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Nik Nazmi

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is the state assemblyman for Seri Setia and Deputy Speaker of the Selangor state assembly. He is also author of two books, Moving Forward: Malays for the 21st Century and Coming of Age: A Decade of Essays

Reformasi: The struggle continues

The past few days the country has gone through a roller coaster ride. On March 7, the Court of Appeal overturned Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal in the... READ MORE

Bringing Malaysian football forward (Part 2)

In the first part of my essay, I reflected on the state of Malaysian football today. While recognising that in terms of regional success and... READ MORE

Bringing Malaysian football forward – part I

This year is another World Cup year. This time around, it will be in the country with the most World Cups to their name, Brazil, hosting it for... READ MORE

Why the hue and cry over toll hikes?

Some ministers seem lost at why was there such a hue and cry over the proposed highway toll hikes. Abdul Wahid Omar, the Minister in the Prime... READ MORE

What’s up with Umno

There’s something about Umno’s internal party election that seems to bring out the worst in its politicians and this year’s edition is no... READ MORE

Keadilan’s successes in the 13th general election

MAY 24 — In the immediate aftermath of the 13th general election, there are many things that Keadilan leaders nationwide are rightly preoccupied... READ MORE

The limits of divide and rule

NOV 5 — It was inevitable. After feeling increasingly impotent in the face of Umno’s racial rhetoric, the MCA followed the example of its “big... READ MORE

Tariq Ramadan and Malaysia

JULY 23 — Tariq Ramadan, the European Muslim intellectual and Oxford professor, was recently in Malaysia for various speaking engagements. He is... READ MORE

Why fear a Malaysian Spring

DEC 5 — In his speech at the 2011 Umno general assembly, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir claimed that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat are trying... READ MORE

Passionate Malaysians Down Under

OCT 19 — In May this year I received an invitation from the Malaysian Students Council – Victoria Chapter, Australia to speak at the Malaysian... READ MORE

Time for Malaysia to move forward

SEPT 20 — You would think that politics does not figure very highly during the Hari Raya celebrations. But this is Malaysia, and politics, for... READ MORE

The story of true jihad (Part 2)

SEPT 6 — Last year, after getting some Kinokuniya book coupons for a speaking engagement I decided to cash it in on a few books including John W.... READ MORE

The story of true jihad (Part 1)

AUG 22 — Being a lover of books particularly on politics and history I have always yearned for the Muslim equivalent to Nelson Mandela, Mahatma... READ MORE

The real lesson from the Jais-Damansara Utama Methodist Church controversy

AUG 11 — The recent controversy over the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) reminded... READ MORE

My Bersih story

JULY 16 — I marched at the first Bersih rally in November 2007, but Bersih 2.0 was a whole different experience. First, the level of BN paranoia... READ MORE

The special position of Sabah and Sarawak

JUNE 18 — I must admit I used to be a typical “orang Semenanjung.” I questioned why the people of Sabah and Sarawak insisted on doing things... READ MORE

The ‘Get Anwar’ agenda

MAY 16 — The birth of my first child has given me a new perspective on things. While I do feel older, it has also made me realise that it’s not... READ MORE

Lessons from the 2011 Sarawak election

APRIL 20 — The much-anticipated Sarawak state election has come and gone. People may understandably be disappointed that Pakatan Rakyat could not... READ MORE

Sex, Malays and politics

APRIL 7 — In 2002, with memories of Reformasi still reverberating in my mind, I wrote an essay for a web magazine I was editing at the time, Suara... READ MORE

The Post-Reformasi Generation

JAN 27 — Recently I spoke at the Parti Keadilan Rakyat Young Leaders Forum in Subang Jaya. This forum was organised to showcase the young leaders... READ MORE

Adakah perlumbaan senjata jawapannya?

21 JAN — Saya tertarik membaca rencana Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah dalam Utusan Malaysia, “Bertindak Sebelum Terlambat”. Rencana tersebut memetik... READ MORE

Thoughts from London

NOV 24 — As mentioned in my previous column that attracted some attention on the Internet... READ MORE

Let’s perfect the two-party system first

NOV 11 — I am currently visiting Britain for a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference. Part of my trip will also include meetings with... READ MORE

PKR polls: Leaving ‘smoke-filled rooms’ behind

SEPT 9 — On September 17, 2010, exactly a week after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (Keadilan) divisions across Malaysia will hold... READ MORE

Rafizi Ramli dan agenda generasi reformasi

2 SEPT — Pengumuman rakan lama saya, Rafizi Ramli untuk bertanding jawatan Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia dalam pemilihan Parti Keadilan... READ MORE

The journey continues

MARCH 18 — The second anniversary of the March 8, 2008 General Election has been marked by defections and sackings of Parti Keadilan Rakyat MPs... READ MORE

The forgotten Malaysians

DEC 31 — It seems like all we can think about in Malaysia these days is race and religion. We feel threatened by other races, and feel insecure... READ MORE

Federalisme, sistem dua parti dan realiti politik Malaysia

NOV 27 — Pada 21 November lalu saya dijemput Institut Kajian Dasar untuk bersama-sama YB Datuk Husam Musa dan YB Teng Chang Khim di dalam forum... READ MORE

Overcoming our democratic deficit

NOV 7 — I am currently in Britain meeting Malaysians and talking to them about politics. I was also recently in the United States, at the Bay... READ MORE

Menyambut Hari Malaysia

Sept 16 — Perhimpunan Khas Sambutan Hari Malaysia di Dewan Jubli Perak Selangor baru sahaja selesai. Sebagai anggota jawatankuasa penganjur... READ MORE

Kemenangan DPJ di Jepun: 4 Pengajaran untuk Pakatan

SEPT 4 — Baru-baru ini Parti Demokratik Jepun (DPJ) mencipta sejarah apabila memenangi pilihan raya umum Jepun menewaskan Parti Liberal Demokrat... READ MORE

Religion and society in Malaysia

By Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad AUG 23 — As Muslims the world over begin their fast with the blessed month of Ramadan, perhaps it’s time for us to... READ MORE

In defence of public assemblies

AUG 5 — I was unable to make it to last week’s anti-ISA gathering because I had to attend a family wedding in Penang. I did notice the... READ MORE

Kewibawaan institusi kerajaan dan pembelaan orang Melayu: Nila di tangan siapa?

JULAI 24 — Azam Aris, penulis “The Quintessential Man” — biografi bekas Pengerusi Petronas, MAS dan Putrajaya Holdings, Allahyarham Tan Sri... READ MORE

Liberalisation will fail without social justice

JULY 6 — In 2005 Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made a bold announcement that the New Economic Policy had to be replaced. The announcement shocked both... READ MORE

Isu biasiswa, polemik kaum dan pendidikan tinggi

MEI 21 — Selasa lepas saya dijemput menjadi panelis di forum tentang biasiswa JPA dan mencari sebuah dasar yang adil dan saksama. Panelis lain... READ MORE

Apa yang boleh dipelajari dari pilihan raya kecil April 7

APRIL 9 — Bukit Selambau, Bukit Gantang dan Batang Ai sudah membuat keputusan. Masing-masing mengekalkan parti yang menang di sana — Keadilan,... READ MORE

Adakah Umno berani berubah?

MAC 27 — Dalam ucapan perasmian Pemuda, Wanita dan Puteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak menegaskan pilihan Umno jelas, berubah atau rebah. Najib... READ MORE

Anas, we hear you

MARCH 8 - Anas Zubedy's letter calling for a political truce last week resonated with many Malaysians. Scores of ordinary citizens and their... READ MORE

Politik kotor atau politik harapan

FEB 25 — “Politik itu kotor” merupakan kenyataan klise. Seringkali kenyataan tersebut dikeluarkan apabila kekecewaan timbul terhadap... READ MORE

Siapa beradab dan siapa khianat?

FEB 11 — Perak kini berada di dalam kemelut perlembagaan. Media massa yang dikuasai Barisan Nasional sudah dikerahkan untuk memutarbelitkan fakta... READ MORE

Kugan, Palestin dan dhamir kemanusiaan

JAN 29 — Pada Ahad 25 Januari yang lalu, Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dengan kerjasama Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya menganjurkan Malam Prihatin... READ MORE

The vicious cycle that is the Middle East

JAN 14 – As I finished reading Robert Fisk’s Great War for Civilisation: Conquest of the Middle East, Israel was launching its full-scale... READ MORE

Adakah Melayu secara semulajadinya lemah?

JAN 2 — Saya baru sahaja pulang dari Houston, Texas selepas menghadiri Muktamar Tahunan Malaysian Islamic Study Group (MISG) sebagai penceramah... READ MORE

Sistem Pendidikan Kita Hilang Arah

DEC 18 — Saya membaca sebuah rencana di The Malaysian Insider yang mengkritik tindakan golongan pendidik Cina di dalam isu Pengajaran dan... READ MORE

Sedekad berlalu: Keadilan menongkah arus

DEC 4 — Pada September 2007, saya sebagai Exco Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia turut serta dalam roadshow AMK di Perak. Saya bersama rakan exco... READ MORE

Cabaran terbesar generasi kita

NOV 20 — Mohamed Nasheed umpama Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim atau Nelson Mandela bagi Maldives. Beliau pernah dipenjarakan sebanyak 23 kali, diseksa... READ MORE

Kemenangan Obama

NOV 7 — Kemenangan Barack Hussein Obama menandakan era baru politik Amerika. Jika di Malaysia gelombang perubahan melanda Mac , giliran Amerika... READ MORE

Cabaran memperkasakan institusi

OCT 24 — Bapa saya menyertai perkhidmatan kerajaan pada tahun 1958, selepas tamat belajar di Universiti Malaya (waktu itu di Singapura). Selepas... READ MORE

Dilema tongkat Melayu

OCT 9 - Dalam Mingguan Malaysia Ahad lalu ada wawancara bersama Datuk Dr Zainal Kling bertajuk Tolak Sistem Politik Kelas. Beliau menyatakan... READ MORE