Shakespeare in Malaysian politics

A play is in town and may just reflect the reality of recent political developments in Malaysia – if viewers want to imagine so.  ON...

Another brick in the wall

Education is that realm where wrongs are set right and learning thrives, yet, right off the bat, the new matriculation intake has found itself...

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...

Time to end single-use plastics altogether

COME July 1, all eateries in Selangor will be banned from using plastic straws.The state government’s aim is to eventually eliminate single-use plas­­tics altogether,...

A struggle for the soul of the Philippines

THERE’S a brief snap – the sound of a hammer hitting a nail: metallic but light. A man – his limbs are bound to a...

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...

A padi field that roars

A LUGGAGE full of rice was what I brought back to Malaysia during a trip home late last year. The rice from China’s north­eastern provinces...

#MyButterflyEffect for Dubai

IN 1851 the Great Exhibition was held in London. Organised by Prince Albert, it provided a platform for nations to show off their newest...

‘Politics have no relation to morals’

THE Machiavellian plot to derail Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s political ascension has triggered a situation described in an Niccolò Machiavelli quote. As veteran...

Will Latheefa be impartial?

LATHEEFA Koya was the last person I spoke to before I was arrested (but never charged) as part of an Official Secrets Act investigation...

Why politics is not for everybody

I AM often asked why I went into politics. The simple answer is that I wanted to learn. The complicated answer is that I enjoyed...

‘Bossku’ is coming … or not

IT was one day after the one year anniversary of the fall of Barisan Nasional. If you were in Sandakan on the east coast...

To reform or not to reform

BASED on the GE14 result, there are 77 MP seats in Peninsular Malaysia and 13 MP seats in Sabah and Sarawak that did not...

Cool heads must prevail

“OUR freedom and our rights are fast-disappearing. This wasn’t like the ‘Occupy’ movement back in 2014. Back then, the general public weren’t so convinced....

A year of hits and misses for the govt

NEXT week will mark a year since Malaysia witnessed a change of government.After 61 years of continuous rule by a single coalition, Malaysians woke...

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,...

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...

Pride and prejudice

THE United States ranks low in the credibility stakes. It can no longer wax lyrical about free trade and fair play because the world...

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...

Red blood runs through us all

Contrary to the belief of some, the frequent use of racist slurs doesn’t make it right in any context, and it’s high time it...

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