Kapil Sethi

Kapil Sethi


Kapil is an advertising strategist based in KL, who likes nothing better than to figure out why people behave the way they do. Naturally this forces him to spend most of his time lounging in coffeeshops and bars. He can be reached at [email protected]

Recent Opinions

  • 6 months ago

    The most important freedom of all

  • 6 months ago

    The politics of vendetta and what comes after

  • 7 months ago

    The future of Umno

  • 7 months ago

    The real hard work begins now

More from Kapil Sethi

  • 9 months ago

    Contentment and change; a false dichotomy?

    FEBRUARY 20 — As the 14th General Elections (GE14) draws near, there is a gradual raising of the tempo of provocative commentary, not just from politicians, but all those...

  • 11 months ago

    A growing culture of victimhood

    DECEMBER 20 — Part of why Donald Trump has us transfixed is his absolute, unswerving determination to never be wrong. And if he ever is proven to be wrong, it’s because the...

  • 1 year ago

    The victory of anger over compassion

    OCTOBER 5 — One could be forgiven for not remembering the birthday of that great apostle of non-violence and compassion for fellow human beings — Mahatma Gandhi — on October...

  • 1 year ago

    The end of memorials?

    JULY 31 — All around the beautiful city of Washington DC and the leafy suburbs of Maryland and Virginia, they are hard to miss; statues commemorating people and events that left...

  • 1 year ago

    The praying pilot

    JUNE 27 ― Recent news of an AirAsia pilot who purportedly asked passengers to pray in the face of an emergency, before safely landing the plane has raised a number of troubling...

  • 1 year ago

    100 days of Trump’s lies, fatigue ― and us

    MAY 1 ― George W started it with his insistence on the WMDs in Iraq. No mea culpas, no apologies, nothing. But within the overall arc of his presidency or even Barack Obama’s,...

  • 1 year ago

    TN50: Intent and action

    FEBRUARY 28 ― Like almost everything else since the last General Election, the launch of the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) plan recently was heavily politicised from the...

  • 2 years ago

    Coming clean on PAS

    NOVEMBER 10 — It has been more than a year since the collapse of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) on the issue of the introduction of hudud laws in Malaysia.  Nothing in the actions of...

  • 2 years ago

    What we really think

    SEPTEMBER 16 ― Over the last one year and a bit after the Wall Street Journal broke the 1MDB story, the controversy has grown red hot, faded, gained momentum, been forced into...

  • 2 years ago

    Trump and Duterte: The death of nuance?

    MAY 20 — How does a man who once branded the Pope as a son of a w**** win the presidency in an overwhelmingly Catholic nation? According to The Star of May 17, Philippine...

  • 2 years ago

    The suicide in ‘suicide bomber’

    JANUARY 19 ― Suicide bombers are literally the foot soldiers of the Islamic State (IS) or al-Qaeda. Expendable yet necessary, they seem to live at the bottom of the...

  • 3 years ago

    Same same, but different?

    DECEMBER 2 — Was the bonhomie between the Malaysian and Indian prime ministers at their latest meeting in KL just diplomatic niceties for the cameras or was there mutual...

  • 3 years ago

    Is Malaysian sport terminally ill?

    NOVEMBER 25 ― After two 6-0 losses to Palestine and a 10-0 mauling at the hands of UAE in the Football World Cup qualifiers, the only sound seemed to be that of the final...

  • 3 years ago

    Islamic State members on Ashley Madison?

    OCT 8 — Ok, so it’s not as farfetched as a certain prime minister making public the source and use of untold riches in his personal accounts,...

  • 3 years ago

    Low Yat 2 or Bersih 4?

    SEPTEMBER 2 ― You had to be there. Whether it was Woodstock, Martin Luther King’s March on Washington or Bersih 4, the difference between those commenting and those...