Stories from Opinion

  • 4 years ago

    Societal renaissance for a liberal, secular nation

    DECEMBER 9 ― I was called a traitor recently by a self-proclaimed professional. The logic is, I promote secularism, liberalism, do not support hudud,  I am therefore...

  • 4 years ago

    Nothing to do with religion

    SEPTEMBER 23 ― It has become a trend to blame religion for one's stupidity, cruelty, and general idiocy. Murderers, thieves and corrupt officials are quickly learning...

  • 4 years ago

    The colour of patriotism

    AUG 28 ― I will be wearing yellow this weekend....

  • 4 years ago

    It's more than just flying the flag

    AUGUST 19 ― I drove on a Jalur Gemilang-covered road this morning. Street lamps, government buildings, trees, and even flower pots were not spared. There was even a house...

  • 5 years ago

    Nothing romantic about teen pregnancies

    MAY 5 — I was referred a four-year-old girl recently, who was accompanied by another “girl” in her early twenties. This twenty-something had a toddler of about...

  • 5 years ago

    Please leave us Muslims alone

    APRIL 28 — I am tired of reading about how we need to be protected from the evils of the world. According to a Malay Mail Online report titled “Cops: Public objection...

  • 5 years ago

    So why do you want to be a doctor?

    APRIL 13 — I sometimes wonder if we are now reaping what we sowed. A report by The Star quoted the health deputy DG as saying one in five housemen quit because of various...

  • 5 years ago

    Vaccination: A personal choice?

    APRIL 6 — “I want what is best for my kids, and protect them from diseases.” Isn’t it ironic, how we can strongly agree on the above statement, and also...

  • 5 years ago

    Religion and the state

    MARCH 30 — We are a secular nation, with Islam as the official religion. That is a fact, outlined in our Constitution.  One of the basis of secularism lies with the...

  • 5 years ago

    So, about this magic water that cures everything...

    MARCH 20 ― 2014 saw some great medical breakthroughs. A team of Australian doctors successfully transplanted a cadaveric heart into a patient, the first in the world. The...

  • 5 years ago

    The country comes first

    MARCH 18 — We live in confusing times. A group started a petition requesting interference from a foreign country. They claim it is their duty as patriotic citizens to fight...

  • 5 years ago

    Who speaks the loudest

    MARCH 13 ― I keep hearing Muslims say, “IS does not represent Islam.” They are a deviant minority and in no way affiliated with the majority of Muslims who...

  • 5 years ago

    Pharmacists vs doctors: The ongoing 'debate'

    MARCH 11 ― It is sad to see medical professionals being pitted against one another. Doctors and pharmacists are, after all, on the same team, working towards the same goal....

  • 5 years ago

    Thinking about us as a country

    JULY 23 — The whole world witnessed a tragedy last week that killed 298 people. To some, they were only numbers. An easy target to others. To many, they were family members,...

  • 5 years ago

    Kia-si, kia-liang and kia-su

    JULY 11 — Kia-si The religious authorities seem to be the only government agency working hard in the country. Even going above and beyond the call of duty. So ambitious (if...

  • 6 years ago

    Of prejudices, pigs and chocolates

    JUNE 1 — I read an article a few weeks ago asking what happened to all the smart, rational and moderate Malays in Malaysia. Part of me questioned whether the writer grew up...

  • 6 years ago

    When will we learn?

    MAY 31 — We all make mistakes in life. It’s part of being human. Some small, some big. Some are cheaper and less catastrophic than others. Depending on who you are,...

  • 6 years ago

    Islam already has a protector, and it's not you

    MAY 8 — Islam has so many “protectors” today. As if under an imminent threat, we have new NGOs mushrooming on a regular basis to champion the religion. These I...

  • 6 years ago

    This is not Islam

    MAY 2 ― I miss the “good" old days when national headlines were worth reading. The papers spoke of the North-South Highway, the Multimedia Supercorridor, the building...