong serve?
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 10, 2006 12:10PM
  • Highbrow cultural expression masks a complex structure of inequality, power and ideology 'sold' to the masses to solicit unquestioning obedience.
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  • New Economic Plutocracy?
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 3, 2006 2:48PM
  • The buzz words and catch phrases litter the 9th Malaysia Plan do not hide the fact that economic development will mainly benefit the wealthy.
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  • Lets not grow a hundred weeds
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 27, 2006 12:49PM
  • Professing knowledge and helping others grow intellectually is not the same as packaging propaganda and retarding others with this.
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  • Rising oil price creating Rockefellers?
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 20, 2006 12:09PM
  • How much durian can one eat in a lifetime? Put another way, when will enough be enough for the super-rich?
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  • Come, study this Islamic city
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 6, 2006 2:49PM
  • Will the Islamic city of Kota Bahru be any different from any other city?
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  • Non Sequitur and the absurd media theatre
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 27, 2006 5:51PM
  • How could Malaysia's expert in the science of semiotics or in the art of critical media analysis not able to analyse the ideological-embedded-ness of the 'Non Sequitur' cartoon strip? Tsk, tsk.
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  • A lesson before cartooning
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 20, 2006 6:32PM
  • Moral spaces colonised and spiritual consciousness raped. In capitalism's marketplace of free speech, nothing much is sacred anymore.
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  • Should we boycott Danish goods?
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 13, 2006 3:58PM
  • 'People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.' -
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  • Is Black Metal a threat?
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 6, 2006 1:17PM
  • Who are its fans and fanatics? Why is this para-demonic music becoming a paralysis to our youth culture?
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  • Challenge our undergraduates!
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 24, 2006 2:02PM
  • This is easer said than done in Malaysia. For, as Nietzsche once said, "Educate! but first let us educate the educators."
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  • Joining hands to make history
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 17, 2006 12:53PM
  • We are born to be makers of our own history. To achieve this, we need to ask questions that delve into the nature of social justice and equality among us.
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  • Year of an Intelligent Parliament?
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 9, 2006 3:40PM
  • What anti-virus programme do we need to clean it up with and to build a firewall against the emergence of newer and more corrupted and virulent leaders who get younger by each general election?
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  • Go back to the cave
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 3, 2006 6:54PM
  • Azly Rahman begins his first column of 2006 with a poem about the need to revolt against materials culture and political vultures.
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  • Transcultural musings on Xmas eve
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 27, 2005 6:01PM
  • The philosophical dimension of religion can be more powerful than its institutional and ritual.
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  • The language of imperialism
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 19, 2005 3:46PM
  • In its present form, the English language advances the cause of the military-industrial complex of the Anglo-American empire.
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  • Universiti Hadhari Kelantani next?
  • Azly Rahman | Dec 12, 2005 11:38AM
  • With the prospect of a Universiti Hadhari Kelantani, will Malaysia ever give birth to a real university?
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  • Are we Abu Ghraib now?
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 28, 2005 12:37PM
  • As news spreads of the infamous police strip search of a detainee, Malaysia too is being stripped naked of its dignity.
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  • Ranking our totalitarian varsities
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 21, 2005 6:18PM
  • While eminent universities pride themselves in promoting and defending diversity in thinking, our own universities are proud of their ability to shrink brains.
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  • The Deepa-Raya of my discontent
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 14, 2005 2:56PM
  • We must learn to see things in focus, so that the post-seasonal celebrations will not wear us down from pushing for those much-needed reforms
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  • Rejoice, our 'Hyde Parks' are coming!
  • Azly Rahman | Nov 2, 2005 1:04PM
  • This is a long awaited vision of a progressive, liberal, tolerant society to be reproduced through the encouragement of critical and creative thinking skills.
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  • Must we become a bio-tech nation?
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 24, 2005 3:57PM
  • Let Malaysians speak, in their own language, of the meaning of appropriate technology, so that the chasm between the haves and have-nots does not widen.
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  • Malaysian malls and cultural imperialism
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 17, 2005 3:36PM
  • Cultural imperialism works more effectively when it creates a sense of euphoria in those imprisoned by the desire to shop till they drop.
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  • Educate the suicide bombers!
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 12, 2005 12:46PM
  • Is there hope in seeing the emergence of an educational outlook that teaches peace and prevents the creation of the human as weapon: the suicide bomber?
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  • Death knell for Mahathirism?
  • Azly Rahman | Oct 3, 2005 4:50PM
  • Ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim's demand for compensation of RM100 million for alleged defamation by the former premier marks the symbolic end to the dominance of Mahathirism.
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  • Letter to higher education minister
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 28, 2005 12:43PM
  • Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh is told he has nothing to lose but fear of progressive change and that university students have nothing to lose but their mental chains.
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  • Message in mutilation of book cover
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 20, 2005 12:08PM
  • It is an act of aggravation meant to appeal to the members of society who are increasingly becoming visual with the advent of digital multimedia technologies.
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  • Who is our real Father of Independence?
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 12, 2005 3:49PM
  • The real parents of our independence are the spirits that acknowledge the universality of the struggle and who explore the idea that the purpose of studying history is essentially to change it.
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  • Campus elections heres what to campaign for
  • Azly Rahman | Sep 5, 2005 2:53PM
  • Any totalitarian state will be fearful of student activism. Structures of domination are imposed, distractions designed, student movements monitored, and issues versus non-issues created.
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  • Merdeka! But are we totally free?
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 29, 2005 12:44PM
  • The powerful among us are now the new imperialists, new mandarins with their own sovereignty, creating a more sophisticated caste system.
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  • We took the road not taken
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 22, 2005 6:36PM
  • The following is an open letter by Azly, who is probably the first university lecturer, along with his wife, to be fired for refusing to sign the Akujanji pledge.
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  • Meritocracy for whom?
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 15, 2005 2:51PM
  • Our education system, borrowed from the colonial era and transposed into an IQ-based selection and filtration system, is based on an outdated assessment of the human intellect.
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  • Reconstructing the culture of public universities
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 8, 2005 1:26PM
  • Universities ought to make people smarter make them able to articulate and expound ideas as well as make the graduates closer to the masses and not to the power elites.
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  • Teach us History... differently
  • Azly Rahman | Aug 1, 2005 12:30PM
  • Political conversations will be more meaningful and the road to democracy will be more enjoyable through a stimulation approach to this subject.
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  • New agenda - no Malaysian left behind?
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 25, 2005 1:14PM
  • Much has been said about the position of the Malays. But many Malays now know what is rhetoric and what is reality, and know who to trust.
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  • Megatrends in Cybernating Malaysia
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 18, 2005 1:05PM
  • There is a need to study the phenomena of transcultural impact of computer-mediated communications, in order to analyse society in more meaningful ways.
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  • A better regime for UUM?
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 11, 2005 12:57PM
  • The appointment of a former indoctrination chief as a vice-chancellor is cause for concern.
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  • Discover personacracy, exorcize demon-cracy
  • Azly Rahman | Jul 4, 2005 1:01PM
  • The corrupted self, when given the power, designs corrupt practices and ultimately produces systems that further corrupt generations of others that are already born into the systems.
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  • Abandon adolescent politics
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 27, 2005 3:48PM
  • Because we do not understand the material basis of our politics, we allow the politics of race and religion to rear its ugly head.
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  • Learn democracy from jazz and rock
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 20, 2005 1:27PM
  • The evolution of these music genres has much to do with human freedom and expression, and with the spread of social messages that articulate deeper concerns.
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  • How do victims become victimisers?
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 13, 2005 2:43PM
  • A nation cannot afford to have a government that subverts intelligence - it needs one that is prepared to deal with issues intelligently.
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  • Job opening at Universiti Utara Sintok
  • Azly Rahman | Jun 6, 2005 1:09PM
  • In his version of an advertisement for the position of vice-chancellor at a local university, the writer spells out the qualifications and qualities the ideal candidate should possess.
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  • Create Harvards of the East
  • Azly Rahman | May 30, 2005 3:12PM
  • We no longer have Hang Jebats in academia, but Hang Tuahs in chauffeured Mercedes Benzes blindly following the commands of the quasi-divine rights of political dynasties.
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  • Learn from Perlis school kids
  • Azly Rahman | May 23, 2005 4:21PM
  • Mahathir was a great champion of freedom of speech for Third World nations, but also a great champion of silencing free speech in his own nation.
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  • Outside the matrix
  • Azly Rahman | May 16, 2005 12:52PM
  • A hundred years from now, what will the towering Malaysian be like? With any luck, the citizen of Cyber-Malaya will subscribe to the ideals of philosophers and reformers past.
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  • Which culture is real?
  • Azly Rahman | May 9, 2005 11:39AM
  • Are we more race-conscious now than ever before. Are we really in the postmodern era in which politics of identity is taking its linguistic and semiotic turn. Do we need a better understanding of the word culture?
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  • Read those banned books!
  • Azly Rahman | May 2, 2005 1:45PM
  • We imitate the grandiose of the French in building our Putrajaya instead of emulating their culture of producing grandiose intellectuals.
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  • Turn off your TV!
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 25, 2005 12:18PM
  • The zombie-like mental state of Malaysians is traced to 'too much television', with its mass production of political propaganda and consumer ideology.
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  • Prisoners of Cyberjaya
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 18, 2005 3:17PM
  • We are imprisoned not only by the English language but also by the economic condition that has transformed the language itself.
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  • Jawi raiders and the Temple of Hip Hop
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 11, 2005 12:56PM
  • The Zouk incident might be a good start for the youth to think of itself as not merely a generation to be exploited by those who own the means of producing this global ganja called gangsta rap and gangsta hip hop.
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  • Celebrate our language differences
  • Azly Rahman | Apr 4, 2005 12:54PM
  • Cultures are beautiful and should be preserved through the celebration of human languages from a young age.
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  • Develop minds, scrap boot camps
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 28, 2005 1:46PM
  • Education is not about humiliating people in boot camps. This paradigm is only suitable for the creation of a master-slave relationship.
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  • De-militarising the national service
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 21, 2005 11:51AM
  • The national service is based on the philosophy of anti-humanism, a philosophy governing the government's attempt to engineer the human mind.
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  • Destroy the box!
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 14, 2005 12:59PM
  • Our commitment to the Universal Declarations of Human Rights demands us to think for the poor and not be bought over by the rich. We must step out of the box or the box will suffocate us.
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  • Anwar and the American empire
  • Azly Rahman | Mar 7, 2005 12:53PM
  • High-flying political friendships can result in a sovereign nation's journey into a long and treacherous road toward the abyss of empire.
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  • Adding insult to injury among intellectuals
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 28, 2005 1:46PM
  • If academicians are subjected to standardised tests of competency, so too should be those elected to office - although the better route to new frontiers is to remove all curbs on free thought.
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  • Academicians and the Akujanji
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 21, 2005 12:09PM
  • Generations of young Malaysians are waiting for academicians to regain their right to be treated intelligently, so that imposed shackles can be thrown off.
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  • How we get indoctrinated
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 14, 2005 2:27PM
  • To challenge, criticise or disagree with the prevailing view does not amount to being unpatriotic, but to using the intellect to explore freedom.
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  • The production of truth-force
  • Azly Rahman | Feb 7, 2005 2:06PM
  • There is no ultimate truth, only variations of 'a truth' struggling to be imposed as 'the truth' by either fair means or foul.
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  • Vigilantes against abuse of power
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 31, 2005 11:50AM
  • Whether in politics or education, the exercise of power should be about bringing out the best in everyone, rather than subjecting them to unreasonable restrictions.
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  • Reading the book of signs
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 24, 2005 2:46PM
  • It is suggested that to exist, as a "free human being" one must first be aware of the visible and invisible systems created by other human beings.
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  • Seeking out the history of questions
  • Azly Rahman | Jan 17, 2005 12:49PM
  • The journey back to the origins of socio-political thought has to begin with questions and re-examination of answers provided to date.
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