Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    Makan Apa: The curse (and blessing) of your neighbourhood’s popularity

    APRIL 10 — Every so often, you get someone from Penang/Ipoh/Subang/TTDI and some other popular local hotspot saying, “Can’t you all stop coming here and causing traffic...

  • 4 months ago

    Tech Takes: Do we really need so many digital wallets?

    APRIL 3 — Much as I think having plenty of options is great, I’m finding the overwhelming amount of digital payment options a mite overwhelming. From Boost to WeChat, Samsung...

  • 4 months ago

    Makan Apa: Winning the Malaysia-Singapore food war

    MARCH 27 — It’s become a little ridiculous how often Malaysians make noise about Singaporeans “claiming” Malaysian food.  We moaned at Crazy Rich...

  • 5 months ago

    TechTakes: It's time to stop sharing hate on social media

    MARCH 20 — Too many of us are unwittingly enabling purveyors of hate speech. It happens each time we retweet or share messages of a hateful nature. In the beginning, I supposed...

  • 5 months ago

    #MakanApa:The love we try to find in food

    MARCH 13 — It is a defining characteristic of Malaysians that we are generally obsessed with food — talking about food, while we’re eating, and already planning the next...

  • 5 months ago

    What to do when your telco/Internet provider lets you down

    MARCH 6 — I find myself in the unenviable position of having to lodge a police report against my broadband provider. How did it come to this? It was supposed to be a routine...

  • 5 months ago

    #MakanApa: Holding fast to the food we love

    FEBRUARY 27 — I spent my birthday lounging in a hotel bed, watching silly TV. A show came on that was talking about Singapore’s “dying” heritage cuisine. Mr so-called...

  • 6 months ago

    The bigger China picture

    FEBRUARY 20 — If you take a look at the bigger picture, the Huawei situation is really about politics. China is an emerging superpower, despite not having truly achieved...

  • 6 months ago

    MakanApa: Can we stop putting cheese on everything?

    FEBRUARY 13 — Last week on Twitter, my timeline was full of disgusting things disguised as food. I’m talking about the cheesy char kuey teow that went viral. It was...

  • 6 months ago

    To the reader who wanted some privacy advice

    FEBRUARY 6 — Happy Chinese New Year, dearest readers! The gods have decided to rain pineapple tarts on me and I hope they were as generous to you. A reader emailed me with a...

  • 6 months ago

    Why it’s hard to make Malaysians care about security?

    JANUARY 30 — The concept of physical security is easy to explain to most Malaysians; witness the heavy grilles on doors and windows, the automated security doors on houses. But...

  • 7 months ago

    #MakanApa: Remembering my mother's 'poor people' cooking

    JANUARY 23 — Poverty is often misunderstood because people think it looks like a UN donations poster — skeletal children lying in a wasteland. In reality we are surrounded by...

  • 7 months ago

    Tech Takes: The thing about fitness trackers

    JANUARY 16 — I have a confession to make: I am a yo-yo dieter. Every so often I will go on a health regimen, drop pounds and once I reach a comfortable weight, I will go back to...

  • 7 months ago

    It’s not a human right to spread secondhand smoke

    JANUARY 9 — The way some smokers are going around moaning as though they’re a persecuted minority is irksome. Look, the research is there. The danger of secondhand smoke is...

  • 7 months ago

    The cruelest lie: That the poor do not try

    JANUARY 2 — It is funny how the rich always seem to have advice for the poor. “Work harder.” “Change your mindset.” “Don't be poor.” I'm not even making the last one...

  • 7 months ago

    You shouldn't have to kill yourself to change the world

    DECEMBER 26 — Just a while back Elon Musk declared that you needed to work 80 hours a week at least to “change the world.” “Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a...

  • 8 months ago

    Will we ever be free of political dynasties?

    DECEMBER 19 — I wish our politicans wouldn't approach their jobs as though politics was a family business. Might I suggest just opening a chain of sundry shops instead? Then no...

  • 8 months ago

    To my father, before I forget

    DECEMBER 12 — My father is ill. He pretends he really isn’t, but those are the words of a father telling his daughter nothing is wrong. Which as any child can tell you, is a...

  • 8 months ago

    Why I don't believe in unity

    DECEMBER 5 ― With the resurgence of white supremacy movements and increased nationalistic fervour the world over, I find constant talk of “unity” and “patriotism”...