Stories from Opinion

  • 2 years ago

    A peep into moral policing

    OCT 12 — In an apparent frenzy to burnish Malaysia’s Islamic credentials, the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) has recently resorted to...

  • 2 years ago

    Why the need to be secretive?

    OCT 5 — If a government that is voted into power in a democracy is supposed to be entrusted to represent the collective interests, hopes and aspirations of the citizenry, then...

  • 2 years ago

    Bigotry, brawn and buffoonery

    SEPTEMBER 27 — Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, at the time of writing, has received a death threat and understandably is concerned for her...

  • 2 years ago

    ‘Vermin’ in the prison

    SEPTEMBER 17 ― Some Malaysians have a tendency to be extremely harsh. They’d go for the jugular, so to speak, of individuals they deem deviant or social misfits. One only has...

  • 2 years ago

    Merdeka beyond the Jalur Gemilang

    SEPTEMBER 1 — The day of Independence that falls on August 31 every year, which is particularly associated with Peninsular Malaysia, is indeed a time for us to...

  • 2 years ago

    Why demonstrate when you can just study peacefully?

    AUG 27 — Students, particularly those studying in tertiary institutions, are often warned by the powers that be of their duty, nay priority in life, which is to study diligently...

  • 3 years ago

    Celebrating freedom and sharing social concerns through films

    AUG 20 — If film is a medium to raise social consciousness and at the same time entertain, then concerned and curious Malaysians are promised a visual and intellectual feast of...

  • 3 years ago

    Malaysian flick and flop

    AUGUST 15  — This year’s 28th Malaysian Film Festival has been prematurely ushered in with the kind of fanfare that it and the film industry as a whole could do...

  • 3 years ago

    Hurting academic integrity in haste

    JUNE 24 — The recent research fraud that implicated four researchers from Universiti Malaya (UM) has serious implications that are best encapsulated by a Malay proverb, “Guru...

  • 3 years ago

    The autonomy to think

    MARCH 24 ― The barring ― by three universities ― of Asian top debater Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman from giving talks on issues of public importance was very...

  • 3 years ago

    A new leash of virtual life

    MARCH 17 — The battle line is apparently being drawn by the Malaysian government in the context of the popularity that is being enjoyed by news...

  • 3 years ago

    The limit to making Malaysians speechless

    MARCH 7 — In recent years, it appears that certain Federal ministers have been prone to contracting verbal diarrhoea. The result—mixed with a dash of...

  • 3 years ago

    Why locking state information is dangerous to democracy

    FEBRUARY 9 ― Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali’s desire, made public recently, to explore the possibility of further tightening the Official Secrets Act...

  • 3 years ago

    A clear case of brute, naked threat

    DECEMBER 19 ― The brazen threat to sexually assault G25’s Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin by Animal Action Group president Sharul Nizam Ab Rahim recently has predictably...

  • 3 years ago

    Wahai umat kota, bangunlah cepat!

    4 NOVEMBER — Tiada “sejahtera”nya dalam saranan yang baru dibuat oleh Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, kepada...

  • 3 years ago

    Original and yet second class

    OCTOBER 19 — Orang Asli are rarely heard or seen outside of the community, particularly from the privileged view of the so-called civilized and modern world of ours. And...

  • 3 years ago

    Apakah kaitan Azmi Sharom dengan kebebasan akademik?

    13 OKT — Mahkamah Persekutuan baru-baru ini memutuskan bahawa Akta Hasutan 1948 adalah sah di sisi Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Ini adalah satu pertimbangan guaman yang...

  • 3 years ago

    Wooing the disgruntled after Bersih 4

    SEPT 9 — Judging from the public expressions of certain Umno Baru leaders lately, the recent Bersih 4 rally did have some effect on the ruling party. In...

  • 4 years ago

    When credibility gap yawns

    AUGUST 7 ― Civil servants have been told by no less than Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently “to help improve and restore the people’s faith in the...