Author: Pearl Lee

Award-winning journalist Pearl Lee has been involved in news, lifestyle and investigative journalism throughout her career. Connect with her via email at or on Twitter (@pearllee22).
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Pulling brakes on UiTM VC’s appointment sets wrong precedent, say academics

The legitimacy of suddenly putting the appointment of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Roziah Mohd Janor on hold, has raised questions if another candidate is poised to be appointed once a new minister comes into office. Academics want to know how long will appointments of vice-chancellors in public higher education institutions continue to be politicised.

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‘If no clear majority, special committee may be Malaysia’s best and only bet until next GE’

Party leaders are set to gather at Istana Negara today for an audience with the Agong. But with no single political leader enjoying clear-cut majority support in Malaysia, the formation of a committee to tackle health and economic crises until the next general election seems to be the best option for the nation, says Assoc Prof Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk.

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Criminologist calls for tougher sentences against officers of the court convicted of graft

A recent Butterworth Sessions Court decision, which saw a former senior federal counsel being fined RM130,000 and jailed for a day for soliciting bribes “to fix cases” will erode public confidence in the criminal justice system, says Datuk Dr P. Sundramoorthy, honorary associate professor (criminology) at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia.