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

    Zakir Naik, another mess for PH govt to clean up

  • 1 week ago

    Backs against the wall, Najib and his men turn to religion, human rights

  • 2 weeks ago

    Why bring down one autocrat but praise another?

  • 3 weeks ago

    Keeping an eye on the Baju Melayu

More from Zurairi AR

  • 1 month ago

    Keeping the Agong safe

    JUNE 10 — ON Friday, Malay Mail reported that two racist banners were found hanging outside a train station in Kg Dato Haron, Petaling Jaya. Later that day, we were alerted to...

  • 1 month ago

    The Malay-Muslim backlash has begun

    JUNE 3 — In a peculiar little sideshow on Friday, two pro-Malay activists were forced to lodge police reports to deny their involvement alleged death threats and a declaration...

  • 1 month ago

    When men talk about Birkins

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  • 1 month ago

    Islamists in the Cabinet

    MAY 20 — Malaysia was caught by surprise when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that he would be taking the education portfolio, in addition to being prime minister. While he...

  • 2 months ago

    GE14 results a slap in face for Islamist lobby

    MAY 13 — Today marks a year shy of five decades after the bloody race riot of 1969, and perhaps for the first time in ages Malaysians will feel less heavy in their hearts over a...

  • 2 months ago

    When celebrities become spokesmen

    April 29 — Rapper-producer Kanye West has never really been a public darling; widely thought of as a narcissistic, self-absorbed jerk with an overinflated ego. He became public...

  • 3 months ago

    Religion and political manifestos

    APRIL 15 — There are two more weeks before the campaigning period proper actually begins, but already we are seeing elements of religion subtly used, in a bid to win the hearts...

  • 3 months 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...

  • 3 months 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...

  • 4 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...

  • 4 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)...

  • 4 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...

  • 4 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...