Amazing Grace

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Michael Gambon

Director: Michael Apted

Category: I

Thursday, 25 October, 2007, 12:00am

Malaysia lashes out at Lee Kuan Yew remark

Malaysian leaders have hit back at Singaporean Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who last week said that Malaysia would be more successful if it treated ethnic Chinese and Indians as equal citizens.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

How sweet is the taste of freedom

Film marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire

If movies tell the truth, the past was full of saints - selfless people who devoted themselves wholeheartedly to noble causes at the expense of their wealth and health.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Omens are good for Malaysia's next 50 years

It was not a very happy Malaysia that, on Friday, celebrated 50 years since Malaya became independent. (Malaysia came into existence in 1963 when the British-ruled Sabah, Sarawak and [briefly] Singapore joined.)

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

United Malaysia stands; divided, it will fall

Half a century of independence is a proud landmark for a nation. In the case of Malaysia, which turns 50 today, the achievement should be particularly satisfying given how far the country has come economically in that time. Malaysians have a higher standard of living than most in Asia.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

PM losing support of ethnic Chinese

A weekend poll has illustrated the precipitous slump in ethnic Chinese support for Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, with backing reduced to 54 per cent, compared to 78 per cent in 2004.

6 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

70 years on, activists seek an open discussion of Japanese war

As the mainland marks the 70th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident today, activists are calling on Beijing to allow more open discussion on the impact that the war against Japan had on the country so more people will understand its grievances.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Slave labour exposed


Parents of children feared to have been abducted and forced to work in brick kilns have appealed to the government to step up rescue efforts.


In Shanxi province . Illegal kilns in Henan province have also been raided.


26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Slave labour

Parents have appealed for help to find 'kiln slave' children still missing in Shanxi province. Do you think the mainland authorities are doing enough to stamp out this kind of exploitation? Write to us.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Toothpaste name gets a brush up

Just as the toothpaste brand Darkie has been changed to the more politically correct Darlie, so Chinky has been renamed Cinky.

5 May 2007 - 12:00am

Who's behind anti-Japan tide - party or people?

Nationalism is on the rise in China, but scholars disagree on the cause

Rising nationalism in China and Japan is driving a wedge between the two Asian giants, despite their growing interdependence. But there are many factors at play in this love-hate relationship and it would be simplistic to lay the blame on nationalistic sentiments alone.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Battle for hearts and minds of Chinese voters in by-election

'I feel like a king,' said metalworker Lim Kwan Seng, 45, his eyes welling with tears. 'Najib hugged me and shook my hand.'

Mr Lim's encounter with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak in the constituency of Machap Baru in Melaka state highlights the importance being placed on next week's by-election in the district.

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Going beyond 'sorry'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's apology for his nation's wartime sex abuse in China, Korea and elsewhere will encourage those who are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery by demanding a formal apology. The sentiment is understandable and reparation should be made, wherever possible.

4 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

FYI: Slavery is despicable. Why did people ever think it was acceptable?

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Slave Trade Act by the parliament of Britain, the country that dominated world trade at the time.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

100 murder cases from US civil rights era reopened

The white jailers who beat second world war veteran William Owens to death in a North Carolina prison in 1956 were never arrested. Nor was the police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Larry Bolden on a Tennessee street two years later.

Until Tuesday, they were just two of dozens of unsolved cases from America's civil rights era, fading over time.

1 Mar 2007 - 12:00am