State Rulers and Federal Constitution

THE constitutional position of state Rulers has been in the news lately and there is bitter controversy over several issues. What can be agreed...

Will Anwar become the 8th Prime Minister?

A discussion about a new book draws interesting perspectives on the much debated transfer of power from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to...

Getting the ‘right sort’ of education

I just finished a wonderful book that everyone should read: Educated by Tara Westover. It is the true story of a Mormon girl from...

Unity in Raya forgiveness

TOWARDS the end of Ramadan, there were different views expressed about the permissibility of Muslims breaking fast in buildings in (or near) non-Muslim places...

Myths, risks and benefits of masturbation

Dear Dr. G, I have a confession. I am guilty of a dark secret that I am ashamed of. I am 18 years old and have...

Overcoming the shortcoming

Dear Dr. G, I read with interest the articles you posted a few weeks ago addressing issues of the average size of the penis and...

What’s in a name?

China says ‘no’ to bizarre and foreign names for residences, businesses and commercial buildings.  NAME plays an important part in our daily life. It is our...

A ‘rare’ report card for the Pakatan government

IT'S May 9, and we all know what that means for us as Malaysians. We know it means that it's now exactly one year since...

Sabah slangs made famous

Many local phrases originating from the state are gaining traction in the peninsula. Some have even become political slogans.   “BAH bossku, jalan dulu (I’m going...

Moving forward, New Malaysia needs a new narrative

THE euphoria over the surprise victory of the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad-led Pakatan Harapan coalition last year has been swiftly replaced by a surprisingly...

Has the dream derailed?

SIX months ago, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia politics and governance research group head Dr Mazlan Ali observed that PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was...

365 days later

THERE is a French saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It is attributed to Alphonse Karr. As I recall...

Never too late to start a new chapter in life

FEW people seem to have noticed that I have not been around in Malaysia for the better part of the last nine months. That’s...

Part and parcel of a healthy democracy

I HAVE written enthusiastically about Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Election Commission Chairman Azhar Harun, Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Attorney...

Let’s talk economy – the sequel

I WAS not done the last time, so let’s continue our talk about the economy. In the last article, I wrote that we must spend...

Time to admit Asean’s 11th member

SO near, yet so far. Timor-Leste has been trudging on for eight years but the road to membership in Asean remains a long and...

Naturally, see you later

It was a dream came true for our columnist when she was asked to write for The Star. After more than four years, Dr...

It is the institution that matters

I HAVE nothing against Latheefa Koya. In fact, I have a lot of respect for her as a lawyer, human rights activist and politician....

A change is in the air?

Loosening wheels and appearing cracks are endemic of a Government swiftly put together, but these wrongs may be righted soon – at the expense...

Expect the unexpected from Dr M

IT has been no less than a spot on centrestage for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the ruling coalition marked its one year in...

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