The delicious melancholy of Vietnam’s Reunification Express

IN 1936, when the French first launched the “Transindochinois” railway service linking Hanoi with Saigon, there were gala celebrations, sports competitions and commemorative stamps...

Worrying signals from the heartland

KHAIRY Jamaluddin had been unsure about whether he wanted to be part of the increasingly cosy ties between PAS and Umno.But a chance meeting...

Hidden hands behind sex rendezvous

DATUK Seri Azmin Ali must have lived through some of the worst two days of his life after being accused of being one of...

Deepfake is worse than fake news

The present sex video scandal is a preamble for more scary things to come.  IMAGINE the unthinkable: Someone of substance in the Chinese community saying...

This should really be our last straw

DESPITE the pleas, the warnings, the threats over the years, nothing really worked until China suddenly decided it wasn’t taking any more crap from...

Of gutter politics and the folly of hotheads

POLITICAL gossip-mongering has gone into overdrive, reaching a fever pitch. Dormant WhatsApp groups have been given a new lease on life, high school or hobby...

Garbage in. Garbage out

A vast, 120-hectare moonscape of toxic, foul-smelling and suppurating waste; this huge dump (the largest uncovered landfill in Southeast Asia) serves the 32 million-strong...

Tertiary studies on the cusp of change

A HIGH-LEVEL committee of the Education Ministry is conducting a detailed study of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA) to recommend more...

Scrutinise integrity, not bedrooms

TWO controversies beset Malaysia in this last week or two. One involved the deaths of multiple Orang Asli in Kelantan, and the other involving...

What Asia’s election season tells us

IN the first half of this year, four Asian giants went to the polls. Up to one billion voters were involved, all within...

Up to us to keep our environs safe

HERE we go again! Pasir Gudang – and its over 100,000 residents – is again reeling under yet another threat of chemical pollution. However,...

Eight lessons from PBS’ defeat in Sandakan

PARTI Bersatu Sabah’s stunning defeat in the Sandakan by-election in Sabah is a lesson on how not to run a campaign. With a low voter...

For Nicol, the ‘Endgame’ is just not here yet

THE Avengers had the Endgame. Malaysia’s squash adventurer Nicol David (pic) had her last competitive game too – at the prestigious British Open on...

Aussie PM and his Sabah link

The Sandakan Death March is Australia’s lost World War II history that should not be forgotten.  THE Australian Prime Minister, whose conservative coalition recently won...

Twists and turns in sex video case

A FIERCE storm continues to swirl around Datuk Seri Azmin Ali but the Economic Affairs Minister has gone about his Hari Raya rounds as...

Universities need to focus on genuine quality, not obsess over rank

RECENT statements by scientist Dr Wan Ardatul Amani Wan Salim have caused quite a stir. Years ago, Wan Ardatul – more popularly known as "Dr...

Malay political anxiety

WHEN Malaysians fight about race, what are we really fighting about? What are the actual undercurrents that are causing these fights? On a superficial level,...

Shining a light on the plight of the vulnerable

THE long suffering Bateq community in Kampung Kuala Koh is finally getting the help and attention it needs from the government.Deputy Prime Minister...

Younger, fresher politics

IF the bill reducing the voting age from 21 to 18 passes in Parliament, one group of voters for GE15 could be as young...

Tensions to rise between PM, Umno

HE had dropped off the radar screen the last six months but Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has returned with a bang.His supporters...

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