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

    Singapore’s Fadli Fawzi and the reframing of ‘Malay politics’

  • 1 week ago

    Sabri Yunus weaves Ramayana, culture clash in ‘Pak Dogo’

  • 3 weeks ago

    Our Polis needs an Evo-lution

  • 1 month ago

    Symbols or caricatures?

More from Zurairi AR

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysia's 2020 lockdown and the massive outburst of Raya songs

    MAY 31 — When the movement control order (MCO) was extended until June 9, well after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, one of the jokes that came out was a call for a ban of the P. Ramlee...

  • 1 month ago

    Does anybody really care about the media in the Covid-19 pandemic?

    MAY 17 — Over the weekend, a picture of the media jostling for photographs and videos of the first Friday prayers at the National Mosque since the start of the lockdown elicited...

  • 1 month ago

    Viona and prophetic story-telling

    MAY 10 — For many Muslims here, the fasting month of Ramadan also brings with it memories of Jejak Rasul (The Footpath of Prophets), a religious documentary that used...

  • 2 months ago

    What does it mean to be Muslim in a Ramadan changed by MCO?

    APRIL 26 ― This year’s Ramadan is not the same due to the Covid-19 pandemic ― or at least Ramadan as how it is envisioned in most Muslims’ minds here. It is telling that...

  • 2 months ago

    How Putrajaya is faring when it comes to tackling Covid-19 ‘fake news’

    APRIL 19 — Since January, I have fielded questions in several interviews with the foreign press and free speech forums about how the Malaysian government is tackling...

  • 2 months ago

    ‘Daulat’ and the politics of journalism

    APRIL 12 — The political thriller Daulat captured public attention after a teaser trailer was released on February 24, just after the country experienced a tumultuous...

  • 3 months ago

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

    APRIL 5 — The photo of a man and his father and brother rocking baju kelawars — what the Malays call the brightly-coloured loose-fitting sleepwear tunic commonly worn by...

  • 3 months ago

    Amid Covid-19 shutdown, a peek into the pantry

    MARCH 22 — My family and I had been away for a few days practising our own version of social distancing; a long-planned holiday exploring the Mulu caves in Sarawak, away from...

  • 3 months ago

    Where do women go in the Muhyiddin administration?

    MARCH 8 — This morning at 10am, thousands will brave the Covid-19 outbreak and the even more dangerous demonisation by the patriarchy, to march from the Sogo mall at Jalan...

  • 4 months ago

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

    MARCH 1 — "Discrimination has brought me down/Caused my reputation to quiet down," goes the opening lines in Malay of local pop punk band Bunkface's first cross-over hit in...

  • 4 months ago

    'Pisan zapra': Does it even mean anything?

    FEBRUARY 23 — Malaysians have a deep relationship with bananas that is undeniable. After all, the multipurpose fruit and plant is native to the region, according to my father...

  • 4 months 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...

  • 4 months ago

    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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...