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Midnight Thoughts #10: Sekilas Pandang Debat Calon Presiden UMNO 2018

Kali terakhir kerusi Presiden UMNO (United Malays National Organization) dipertandingkan adalah pada tahun 1987. Ekoran kekalahan teruk dalam Pilihanraya Umum Ke-14, jawatan ini dibuka semula selepas 31 tahun. Lima calon bertanding kali ini dan tiga calon, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah dan Khairy Jamaluddin bersetuju untuk menghadirkan diri dalam sesi perdebatan (Zahid 'sorok' di Bagan Datuk) pada 29 Jun 2018 supaya ahli-ahli akan lebih mengenali calon-calon (dua lagi calon adalah Mohamed Iqbal Maricair dan Mohd Yusof Musa). 

Apakah key points yang telah dinyatakan dalam sesi yang dianjurkan oleh Astro Awani ini? Siapa yang menang dan kalah dalam sesi ini? Saya akan cuba kupaskan dan kemudian memberi sedikit pandangan.  

1. Sokongan Orang Muda
Boleh dikatakan isu-isu berkait dengan orang muda telah menjadi fokus utama sesi pendebatan ini, lebih daripada persoalan berkait dengan sokongan orang Melayu. Astro Awani turut memilih soalan yang berkait dengan orang muda…

PRIDE! - Why?

June is Pride Month. But why the LGBT community across the world choose to march or orchestrate a parade in June annually? This is due to an unplanned, spontaneous 3-day riot outside a gay bar.

It is important to know that STONEWALL INN, along with other 'gay' bars was not owned by the gay people. Instead, they were owned by the mobs. These bars were not well-maintained, with dirty glasses and no running water. Mobs also tended to blackmail them, especially those who came from Wall Street. The Gevenese Family owned the Stonewall Inn and it was opened in 1967.

People now would wonder why gays, lesbians, and cross-dressers willing to risk their security and health to visit bar owned by the mobs. Those days, a premise will cease its operation or business even with the sheer presence of gays and drags. Serving alcohol to homosexuals already considered breaking the law. Therefore, the only 'safe' place for them to gather are bars such as Stonewall Inn, where owners will brib…

PRIDE! - What About It?

The word 'Pride' is an interesting word.  It is one of the seven deadly sins yet it's being used for the modern gay rights movement.  How did we come to this?

Merriam-Webster did a thorough explanation how the usage of 'pride' change over time. In the earliest of time, the word carried the meaning of "inordinate self-esteem" and "an unreasonable conceit of superiority. Pride soon carries a more positive tone in the 14th century. Today, just like many other polysemous words (e.g: cheap), it can be switched between positive and negative connotations. 

According to Cambridge Dictionary, pride /praɪd/ is a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that you get because you or people connected with you have done or got something good. pride also means your feelings of your own worth and respect for yourself.  

Before pride began to associate with the gay rights movement in the late 60's and early 70's, it was used during the civil rights movement of the 19…