Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    What now for Malaysia’s newly-empowered youth?

    JULY 24 — The dust has settled; Malaysians will now automatically be registered to vote once they turn 18. Momentous political milestone aside, the question is not so much how...

  • 4 months ago

    Perhaps it’s time to phase out Malaysian race-based parties

    JULY 17 — “Nothing’s going to change/has changed/will change,” I hear Malaysians grumble. Not surprising really, as complaining is perhaps the No. 1 Malaysian pastime,...

  • 4 months ago

    Why are adult Malaysians insisting they’re still youths?

    JULY 10 — The debate over what constitutes a “youth” is still going on in Malaysia and it’s bordering the ridiculous. My personal favourite argument for allowing...

  • 5 months ago

    If 18-year-olds can marry and drive, let them vote

    JULY 3 — There are a few youngsters going online and saying “I’m too immature to vote, so I disagree with lowering the minimum voting age.” Come here and let Auntie Erna...

  • 5 months ago

    Malaysians need to be part of the solution

    JUNE 26 — It is annoying to see Malaysians caught up in the petty politicking that is PKR’s never-ending internal power struggles and the fun guessing game of when is “Tun...

  • 5 months ago

    If you can’t love yourself, that’s OK

    JUNE 19 — Last week, I spent an hour or so talking to students at a local private college. It was nice being around the young, the not-quite-disillusioned and those yet to step...

  • 5 months ago

    How Malaysia has learned nothing from Japan

    JUNE 12 — Look to the East, our former and current prime minister said. We look but Malaysians have yet to listen. It still upsets me that Malaysia is still on a pathway to...

  • 6 months ago

    The invisible, First World illnesses some can’t afford to have

    JUNE 5 — It’s too easy to judge people when they state their food preferences, to wrinkle your nose at people saying, “Oh, I don’t take gluten” or “Does this come with...

  • 6 months ago

    Breaking up with my broadband provider shouldn’t be so hard, MCMC

    MAY 29 — It’s been a nice couple of months with my new broadband provider but I have yet to fully sever ties with my old one. Not that I don’t want to, mind you, but like an...

  • 6 months ago

    We need to stop putting all the blame on our kids

    MAY 22 — As I settle into middle-age, I find it disconcerting how many youngsters and 20-somethings I meet with have some kind of anxiety. A quick dig for current statistics...

  • 6 months ago

    Sorry, Malaysians, you're still not white

    MAY 15 — I laughed when white race supremacists claimed they were being oppressed and claimed there was a secret plan for white genocide. Then I heard Isma saying the same but...

  • 6 months ago

    How not to do ‘Visit Malaysia Year’

    MAY 8 — I work in the news but these days I wake up thinking, “Do I have to read the news?”  Yes, we are in the land of politicians saying extremely stupid things way...

  • 7 months ago

    Malaysians need to get over their K-pop prejudices

    MAY 1 — First we had Awie and other random celebs complaining about a still-a-pipe-dream plan to bring BTS to Malaysia. Now we have a preacher proclaiming the groups are setan...

  • 7 months ago

    Why so impatient, Barisan?

    APRIL 24 — It is easy to slip into feelings of deja vu now that the old has become the new. A former prime minister has become the current prime minister and PKR has still not...

  • 7 months ago

    Tech Takes: Are the new smartphones creep enablers?

    APRIL 17 — I used to think limited optical zoom capabilities on smartphones was a bad thing. Am not sure about that anymore. The age of ultra-zoom smartphones potentially...

  • 7 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...