Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    Of half-baked things, clown cars and VIP discounts

    MAY 6  — As I write this, my house smells of burnt biscuits. My first batch of Southern, American-style biscuits turned out fine but the second batch is useless and...

  • 4 months ago

    The digital divide is too wide for the poor

    APRIL 29 — As the movement control order (MCO) drags on and our kids are still kept (safe) out of school, I wonder how badly the children in lower-income groups are doing...

  • 4 months ago

    Dear politicians, stay home?

    APRIL 22 — It's been rather embarrassing to see all the social media posts "outing" politicians who have flouted the MCO. It's not surprising when you consider our Cabinet has...

  • 5 months ago

    Finding common sense and compassion in the time of Covid-19

    APRIL 15 — The longer the movement control order (MCO) continues, the more fragile our collective consciousness is becoming. While it's great that many civilians are stepping up...

  • 5 months ago

    What the virus taught us: Self-sufficiency shouldn't be the goal

    APRIL 8 — As I attempt to keep sane during this extended period of self-isolation, it is hard not to be irked by the constant missteps made by those who should have really...

  • 5 months ago

    Coronavirus diaries: Misplaced priorities, missing essentials

    APRIL 1 — These are strange times we are living in and many people I know are keeping journals. I tried but gave up after a few days, wrapped up in a malaise that made it hard...

  • 5 months ago

    Covid-19: A reminder that a safety net is long overdue

    MARCH 25 — I would love to be able to have warm, fuzzy feelings about the volunteerism going around but the current situation brings into focus how little recourse is available...

  • 6 months ago

    When a virus shows us our true faces

    MARCH 18 — Hard times bring out the worst, and best, in people and the Covid-19 pandemic is certainly no exception. I've witnessed crazy lines at the supermarket and empty...

  • 6 months ago

    Covid-19's silver lining: Getting employers to embrace working from home

    MARCH 11 — It's been unnerving doing my errands lately; malls are quieter and people are wearing masks everywhere. Stepping into pharmacies or the nearest Daiso I hear people...

  • 6 months ago

    Malaysia’s true hope now lies with our young people

    MARCH 4 — It has been an emotional week for Malaysians in light of recent political events. None of this was what most voters sought, neither was it expected. It is 2020 and yet...

  • 6 months ago

    Why 2020 is the best time to visit Sabah

    FEBRUARY 26 — The current political turmoil probably warrants a column but at the moment I am far more concerned about the economy, particularly my home state's. Tourism has...

  • 7 months ago

    On my birthday, I promise to continue being me

    FEBRUARY 19 — I celebrate my birthday this week and as usual I follow my one birthday rule: not to work. Besides taking four days off work, I have also been having a break from...

  • 7 months ago

    Malaysia needs to be a better place for the arts and content creators

    FEBRUARY 12 — As per usual when an Asian country that isn't us wins a major award there will be the usual chatter about why Malaysia can't too. After all isn't “Malaysia...

  • 7 months ago

    On the coronavirus and ugly Malaysians

    FEBRUARY 5 — As I write this on the day of Li Chun, the first day of Spring of the Chinese solar calendar, it strikes me how as the year turns, so did China's fortunes. Spring...

  • 7 months ago

    How not to get arrested for sharing fake news

    JANUARY 29 —  There are currently many angry Malaysian men on Twitter who are apparently itching to see the inside of a jail cell. It's my takeaway from the insistence of...

  • 7 months ago

    Is the massive 5G hype distracting us from the basics?

    JANUARY 22 — Over the weekend there was a lot of talk from politicians about how 5G would revolutionise how we do things. Beyond the hoopla, there seems to be an imbalance in...

  • 8 months ago

    Why isn’t it easier to get Malaysian food in Singapore?

    JANUARY 15 — “So-and-so invited you to like their page.” It’s something I get a lot on Facebook but this was new — a Malaysian nasi lemak stall in Singapore. It was cool...

  • 8 months ago

    The future of Malaysian food isn’t with the airlines

    JANUARY 8 — A while back I was in San Jose, California, with a couple of other journalists. I made fun of them at the time for choosing to eat at, of all places, a Malaysian...

  • 8 months ago

    Malaysia needs new dreams in 2020

    JANUARY 1 — Looking at the date change on my computer, it feels surreal. It takes me back to my teens and reading that old manifesto, thinking that Wawasan 2020 was far off in...