Stories from Opinion

  • 4 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...

  • 4 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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”...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 8 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...