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 Opinion

  • 4 days ago

    Islamists in the Cabinet

  • 1 week ago

    GE14 results a slap in face for Islamist lobby

  • 3 weeks ago

    When celebrities become spokesmen

  • 1 month ago

    Religion and political manifestos

More from Zurairi AR

  • 1 month ago

    Thinking about rendang

    APRIL 8 — Like many Malaysians, especially those from a Malay background, I hardly think much about rendang. The humble dish of meat slow-cooked in spices with coconut milk and...

  • 1 month ago

    And so it begins... again

    APRIL 1 — In the federal administrative capital of Putrajaya, blue Barisan Nasional (BN) flags have “sprouted up” along the sides of many roads in the surest sign that the...

  • 2 months ago

    Of secret and broken engagements

    March 18 — When Malay daily Utusan Malaysia broke the news of DAP leaders Zairil Khir Johari and Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud allegedly getting engaged last week, citing an anonymous...

  • 2 months ago

    ‘Sinicisation’ fears a facade for racism?

    MARCH 11 — There are many ways to spark off conversation about regional geopolitics and China spreading its tendrils across the globe with its One Belt One Road (Obor)...

  • 2 months ago

    Of sacred and profane places

    MARCH 4 — Roughly a week after the lunar new year started, a mosque in Singapore held a Chinese New Year event in its compound, as a show of close ties between the Muslim and...

  • 2 months ago

    #FreeTariqRamadan and victim blaming

    FEBRUARY 25 — In September 2017, at the height of the #MeToo movement, popular Pakistani-American Muslim preacher Nouman Ali Khan was accused of acting inappropriately towards...

  • 3 months ago

    Hael Husaini’s ‘Jampi’ and the question of Malay anxiety

    FEBRUARY 18 — It may came as a shock that the winning song of this year’s 32nd Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) music awards was Hael Husaini’s debut single. However, those...

  • 3 months ago

    Pok Ya Cong Codei gives us a peek into the Kelantanese psyche

    FEBRUARY 11 — I went back to Kelantan last week, and it seemed like people could not stop talking about Pok Ya Cong Codei, a telemovie shown on the Astro Citra channel last...

  • 3 months ago

    Let Indira’s ruling light the way

    FEBRUARY 4 — It should have been a simple and straightforward case. A man — formerly a Hindu — converted to Islam and abducted his youngest daughter, who was barely...

  • 3 months ago

    Is Nur Sajat a ‘threat’ to fragile masculinity?

    JANUARY 28 — Controversial blogger Papagomo, who has been unmasked as one Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, has been trying to reinvent himself ever since his public fall from grace....

  • 4 months ago

    Resurgence of racial rhetorics and revisionism

    JAN 21 — With just months to the general elections, the Islamist lobby gathered its supporters in a mega convention — taking advantage of the political schism — in order to...

  • 4 months ago

    Will Pakatan’s fearmongering push voters away?

    JANUARY 14 – It was disappointing, but not unexpected. Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) announcement last week that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will return as prime minister — after an...

  • 4 months ago

    From Iran, another revolution to spread its wings?

    JANUARY 7 — Eggs. It may put a smile on our faces in the morning fried sunny side up, or half-boiled and accompanied by a cup of black, sweet-as-sin coffee. Or maybe they upset...

  • 4 months ago

    What to expect in 2018, Part 2

    DECEMBER 31 — 2017 was sort of a year for comebacks. For some of us, it was the return of the fear of all things nuclear, as if we were back in the days of the Cold War again....

  • 5 months ago

    What to expect in 2018, Part 1

    DECEMBER 24 — 2017 felt like the world was on the edge of a precipice even as the Islamic State (IS) looked like they were finished and global violence was on a decline for two...