Zurairi AR

Zurairi AR


Zurairi AR is a humanist and sceptic who believes in doing good for goodness' sake. He tweets for believers and non-believers alike at @zurairi.

Recent Opinions

  • 2 days ago

    Reconsidering what it means to be the ‘head of family’

  • 2 weeks ago

    Amid Covid-19 shutdown, a peek into the pantry

  • 4 weeks ago

    Where do women go in the Muhyiddin administration?

  • 1 month ago

    Fascism, evangelism and homophobia all in Bunkface's 'Akhir Zaman'

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    'Pisan zapra': Does it even mean anything?

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  • 1 month ago

    Naim Daniel and the divine oath that is ‘Sumpah’

    FEBRUARY 16 — It seems as if the annual Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) has hit a low with its 34th iteration as all that people remember from last Sunday night are the controversies...

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    Don't let zealotry break journalism's moral compass

    FEBRUARY 9 — In choosing to be a journalist, one essentially takes up the responsibility of keeping the public posted on important and relevant information so they can form an...

  • 2 months ago

    Rauzan Rahman and others bringing ‘dikir barat’ into the zone (VIDEO)

    FEBRUARY 2 — Malay pop artists have long attempted to incorporate the Kelantanese musical art form of dikir barat into their songs. Perhaps the most well-known is ethnic pop...

  • 2 months ago

    'Religionisation' of schools and a parent's dilemma

    JANUARY 26 ― The one glimmer of light that comes with Dr Mahathir Mohamad holding the education portfolio is the hope that he will finally have the authority to speed up his...

  • 2 months ago

    ‘Kampung People’ and re-examining the urban-rural divide

    JANUARY 19 — The first time we meet the family of Razif (Rashidi Ishak), he is getting ready for work, his ironed clothes delivered to him by the maid. His wife Mona (Elly...

  • 2 months ago

    Confronting Malay anxieties in 2020

    JANUARY 12 — It was undeniably swift and decisive, the response from Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the Cabinet to what happened at a secondary school in...

  • 1 year ago

    Notes from Nusa Dua

    MARCH 31 — Indonesian TV can be pretty boring. Spend around one hour watching, and you can pretty much determine which brand has the most money by which advertisement you...

  • 1 year ago

    Aisyah Aziz and breaking the quiet desperation (VIDEO)

    MARCH 10 — The future of Malay pop may depend on collaborations with our brethren across the Causeway. Or with our female talents. Just listen to Aisyah Aziz’s latest single...

  • 1 year ago

    Hanna Alkaf and the power of threes

    FEBRUARY 24 — The number three has a lot of significance in Islam. For example, each washing in the pre-prayers ablution is preferably repeated three times. In the prayers, or...

  • 1 year ago

    Hael Husaini’s ‘Haram’ and the sweet allure of the forbidden

    FEBRUARY 10 — It was as if Hael Husaini has managed to crack the secret to winning this year’s 33rd Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) music awards, straight after doing it with his...

  • 1 year ago

    Is Pakatan turning its back on us hoi polloi?

    JANUARY 13 — I was a guest on a TV talk show last week which discussed, among other things, the monarchy. Interestingly, it reminded me of an incident involving Lord Altrincham,...

  • 1 year ago

    When old men write ‘open letters’

    JANUARY 7 — Writing “open letters” seems to be the hobby du jour — but perhaps particularly among old men of religious backgrounds. Most recently, Federal...

  • 1 year ago

    In 2019, the next step is to craft a new national narrative

    DECEMBER 30 ― The end of 2018 is fast closing on the maiden administration of Pakatan Harapan (PH), but for some this new government has yet to bring about a new country despite...

  • 1 year ago

    Notes from Elopura

    DECEMBER 16 — It was an incongruous view on a beautiful day. There we were with our toes in white sands, facing a clear bay teeming with corals and docile fishes, the shade of...