Stories from Opinion

  • 4 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”...

  • 4 months ago

    Chill out, Malaysians, we're just growing up

    NOVEMBER 29 — Ah, the usual hand-wringing and "Is this the new Malaysia?" discourse. Malaysians really need to take a collective deep breath and have a glass of teh tarik. The...

  • 5 months ago

    Malaysia's constant pandering to 'development'

    NOVEMBER 21 ― Navigating New York's subway system was for me an interesting adventure. I've always loved trains; the hum and rattle, the sway of carriages are to me comforting...

  • 5 months ago

    The poor deserve dignity, Pakatan

    NOVEMBER 14 — Some mornings I wake up and wonder how I voted Tory without meaning to. That’s the general feeling I get whenever I hear our latest crop of politicians talk...

  • 5 months ago

    Please stop feeding the Nazis

    NOVEMBER 7 — By the time you read this, I’ll be half-dead after flying back from the US. The US, in many ways, has many strange parallels with us. US Republicans and Umno are...

  • 5 months ago

    Malaysia's wasted cottage industries

    OCTOBER 31 — Having just returned from a brief trip to Bangkok, I can't help but compare our tourism trade with theirs. There used to be a time when Thailand was mostly just...

  • 5 months ago

    Only one way to stop baby dumping

    OCTOBER 24 — Baby dumping has been going on for decades. We keep seeing lurid headlines, hearing politicians and religious leaders make a hue and cry. The dumping won’t stop...

  • 6 months ago

    Dear politicians: Digital IDs are a terrible idea

    OCTOBER 17 — I sometimes wonder if Malaysian politicians live in some sort of fact-sifting bubble where they don’t hear what they don’t want to hear. Case-in-point: Gobind...

  • 6 months ago

    Seeking God, but missing compassion

    OCTOBER 10 ― The frequent clashes between the ultra-religious and social liberals is nothing new. As predictable and as recurrent as the tides, a reality Malaysians need to see...

  • 6 months ago

    Malaysian liberals, the easy scapegoats

    OCTOBER 3 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim isn’t afraid of liberals. No, he’s afraid of the “super liberals” a term he’s coined to apparently label anyone threatening the...

  • 6 months ago

    Remember, Malaysians, you saved yourselves

    SEPTEMBER 26 — It’s been nearly two weeks but the hoopla around Billion Dollar Whale has yet to die down. A little cold water needs to be thrown here, alas. Sad as it is for...

  • 7 months ago

    PKR needs to be less of a cult and more of a party

    SEPTEMBER 19 — I joke a lot about PKR being all about “justice for Anwar” over all things but the party has now become self-parodying. From the deputy prime minister to...

  • 7 months ago

    Public transport shouldn't be about profit

    SEPTEMBER 12 — Scrape below the Tourism Malaysia veneer, and Malaysians are at heart very much capitalist beings. We tolerate millionaire peddlers of mercury-laden whitening...

  • 7 months ago

    Why do we like blaming the poor for what they eat?

    SEPTEMBER 5 ― Malaysians eat too much, eat too badly, so blare the headlines every other month. It is frankly quite annoying to be honest. Yes, we have high diabetes and obesity...

  • 7 months ago

    Tun, give money to the poor, not cars

    AUGUST 29 ― With our prime minister stubbornly insisting on starting another national car project and various politicians agreeing with him about removing BR1M, it's pretty...

  • 8 months ago

    The dangerous politics of austerity

    AUGUST 22 ― I am alarmed and disheartened by some of the nonsense being spouted by our politicians about our economy. The way they talk, it's as if we're pre-bailout Greece,...

  • 8 months ago

    Malaysia’s mysterious ‘gay agenda’

    AUGUST 15 — You would think there is a secret gay army out to destroy the world, with the extent of LGBT-related news dominating headlines on a daily basis. It’s not just...

  • 8 months ago

    A little too soon for government report cards

    AUGUST 8 — Just five more months until the end of 2018 but it feels as though a year has already passed. This quick-seeming passing of time has also led Malaysians to start...

  • 8 months ago

    Why are we legalising paedophilia, Malaysia?

    AUGUST 1 — While neighbouring Indonesia has decided to ban child marriage, in Malaysia we have people protesting in defence of it. A child activist once told me, “We don’t...