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Words may contribute to violent behavior. This potential makes various individuals apprehensive of the ideal of freedom and in this case, free speech. They fear the capability of words to subvert peace and stability. For our society to mature however, we must overcome that fear and continue to practice freedom. Out of this fear, some […]

Is it not great to witness the culture of freedom spreading in Malaysia, no matter how painfully slow progress has been so far? To observe individuals debating in the public sphere on issues that none was willing to ponder so openly in the past is an encouraging development for all freedom lovers. It opens up […]

I had trouble writing not too long ago. This is one of few reasons why my column at The Malaysian Insider was published late after Monday in the past few weeks. I constantly found myself writing several paragraphs only to delete it, deciding that I wanted to write something else instead. At first, I figured […]

I do not pretend that the most unlimited use of the freedom of enunciating all possible opinions would put an end to the evils of religous or philosophical sectarianism. Every truth which men of narrow capacity are in earnest about, is sure to be asserted, inculcated, and in many ways even acted on, as if […]

In Malaysia, the slightest possibility of unrest due to free speech is taken by those in power as a ticket to suppress individual rights. In California in 1927, that rationale was rejected by Judge Brandeis of the United States Supreme Court: But it is hardly conceivable that this court would hold constitutional a stature which […]

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