Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    What money do you want us to spend?

    JULY 22 — The last week or so, it felt as though the government had spent a lot of time stating the obvious. The poverty line has been revised (at last) and on another note,...

  • 4 months ago

    Saving Malaysia from old men

    JULY 15 — Perlis has become the second state after Sabah to lower the voting age to 18. It is a move long overdue for the rest of the country because it is clear we have been...

  • 4 months ago

    What will it take to get Malaysia to revise the poverty line?

    JULY 8 —  Reading a UN report about Malaysia's creative fibbing about poverty in the country was unpleasant. Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and...

  • 5 months ago

    250-people gatherings? Maybe it's not the time

    JULY 1 — It feels odd to see regulations being loosened to have gatherings of 250 people while at the same time, being told to not organise them if SOPs cannot be followed. The...

  • 5 months ago

    Why must something go viral to matter?

    JUNE 24 — The world is crazy enough that I've rationed my time on Twitter to a few quick scrolls a day. It still gave me time to spy a Tweet from an ex-colleague who was a...

  • 5 months ago

    Poverty alleviation in Malaysia and what we could learn from China

    JUNE 17 — One of the biggest problems with the internet age is that shutting yourself off from the news is near-impossible unless you ignore the internet altogether. My...

  • 5 months ago

    Malaysia's food problem is bigger than obesity

    JUNE 10 — I spent a long time staring at my palms today. No, I was not scrying the future, but for the first time in my 40-odd years of existence my palms were flush and red. It...

  • 6 months ago

    Malaysians need to learn to be angry about the right things

    JUNE 3 — Anger is easy to manufacture on social media; something that is often used to the advantage of those with an agenda. I have often been accused of having my own agenda...

  • 6 months ago

    Malaysians need more avenue for objection besides social media

    MAY 27 — The past few weeks have seen various appointments of politicians to positions and boards of GLCs. In this age of information, at least, it is not hard to find out how...

  • 6 months ago

    It’s time for ‘frogs’ to go extinct

    MAY 20 — An anti-hopping measure is long overdue in Malaysian politics. Allowing politicians to switch allegiances whenever they want is a mockery of the electoral process. The...

  • 6 months ago

    The world is broken and maybe that’s how it should be

    MAY 13 — After more than a month of being alone at home, I now have company. My brother and housemates are back so it is no longer my dog, my cats and my loneliness. I can hear...

  • 6 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...