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

  • 3 days ago

    'Religionisation' of schools and a parent's dilemma

  • 1 week ago

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

  • 2 weeks ago

    Confronting Malay anxieties in 2020

  • 9 months ago

    Notes from Nusa Dua

More from Zurairi AR

  • 10 months 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...

  • 11 months 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...

  • 11 months 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...

  • 1 year ago

    Dissociating Malays from the ‘amok’ mentality

    NOVEMBER 25 — WHAT was going through the mind of “Edi Rejang” when he decided to take it upon himself to harass a woman, just for doing her job? What possessed him to...

  • 1 year ago

    Singapore and food diplomacy

    NOVEMBER 18 — It was nearly past midnight. The media corps covering Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s official visit to Singapore was knackered, and we had just been...

  • 1 year ago

    The silver lining from Malaysia’s UPR

    Nov 11 — THE last time Malaysia had its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations, it was a bad time to cover human rights issues. What more to be a human rights...

  • 1 year ago

    Why ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ must go with BN’s fall

    NOVEMBER 4 — Last week, the Islamist lobby took protesting to an absurd new level by actually bringing along a coffin while marching towards Parliament. The protest was a...

  • 1 year ago

    Notes from Hoàn Kiếm

    OCTOBER 28 — “You should go visit the lake, today the roads are closed,” said the proprietor of an Old Quarter boutique hotel my family stayed in during our recent brief...

  • 1 year ago

    With Dr M’s return, Putrajaya folks dream of cafes

    OCT 21 — I usually dread sending my car for the usual maintenance service; not so much because it will burn a hole in my pocket, but because it means I will be without my car...

  • 1 year ago

    A missing journalist, terrorists and... us

    OCTOBER 14 — THE disappearance of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi last week has shaken the media community worldwide and United States-Middle East relations...

  • 1 year ago

    Of human rights and Malaysia

    OCT 7 — One of the things, and there are many, that sets Dr Mahathir Mohamad apart from his disgraced predecessor Najib Razak is the way he conducts himself on the global stage....